Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday Two-fer: To the Woods and Thunder Tree

Two teasers this week from what I lovingly refer to as "random memoirs" -- interesting books about real people living unusual lives. Both are published by OSU Press.

My father squats across the fire from me, stripping willow switches for weenie sticks with his fishing knife.  His closed lips are drawn bowlike into a broad smile; he hasn't shaved.
-- The Thunder Tree: Lessons From an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle. This is a collection of essays about growing up in Colorado, along the unfinished High Line Canal.  It is described as "an environmental coming-of-age story."



I remember a year freezing rain followed a heavy snow, encasing yellow, red, brown, and green stems in ice.  Shrubs were weighted down and bent over, like old women with crumbling bones, their long hair trapped under a layer of snow.
-- To the Woods: Sinking Roots, Living Lightly, and Finding True Home by Evelyn Searle Hess. This is the story of Hess and her husband, who moved to twenty acres of wild land in the foothills of Oregon’s coast range mountains when they were in the mid-fifties.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event. 



Monday, January 30, 2012

Mailobox Monday


Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia at A girl and her books (fka The Printed Page), who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

Alyce at At Home With Books is hosting in January. Please stop by her wonderful blog!

Because I stopped at the wonderful Second Hand Prose bookstore this past weekend, I got a big stack of books last week. This is just some of them:

Map of Another Town: A Memoir of Provence by M. F. K Fisher (perfect for the European Reading Challenge, the Memorable Memoirs Challenge, and the Foodie's Reading Challenge)



Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope



Back When We Were Grownups and Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler

 

Original Sin by P. D. James (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #9)



The General's Daughter by Nelson DeMille (I've been in the mood every since I read, and loved, Cathedral, reviewed here)



To Jerusalem and Back by Saul Bellow (a possibility for the Memorable Memoirs Challenge and one I am particularly interested in after reading The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Sparks. reviewed here)



I also visited the Little Free Library in my neighborhood where I dropped off some books I've finished and snagged a couple of good ones:

Second Honeymoon by Joanna Trollope (love the cover)



Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Review: Dracula



Although vampire stories had been around earlier, it is Bram Stoker's sensational 1897 Dracula that promulgated the iconic version of the garlic-hating, crucifix-fearing, blood-sucking nobleman as Count Dracula, king of the vampires.

The novel is told through a series of documents, including journals, letters, telegrams, ship's logs, and newspaper stories, most written by the protagonists to memorialize their remarkable adventures.  The various writings track the growing comprehension of the vampire hunters, their planning, and the chase for Count Dracula as he attempts to relocate from Transylvania to London.

The book feels fresh and new, despite its age and multiple adaptations.  There is an innovative air to it, in part because of its fast-changing epistolary format, and also because of the gadgetry adopted by the characters.  For example, the doctor dictates his journal to phonographic cylinders and  the heroine brings a manual typewriter on their journey. 

But mostly the book is an excellent adventure story of a band of heroes fighting off an invading force of evil.  It is particularly exciting because the rules of engagement are always changing -- even as the heroes, led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing from Amsterdam, figure out the danger and adopt traditional vampire-fighting methods, Count Dracula adapts and grows stronger and wiser.  The tension is always increasing as the good guys and Dracula vie for the upper hand, right up to the breathtaking finale.

OTHER REVIEWS

Man of la Book (it counts as one of the books for his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge)

Let's Book It

If you would like your review of this book listed here, please leave a comment with a link and I will add it

NOTES

This counts as the "horror" choice for the Back to the Classic Challenge hosted by Sarah at Sarah Reads Too Much, one of the seven classics I read for the 2012 A Classics Challenge hosted by November's Autumn, and one of my "Cherchez le Homme" choices for the Vintage Mystery Challenge hosted by My Reader's Block.



It also counts as one of my audiobooks for the 2012 Audio Book Challenge. The unabridged audio version I listened to was very good, although I far preferred the male reader to the female reader.  She went a little overboard with the breathy Victorian sentimentality.  He was excellent, especially with his Dutch accent for Van Helsing that brought a necessary comic touch and made the professor the real star of the show.



Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012 Challenge: Foodies Read 2


FINISHED

Margot and Joyfully Retired is hosting the second Foodies Reading Challenge in 2012 and I am very excited to sign up.

This was one of my favorite challenges in 2011; I read six food books for it.  My wrap-up post is here, with links to my reviews.

This year, I am signing up at the "Pastry Chef" level to read 4 - 8 food-related books. Click the button or link above to go to the main challenge page for details or to sign up.

