Monday, December 7, 2015

A Royal Spyness Mystery by Rhys Bowen

1. Her Royal Spyness
2. A Royal Pain
3. Royal Flush
4. Royal Blood 
5. Naughty in Nice
6. The Twelve Clues of Christmas
  7. Heirs and Graces
  8. Queen of Hearts
  9. Malice at the Palace
  10. Crowned and Dangerous

Sunday, December 6, 2015

2015 New York Times Notable Books


Fiction & Poetry


BEATLEBONE. By Kevin Barry.
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT. By Helen Phillips.
BEAUTY IS A WOUND. By Eka Kurniawan.
CITIZEN: An American Lyric. By Claudia Rankine.
CITY ON FIRE. By Garth Risk Hallberg.
THE COMPLETE STORIES. By Clarice Lispector. Edited by Benjamin Moser.
DELICIOUS FOODS. By James Hannaham.
THE DOOR. By Magda Szabo.
DRAGONFISH. By Vu Tran.
FATES AND FURIES. By Lauren Groff.
THE FIFTH SEASON. The Broken Earth: Book One.By N.K. Jemisin.
FINALE: A Novel of the Reagan Years. By Thomas Mallon.
THE FIRST BAD MAN. By Miranda July.
THE FISHERMEN. ByChigozie Obioma.
FORTUNE SMILES: Stories. By Adam Johnson.
FROM THE NEW WORLD: Poems 1976-2014. By Jorie Graham.
GOD HELP THE CHILD. By Toni Morrison.
HARRIET WOLF’S SEVENTH BOOK OF ­WONDERS. By Julianna Baggott.
HERE. By Richard McGuire.
THE HOLLOW LAND. By Jane Gardam.
HONEYDEW: Stories. By Edith Pearlman.
HOW TO BE BOTH. By Ali Smith
THE INCARNATIONS. By Susan Barker.
LEAVING BERLIN. By Joseph Kanon.
A LITTLE LIFE. By Hanya Yanagihara.
THE LOVE OBJECT: Selected Stories. By Edna O’Brien.
LOVING DAY. By Mat Johnson.
MAN AT THE HELM. By Nina Stibbe.
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: ­Selected Stories. By Lucia Berlin.
THE MARE. By Mary Gaitskill.
*THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION. ­By ­Kamel Daoud. Translated by John Cullen.
*MISLAID. By Nell Zink.
MY STRUGGLE: Book 4. By Karl Ove Knausgaard.
NIGHT AT THE FIESTAS: Stories. By ­Kirstin Valdez Quade.
OUTLINE. By Rachel Cusk.
PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT LIFE. By ­Atticus Lish.
PURITY. By Jonathan Franzen.
THE SELLOUT. By Paul Beatty.
S O S: Poems 1961-2013. By Amiri Baraka.
THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD. Book 4, The Neapolitan Novels: “Maturity, Old Age.” By Elena Ferrante.
THE STORY OF MY TEETH. By Valeria ­Luiselli.
SUBMISSION. By Michel Houellebecq.
THE SYMPATHIZER. By Viet Thanh Nguyen.
THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING: Fiction. By Colum McCann.
THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES. By Sascha Arango.
THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO: Stories. By Anthony Marra.
THE TURNER HOUSE. By Angela ­Flournoy.
*VANESSA AND HER SISTER. By Priya ­Parmar.
THE VISITING PRIVILEGE: New and Collected Stories. By Joy Williams.
THE WHITES. By Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt.


