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The White Tiger

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Published: 2008 Length: 276 pages I picked this up on a whim at the used book sale last month. I hadn’t really heard anything about it, but it did win the 2008 Man Booker Prize, so I thought I’d take a chance on it. I’m glad I did, because this was a great little… Read more »

The Three Musketeers

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Published: 1844 Narrated by: Simon Vance Translated By: Pevear and Volokhonsky (from French in 2006) Series: D’Artagnan #1 Length: 22:45 (736 pages) Swordplay, bravado, romance, political intrigue, drunken brawls, mistaken identity – there is a lot happening in this well-known novel, which is actually the first of a trilogy of books following D’Artagnan and… Read more »

May in Review

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Books Acquired: Poems by Robert Frost: A Boy’s Will; North of Boston by Robert Frost The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark Conversations by César Aira The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith Bullfighting by Roddy Doyle The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy A Good Year by Peter Mayle The Elegance of the Hedgehog by… Read more »

Garlic and Sapphires

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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl Published: 2005 Length: 334 pages This is Ruth Reichl’s memoir of the time she spent as the restaurant critic for The New York Times, from 1993 to 1999. It begins with her flying to the city after accepting the job and being recognized on the plane…. Read more »

The Human Factor

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The Human Factor by Graham Greene Published: 1978 Length: 347 pages I’ve read two other Greene novels besides this one, The End of the Affair and The Captain and the Enemy, and I’m still not entirely sure what I’m going to get when I pick up one of his books, but I know I love his writing. This is one… Read more »

Waking Gods

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel Published: 2017 Narrated by: Full Cast Series: Themis Files #2 Length: 09:02 (325 pages) This is the sequel to Sleeping Giants and the second novel in the Themis Files trilogy, a series about a team of scientists finding and testing a giant robot found buried on Earth. The first two novels in this trilogy probably… Read more »

Shockaholic

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Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher Published: 2011 Narrated by: Carrie Fisher Length: 04:25 (176 pages) I was very sad to hear of Carrie Fisher’s death last December. I read Wishful Drinking a year ago and really loved it. I’d forgotten at the time that she was a hilarious and talented writer, and I decided that I needed to eventually read everything… Read more »

Amsterdam

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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan Published: 1999 Length: 192 pages Awards: 1998 Man Booker Prize Winner Amsterdam opens at Molly Lane’s memorial as two of her past boyfriends reminisce and pay their respects. One is the lead editor of a struggling newspaper and the other a revered composer. A third suitor, a right-wing politician, is also attending, and after the funeral… Read more »

Company Town

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Company Town by Madeline Ashby Published: 2016 Narrated by: Cecelia Kim Length: 08:58 (285 pages) This is a science fiction crime novel that takes place in a city built on a giant oil rig off the east coast of Canada. It’s the near future, and it’s incredible rare to find someone who hasn’t augmented their body in some way, by… Read more »