BOOKS, POSSIBILITIES, & REVIEWS

There are many foodie books on my TBR shelf.  I am going to try to overlap with some of my other challenges, including my TBR challenges, the Non-Fiction Challenge, and the Memorable Memoirs Challenge.

Here is a list of possible choices.  Those I've read are in red, with links to reviews if I did one.

The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights by David E. Gumpert

On the Town in New York by Michael & Ariane Batterberry (reviewed here)

Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family by Patricia Volk

The Tuscan Year: Life and Food in an Italian Valley by Elizabeth Romer

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl (reviewed here)

Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee

Epicurean Delight: The Life and Times of James Beard by Evan Jones

Vie De France: Sharing Food, Friendship and a Kitchen in the Lorie Valle by James Haller (reviewed here)

A Cordiall Water by M. F. K. Fisher

The Feasting Season by Nancy Coons

Dumas on Food: Selections from Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine by Alexandre Dumas

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller (reviewed here)

Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates by Michael Bond (reviewed here)

And it might be a good idea to include this one:

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano

NOTES

Last updated on October 5, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Opening Sentences of the Day: The Thunder Tree and To the Woods

A green ravine creases northeast Seattle, draining into Lake Union near the University of Washington.
-- The Thunder Tree: Lessons From an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, published by OSU Press.

From Library Journal:

"The Thunder Tree" was a huge, hollow old cottonwood in which the author and his brother once found shelter as children from a life-threatening hailstorm. The tree grew along the High Line Canal, built in the late 19th century as part of a grand plan to bring river water to the Western plains for irrigation. Only a portion of the canal was ever built, but that portion happened to run through the city of Aurora, Colorado, where the author lived as a child and young adult. This book is a collection of essays about the High Line Canal and the butterflies, magpies, cottonwoods, and other living things that existed nearby. Pyle's recollections about growing up in Aurora with his family and friends in the 1950s add a personal dimension. In a broader sense, this book is about the relationship between people and natural areas and how each affects the other. Pyle, who has a Ph.D. in ecology from Yale, is the author of Wintergreen as well as several guides to butterflies. - William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames


In our mid-fifties, my husband and I left the toys and noise of urban society for the company of jumping mice, winter wrens, and dark nights full of stars and cricket song.
-- from the author's Preface to To the Woods: Sinking Roots, Living Lightly, and Finding True Home by Evelyn Searle Hess, also published by OSU Press.
I stumble groggily to the propane heater, match box in hand, twist open the tank valves, and depress the red button to the count of thirty.
-- from the opening chapter.

Publisher's Description:

To the Woods is a tale of adventure, inspiration, and living life in concert with nature. It is the true story of Evelyn Searle Hess, who, in her late fifties, walked away from the world of modern conveniences to build a new life with her husband on twenty acres of wild land in the foothills of Oregon’s coast range mountains. To the Woods describes Evelyn’s day-to-day struggles, failures, and discoveries. It tracks the natural history of place through the seasons. It wrestles with issues like human impact on the ecology of our planet.




A Few More Pages hosts Book Beginnings every Friday.  The event is open for the entire week.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2011 Challenge: Battle of the Prizes, British Version, Wrap-Up



2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version: January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012

This challenge pits winners of the English Man Booker Prize against winners of the Scottish James Tait Black Memorial Prize in a British Version of the Battle of the Prizes.  Good thing it ran until the end of this month, so I could finish.

Click here for the 2012 Battle of the Prizes, British Version.

Click here for the 2012 Battle of the Prizes, American Version.

I read four books for the 2011 challenge, two Booker winners and two James Tait Black winners.  I drew no big conclusions about the two prizes, other than the James Tait Black prize is no "me too" award -- it stands on its own.  Both prizes have been around for many years, but only three books have won both. Also, I have a general, perhaps unsubstantiated, feeling that the Bookers get to be more famous but that the Blacks are undercover gems.

MY BOOKS


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Booker; reviewed here)

Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd (Black; reviewed here)

Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth (Booker; reviewed here)

The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Sparks (Black; reviewed here)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Opening Sentence: Living



Bridesley, Birmingham.
-- Living by Henry Green.

I have a pet peeve about books that open with non-sentences punctuated like sentences.  It's a very small pet, though, only a hamster-sized, or even goldfish-sized peeve. I can get over it.

The first real sentence is better:
Thousands came back from dinner along streets.
The opening scene is of all the workers returning to their factories after going home for lunch.

Living is one of Henry Green's three best-known novels, along with Loving and Party Going, compiled in my editionLiving contrasts the lives of factory workers and owners at an English iron foundry. 

I am reading this for the Henry Green Week reading challenge, hosted by Winstonsdad's Blog.



