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Reading Twelve Years by Solomon Northrup, the story of a free man who was kidnapped and sold as a slave. His recall is so detailed and accurate it's amazing. Also beginning Countdown City by Ben H. Winters, the second of a series that I found interesting and The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz which I've had on my shelf for some time and have been meaning to read so it's time.
The Axeman---a crime story based on true-life killer in New Orleans, in the early 1900s. Extremely well-written (especially for this genre) and lots of great location historical detail.
Fortunate Son: by John Fogarty, his memoir of the music biz, including with Credence Clearwater Revival. He had a lot of legal and contract/management problems, and a lot of bitterness still shows.
Purity Jonathan Franzen
Home Sweet Anywhere Lynne Martin
Against the Tide Elizabeth Camden
The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman
Before You Know Kindness Chris Bohjalian
Predators, Prey & Other Kinfolks Dorothy Allred Solomon
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The Loop by Joe Coomer
This turned out to be a great little book. 201 pp. It starts slow but build up as it gets near the end. a quirky and unusual love story. character searches for the meaning of life. a parrot is the instrument of that search.
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Just finished Serena by Ron Rash yesterday and started Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett is on my bookshelf next.
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Unprocessed....(with one of those really long sub-titles, something like "A city dweller tries to eat all-natural food"--A memoir about a young woman's effort to avoid all processed foods for a year. Astonishing amounts of info about food, the business of food, and food prep, written in fun, easy-to-digest manner.
Finished: A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George --- I had never heard or read about the German occupation of the island of Guersney in the English Channel during WWII until I read The Guersney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society so I was amazed when I saw that this book by Elizabeth George dealt with the same issue, just during the current time. A wealthy man who lived on Guersney is murdered and during the course of the investigation many people are suspected, including 2 Americans who have come to the island to deliver a set of blueprints to him. This is a story of relationships as much as anything else: relationships between siblings, spouses, and local residents. Not the usual Scotland Yard Superintendent Thomas Lynley story, but instead focuses on Lynley's friends, Simon St. James and his wife Deborah. A lot of twists and turns before the conculsion.
Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert --- This series is always a fun, quick read with lots of interesting facts about herbs and other plants. China Bayles and her friend, Ruby Wilcox, are holding a workshop on the dying of fleece and then attending an outdoor show selling the things from their shops. Things take a different turn when the town bully is killed by a shot gun blast and everyone in the town could be a suspect as he was hated by everyone for threatening to close the town down by selling off the mineral rights to a strip mining company.
Hard Truth by Mariah Stewart -- I'd read the first one of this series some time back and decided to finish the series, reading Final Truth next! Several years prior Lorna Temple's best friend, Mellie, went missing, never to be found. Then bodies begin turning up buried on property that once was owned by Lorna's mother before her passing. Lorna hires a PI to help find the truth, which leads to the FBI becoming involved.... A quick read because I couldn't put it down and now anxious to read the next installment.
Final Truth by Mariah Stewart --- I thought this was the third one of the series, but found out it's the 4th of 4 so now I have to read the 3rd one, Dark Truth. This one picks up where the 2nd one ends with Regan Landry and FBI Agent Mitch Peyton together; while Regan talks to a released murderer about writing his story, Peyton is investigating the murder of a woman.
Dark Truth by Mariah Stewart --- Well, this is the 3rd one in this series that I somehow skipped over. Again this one has a lot about Regan Landry, but also deals with Nina Madden, Regan's book editor. Nina's father was convicted of being a serial rapist/murderer several years earlier, but died before he could begin serving his sentence. New evidence comes to light and Nina's determined to find out the truth about her father. Another really good book by Stewart.
Play With Fire by Dana Stabenow --- Love this series!! Kate Shugak is harvesting mushrooms with friends when she discovers a body. Did the person die from a forest fire the previous year or was it something else that caused his death? Kate can't rest until she finds the truth, but people aren't wanting to tell her what they know.
Blood Will Tell by Dana Stabenow --- Kate Shugak's grandmother wants Kate to attend the Alaska Federation of Natives convention, but Kate is afraid her grandmother is trying to get her to become involved in the politics between the different tribes and she wants no part of it. That's until two people on the board die and Kate is drawn into finding the reason; natural, suicide or murder. Always a great read with lots of Alaskan history.
