Books 54 – 60 2013

Now where was I?  Ah.  New York.

Book 54 – New York, by Edward Rutherfurd

A fictionalized history of the city of New York, following several families from the time of the Dutch settlement through 9/11.  It was epic.  There were several historical events of which I was not entirely aware – like how absolutely hideous the riots of 1864 were.  (Then I saw it again on Copper.)  It tended to breeze through some parts and  go into great detail in others, but I was ok with that.  I am going to read every single thing this guy has done.  But it will be very slow going.

Book 55 – We Never Make Mistakes: Two Short Novels, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The “we never make mistakes” is the end of a story of a guy on duty at a train station calling in for backup because he thinks that a man claiming to be a lost soldier might actually be a baddie.  By the time the backup arrives to take the soldier away, our hero isn’t so sure.  And I just gave away the entire story.  Sorry about that.  It was a short story!  But Solzhenitsyn was very good at finding the hearts of the honest among his countrymen and while I can’t say I actually enjoy this stuff, I really appreciate it.

Book 56 – A Theft, by Saul Bellow

A rather convoluted short novel about a woman, her necklace, her nanny and their lovers. And insurance fraud.  It wasn’t fabulous, but I needed somewhere to start with Bellow and this was easy.


Book 57 – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher

This is the most charming thing ever and why isn’t is already on stage?  If there is a Kickstarter, I am so in.



Book 58 – Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates

OK, fine.  I hadn’t heard of it until Kate and Leo did the film.  At least I read it before seeing the Kate and Leo film.  Seriously.  Because I don’t want to see Kate and Leo do this shit.  This story was alarming and depressing at the same time.



Book 59 – Another Deborah Knott book, by Margaret Maron

You know the author has run out of ideas when she brings international espionage to the small town mysteries.  And yet I keep reading.



Book 60 – The Widows of Eastwick, by John Updike

This sequel didn’t suck.  Besides reuniting our heroines, it was a tale of consequences and redemption.  Not exactly a page turner, but the theme played out well.



OK, almost there.


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