Review: The Mandelbaum Gate



There are plenty of great novels of ideas out there; books that cause a reader to question assumptions and wrestle with big issues. What makes The Mandelbaum Gate stand out is Muriel Spark's presentation of her ideas against the backdrop of early-1960s Jerusalem, a city recently divided between Israel and Jordon.

Barbara Vaughan is a British, half-Jewish, Catholic convert on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, determined to see the holy sites on both sides of the divided city while she waits for her agnostic, archeologist boyfriend to secure an annulment of his first marriage from the Vatican and return to his archeological dig on the Jordanian side of the border. Aided by an amnesiac British diplomat, a Christian Arab merchant, and a family of charming and corrupt travel agents, Vaughan survives her adventures with a mix of stiff-upper-lip British fortitude and religious fatalism.

The dramatic setting if the perfect foil for Vaughan's struggle to unify the conflicting parts of her own identity. Her struggle, coupled with a little cloak and dagger espionage and mildly farcical sexual exploits, make for a compelling read. Anthony Burgess included The Mandelbaum Gate on his list of best novels, calling it "a well-wrought and stimulating novel hard to forget."

OTHER REVIEWS

If you would like your review of this or any other Muriel Spark book listed here, please leave a comment with a link and I will add it.

NOTES

This was the second James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner that I read for the 2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version.



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: The Evolution of Shadows


They have barely talked during the day, calling out to each other only when finding a skeleton.  Each time Emil has hoped it would not be Gray, has hoped there is not a camera bag next to the skeleton.  
-- The Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn Malott.  This is a pretty intense story about three people trying to find their mutual friend, a news photographer who disappeared during the Bosnian war.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event. 



Monday, January 23, 2012

2011 Challenge: Chunkster Challenge Wrap-Up



Wendy at caribousmom hosted this fun challenge in 2011.  Lucky for me, it ran through January 31, 2011.

Since I didn't reach my chunkster goal in 2010, I scaled down a bit in 2011 and signed up for the "Chubby Chunkster" level.  That meant reading four books over 450 pages long.

I was so excited to complete the 2011 version that I signed up for even more for the 2012 Chunkster Challenge.


My Reviews

The Food of France by Waverley Root (reviewed here)

Cathedral by Nelson DeMille (reviewed here)

Worth Dying For by Lee Child (reviewed here)

Sacred Hunger by Barry Umsworth (reviewed here; winner of the Booker Prize)

Mailbox Monday


Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia at A girl and her books (fka The Printed Page), who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

Alyce at At Home With Books is hosting in January. Please stop by her wonderful blog!

I got one book last week:

Faithful Place by Tana French. I have a copy of her Edgar winner, In the Woods, on my TBR shelf, but have never read her books yet.  Time to start.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Opening Sentence: Dracula


How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them.
-- Dracula by Bram Stoker.

The opening make sense when you realize that the novel is told through a series of documents -- journals, letters, telegrams, newspaper stories, etc.

This is excellent! I do not read any vampire books, as a rule, so maybe I am enjoying this one so much because it isn't a worn-out story for me. I am continually surprised by how fresh and modern the book feels, even though this one -- the original -- was published in 1897.

This counts as the "horror" choice for the Back to the Classic Challenge hosted by Sarah at Sarah Reads Too Much



Saturday, January 21, 2012

Review: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

 

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is Agatha Christie's first published novel and introduces readers to her famous hero, Hercules Poirot, along with a couple of his stalwart sidekicks, Detective Chief Inspector James Japp and Captain Arthur Hastings, who narrates.

Hastings – who fancies himself an amateur sleuth – happens to be visiting friends at Styles Court, their English country manor, when a mysterious death occurs. His friend Poirot, a WWI refugee from Belgium, happens to be billeted in the local village, et voilà, the two join forces to unravel the complicated mystery. With a dead matriarch, her shady younger husband, two step-sons, various dependants and family retainers, the enticing wife of a neighboring farmer, and assorted villagers, there are plenty of possible suspects.

At times, the long story gets a little too complicated, with red herrings swimming all over the place and clues overlapping every which way. But there are a few very good twists, some clever scenes, and many funny bits. The book proves Christie a master of the genre from the get go.

OTHER REVIEWS


dog eared copy

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NOTES

This was the first book I read for the 2012 Vintage Mystery Challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block.



My Book Reviews by Title

My book reviews, in alphabetic order by title. The title links go to the reviews.

