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
8. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd nov 16

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.  2016
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

6. The Trespasser 2016

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Spellman Files

by Lisa Lutz

1. The Spellman Files
2. The Curse of the Spellmans
3. Revenge of the Spellmans
4. The Spellmans Strike Again
5. The Trail of the Spellmans 
6. The Last Word 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

MRE: Carol Shields Collection

novels
Small Ceremonies, 1976 my review
The Box Garden, 1977 (Later published in a joint edition with Small Ceremonies as Duet) my review
Happenstance, 1980 my review
A Fairly Conventional Woman, 1982 (published with Happenstance as The Wife's Tale and The Husband's Tale)
Swann: A Mystery, 1987 my review
A Celibate Season, my review 1991 (with Blanche Howard)
The Republic of Love, 1992
The Stone Diaries, my review 1993 (winner of the Governor General's Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize)
Larry's Party, 1997 (winner of the Orange Prize, and the Prix de Livre), my review
Unless, 2002 my review (winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the 2003 Orange Prize)


short story collections
Various Miracles, 1985 my review
The Orange Fish, 1989
Dressing Up for the Carnival, 2000 my review
Collected Stories. Toronto: Random House, 2004.


Criticism
Susanna Moodie: Voice and Vision, 1976

Biography 
Jane Austen. New York: Viking, 2001.

Anthologies
Dropped Threads: What We aren't Told. Toronto: Vintage, 2001. (edited with Marjorie Anderson)
Dropped Threads 2: More of What We aren't Told. Toronto: Vintage, 2003. (edited with Marjorie Anderson)

Letters
A Memoir of Friendship: the letters between Carol Shields and Blanche Howard
The Staircase Letters: an extraordinary friendship at the end of life my review

Saturday, May 14, 2011

NY Times Notable Books 2010

read 5/48

AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE By David Goodwillie.
ANGELOLOGY By Danielle Trussoni.
THE ASK By Sam Lipsyte.
BOUND By Antonya Nelson.
COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY By Hans Keilson. Translated by Damion Searls.
DOUBLE HAPPINESS: Stories By Mary-Beth Hughes.
FOREIGN BODIES By Cynthia Ozick.
FREEDOM By Jonathan Franzen.
FUN WITH PROBLEMS: Stories By Robert Stone.
GIRL BY THE ROAD AT NIGHT: A Novel of Vietnam By David Rabe.
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST By Stieg Larsson.
*GREAT HOUSE By Nicole Krauss.
HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE By Charles Yu.
HOW TO READ THE AIR By Dinaw Mengestu.
I CURSE THE RIVER OF TIME By Per Petterson. Translated by Charlotte Barslund with Per Petterson.
ILUSTRADO By Miguel Syjuco.
THE IMPERFECTIONISTS By Tom Rachman.
THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE By Julie Orringer.
LISA ROBERTSON’S MAGENTA SOUL WHIP By Lisa Robertson.
THE LIVING FIRE: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2010 By Edward Hirsch.
*THE LONG SONG By Andrea Levy. 2014
THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY By Zachary Mason.
THE LOTUS EATERS By Tatjana Soli.
*MATTERHORN: A Novel of the Vietnam War By Karl Marlantes.
MEMORY WALL: Stories By Anthony Doerr.
MR. PEANUT By Adam Ross.
THE NEAREST EXIT By Olen Steinhauer.
THE NEW YORKER STORIES By Ann Beattie.
ONE DAY By David Nicholls.
THE PRIVILEGES By Jonathan Dee.
ROOM By Emma Donoghue.
THE SAME RIVER TWICE By Ted Mooney.
SELECTED STORIES. By William Trevor.
*SHADOW TAG By Louise Erdrich.
SOLAR By Ian McEwan.
SOMETHING RED By Jennifer Gilmore.
SOURLAND: Stories By Joyce Carol Oates.
THE SPOT: Stories By David Means.
*SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY By Gary Shteyngart.
THE SURRENDERED By Chang-rae Lee.
*THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET By David Mitchell.
THE THREE WEISSMANNS OF WESTPORT By Cathleen Schine.
TO THE END OF THE LAND By David Grossman. Translated by Jessica Cohen.
VIDA By Patricia Engel.
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD By Jennifer Egan.
WHAT BECOMES: Stories By A. L. Kennedy.
WHITE EGRETS: Poems By Derek Walcott.
WILD CHILD: Stories By T. Coraghessan Boyle.


