Tuesday, December 4, 2018

NYT Notable Books 2018

    Fiction & Poetry

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Brown by Kevin Young
Cherry by Nico Walker
Crudo by Olivia Laing
Early Work by Andrew Martin
Eternal Life by Dara Horn
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar
Improvement by Joan Silber
In Every Moment We Still Are Alive by Tom Malmquist
The Kites by Romain Gary
Kudo by Rachel Cusk
Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
Last Stories by William Trevor
Macbeth by Jo Nesbø
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors
My Struggle: Book 6 by Karl Ove Knausgaard
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
The Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Lawrence Osborne
The Overstory by Richard Powers
The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Property by Lionel Shriver
Pure Hollywood by Christine Schutt
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
Severance by Ling Ma
Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee
There There by Tommy Orange
A View of the Empire at Sunset by Caryl Phillips
Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
*The Witch Elm by Tana French
Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg


    Nonfiction


    Ali: A Life  by Jonathan Eig
    American Dialogue: The Founders and Us by Joseph J. Ellis
    American Eden: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson
    American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
    Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
    Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
    *Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
    Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis by Sam Anderson
    Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple
    Calypso by David Sedaris
    Churchill: Walking With Destiny by Andrew Roberts
    The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
    The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy
    Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze
    The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey
    Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin
    The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams
    Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy
    Educated by Tara Westover
    Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
    Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther and the Fight for the Western Mind by Michael Massing
    Feel Free by Zadie Smith
    The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman
    The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
    Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien
    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
    Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha
    God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright
    Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
    How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
    In Pieces by Sally Field
    Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade
    *The Library Book by Susan Orlean
    Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani Perry
    Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown
    No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore
    No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid
    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers
    The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
    Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations by Ronen Bergman
    She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
    Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
    The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang
    The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen
    There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald
    These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
    We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler
    What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha
    Why Comics?: From Underground to Everywhere by Hillary Chute
    Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction 2014, 2015, 2016


2016 The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Cynthia Bond, Ruby
Anne Enright, The Green Road

Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen
Hannah Rothschild, The Improbability of Love
Hanya Yangihara, A Little Life


A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
Whispering Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliot
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy
The Anatomist’s Dream by Clio Gray
At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison
Pleasantville by Attica Locke
Girl at War by Sara Nović (US)
The House on the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout


2015  How to Be Both - Ali Smith

The Bees - Laline Paull
A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler
The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters
A God in Every Stone - Kamila Shamsie
Outline - Rachel Cusk

Crooked Heart - Lissa Evans

Aren't We Sisters? - Patricia Ferguson
I Am China - Xiaolu Guo
Dear Thief - Samantha Harvey
Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey
Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel
The Offering - Grace McCleen
The Country of Ice Cream Star - Sandra Newman
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night - Heather O'Neill
The Table of Less Valued Knights - Marie PHillips
The Walk Home - Rachel Seiffert
The Shore - Sara Taylor
After Before - Jemma Wayne
The Life of a Banana - PP Wong


2014
 Eimear McBride, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah 2013
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch 2014
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland 2014

Hannah Kent, Burial Rites 2014
Audrey Magee, The Undertaking

Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam 2014
Suzanne Berne, The Dogs of Littlefield
Fatima Bhutto, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Claire Cameron, The Bear 2014
Lea Carpenter, Eleven Days
M.J. Carter, The Strangler Vine
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
Deborah Kay Davies, Reasons She Goes to the Woods
Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers
Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English
Anna Quindlen, Still Life with Bread Crumbs 2014
Elizabeth Strout, The Burgess Boys 2014
Evie Wyld, All The Birds, Singing  

Women's Prize for Fiction 2017

The Power, Naomi Alderman

Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo 
The Dark Circle, Linda Grant
The Sport of Kings, C.E. Morgan
First Love, Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien

Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood
Little Deaths, Emma Flint
The Mare, Mary Gaitskill
The Lesser Bohemians, Eimear McBride
Midwinter, Fiona Melrose
The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso 
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill 
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain

Sunday, November 26, 2017

NYT NOTABLE BOOKS 2017

Fiction & Poetry



AMERICAN WAR. By Omar El Akkad.
*ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. By Elizabeth Strout.
AUTUMN. By Ali Smith.
BAD DREAMS AND OTHER STORIES. By Tessa Hadley.
BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS. By Lawrence Osborne.
THE BOOK OF JOAN. By Lidia Yuknavitch. A BOY IN WINTER. By Rachel Seiffert.
THE CHANGELING. By Victor LaValle.
CHRISTMAS DAYS: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days. By Jeanette Winterson.
DANCE OF THE JAKARANDA. By Peter Kimani.
THE DARK FLOOD RISES. By Margaret Drabble.
*THE DINNER PARTY: And Other Stories. By Joshua Ferris.
*THE ESSEX SERPENT. By Sarah Perry.
EXIT WEST. By Mohsin Hamid.
FAST. By Jorie Graham.
FIVE-CARAT SOUL. By James McBride.
FOREST DARK. By Nicole Krauss.
4 3 2 1. By Paul Auster.
FRESH COMPLAINT: Stories. By Jeffrey Eugenides.
FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD. By Louise Erdrich.
GIVING GODHEAD. By Dylan Krieger.
HISTORY OF WOLVES. By Emily Fridlund.
HOME FIRE. By Kamila Shamsie.
HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD. By Ottessa Moshfegh.
A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR. By David Grossman. Translated by Jessica Cohen.
THE IDIOT. By Elif Batuman.
ILL WILL. By Dan Chaon.
A KIND OF FREEDOM. By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.
LESS. By Andrew Sean Greer.
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO. By George Saunders.
MANHATTAN BEACH. By Jennifer Egan.
MRS. OSMOND. By John Banville.
MY ABSOLUTE DARLING. By Gabriel Tallent.
NEW PEOPLE. By Danzy Senna.
THE NINTH HOUR. By Alice McDermott.
PACHINKO. By Min Jin Lee.
THE POWER. By Naomi Alderman.
THE REFUGEES. By Viet Thanh Nguyen.
SELECTION DAY. By Aravind Adiga.
A SEPARATION. By Katie Kitamura.
SING, UNBURIED, SING. By Jesmyn Ward.
SIX FOUR. By Hideo Yokoyama. Translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies.
STAY WITH ME. By Ayobami Adebayo.
THE STONE SKY: The Broken Earth: Book Three. By N.K. Jemisin.
TIES. By Domenico Starnone. Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri.
*TRANSIT. By Rachel Cusk.
WAKING LIONS. By Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Translated by Sondra Silverston.
 WHEREAS. By Layli Long Soldier.
 WHITE TEARS. By Hari Kunzru.
 WHO IS RICH? By Matthew Klam. Illustrated by John Cuneo. 