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Abbeville by Jack Fuller
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow (National Book Award)
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury (Pulitzer Prize)
After Dinner Speaking by Fawcett Boom
The Age of Reagan, Vol. II  by Steven F. Hayward
Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (Pulitzer Prize)
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (National Book Award; NBCC Award)
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
An American Map by Anne-Marie Oomen
American Rust by Philip Meyer
American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen
Angler Management: The Day I Died While Fly Fishing and Other Essays by Jack Ohman
The Anti-Death League by Kinglsey Amis 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Another Way the River Has by Robin Cody
Ambassadors, The by Henry James
The Amish Cook at Home by Lovina Eicher
America, America by Ethan Canin
The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
Au Revoir to All That by Michael Steinberger

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Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan  
Banker by Dick Francis 
Basil's Dream by Christine Hale
Bech: A Book by John Updike
Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black by Nadine Gordimer
The Beggar by Naguib Mahfouz
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson (Costa BOTY)
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Orange Prize; PEN/Faulkner Award)
Burmese Lessons: A True Love Story by Karen Connelly
Black Boy (American Hunger) by Richard Wright
Blackbird, Farewell by Robert Greer
Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes by Howard Lenhoff
Blue Planet in Green Shackles by Vaclav Klaus
Blue River by Ethan Canin
The Bone People by Keri Hulme (Booker Prize)
Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd (James Tait Black)
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Pulitzer Prize
The Brothers K by David James Duncan

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Carry Yourself Back to Me by Deborah Reed
Cathedral by Nelson DeMille
The Centaur by John Updike (National Book Award)
A Century of November by W. D. Wetherell
Changing Places by David Lodge
The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook (Edgar Award)
Citizen Vince by Jess Walter (Edgar Award)
City Limits: Walking Portland's Boundary by David Oates
Classic Spanish Cooking: Recipes for Mastering the Spanish Kitchen by Elisabeth Luard
Clown Girl by Monica Drake
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (National Book Award
The Complete Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
Corked by Kathryn Borel
Crescent City by Belva Plain
Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke

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To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Deaf Sentence by David Lodge
Death by the Glass by Nadia Gordon
Delights and Prejudices: A Memoir with Recipes by James Beard
Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
Dress You Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
Drood by Dan Simmons

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Echoes by Maeve Binchy
Eden Springs by Laura Kasischke
Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Pulitzer Prize winner)
English Major, The by Jim Harrison
Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier
Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage
Every Day Drinking by Kingsley Amis
Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin  
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman

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The Farmer's Daughter by Jim Harrison
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce (notes, not a review)
The Fire by Katherine Neville
The Fixer by Bernard Malamud (National Book Award winner; Pulitzer Prize winner)
The Flâneur  by Edmund White
The Floating Opera by John Barth
Food Lover's Guide to Portland by Liz Crain 
The Food of France by Waverley Root   

Forbidden Bread by Erica Johnson-Debeljak
Foreigners by Caryl Phillips
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Letham
42 States of Grace: A Woman's Journey by Maureen Hovenkotter 
The Fourth Hand by John Irving
Franklin and Lucy by Joseph Persico
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin

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G by John Berger (Booker Prize; James Tait Black Memorial Prize)  
A Geography of Secrets by Frederick Reuss
George Passant by C. P. Snow 
Gifted by Nikita Lalwani
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (NBCC Award ; Pulitzer Prize)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Golden Bowl by Henry James
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth (National Book Award)
Good for the Jews by Debra Spark
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
The Grail: A Year Ambling & Shambling Through an Oregon Vineyard in Pursuit of the Best Pinot Noir Wine in the Whole Wild World by Brian Doyle
A Grave Talent by Laurie King
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  by Mary Ann Shaffe

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The Hair of Harold Roux by Thomas Williams (National Book Award winner)
Hallam's War by Elisabeth Payne Rosen
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Havoc in its Third Year by Ronan Bennett
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
High Stakes by Dick Francis 
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Homer and Langley  by E. L. Doctorow
The House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler
How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge
How's Your Glass? by Kingsley Amis
How to Find Morels by Milan Pelouch
How to Save Your Own Life by Erica Jong
The Human Stain by Philip Roth (PEN/Faulkner Award)
Humbolt's Gift by Saul Bellow (Pulitzer Prize)

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The Ice Chorus by Sarah Stonich
The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville (Orange Prize)
The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Incidents in the Rue Laguier by Anita Brookner
In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld
Indian Summer by John Knowles
The Innocent by Ian McEwan
Inside the Red Mansion by Oliver August
The Islands of Divine Music by John Addiego
The Italian Lover by Robert Hellinga

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The James Joyce Murder by Amanda Cross  
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand by Richard Reeves
Joker One by Donovan Campbell
Judgment Calls by Alafair Burke
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby 
Justice Denied by Marci A. Hamilton

