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The Black Swan

While I find the core messages of this book valuable, the tone of the author was so smug I found myself flipping through it as quickly as I could. The basic theme is that unlikely events are more likely than we think they are, and people often miss them because they fall outside the neat […]

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Goodnight June

June Andersen is very successful professional, but her personal life leaves a lot to be desired. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late […]

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The Lacuna

Barbara Kingsolver is my favorite author. I’ve read most of her books and am collecting them. It was hard for me to get into this particular book (unlike her others), but once I was about half way through the book, I was hooked. It helped for me to read the interview with the author at […]

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie murder mysteries, particularly those with Hercule Poirot as the investigator. I’ve read almost all of them and found this book on my short list of those that are unread. As always, it was a page turner and this one had a hugely surprising ending — a well-kept secret until […]

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A Pirate Looks at Fifty

Aside from the list of books* he ‘d take to a desert island, this book wasn’t that interesting to me and took me forever to finish. I’m not a “parrot head” and I don’t care for the sport of fishing. I certainly wouldn’t qualify as he says he does as having a $500/day fishing habit. […]

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Triptych

Considered one of America’s outstanding crime writers, Karin Slaughter introduces Will Trent in Triptych. This nine (thus far) series fits the Thriller sub-genre. Structuring her book as a Triptych, Slaughter presents first the narrative of Micheal Ormand, second the story of John—a convicted sex offender recently released from jail. In the second she introduces Will […]

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Garnet Hill

Worth investing the time to read. Maureen O’Donnell wakes up one morning to discover her lover in her living room with his throat cut. Their relationship was at the breakup point. His mother is an MEP and head of an international commission. He was a psychologist. Maureen is an incest victim whose mother and sisters […]

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