Breakup by Dana Stabenow --- Another great book by Stabenow!! Kind of Murphy's Law, what could go wrong does for Kate Shugak: a bear charges Kate when she's checking out the spring run-off, the engine of a 747 falls out of the sky onto her homestead causing a lot of damage, a body is found by the people investigating the damage, her friend asks Kate to "baby-sit' her overbearing parents for a few hours and while she's doing that she finds the body of a woman half-eaten by a bear--all in a 24-hour period....
Devious by Lisa Jackson --- New Orleans police detectives Rueben Montoya and Rick Bentz are investigating the murder of a nun and the nun's sister [a former cop from Texas] is doing some investigating on her own. Lots of twists and turns with a surprise ending, I didn't see this one coming.
The 9th Judgement by James Patterson --- The Women's Murder Club, Lindsey Boxer, is called to investigate the murder of a woman and her child and also the murder of a movie star's wife. Patterson's books are always quick reads because of his writing style, I finished this one in a day.
Currently reading: ???
Up next: Undecided
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I am trying to make more of an efort to clear off my shelves of books I've had for years. Of course I start out every year like this; we'll see.
Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein: this is a series about a Manhattan DA and the detectives she works woth. I have only read one other in the series. They have a lot of New York history which makes it more enjoyable.
Unatural Cause by PD James: always a good read even if you are not into mysteries.
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"A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow" by Tim Brookes
objects of my affection by Jill Smolinski, horribly, dramatically, read by Xe Sands. Quit.
Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard, read by Steve Buscemi.
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal. Just so darn predictable. Could almost have mimed the plot lines and dialogue as I went along.
The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandrige Selleck. LOVED this little book. Very well written, to the point, poignant.
the ten top things the dead want to tell YOU by Mike Dooley
The Baker's Tale by Thomas Hauser read by James Langton
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott narrated by Susan Duerden
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Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell
This Is Not A Game by Walter John Williams
Black Friday by Alex Kava
Uzbekistan: Transition to Authoritarianism by Neil Melvin
The Savage Nation by Michael Savage
This is a Bust by Ed Lin
Twelve Days by Alex Berenson
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Strange Pilgrms, Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Q is for Quarry by Sue Graftron
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I am reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
How did I never hear about this children's book?
I am finding it delightful and keep imagining kids I know reading it.
It was given to me to put in my Little Free Library but I get first dibs.
I am reading it slowly because I want the delight to last!
I am listening to my favorite of all the Spenser books, Small Vices by Robert Parker, in the car. Unfortunately, Burt Reynolds is the reader and he isn't very good. His voice is too low and I have to turn it up too loud to hear all the words. His enunciation also sucks. He does kinda creepy voices for the women and cops in the book. At least it is unabridged.
I am reading a Tom Robbins, Asleep in Frog Pajamas. I found it in Large Print and am enjoying his writing as much as I always used to in the day. I figured out that it has been 20+ years since I read a book of his. Such great imagery.
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I just received two books in the mail. One I got from a member here at pbs. The other one I bought from amazon.
One is Encyclopedia of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is a large and thick book. I think it will be a fun browser. The other book is The Fate of the Corp of Discovery. The author did research on the members of the corp and tells what happened to them after the expedition to the end of their lives. Some of the members disappeared and left no record but many were recorded. Looking forward to reading this.
I'm not reading any fiction at the moment.
Shipwreck Island (Shipwreck Island, Bk 1) : S. A. Bodeen A very interesting book. It is listed under the Children's genre, but I think it should be under the YA genre. I have the rest of the series on my wishlist.
Charles, I just noticed you read The Loop by Joe Koomer. I read something by him a few years ago, something about chairs, and really enjoyed it. I put some of his stuff on my WL but don't recall this one. I am going to look into it.
I have a pbk on my shelf. I enjoyed the book a lot. the last name starts with a C.
I just acquired Beachcombing for a Ship Wrecked God by Coomer, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.
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