Nonfiction

AGE OF ANGER: A History of the Present. By Pankaj Mishra.
AMERICAN FIRE: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land. By Monica Hesse.
ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES: Essays. By Elena Passarello.
THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL. By Timothy B. Tyson.
*BORN A CRIME: Stories From a South African Childhood. By Trevor Noah.
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. By Kevin Young.
CHURCHILL AND ORWELL: The Fight for Freedom. By Thomas E. Ricks.
THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF ELIZABETH HARDWICK. Selected and with an introduction by Darryl Pinckney.
A COLONY IN A NATION. By Chris Hayes.
THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. By Richard Rothstein.
THE CRISIS OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS CONSTITUTION: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic. By Ganesh Sitaraman.
THE DAWN WATCH: Joseph Conrad in a Global World. By Maya Jasanoff.
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES. By Dan Egan.
DESTINED FOR WAR: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? By Graham Allison.
DEVIL’S BARGAIN: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency. By Joshua Green.
THE EVANGELICALS: The Struggle to Shape America. By Frances FitzGerald.
THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — and Us. By Richard O. Prum.
FASTING AND FEASTING: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray. By Adam Federman.
FLÂNEUSE: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London. By Lauren Elkin.
FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. By Gordon S. Wood. THE FUTURE IS HISTORY: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. By Masha Gessen.
GENERATION REVOLUTION: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East. By Rachel Aspden.
*THE GLASS UNIVERSE: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars. By Dava Sobel.
GRANT. By Ron Chernow.
GREATER GOTHAM: A History of New York City From 1898 to 1919. By Mike Wallace.
THE GULF: The Making of an American Sea. By Jack E. Davis.
HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE: Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play. By Dominic Dromgoole.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU: A Life. By Laura Dassow Walls.
THE HOUSE OF GOVERNMENT: A Saga of the Russian Revolution. By Yuri Slezkine.
THE INVENTION OF ANGELA CARTER: A Biography. By Edmund Gordon.
JANESVILLE: An American Story. By Amy Goldstein.
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. By David Grann.
KRAZY: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White. By Michael Tisserand.
LENIN: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror. By Victor Sebestyen.
LETTERMAN: The Last Giant of Late Night. By Jason Zinoman.
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America. By James Forman Jr.
LOOKING FOR “THE STRANGER”: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic. By Alice Kaplan.
*THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD: A True Story. By Douglas Preston.
NOMADLAND: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. By Jessica Bruder.
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World. By Suzy Hansen.
*PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.By Caroline Fraser.
PRIESTDADDY: A Memoir. By Patricia Lockwood.
THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early Life. By Karin Roffman.
TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City. By Julia Wertz.
TO SIRI WITH LOVE: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines. By Judith Newman.
THE UNDOING PROJECT: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. By Michael Lewis.
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy. By Ta-Nehisi Coates.
WHAT HAPPENED. By Hillary Rodham Clinton.
WORLD WITHOUT MIND: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. By Franklin Foer.
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn. By Wendy Lesser.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

New York Times 100 Notable Books 2016


Fiction & Poetry

ALL THAT MAN IS. By David Szalay.
ANOTHER BROOKLYN. By Jacqueline Woodson.
THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS. By Karan Mahajan.
BARKSKINS. By Annie Proulx.
BEFORE THE FALL. By Noah Hawley.
BEHOLD THE DREAMERS. By Imbolo Mbue.
BLACK WATER. By Louise Doughty.
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD. By Alexander Weinstein.
COLLECTED POEMS 1950-2012. By Adrienne Rich.
COMMONWEALTH. By Ann Patchett.
DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING. By Madeleine Thien.
DON’T LET MY BABY DO RODEO. By Boris Fishman.
END OF WATCH. By Stephen King.
EVERYBODY’S FOOL. By Richard Russo.
THE FORTUNES. By Peter Ho Davies.
A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY. By Jonathan Lethem.
THE GLOAMING. By Melanie Finn.
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS. By Max Porter.
HERE COMES THE SUN. By Nicole Dennis-Benn.
HERE I AM. By Jonathan Safran Foer.
HOMEGOING. By Yaa Gyasi.
HOT MILK. By Deborah Levy.
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS. By Ishion Hutchinson.
I MUST BE LIVING TWICE: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2014. By Eileen Myles.
IZA’S BALLAD. By Magda Szabo. Translated by George Szirtes.
LAROSE. By Louise Erdrich..
THE LIFE-WRITER. By David Constantine.
*THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS. By Edna O’Brien.
LOOK: Poems. By Solmaz Sharif.
THE MIRROR THIEF. By Martin Seay.
MISCHLING. By Affinity Konar.
MISTER MONKEY. By Francine Prose.
*MOONGLOW. By Michael Chabon.
THE MORTIFICATIONS. By Derek Palacio.
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON. By Elizabeth Strout.
NINETY-NINE STORIES OF GOD. By Joy Williams.
THE NIX. By Nathan Hill.
THE NORTH WATER. By Ian McGuire.
NUTSHELL. By Ian McEwan.
REPUTATIONS. By Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Translated by Anne McLean.
*THE SPORT OF KINGS. By C. E. Morgan.
STILL HERE. By Lara Vapnyar.
SWING TIME. By Zadie Smith.
*TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT. By Maria Semple.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. By Colson Whitehead.
VALIANT GENTLEMEN. By Sabina Murray.
THE VEGETARIAN. By Han Kang. Translated by Deborah Smith.
WAR AND TURPENTINE. By Stefan Hertmans. Translated by David McKay.
WEATHERING. By Lucy Wood.
ZERO K. By Don DeLillo.


