Category Archives: Fiction

In Search of Silence by Samuel R. Delany

In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume I, 1957-1969; edited by Kenneth R. James. I wasn’t sure how I was going to read this. But I was always going to read it. Delany is one of … Continue reading

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The Reckoning by John Grisham

The Reckoning is a departure from Grisham’s usual legal thrillers. The story is told in three parts. 1. A premeditated crime in rural Mississippi. 2. The Bataan death march (which stands by itself, and doesn’t really drive the story). 3. … Continue reading

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Past Tense by Lee Child

Past Tense: Jack Reacher #23 Jack Reacher left the US Army as a Major (military police) at the age 36. Since then he’s been roaming the country taking odd jobs and investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations. No home, no … Continue reading

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This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave You A family of adult children return to their childhood home to sit Shiva for their father and give each other grief. It’s funny in places, but also depressing. B- 404 pages Amazon Book Preview … Continue reading

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Lafayette by Marc Leepson

From Goodreads:  “The Marquis de Lafayette is an icon of American—and French—history. Lafayette’s life story is the stuff of legend. Born into an aristocratic French family of warriors, made lieutenant in the French Royal Guard at age 14, and married into … Continue reading

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The Stolen Crown by Susan Higgenbotham

The story of the marriage of Elizabeth Woodville King Edward IV, seen through the eyes of her sister Katherine Woodville, makes for unique telling of the War of the Roses.  I enjoyed this one, especially after reading The White Queen by … Continue reading

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The Boys From Brazil by Ira Levin

For decades after World War II, former Nazis were hunted for the purpose of bringing them to justice.  Many were found in South America.  Author Ira Levin took this setting and catapulted it into a unique mystery.  What if Dr. … Continue reading

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