Nonfiction

AMERICA’S BITTER PILL: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System. By Steven Brill. 
THE ARGONAUTS. By Maggie Nelson.
AUGUSTINE: Conversions to Confessions. By Robin Lane Fox.
BARBARIAN DAYS: A Surfing Life. By ­William Finnegan.
BECOMING NICOLE: The Transformation of an American Family. By Amy Ellis Nutt.
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME. By ­Ta-­Nehisi Coates.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF PRIMO LEVI. Edited by Ann Goldstein.
THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime ­Jedwabne. By Anna Bikont. Translated by Alissa Valles.
DAUGHTERS OF THE SAMURAI: A Journey From East to West and Back. By ­Janice P. Nimura. 
DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odys­sey of George Herbert Walker Bush. By Jon Meacham.
DO NO HARM: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery. By Henry Marsh.
THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: A Cultural ­History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe. By Michael Pye.
EMPIRE OF COTTON: A Global History. By Sven Beckert.
THE FLY TRAP. By Fredrik Sjoberg. Translated by Thomas Teal.
THE FOLDED CLOCK: A Diary. By Heidi ­Julavits.
THE GAY REVOLUTION: The Story of the Struggle. By Lillian Faderman.
THE GERMAN WAR: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-1945. By Nicholas Stargardt.
GHETTOSIDE: A True Story of Murder in America. By Jill Leovy.
GIVE US THE BALLOT: The Modern ­Struggle for Voting Rights in America. By Ari Berman. 
GUANTÁNAMO DIARY. By Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Edited by Larry Siems. 
H IS FOR HAWK. By Helen Macdonald.
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL: A Memoir. By Carrie Brownstein.
THE INVENTION OF NATURE: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World. By Andrea Wulf. 
JONAS SALK: A Life. By Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs.
KATRINA: After the Flood. By Gary Rivlin. 
KILLING A KING: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of ­Israel. By Dan Ephron. 
LETTERS TO VÉRA. By Vladimir Nabokov. ­Edited and translated by Olga Voronina and Brian Boyd.
LISTENING TO STONE: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi. By Hayden Herrera.
LOITERING: New and Collected Essays. By Charles D’Ambrosio.
MODERNITY BRITAIN: 1957-62. By David Kynaston.
THE MONOPOLISTS: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game. By Mary Pilon.
NEGROLAND: A Memoir. By Margo Jefferson.
NEUROTRIBES: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. By Steve ­Silberman. 
OBJECTIVE TROY: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone. By Scott Shane.
THE ODD WOMAN AND THE CITY: A ­Memoir. By Vivian Gornick.
ON THE MOVE: A Life. By Oliver Sacks.
ONE OF US: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway. By Asne Seier­stad. Translated by Sarah Death.
ORDINARY LIGHT: A Memoir. By Tracy K. Smith.
THE OTHER PARIS. By Luc Sante. 
THE PRIZE: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? By Dale Russakoff.
THE SHAPE OF THE NEW: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World. By Scott L. Montgomery and Daniel Chirot.
SKYFARING: A Journey With a Pilot. By Mark Vanhoenacker. 
SPINSTER: Making a Life of One’s Own. By Kate Bolick.
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. By Mary Beard.
STALIN’S DAUGHTER: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva. By Rosemary Sullivan.
STRANGERS DROWNING: Grappling With Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices and the Overpowering Urge to Help. By ­Larissa MacFarquhar
$2.00 A DAY: Living on Almost Nothing in America. By Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer. 
THE UNRAVELING: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq. By Emma Sky.
THE WEATHER EXPERIMENT: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future. By Peter Moore. 
WITCHES OF AMERICA. By Alex Mar..


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NY Times Notable Books 2014



FICTION &POETRY

ALL OUR NAMES. By Dinaw Mengestu.
ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING. By Evie Wyld.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. By Anthony Doerr.
AMERICAN INNOVATIONS. By Rivka Galchen.  
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER: Stories. By Hilary Mantel.
THE BALLAD OF A SMALL PLAYER. By Lawrence Osborne.
BARK: Stories. By Lorrie Moore.
THE BLAZING WORLD. By Siri Hust­vedt.
THE BONE CLOCKS. By David Mitchell.
THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS. By Michel Faber.
THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS. By Cristina Henríquez.
BOY, SNOW, BIRD. By Helen Oyeyemi.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS. By Marlon James.
CAN’T AND WON’T. By Lydia Davis.
THE COLD SONG. By Linn Ullmann. Translated by Barbara J. Haveland.
COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE. By Haruki Murakami. Translated by Philip Gabriel.
DEPT. OF SPECULATION. By Jenny Offill.
THE DOG. By Joseph O’Neill.
EUPHORIA. By Lily King.
EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU. By Celeste Ng.
F. By Daniel Kehlmann. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway.
FAITHFUL AND VIRTUOUS NIGHT. By Louise Glück.
FAMILY LIFE. By Akhil Sharma.
FOURTH OF JULY CREEK. By Smith Henderson.
A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING. By Eimear McBride.
I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT. By Zachary Lazar.
THE LAUGHING MONSTERS. By Denis Johnson.
LENA FINKLE’S MAGIC BARREL. Written and illustrated by Anya Ulinich.
LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU: A Frank Bascombe Book. By Richard Ford.
LILA. By Marilynne Robinson.
LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932. By Francine Prose.
THE MAGICIAN’S LAND. By Lev Grossman.
THE MOOR’S ACCOUNT. By Laila La­lami.
MOTHERLAND FATHERLAND HOMELANDSEXUALS. By Patricia Lockwood.
MY STRUGGLE. Book 3: Boyhood. By Karl Ove Knausgaard. Translated by Don Bartlett.
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH. By Richard Flanagan.
NORA WEBSTER. By Colm Toibin.
PANIC IN A SUITCASE. By Yelena Akhtiorskaya.
THE PAYING GUESTS. By Sarah Waters.
THE POETRY OF DEREK WALCOTT 1948-2013. Selected by Glyn Maxwell.
REDEPLOYMENT. By Phil Klay.
REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS. By Bret Anthony Johnston.
A REPLACEMENT LIFE. By Boris Fishman.
SONG OF THE SHANK. By Jeffery Renard Allen.
10:04. By Ben Lerner.
THIRTY GIRLS. By Susan Minot.
THOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE WHO STAY: Book 3, The Neapolitan Novels: “Middle Time.” By Elena Ferrante. Translated by Ann Goldstein.
THE WALLCREEPER. By Nell Zink.
WE ARE NOT OURSELVES. By Matthew Thomas.
WHEN MYSTICAL CREATURES ATTACK! By Kathleen Founds.