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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C.M. Mayo
Leaving Brooklyn by Lynn Sharon Schwartz
The Letter from Death by Lillian Moats
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann(National Book Award)
Life & Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee (Booker Prize winner)
Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley
Living the 7 Habits by Stephen Covey
Locations by Jan Morris
Look Great, Feel Great by Joyce Meyer
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (National Book Award)
The Losing Role by Steve Anderson   
Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones
Lunatic Express: Discovering the World . . . via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes by Carl Hoffman

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The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (Pulitzer Prize winner)
The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
Maps and Shadows by Krysia Jopek
March by Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer Prize winner)
The Marmot Drive by John Hersey
Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser (Pulitzer Prize winner)
Massacred for Gold by Gregory Nokes
The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt by Rulke Langer
Middle Passage by Charles Johnson (National Book Award)
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (Booker Prize winner)
Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Money by Martin Amis
My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman
My Life in France Julia Child
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl

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The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Native America Discovered and Conquered by Robert Miller
Nat Tate: An American Artist, 1928 – 1960, William Boyd 
The New Confessions by William Boyd
New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith
99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939 by Anthony Burgess 

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize)
On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Orange Prize)
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
On Drink by Kingsley Amis
One City's Wilderness by Marcy Cottrell Houle     

One Fat Englishman by Kingsley Amis
One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber

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The Palace Council by Stephen Carter
Paul Newman: A Life by Shaun Levy
Peaceful Places, New York City by Evelyn Kanter
The Photograph by Penelope Lively
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
A Plague of Secrets by John Lescroart 
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth 
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
A Portait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Portland Noir, edited by Kevin Sampsell

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The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
Real Cooking, by George! by George Jacobs
Real Women, Real Wisdom: A Journey into the Feminine Soul, edited by Maureen Hovenkotter
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurie
The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies  
Red Square by Martin Cruz Smith
The Reluctant Detective by Marth Ockley  
Resistance Fighter by Jorgen Kieler
Restless by William Boyd
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

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Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth (Booker Prize)
Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories by Scott Nadelson
Scavenger Reef by Laurence Shames
Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard
The Sea by John Banville (Booker Prize)
The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch (Booker Prize)
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Costa BOTY)
Second Wind by Dick Francis
Secret Portland by Ann Carroll Burgess
7 Wheelchairs by Gary Presley
The Shack by William P. Young
The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher
Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes by Ed Butts  
Siddartha by Hermann Hesse
The Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julie Russo
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
The Size of the World by Joan Silber
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
A Small Fortune by Audrey Braun
Small Island by Andrea Levy (Costa BOTY; Orange Prize)
So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson
Sophie's Choice by William Styron (National Book Award)
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Spirit of the Place by Samuel Shem
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson  
The Stettheimer Dollhouse by Shiela Clark (Ed.)
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (NBCC Award; Pulitzer Prize winner)
The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James Farrell
Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways by Debra Prinzing
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor (Pulitzer Prize

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The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penneyb (Costa BOTY)
Theirs Was the Kingdom by R.F. Delderfield
Therapy, David Lodge
Therese Raquin by Elim Zola
Thomas Paine by Craig Nelson
365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik
Three Loves by A. J. Cronin
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake
Titus Groan by Mervin Peake
The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care by Sally Pipes 
Towers of Gold by Frances Dinkelspiel
The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley
The Truth About Obamacare by Sally Pipes

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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriette Beecher Stowe
Underworld by Don DeLillo
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

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Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan
Venusberg by Anthony Powell 

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The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain published by Words Without Borders Anthologies
Wall Street by Steve Fraser
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Water the Bamboo, by Greg Bell
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 
The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchey
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Ryhs
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Booker Prize; NBCC Award)  
Worth Dying For by Lee Child 

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A Year in the World by Frances Mayes
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
NOTES

Last updated on January 19, 2011.

If you would like your reviews of any of these books listed on my review post, please leave a comment on the review post itself, with a link, and I will add it.

My Book Reviews by Author

My book reviews, in alphabetic order by author.  The title links go to the reviews.

