Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Rest, Fiction M-Z and NonFic


California by Edan Lepucki. Post-apocalyptic couple are pregnant and join a community for the help a community should bring.

Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai.  Hundred year house?  Let me tell you about 110 year houses.  Filed stone foundation, old windows, old wiring, poor to little insulation in the walls, weird outlets in the baseboards, old plaster, cramped layout, small kitchen.

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum.  American painter tries to woo his wife after the wife learns of his mistress.

The Quick by Lauren Owen.  I like the title.  Sister goes looking for her brother in 1893 London and finds a supernatural, and dangerous, side of the city.

Eden in Winter by Richard North Patterson.  Not to be confused with Richard Price.  Or James Patterson. Or T. Jefferson Parker.

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman.  Something about a woman who was kidnapped as a child and raised by mysterious group.

The Heist by Daniel Silva.  The movie with the same title was good.

Cut and Thrust by Stuart Woods.  Sounds like a Bernard Cornwell novel.


On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman.  Anthropologist Goffman lived in in a disadvantaged Philadelphia neighborhood for six years.  Many residents were "caught up in a web of warrants and surveillance" by police and Goffman studied how the neighborhood residents lived and worked.

Perfect Theory: a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity by Pedro G. Ferreira. 

Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the capture of the spy ship Pueblo by Jack Cheevers.  No surprise that the crew were tortured.

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