NONFICTION

AMERICAN MIRROR: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. By Deborah Solomon.
BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End. By Atul Gawande.
BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). By Elizabeth Green.
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? Written and illustrated by Roz Chast.
 CHINA’S SECOND CONTINENT: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in ­Africa. By Howard W. French.
CUBED: A Secret History of the Workplace. By Nikil Saval.
DEEP DOWN DARK: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free. By Héctor Tobar.
DEMON CAMP: A Soldier’s Exorcism. By Jennifer Percy.
DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. By Robert M. Gates.
DYING EVERY DAY: Seneca at the Court of Nero. By James Romm.
EICHMANN BEFORE JERUSALEM: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer. By Bettina Stangneth. Translated by Ruth Martin.
ELEPHANT COMPANY: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II. By Vicki Constantine Croke.
EMBATTLED REBEL: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief. By James M. McPherson.
THE EMPATHY EXAMS: Essays. By Leslie Jamison.
FACTORY MAN: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town. By Beth Macy.
THE FAME LUNCHES: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags. By Daphne Merkin.
FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES: A Memoir. By Charles M. Blow.
FORCING THE SPRING: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality. By Jo Becker.
GANDHI BEFORE INDIA. By Ramachandra Guha. GEEK SUBLIME: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty. By Vikram Chandra.
HOTEL FLORIDA: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War. By Amanda Vaill.
THE HUMAN AGE: The World Shaped by Us. By Diane Ackerman.
THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. By Rick Perlstein.
THE INVISIBLE FRONT: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War. By Yochi Dreazen.
THE INVISIBLE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures. By Christine Kenneally.
JUST MERCY: A Story of Justice and Redemption. By Bryan Stevenson.
LIMONOV. By Emmanuel Carrère. Translated by John Lambert.LITTLE FAILURE: A Memoir. By Gary Shteyngart.THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO: My Year of Raging Hormones. By Sandra Tsing Loh.
NAPOLEON: A Life. By Andrew Roberts.
NO GOOD MEN AMONG THE LIVING: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. By Anand Gopal.
NOT I: Memoirs of a German Childhood. By Joachim Fest. Translated by Martin Chalmers.
ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation. By Eula Biss.
ON THE RUN: Fugitive Life in an American City. By Alice Goffman.
100 ESSAYS I DON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater. By Sarah Ruhl.
THE PARTHENON ENIGMA. By Joan Breton Connelly.
PAY ANY PRICE: Greed, Power, and Endless War. By James Risen.
PENELOPE FITZGERALD: A Life. By Hermione Lee.
PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. By Katha Pollitt.
THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League. By Jeff Hobbs.
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History. By Elizabeth Kolbert.
A SPY AMONG FRIENDS: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal. By Ben Mac­intyre.
STUFF MATTERS: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World. By Mark Miodownik.
THE TEACHER WARS: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. By Dana Goldstein.
THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David. By Lawrence Wright.
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Capitalism vs. the Climate. By Naomi Klein.
THROWN. By Kerry Howley.
THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING: On Writers and Drinking. By Olivia Laing.
THE TRUE AMERICAN: Murder and Mercy in Texas. By Anand Giridharadas.
WORLD ORDER. By Henry Kissinger.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Miss Marple by Agatha Christie

 (audiobooks)
Murder at the Vicarage
The Body in the Library

The Moving Finger
A Murder is Announced
They Do It With Mirrors
A Pocket Full of Rye

4.50 From Paddington
The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side
A Caribbean Mystery 
At Bertram's Hotel (not audio)

Nemesis
Sleeping Murder

The Tuesday Club Murders (short stories)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Maggie Hope

by Susan Elia MacNeal

1. Mr Churchill's Secretary (audiobook) 2013
2. Princess Elizabeth's Spy (audiobook) 2014
3. Her Majesty's Hope (audiobook) 2014
4. The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (audiobook) 2014
5. Mrs Roosevelt's Confidente (Oct 15)
6. The Queen's Accomplice

Mistress of the Art of Death

by Ariana Franklin

1. Mistress of the Art of Death
2. The Serpent's Tale
3. Grave Goods (audiobook)
4. A Murderous Procession (audiobook)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