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Diana Abu-Jaber, Origin
Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
John Addiego, The Islands of Divine Music
Kinglsey Amis, The Anti-Death League
Nelson Algren, The Man With the Golden Arm (National Book Award)
Kingsley Amis, Every Day Drinking
Kingsley Amis, How's Your Glass?
Kingsley Amis, On Drink
Kingsley Amis, One Fat Englishman
Martin Amis, Money
Steve Anderson, The Losing Role  
Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Costa BOTY)
Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took My Dog  
Oliver August, Inside the Red Mansion  

BBBBBBBBBB

John Banville, The Sea (Booker Prize)
Julien Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture (Costa BOTY)
John Barth, The Floating Opera
Michael and Ariane Batterberry, On the Town in New York
James Beard, Delights and Prejudices: A Memoir with Recipes
Greg Bell, Water the Bamboo
Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March (National Book Award)
Saul Bellow, Humbolt's Gift (Pulitzer Prize)
Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler's Planet (National Book Award)
Ronan Bennett, Havoc in its Third Year
John Berger, G (Booker Prize; James Tait Black Memorial Prize)  
Maeve Binchy, Echoes
Maeve Binchy, Whitethorn Woods
Cara Black, Murder in Belleville
Harold Bloom, How to Read and Why
Michael Bond, Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates
Fawcett Boom, After Dinner Speaking
Kathryn Borel, Corked
William Boyd, Brazzaville Beach (James Tait Black Memorial Prize)
William Boyd, Nat Tate: An American Artist, 1928 – 1960 
William Boyd, The New Confessions 
William Boyd, Restless
Peg Bracken, The I Hate to Cook Book
Audrey Braun, Fortune's Deadly Descent
Audry Braun, A Small Fortune
Anita Brookner, Incidents in the Rue Laguier
Geraldine Brooks, March (Pulitzer Prize)
Christopher Buckley, Little Green Men
Ann Carroll Burgess, Secret Portland
Anthony Burgess, 99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939   
Alafair Burke, Judgment Calls
James Lee Burke, Crusader's Cross
James Lee Burke, Swan Peak
James Lee Burke, The Tin Roof Blowdown
Ed Butts, Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes  

CCCCCCCCCC

Donovan Campbell, Joker One
Ethan Canin, America, America
Ethan Canin, Blue River
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda (Booker Prize)
Stephen Carter, The Palace Council
Margaret Cezair-Thompson, The Pirate's Daughter
Whittaker Chambers, Witness
John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever (NBCC Award; Pulitzer Prize)
Julia Child, My Life in France
Lee Child, Worth Dying For
Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Agatha Christie, The Tuesday Club Murders
Sheila Clark, The Stettheimer Dollhouse
Robin Cody, Another Way the River Has
J.M. Coetzee, Life & Times of Michael K (Booker Prize)
Karen Connelly, Burmese Lessons: A True Love Story
Barnaby Conrad, The World of Herb Caen: San Francisco 1938 – 1997
Thomas H. Cook, The Chatham School Affair (Edgar Award)
Stephen Covey, Living the 7 Habits
Liz Crain, Food Lover's Guide to Portland
A. J. Cronin, Three Loves
Amanda Cross, The James Joyce Murder   

DDDDDDDDDD

Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald
Robertson Davies, The Rebel Angels
Robertson Davies, What's Bred in the Bone
Erica Johnson-Debeljak, Forbidden Bread
R.F. Delderfield, Theirs Was the Kindgom
Nelson DeMille, The Gate House
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Charles Dickens, Hard Times
Joan Didion, Play It As It Lays
Don DeLillo, Underworld
Nelson DeMille, Cathedral
Bernard DeVoto, The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
E. L. Doctorow, Homer and Langley
Frances Dinklespiel, Towers of Gold
Harry Dolan, Bad Things Happen    
Harry Dolan, Very Bad Men
Michael Dorris, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Brian Doyle, The Grail: A Year Ambling & Shambling Through an Oregon Vineyard in Pursuit of the Best Pinot Noir Wine in the Whole Wild World
Monica Drake, Clown Girl
Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie
Allen Drury, Advise and Consent (Pulitzer Prize)
Daphne du Maurie, Rebecca
David James Duncan, The Brothers K  

EEEEEEEEEE

Lovina Eicher, The Amish Cook at Home
Anne Enright, The Gathering

FFFFFFFFFF

Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris
James Farrell, The Studs Lonigan Trilogy
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Sebastian Faulks, A Week in December
Ken Follett, World Without End
E.M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread
Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club
Dick Francis, Banker 
Dick Francis, High Stakes 
Dick Francis, Second Wind
Steve Fraser, Wall Street
Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain (National Book Award)
Jack Fuller, Abbeville  

GGGGGGGGGG

Leighton Gage, Every Bitter Thing
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm
Nadine Gordimer, Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (National Book Award)
Nadia Gordon, Death by the Glass
Katharine Graham, Personal History
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Günter Grass, The Tin Drum
Graham Greene, The Comedians
Graham Greene, May We Borrow Your Husband?
Robert Greer, Blackbird, Farwell
Kate Grenville, The Idea of Perfection (Orange Prize