NONFICTION (read 2)


ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera.
APOLLO’S ANGELS: A History of Ballet. By Jennifer Homans.
BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women. By Rebecca Traister.
THE BOOK IN THE RENAISSANCE. By Andrew Pettegree.
THE BRIDGE: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama. By David Remnick.
CHANGING MY MIND: Occasional Essays. By Zadie Smith.
CHARLIE CHAN: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History. By Yunte Huang.
CHRISTIANITY: The First Three Thousand Years. By Diarmaid MacCulloch.
CLEOPATRA: A Life. By Stacy Schiff.
COLONEL ROOSEVELT. By Edmund Morris.
COMMON AS AIR: Revolution, Art, and Ownership. By Lewis Hyde.
CONTESTED WILL: Who Wrote Shakespeare? By James Shapiro.
COUNTRY DRIVING: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory. By Peter Hessler.
THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A Biography of Cancer. By Siddhartha Mukherjee.
EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. By S. C. Gwynne.
ENCOUNTER. By Milan Kundera. Translated by Linda Asher.
THE FIERY TRIAL: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. By Eric Foner.
FINISHING THE HAT: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes. By Stephen Sondheim.
FOUR FISH: The Future of the Last Wild Food. By Paul Greenberg.
HITCH-22: A Memoir. By Christopher Hitchens.
THE HONOR CODE: How Moral Revolutions Happen. By Kwame Anthony Appiah.
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. By Rebecca Skloot.
INSECTOPEDIA. By Hugh Raffles.
KOESTLER: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic. By Michael Scammell.
THE LAST BOY: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood. By Jane Leavy.
LAST CALL: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. By Daniel Okrent.
THE LAST HERO: A Life of Henry Aaron. By Howard Bryant.
THE LAST STAND: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. By Nathaniel Philbrick.
LIFE. By Keith Richards with James Fox.
LONG FOR THIS WORLD: The Strange Science of Immortality. By Jonathan Weiner.
THE MIND’S EYE. By Oliver Sacks.
OPERATION MINCEMEAT: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory. By Ben Macintyre.
ORIGINS: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives. By Annie Murphy Paul.
PARISIANS: An Adventure History of Paris. By Graham Robb
PEARL BUCK IN CHINA: Journey to “The Good Earth.” By Hilary Spurling. 
POPS: A Life of Louis Armstrong. By Terry Teachout.
THE POSSESSED: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. By Elif Batuman.
THE PRICE OF ALTRUISM: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness. By Oren Harman.
THE PROMISE: President Obama, Year One. By Jonathan Alter.
THE PUBLISHER: Henry Luce and His American Century. By Alan Brinkley.
RATIFICATION: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. By Pauline Maier.
THE SABBATH WORLD: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time. By Judith Shulevitz.
SCORPIONS: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices. By Noah Feldman.
SECRET HISTORIAN: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade. By Justin Spring.
SUPREME POWER: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. By Jeff Shesol.
THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith. By Joan Schenkar.
THE TENTH PARALLEL: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. By Eliza Griswold.
TRAVELS IN SIBERIA. By Ian Frazier.
THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. By Isabel Wilkerson.
WASHINGTON: A Life. By Ron Chernow. s.
*THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. By Susan Casey.
WILLIE MAYS: The Life, the Legend. By James S. Hirsch.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

An Irish Country Series

 An Irish Country Series by Patrick Taylor

An Irish Country Doctor Mar/11
An Irish Country Village Dec/11
An Irish Country Christmas Dec/13

An Irish Country Girl audiobook June/14

An Irish Country Courtship
A Dublin Student Doctor
An Irish Country Wedding
Fingal O`Reilly, Irish Doctor

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo

1. The Batman
2. The Cockroaches
3. The Redbreast April 2011

4. Nemesis Oct 2013
5. The Devil's Star
6. The Redeemer
7. The Snowman
8. The Leopard