NYT Notable Books 2013

FICTION & POETRY (read 7/50)

THE ACCURSED. By Joyce Carol Oates. 
ALL THAT IS. By James Salter. 
AMERICANAH. By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
BLEEDING EDGE. By Thomas Pynchon. 
CHILDREN ARE DIAMONDS: An African Apocalypse. By Edward Hoagland. 
THE CIRCLE. By Dave Eggers. 
CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT. By Edwidge Danticat. 
THE COLOR MASTER: Stories. By Aimee Bender.
A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA. By Anthony Marra.
THE DINNER. By Herman Koch. 
DIRTY LOVE. By Andre Dubus III. 
DISSIDENT GARDENS. By Jonathan Lethem. 
DOCTOR SLEEP. By Stephen King. 
DUPLEX. By Kathryn Davis. 
THE END OF THE POINT. By Elizabeth Graver. 
THE FLAMETHROWERS. By Rachel Kushner. 
THE GOLDFINCH. By Donna Tartt. 2014
THE GOOD LORD BIRD. By James McBride. 
A GUIDE TO BEING BORN: Stories. By Ramona Ausubel. 
HALF THE KINGDOM. By Lore Segal. 
I WANT TO SHOW YOU MORE: Stories. By Jamie Quatro. 
THE IMPOSSIBLE LIVES OF GRETA WELLS. By Andrew Sean Greer. 
THE INFATUATIONS. By Javier Marías.
THE INTERESTINGS. By Meg Wolitzer. 
LIFE AFTER LIFE. By Kate Atkinson. 2013
LOCAL SOULS: Novellas. By Allan Gurganus. 
LONGBOURN. By Jo Baker. 2014
LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH. By David Rakoff. 
THE LOWLAND. By Jhumpa Lahiri. 
THE LUMINARIES. By Eleanor Catton. 
MADDADDAM. By Margaret Atwood. 2014
A MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT. By Alexander Maksik. 
METAPHYSICAL DOG. By Frank Bidart. 
OUR ANDROMEDA. By Brenda Shaughnessy. 
SCHRODER. By Amity Gaige.
THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. By Elizabeth Gilbert. 
SOMEONE. By Alice McDermott.
THE SON. By Philipp Meyer. 
THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING. By Juan Gabriel Vásquez. 
SUBMERGENCE. By J. M. Ledgard.
SUBTLE BODIES. By Norman Rush. 
TENTH OF DECEMBER: Stories. By George Saunders.(audiobook)
THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE. By Ayana Mathis. 
THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS. By David Leavitt. 
THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT. By Amy Tan. 
WANT NOT. By Jonathan Miles. 
WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES. By Karen Joy Fowler.2014
*WE NEED NEW NAMES. By NoViolet Bulawayo.
WOKE UP LONELY. By Fiona Maazel. 
THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS. By Claire Messud. (audiobook) 2013


NONFICTION
AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead. By Alan S. Blinder. 
THE AMERICAN WAY OF POVERTY: How the Other Half Still Lives. By Sasha Abramsky. 
THE BARBAROUS YEARS. The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675. By Bernard Bailyn. 
THE BILLIONAIRE’S APPRENTICE: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund. By Anita Raghavan.
THE BLOOD TELEGRAM: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide. By Gary J. Bass. 
BOOK OF AGES: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. By Jill Lepore. 
THE BOY DETECTIVE: A New York Childhood. By Roger Rosenblatt. 
THE BULLY PULPIT: Theodore Roose­velt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. By Doris Kearns Goodwin. 
THE CANCER CHRONICLES: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery. By George Johnson. 
CATASTROPHE 1914: Europe Goes to War. By Max Hastings. 
COMMAND AND CONTROL: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. By Eric Schlosser.
COUNTRY GIRL: A Memoir. By Edna O’Brien. 
DAYS OF FIRE: Bush and Cheney in the White House. By Peter Baker.
ECSTATIC NATION: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877. By Brenda Wine­apple. 
EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China. By Jung Chang. 
THE FARAWAY NEARBY. By Rebecca Solnit.
FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. By Sheri Fink. 
GOING CLEAR: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. By Lawrence Wright. 
THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945. By Rick Atkinson. 
THE HEIR APPARENT: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince. By Jane Ridley. 
A HOUSE IN THE SKY. By Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. 
JONATHAN SWIFT: His Life and His World. By Leo Damrosch. 
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR: The Path to a Better Way of Death. By Katy Butler. 
LAWRENCE IN ARABIA: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. By Scott Anderson. 
LEAN IN: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. By Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (audiobook)
LOST GIRLS: An Unsolved American Mystery. By Robert Kolker.
MADNESS, RACK, AND HONEY: Collected Lectures. By Mary Ruefle.
MANSON: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. By Jeff Guinn. 
MARGARET FULLER: A New American Life. By Megan Marshall. 
MEN WE REAPED: A Memoir. By Jesmyn Ward. 
MISS ANNE IN HARLEM: The White Women of the Black Renaissance. By Carla Kaplan. 
MY BELOVED WORLD. By Sonia Sotomayor.
MY PROMISED LAND: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. By Ari Shavit. 
PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR: An Adventure. By Artemis Cooper. 
THE RIDDLE OF THE LABYRINTH: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code. By Margalit Fox. 
THE SKIES BELONG TO US: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. By Brendan I. Koer­ner. 
THE SLEEPWALKERS: How Europe Went to War in 1914. By Christopher Clark. 
THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD: And How They Got That Way. By Amanda Ripley. 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. By David Finkel. 
THE THIRD COAST: When Chicago Built the American Dream. By Thomas Dyja. 
THIS TOWN: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America’s Gilded Capital. By Mark Leibovich. 
THOSE ANGRY DAYS: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941. By Lynne Olson. 
TO SAVE EVERYTHING, CLICK HERE: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. By Evgeny Morozov. 
TO THE END OF JUNE: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care. By Cris Beam..
UNTHINKABLE: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy. By Kenneth M. Pollack. 
THE UNWINDING: An Inner History of the New America. By George Packer. 
THE WAR THAT ENDED PEACE: The Road to 1914. By Margaret Mac­Millan. 
WAVE. By Sonali Deraniyagala. 
WILD ONES: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America. By Jon Mooallem. 
YEAR ZERO: A History of 1945. By Ian Buruma. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Anne Perry's Christmas Novellas