HHHHHHHHHH

Christine Hale, Basil's Dream
James Haller, Vie de France
Marci A. Hamilton, Justice Denied
Jim Harrison, The English Major
Jim Harrison, The Farmer's Daughter
Paul Harding, Tinkers (Pulitzer Prize)
Steven F. Hayward, The Age of Reagan, Vol. II
Shirley Hazzard, Greene on Capri
Robert Hellinga, The Italian Lover
Mark Helprin, Freddy and Fredericka
Ernest Hemingway, The Complete Short Stories
John Hersey, A Bell for Adano (Pulitzer Prize)
John Hersey, The Marmot Drive
Hermann Hesse, Siddartha
Joyce Hinnefeld, In Hovering Flight
Carl Hoffman, Lunatic Express: Discovering the World . . . via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked
Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree
Marcy Cottrell Houle, One City's Wilderness  
Maureen Hovenkotter, 42 States of Grace: A Woman's Journey
Maureen Hovenkotter (Ed.), Real Women, Real Wisdom: A Journey into the Feminine Soul  
Susan Howatch, Glittering Images
Keri Hulme, The Bone People (Booker Prize)  

IIIIIIIIII  

John Irving, The Fourth Hand
Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man  

JJJJJJJJJJ

Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle   
George Jacobs, Real Cooking, by George!
Rowan Jacobsen, American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question (Booker Prize)
Henry James, The Ambassadors
Henry James, The Golden Bowl
P. D. James, The Black Tower
Charles Johnson, Middle Passage (National Book Award)
Marcia Riefer Johnston, Word Up!
Erica Jong, Fear of Flying
Erica Jong, How to Save Your Own Life
Erica Jong, Parachutes & Kisses
Krysia Jopek, Maps and Shadows    
James Joyce, A Portait of an Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce, Finnegans Wake  

KKKKKKKKKK

Evelyn Kanter, Peaceful Places, New York City
Laura Kasischke, Eden Springs
Jorgen Kieler, Resistance Fighter
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gathering Moss
Laurie King, A Grave Talent
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Vaclav Klaus, Blue Planet in Green Shackles
John Knowles, Indian Summer
Eric Kraft, What a Piece of Work I Am
John Kralik, 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

LLLLLLLLLL

Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies (Pulitzer Prize)
Nikita Lalwani, Gifted
Wally Lamb, She's Come Undone
Lorna Landvik, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Rulke Langer, The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt
Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugh Laurie, The Gun Seller
Halldór Laxness, Independent People
John le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy
Ursula Le Guin, Lavinia
Dennis Lehane, Moonlight Mile
Howard Lenhoff, Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
John Lescroart, A Plague of Secrets  
Jonathan Letham, The Fortress of Solitude
Andrea Levy, Small Island (Costa BOTY; Orange Prize)
Shaun Levy, Paul Newman: A Life
Elinor Lipman, My Latest Grievance
A. J. Liebling, Just Enough Liebling
Penelope Lively, The Photograph
David Lodge, Changing Places
David Lodge, Deaf Sentence
David Lodge, Home Truths
David Lodge, How Far Can You Go?
David Lodge, Therapy
Elisabeth Luard, Classic Spanish Cooking: Recipes for Mastering the Spanish Kitchen   
Sheila Lukins, The Silver Palate Cookbook  

MMMMMMMMMM

Naguib Mahfouz, The Beggar
Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead
Bernard Malamud, The Assistant
Bernard Malamud, The Fixer (National Book Award; Pulitzer Prize)
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (Booker Prize; NBCC Award)
Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge
Frances Mayes, A Year in the World
C.M. Mayo, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (National Book Award)
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses (National Book Award; NBCC Award)
Mary McCarthy, The Groves of Academe
Ian McEwan, The Innocent
Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach
Thomas McNamee, Alice Waters and Chez Panisse
Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Joyce Meyer, Look Great, Feel Great
Philip Meyer, American Rust
Margaret Millar, Beast in View
Robert Miller, Native America Discovered and Conquered
Steven Millhauser, Martin Dressler (Pulitzer Prize)
Joseph Mitchell, Up in the Old Hotel 
Lillian Moats, The Letter from Death
Nicole Mones, The Last Chinese Chef
Nicole Mones, Lost in Translation
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul
Jan Morris, Locations
John Mortimer, Paradise Postponed
Tom Mueller, Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
Iris Murdoch, The Book and the Brotherhood
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea (Booker Prize)

