Bear Witness by Mary Gaitskill ( B-) A juror examines her own life after listening to the facts of a brutal crime. Belles on Their Toes (Cheaper by the Dozen #2) by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey ( B-) In book two we’ve moved from fun, innocent efficiency stories to tales of death, smoking, and loneliness. Crooked River by Preston & Childs ( C+) After 99 severed feet wash up on Sanibel Island Pendergast is called to investigate in this ho-hum easy read thriller. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ( B) I kept forgetting this wasn’t a real band. Dugan’s Bistro and The Legend of The Bearded Lady by Owen Keehnen ( B+) Owen is keeping local Chicago LGBT history alive. This fascinating tale would be a great mini-series. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover ( A) A fascinating look into one woman’s upbringing in a anti-government “off-the-grid” family and her escape into the real world. A must read! Graceful Burdens by Roxanna Gay ( C) Unlicensed women must turn their babies over to the library system to be loaned to fit mothers in this dystopian (?) short story. Halfway to Free by Emma Donoghue ( C) In the future people are strongly discouraged from reproducing in order to curb the population. Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg ( B) – Sweet, if not a bit frustrating follow-up to “Openly Straight” about a jock who’s figuring out his sexuality. Interference by Brad Parks ( B) – A quantum physicist is kidnapped and the virus that “entangled” with him may lead to his rescue. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel ( A) – A fascinating history of something that seems to minor to us today. Luck, or Something Like It by Kenny Rogers ( B) It was interesting even if you don’t care about Rogers. My Antonia by Willa Cather ( D) – As much as I loved “O, Pioneers” was the amount I hated this drawn out clunker. My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder ( A-) Leah feels…lost until Jasper comes along. Soon the girls are sharing secrets and making plans that the adults won’t approve of. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ( B+) A time-travelling sex romp. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston ( A-) – The President’s son and the Prince of England fight and flirt in this engrossing YA novel. Sweet Virginia by Caroline Kepnes ( C) – A mother slightly bored with her life gets involved in a shady on-line flirtatious affair with a stranger. The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson (and Michael Crichton but not really.) ( C+) This sequel to the original has a great premise but I couldn’t get into this author’s writing style. The Contractors by Lisa Ko ( B) Two women working for the same company work together to expose their employer. The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish ( B+) – Tragedy forces Ethan and his family to move to Georgia where he meets a new friend and helps solve a mystery. Sweet and tragic. The Lost Man by Jane Harper ( B) – Two brothers find their third dead in the Australian outback in a very mysterious way. The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers ( B+) – Fascinating and easily digestible true story of one man’s crazy idea to restore the Yemini coffee market to its former glory. The Next to Die by Sophie Hannah ( D) – One of the most boring, nonsensical murder “mysteries” I have ever read. And the motivation was laughable. This is my first and subsequently last book by her. This Telling by Cheryl Strayed ( A-) Short story about a young girl in 1954 that gets pregnant and the fall out from her decision. Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz ( B)- Aretha made him remove all of the controversial things from her autobiography so he published this unauthorized version. Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson ( B+) “The true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of WWII”. Shine, Pamela! Shine! by Kate Atkinson ( C) What started out as an interesting examination of a down-trodden divorcée takes a weird turn in the last pages. It’s like author just got bored and quit. Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen ( D) What started off as an intriguing mystery devolved into a ludicrous “comedy” crime caper. Trace Elements by Donna Leon ( B) – A dying woman’s cryptic confession leads Brunetti on a quest to put the pieces together about a potential murder. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor – ( B) – Sweet, sad book about a special needs boy who moves to a new town after the death of his best friend. The Whisper Man by Alex North ( B) – A suspenseful beach read. Kids are murdered, cops are angry, legends are born. The usual.
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