1. A Christmas Journey  
2. A Christmas Visitor audiobook 2013
3. A Christmas Guest  
4. A Christmas Secret audiobook 2013
5. A Christmas Beginning audiobook 2014
6. A Christmas Grace audiobook 2014
7. A Christmas Promise audiobook 2013
8. A Christmas Odyssey
9. A Christmas Homecoming
10. A Christmas Garland
11. A Christmas Hope: A Novel

Saturday, December 22, 2012

NY Times Notable Books 2012

FICTION & POETRY
 
ALIF THE UNSEEN. By G. Willow Wilson. 
ALMOST NEVER. By Daniel Sada. 
AN AMERICAN SPY. By Olen Steinhauer. 
ARCADIA. By Lauren Groff. 
AT LAST. By Edward St. Aubyn. 
BEAUTIFUL RUINS. By Jess Walter. 
BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK. By Ben Fountain. 
BLASPHEMY. By Sherman Alexie. 
THE BOOK OF MISCHIEF: New and Selected Stories. By Steve Stern. 
BRING UP THE BODIES. By Hilary Mantel. 
BUILDING STORIES. By Chris Ware. 
BY BLOOD. By Ellen Ullman. 
CANADA. By Richard Ford. 
CARRY THE ONE. By Carol Anshaw. 
CITY OF BOHANE. By Kevin Barry. 
COLLECTED POEMS. By Jack Gilbert. 
DEAR LIFE: Stories. By Alice Munro. 
THE DEVIL IN SILVER. By Victor LaValle. 
ENCHANTMENTS. By Kathryn Harrison. 
FLIGHT BEHAVIOR. By Barbara Kingsolver. 
FOBBIT. By David Abrams. 
THE FORGETTING TREE. By Tatjana Soli. 
GATHERING OF WATERS. By Bernice L. McFadden.
GODS WITHOUT MEN. By Hari Kunzru.
HHhH. By Laurent Binet. Translated by Sam Taylor. 
A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING. By Dave Eggers. 
HOME. By Toni Morrison. 
HOPE: A TRAGEDY. By Shalom Auslander. 
HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? By Sheila Heti.
IN ONE PERSON. By John Irving. 
A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME. By Wiley Cash. 
MARRIED LOVE: And Other Stories. By Tessa Hadley. 
NW. By Zadie Smith. 
ON THE SPECTRUM OF POSSIBLE DEATHS. By Lucia Perillo. 
PURE. By Julianna Baggott. 
THE RIGHT-HAND SHORE. By Christopher Tilghman. 
THE ROUND HOUSE. By Louise Erdrich. 
SALVAGE THE BONES. By Jesmyn Ward. 
SAN MIGUEL. By T. Coraghessan Boyle. 
SHINE SHINE SHINE. By Lydia Netzer. 
SHOUT HER LOVELY NAME. By Natalie Serber. 
SILENT HOUSE. By Orhan Pamuk. Translated by Robert Finn. 
THE STARBOARD SEA. By Amber Dermont. 
SWEET TOOTH. By Ian McEwan.
SWIMMING HOME. By Deborah Levy. 
TELEGRAPH AVENUE. By Michael Chabon. 
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY. By Colm Toibin
THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER. By Junot Díaz.
THREE STRONG WOMEN. By Marie NDiaye. Translated by John Fletcher. 
TOBY’S ROOM. By Pat Barker. 
WATERGATE. By Thomas Mallon. 
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK: Stories. By Nathan Englander. 
THE YELLOW BIRDS. By Kevin Powers. 