NNNNNNNNNN

Scott Nadelson, Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories
Craig Nelson, Thomas Paine
Sara Nelson, So Many Books, So Little Time
Katherine Neville, The Fire
Gregory Nokes, Massacred for Gold  

OOOOOOOOOO

David Oates, City Limits: Walking Portland's Boundary
Joyce Carol Oates, Missing Mom  
Martha Ockley, The Reluctant Detective
Jack Ohman, Angler Management: The Day I Died While Fly Fishing and Other Essays
Debra Ollivier, Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
Anne-Marie Oomen, An American Map  

PPPPPPPPPP

Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Orange Prize; PEN/Faulkner Award)
Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
Mervyn Peake, Titus Alone
Mervin Peake, Titus Groan
Milan Pelouch, How to Find Morels
Stef Penney, The Tenderness of Wolves (Costa BOTY)
Joseph Persico, Franklin and Lucy
Caryl Phillips, Foreigners
Gin Phillips, The Well and the Mine
Rosamund Pilcher, The Shell Seekers
Sally Pipes, The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care
Sally Pipes, The Truth About Obamacare
Belva Plain, Crescent City
Anthony Powell, Venusberg
Julie Powell, Julie and Julia
Gary Presley, 7 Wheelchairs
Christopher Priest, The Prestige
Debra Prinzing, Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways  

QQQQQQQQQQ  

RRRRRRRRRR

Ian Rankin, The Black Book
Deborah Reed, Carry Yourself Back to Me 
Richard Reeves, John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand
Ruth Reichl, Comfort Me with Apples
Frederick Reuss, A Geography of Secrets
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (NBCC Award; Pulitzer Prize)
Waverley Root, The Food of France  
Elisabeth Payne Rosen, Hallam's War
Philip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus (National Book Award)
Philip Roth, The Human Stain (PEN/Faulkner Award)
Philip Roth, The Plot Against America
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children (Booker Prize)
Mary Doria Russell, Dreamers of the Day
Julie Russo, The Silver Palate Cookbook
Richard Russo, Empire Falls (Pulitzer Prize)
Jean Ryhs, Wide Sargasso Sea  

SSSSSSSSSS

Joel Salatin, Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front 
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
Kevin Sampsel, Editor, Portland Noir
Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
Mary Ann Shaffe, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Lynn Sharon Schwartz, Leaving Brooklyn
David Sedaris, Dress You Family in Corduroy and Denim
Laurence Shames, Scavenger Reef
Samuel Shem, The Spirit of the Place
Adam Shepard, Scratch Beginnings
Joan Silber, The Size of the World
Julia Flynn Siler, The House of Mondavi 
Dan Simmons, Drood
Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 
Julie Smith, New Orleans Mourning
Martin Cruz Smith, Red Square 
Zadie Smith, On Beauty (Orange Prize)
C. P. Snow, George Passant
C. P. Snow, A Time of Hope
Debra Spark, Good for the Jews
Julia Spencer-Fleming, All Mortal Flesh
Julia Spencer-Fleming, To Darkness and to Death
Julia Spencer-Fleming, One Was a Soldier
Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird (National Book Award)
Michael Steinberger, Au Revoir to All That
Lenhardt Stevens, The Hapless Valet
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Susan Stonich, The Ice Chorus
Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance
Harriette Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge (Pulitzer Prize)
William Styron, Sophie's Choice  (National Book Award
Christina Sunley, The Tricking of Freya
Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls    

TTTTTTTTTT

Booth Tarkington, Alice Adams (Pulitzer Prize)
Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons (Pulitzer Prize)  
Peter Taylor, A Summons to Memphis (Pulitzer Prize)
Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne
Anne Tyler, Breathing Lessons (Pulitzer Prize)

UUUUUUUUUU

Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger (Booker Prize)
John Updike, Bech: A Book    
John Updike, The Centaur (National Book Award)
John Updike, A Month of Sundays

VVVVVVVVVV

Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone
Carmen E Voillequé, Evolutionaries: Transformational Leadership: The Missing Link in Your Organizational Chart
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five


WWWWWWWWWW

Jess Walter, Citizen Vince (Edgar Award)
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men, (Pulitzer Prize)
H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
W. D. Wetherell, A Century of November
Edmund White, The Flâneur 
Thomas Williams, The Hair of Harold Roux (National Book Award)
Simon Winchester, The Man Who Loved China
Don Winslow, The Winter of Frankie Machine
P. G. Wodehouse, A Prefect's Uncle
Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff
Words Without Borders Anthologies (publisher), The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain
Richard Wright, Black Boy (American Hunger)  

XYZXYZXYZX

William P. Young, The Shack
Emil Zola, Therese Raquin

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