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The Forgetting Room by Nick Bantock

A man inherits his estranged grandfather’s estate in Spain. Expecting to encounter the works of the deceased painter in the studio, the man becomes drawn into a conundrum which, in turn, guides him through his own growth as an artist.

The Innocent by David Baldacci

I like a good, action packed, thriller in between historical biographies and such, and David Baldacci never fails to deliver. Though his novels are considered fiction, you have to wonder how close his story lines are to real life scenarios, he is obviously very knowledgeable of his subject matter. Every Baldacci I’ve read (this is the 3rd), I’ve enjoyed even more than the previous.

Night of the Fox – Jack Higgins

Sometimes, the time is right for a quick and entertaining read to get your mind off the day to day grind. Night of the Fox by Jack Higgins just happened to appear in front of me so I picked it… Continue Reading →

The Confession – John Grisham

Having recently read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, this story is oddly similar in that it portrays social injustice in the deep south. The difference being that this story takes place over a half a century later in modern society.

The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

An English teacher back in High School assigned us 2 books to read one winter: McTeague by Frank Norris and The Child Buyer by John Hersey. I remember McTeague as being a fairly enjoyable book, but I don’t believe I… Continue Reading →

The Racketeer – John Grisham

My first Grisham since “The Innocent Man”, I couldn’t put it down. John Grisham has returned to the style that made him champion of the court room drama.

Poland – James Michener

One year after my first Michener novel, Recessional, I experienced my second. James Michener is the master of the historical novel and Poland one of his finest at the time of it’s publication.

Shock – Robin Cook

Every now and then, I need to change up my reading habits a little with a book of fiction. Robin Cook is one of the best for medical thrillers.

The Horse and His Boy – The Chronicles of Narnia – Volume 5 – C.S. Lewis

With the complete 7 volume set resting on a bookshelf at Dad’s house, I have been interested in reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis for a several months now, but when a small, 217 page, paperback volume of “The Horse and His Boy” recently found itself in my possession, I decided to go ahead and delve into the chronicles starting with the 5th volume.

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

Of course I’ve heard of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and the “beat” movement, but until recently, did not realize how much my life has been influenced through music, movies and literature sparked by the “postmodern” generation.

Andersonville – MacKinlay Kantor

Not until I finished Kantor’s Andersonville did I learn about the award winning movie titled Andersonville. Not bad, an Emmy and a Pulitzer! But, further research indicates that the rights to a motion picture were indeed sold to Hollywood, but the film Andersonville is not the same property as the novel Andersonville, though the historically real Jim L. Ransom, whose diary the film is based upon, is also a character in the novel.

Recessional by James Michener

James Michener is regarded as one of America’s great twentieth century writers. His writings are largely fiction but based on actual historical eras, surroundings and events. This I only knew from reading about the author and hearsay, until I picked-up… Continue Reading →

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