Nonfiction

ALL THE SINGLE LADIES:Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. By Rebecca Traister.
AMERICAN HEIRESS: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst. By Jeffrey Toobin.
AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFÉ: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails. By Sarah Bakewell.
BLOOD AT THE ROOT: A Racial Cleansing in America.By Patrick Phillips.
BLOOD IN THE WATER: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. By Heather Ann Thompson.
BORN TO RUN. By Bruce Springsteen.
CITY OF DREAMS: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York. By Tyler Anbinder.
DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. By Jane Mayer.
THE DEFENDER: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama. By Ethan Michaeli.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: The War Years and After. Volume Three: 1939-1962. By Blanche Wiesen Cook.
THE ENGLISH AND THEIR HISTORY. By Robert Tombs.
EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City. By Matthew Desmond.
THE FACE OF BRITAIN: A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits. By Simon Schama.
FAR AND AWAY. REPORTING FROM THE BRINK OF CHANGE: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years. By Andrew Solomon.
FROM THE WAR ON POVERTY TO THE WAR ON CRIME: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America.By Elizabeth Hinton.
*THE GENE: An Intimate History. By Siddhartha Mukherjee.
GHETTO: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea. By Mitchell Duneier.
HERO OF THE EMPIRE: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill. By Candice Millard.
HIS FINAL BATTLE: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt. By Joseph Lelyveld.
HITLER: Ascent 1889-1939. By Volker Ullrich. Translated by Jefferson Chase.
HOW EVERYTHING BECAME WAR AND THE MILITARY BECAME EVERYTHING: Tales From the Pentagon. By Rosa Brooks.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS. By David France.
I CONTAIN MULTITUDES: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life. By Ed Yong.
IN THE DARKROOM. By Susan Faludi.
IN GRATITUDE. By Jenny Diski.
AN IRON WIND: Europe Under Hitler. By Peter Fritzsche.
LAB GIRL. By Hope Jahren.
THE LIMOUSINE LIBERAL: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America. By Steve Fraser.
THE MAN WHO KNEW: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan. By Sebastian Mallaby.
NEW ENGLAND BOUND: Slavery and Colonization in Early America. By Wendy Warren.
ORSON WELLES. Volume 3: One-Man Band. By Simon Callow.
THE PEOPLE AND THE BOOKS: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature. By Adam Kirsch.
PLAYING TO THE EDGE: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. By Michael V. Hayden.
PRETENTIOUSNESS: Why It Matters. By Dan Fox.
PUMPKINFLOWERS: A Soldier’s Story. By Matti Friedman.
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS. By Robert F. Worth.
THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between.By Hisham Matar.
THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICAN GROWTH: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War. By Robert J. Gordon.
SECONDHAND TIME: The Last of the Soviets. By Svetlana Alexievich. Translated by Bela Shayevich.
SHIRLEY JACKSON: A Rather Haunted Life. By Ruth Franklin.
SING FOR YOUR LIFE: A Story of Race, Music, and Family. By Daniel Bergner.
STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN LAND: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. By Arlie Russell Hochschild.
TRUEVINE. Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South. By Beth Macy.
UNFORBIDDEN PLEASURES. By Adam Phillips.
WEAPONS OF MATH DESTRUCTION: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. By Cathy O’Neil.
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR. By Paul Kalanithi.
WHEN IN FRENCH: Love in a Second Language. By Lauren Collins.
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. By Carol Anderson.
WHITE TRASH: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. By Nancy Isenberg.
YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT. By Jessi Klein.



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
11. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
12. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

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 (audiobook) 2016
6. The Queen's Accomplice (audiobook) 2017
7. The Paris Spy (audiobook) 2017

8. The Prisoner in the Castle

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)
  •  (2014)           (English title: Cobra)
  • (2016) English Title: Icarus

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)