NONFICTION
ALL WE KNOW: Three Lives. By Lisa Cohen. 
AMERICAN TAPESTRY: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama. By Rachel L. Swarns. 
AMERICAN TRIUMVIRATE: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf. By James Dodson. 
ARE YOU MY MOTHER? A Comic Drama. By Alison Bechdel. 
BARACK OBAMA: The Story. By David Maraniss. 
BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. By Katherine Boo. 
BELZONI: The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate. By Ivor Noël Hume. 
THE BLACK COUNT: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. By Tom Reiss. 
BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History. By Florence Williams. 
COMING APART: The State of White America, 1960-2010. By Charles Murray. 
DARWIN’S GHOSTS: The Secret History of Evolution. By Rebecca Stott. 
A DISPOSITION TO BE RICH: How a Small-Town Preacher’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States. By Geoffrey C. Ward. 
FAR FROM THE TREE: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. By Andrew Solomon. 
FLAGRANT CONDUCT. The Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans. By Dale Carpenter. 
THE FOLLY OF FOOLS: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life. By Robert Trivers. 
THE GREY ALBUM: On the Blackness of Blackness. By Kevin Young. 
HAITI: The Aftershocks of History. By Laurent Dubois. 
HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. By Paul Tough. 
HOW MUSIC WORKS. By David Byrne. 
IRON CURTAIN: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956. By Anne Applebaum. 
KAYAK MORNING: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats. By Roger Rosenblatt. 
LINCOLN’S CODE: The Laws of War in American History. By John Fabian Witt. 
LITTLE AMERICA: The War Within the War for Afghanistan. By Rajiv Chandrasekaran. 
MEMOIR OF A DEBULKED WOMAN: Enduring Ovarian Cancer. By Susan Gubar. 
MY POETS. By Maureen N. McLane. 
THE OBAMAS. By Jodi Kantor. 
ODDLY NORMAL: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality. By John Schwartz. 
ON A FARTHER SHORE: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson. By William Souder. 
ON SAUDI ARABIA: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines — and Future. By Karen Elliott House. 
THE ONE: The Life and Music of James Brown. By RJ Smith. 
THE PASSAGE OF POWER: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. By Robert A. Caro. 
THE PATRIARCH: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy. By David Nasaw. 
PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo — and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up. By Richard Lloyd Parry. 
RED BRICK, BLACK MOUNTAIN, WHITE CLAY: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival. By Christopher Benfey. 
RULE AND RUIN. The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party: From Eisenhower to the Tea Party. By Geoffrey Kabaservice.
SAUL STEINBERG: A Biography. By Deirdre Bair. 
SHOOTING VICTORIA: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy. By Paul Thomas Murphy.
SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. By Timothy Egan. 
THE SOCIAL CONQUEST OF EARTH. By Edward O. Wilson. 
SOMETIMES THERE IS A VOID: Memoirs of an Outsider. By Zakes Mda. 
SPILLOVER: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. By David Quammen. 
THE TASTE OF WAR: World War II and the Battle for Food. By Lizzie Colling­ham. 
THOMAS JEFFERSON: The Art of Power. By Jon Meacham. 
VICTORY: The Triumphant Gay Revolution. By Linda Hirshman. 
WHEN GOD TALKS BACK: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God. By T. M. Luhrmann. 
WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? By Jeanette Winterson.
WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST? An Existential Detective Story. By Jim Holt. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Matthew Shardlake by CJ Sansom

Dissolution
Dark Fire
Sovereign
Revelation
Heartstone

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Deon Meyer

  • (1994) Wie met vuur speel
  • (1996) Feniks ( English title: Dead Before Dying)
  • (1997) Bottervisse in die jêm: 13 kortverhale (A collection of thirteen short stories)
  • (2000) Orion (also dramatized for television) (English title: Dead at Daybreak)
  • (2002) Proteus (English title: Heart of the Hunter)
  • (2004) Infanta (English title: Devil's Peak)
  • (2007) Onsigbaar (English title: Blood Safari)
  • (2009) "Transito" (series written for television)
  • (2009) 13 Uur (English title: Thirteen Hours)
  • (2010) Karoonag en ander verhale (A collection of short stories)
  • (2010) Spoor (English title: Trackers)
  • (2011) 7 Dae (English title: Seven Days)
  •                       (English title: Cobra)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mrs Pollifax

by Dorothy Gilman

1. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
2. The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax
3. The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax
4. A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax
5. Mrs. Pollifax on Safari
6. Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station
7. Mrs Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha
8. Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle
9. Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish
10. Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief
11. Mrs. Pollifax Pursued
12. Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer
13. Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist
14. Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MRE: Kate Atkinson

Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995)
Human Croquet (1997)
Emotionally Weird (2000)
Not the End of the World (2002) 2014
Life After Life (2013) 2013


Featuring Jackson Brodie
Case Histories (2004)
One Good Turn (2006)
When Will There Be Good News? (2008)
Started Early, Took My Dog (2010)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Commissario Guido Brunetti

by Donna Leon

1. Death at La Fenice
2. Death in a Strange Country
3. The Anonymous Venetian / Dressed for Death
4. A Venetian Reckoning / Death and Judgement
5. Acqua Alta / Death in High Water
6. The Death of Faith / Quietly in Their Sleep
7. A Noble Radiance
8. Fatal Remedies
9. Friends in High Places
10. A Sea of Troubles
11. Wilful Behaviour
12. Uniform Justice
13. Doctored evidence
14. Blood from a Stone
15. Through a glass, darkly
16. Suffer the Little Children
17. The Girl of His Dreams
18. About Face
19. A Question of Belief
20. Drawing Conclusions

Sunday, February 12, 2012

MRE: Douglas Coupland

Fiction
Generation X (1991) slight review
Shampoo Planet (1992)
Life After God (1994)
Microserfs (1995)
Girlfriend in a Coma (1998)
Miss Wyoming (2000)
All Families are Psychotic (2001) before blogging
God Hates Japan (2001) only in Japanese
Hey Nostradamus! (2003) before blogging (loved!)
Eleanor Rigby (2004) review
jPod (2006) longlisted Giller
The Gum Thief (2007) review
Generation A (2009) review
Player One (2010)
Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People (2011) (with Graham Roumieou)

Non-Fiction
Polaroids from the Dead (1996)
Lara's Book:Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider Phenomenom
City of Glass (2001) updated version (2010)
Souvenir of Canada (2002) review
School Spirit (2002)
Souvenir of Canada 2 (2004)
Terry (2005)
Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan (2009)

MRE: Tracy Chevalier

The Virgin Blue (1997) review
The Girl With the Pearl Earring (1999) read before blogging
Falling Angels (2001) revie
The Lady and the Unicorn (2003) read before blogging
Burning Bright (2007) read in 2013
Remarkable Creatures (2009) read in 2015
The Last Runaway (2012)
At the Edge of the Orchard (March 2016)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Flavia de Luce Mysteries

by Alan Bradley

1. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
2. The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag oct 12
3. A Red Herring Without Mustard nov 12
4. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows dec 12
5. Speaking From Among the Bones feb 13
6. Dead in Their Vaulted Arches feb 14
7. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust  feb 15

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NYT Notable Books 2011

 FICTION AND POETRY (2/45)

THE ANGEL ESMERALDA: Nine Stories.By Don DeLillo.
THE ART OF FIELDING. By Chad Harbach.
THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES. By Héctor Tobar.
BIG QUESTIONS. Or, Asomatognosia: Whose Hand Is It Anyway? Written and illustrated by Anders Brekhus Nilsen.
THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC. By Julie Otsuka. April 2012
CANTI. By Giacomo Leopardi. Translated by Jonathan Galassi.
THE CAT’S TABLE. By Michael Ondaatje.
CHANGÓ’S BEADS AND TWO-TONE SHOES. By William Kennedy.
COME ON ALL YOU GHOSTS. By Matthew Zapruder.
*11/22/63. By Stephen King.
THE FREE WORLD. By David Bezmozgis.
GHOST LIGHTS. By Lydia Millet.
THE GRIEF OF OTHERS. By Leah Hager Cohen.
GRYPHON: New and Selected Stories. By Charles Baxter.
HOUSE OF HOLES: A Book of Raunch. By Nicholson Baker.
THE LAST WEREWOLF. By Glen Duncan.
THE LEFTOVERS. By Tom Perrotta.
LIFE ON MARS. By Tracy K. Smith.
THE LONDON TRAIN. By Tessa Hadley
LONG, LAST, HAPPY: New and Selected Stories. By Barry Hannah.
LOST MEMORY OF SKIN. By Russell Banks.
THE MARRIAGE PLOT. By Jeffrey Eugenides.
A MOMENT IN THE SUN. By John Sayles.
MR. FOX. By Helen Oyeyemi.
MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE. By Francine Prose.
1Q84. By Haruki Murakami. Translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel.
OPEN CITY. By Teju Cole.
THE PALE KING: An Unfinished Novel. By David Foster Wallace.
PARALLEL STORIES. By Peter Nadas. Translated by Imre Goldstein.
SAY HER NAME. By Francisco Goldman.
SCENES FROM VILLAGE LIFE. By Amos Oz. Translated by Nicholas de Lange
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING. By Julian Barnes.
SEVEN YEARS. By Peter Stamm. Translated by Michael Hofmann.
SHARDS. By Ismet Prcic.
SPACE, IN CHAINS. By Laura Kasischke.
STONE ARABIA. By Dana Spiotta.
THE STRANGER’S CHILD. By Alan Hollinghurst.
THE SUBMISSION. By Amy Waldman.
SWAMPLANDIA! By Karen Russell.
TALLER WHEN PRONE: Poems. By Les Murray.
TEN THOUSAND SAINTS. By Eleanor Henderson.
THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE. By Helen Schulman.
THE TIGER’S WIFE. By Téa Obreht.
THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. By Arthur Phillips.
TRAIN DREAMS. By Denis Johnson.

