Tag Archives: 1980s

Inca Kola by Matthew Parris

After reading some “ho hum” travelogues through South America, it was a nice change of pace to find one I really enjoyed.  Inca Kola has Parris and three of his travel buddies making their way through Peru during the late 1980’s.  … Continue reading

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Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

I have to admit, I’d never read any of Gary Shteyngart’s books before picking up Little Failure, his memoir.  But the reviews from Goodreads readers were outstanding. There were many, many five star reviews, so I trusted and gave it … Continue reading

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My Own Country by Abraham Verghese

After reading Verghese’s semi-autobiographical novel Cutting For Stone, there was no doubt I wanted to read another of his books.  My Own Country is a non-fiction, a memoir of his five years working with AIDS patients in a small community … Continue reading

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Winter: Notes from Montana by Rick Bass

In the late 1980’s, a young Rick Bass and his wife were searching for the ideal rural location where a writer and his artist wife could let their creative juices flow.  Southerner’s themselves, they traveled to New Mexico and other … Continue reading

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The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher

All I can say is “I can’t believe I took so long to read this!”  I have owned this book for 20 years, and for 20 years it has sat on my shelf collecting dust.  I have always been a … Continue reading

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Paris Was The Place by Susan Conley

The year is 1989. The place is Paris.  Willie Pears has moved to France to be with her brother, Luke, and begins teaching immigrant girls who are hoping for asylum in this new country.  What follows is a moving story … Continue reading

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One is a well written ode to the 1980s wrapped inside a virtual reality science fiction novel. Usually I don’t finish books that have virtual reality in them, but Cline uses it in a way that wasn’t annoying. … Continue reading

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