NON-FICTION

AND SO IT GOES. Kurt Vonnegut: A Life. By Charles J. Shields.
ARGUABLY: Essays. By Christopher Hitchens.
THE ART OF CRUELTY: A Reckoning. By Maggie Nelson.
ASSASSINS OF THE TURQUOISE PALACE. By Roya Hakakian.
THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY: Explanations That Transform the World. By David Deutsch.
BELIEVING IS SEEING: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography. By Errol Morris.
THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: Why Violence Has Declined. By Steven Pinker.
BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. By Gabrielle Hamilton.
BLUE NIGHTS. By Joan Didion.
THE BOY IN THE MOON: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son. By Ian Brown.
CARAVAGGIO: A Life Sacred and Profane. By Andrew Graham-Dixon.
CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman. By Robert K. Massie.
CLARENCE DARROW: Attorney for the Damned. By John A. Farrell.
COCKTAIL HOUR UNDER THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS. By Alexandra Fuller.
DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President. By Candice Millard.
THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE: Nonfictions, Etc. By Jonathan Lethem.
1861: The Civil War Awakening. By Adam Goodheart.
EXAMINED LIVES: From Socrates to Nietzsche. By James Miller.
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. By Charles C. Mann.
GEORGE F. KENNAN: An American Life. By John Lewis Gaddis.
GREAT SOUL: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India. By Joseph Lelyveld.
HARLEM IS NOWHERE: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America. By Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. (Little, Brown, $24.99.)
HOLY WAR: How Vasco da Gama’s Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations. By Nigel Cliff.
IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin. By Erik Larson.
INFERNO: The World at War, 1939-1945. By Max Hastings.
THE INFORMATION: A History. A Theory. A Flood. By James Gleick.
INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion. By Janet Reitman.
IS THAT A FISH IN YOUR EAR? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. By David Bellos.
JERUSALEM: The Biography. By Simon Sebag Montefiore.
THE KEATS BROTHERS: The Life of John and George. By Denise Gigante.
*KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. By Lisa Randall.
MALCOLM X: A Life of Reinvention. By Manning Marable.
THE MEMORY CHALET. By Tony Judt.
MIDNIGHT RISING: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. By Tony Horwitz.
MOBY-DUCK: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them. By Donovan Hohn.
MY SONG: A Memoir. By Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson.
THE NET DELUSION: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. By Evgeny Morozov.
ONE DAY I WILL WRITE ABOUT THIS PLACE: A Memoir. By Binyavanga Wainaina.
THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution. By Francis Fukuyama.
PAULINE KAEL: A Life in the Dark. By Brian Kellow.
PULPHEAD. By John Jeremiah Sullivan.
THE QUEST: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. By Daniel Yergin.
RIGHTS GONE WRONG: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality. By Richard Thompson Ford.
*RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend. By Susan Orlean.
[SIC]: A Memoir. By Joshua Cody.
THE STORM OF WAR: A New History of the Second World War. By Andrew Roberts.
THE SWERVE: How the World Became Modern. By Stephen Greenblatt.
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW. By Daniel Kahneman.
TO A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET. By Colin Thubron.
TO END ALL WARS: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. By Adam Hochschild.
A TRAIN IN WINTER: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France. By Caroline Moorehead.
VAN GOGH: The Life. By Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
WHO’S AFRAID OF POST-BLACKNESS? What It Means to Be Black Now. By Touré.
WHY THE WEST RULES — FOR NOW: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future. By Ian Morris.
A WORLD ON FIRE: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War. By Amanda Foreman.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Inspector Darko Dawson

by Kwai Quartey

1. The Wife of the Gods
2. Children of the Street
3. Murder at Cape Three Points (march 2014?)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Dublin Murder Squad

by Tana French

1. In the Woods March 2011
2. The Likeness  August 2011
3. Faithful Place March 2012
4. Broken Harbour August 2012
5. The Secret Place  2014