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Updated: 2018-01-23T09:24:41.460-06:00

 



The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

2017-05-28T08:28:36.025-05:00

I featured The Reluctant Fundamentalist film a few weeks ago as one of my “Movies for Readers.”  At the time, I mentioned that I had not read the book upon which the film is based but that I intended soon to do something about that so that I could compare the two.  As it turns out there is a huge plot variation in the movie that almost exemplifies the stereotypical relationship between books(image)



Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

2017-05-25T18:22:20.398-05:00

If you liked Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton (and almost everyone who read it had good things to say about it), you are going to absolutely love Strout’s follow-up, Anything Is Possible.  My Name Is Lucy Barton largely took place in Lucy’s hospital room while she and her mother talked about people they both knew from the little town in which the Bartons lived.  If the Bartons were (image)



Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason

2017-05-21T16:34:52.710-05:00

Arnaldur Indridason’s Reykjavik Nights (published in the US in 2015) is billed as a prequel to the author’s popular Inspector Erlendur series.  As such, it offers fans of the series a fascinating look at a very young Erlendur just as he begins his career as a member of the Reykjavik police department.  Although young Erlendur’s responsibilities are mostly those of a traffic cop as he (image)



Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard

2017-05-18T22:04:11.092-05:00

Elmore Leonard published novels for parts of seven decades (1953-2012) and more than twenty of his books were made into theatrical or television movies.  Leonard began his career writing westerns but turned to crime fiction, the genre for which he is best known today, in the 1960s.  By the time Pagan Babies was published in 2000, Leonard (who died in 2013 at age 87) had begun to slow his (image)



Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

2017-05-17T17:37:41.123-05:00

Mohsin Hamid’s latest novel, Exit West, considers the plight of the thousands of modern refugees being forced to flee their homes by internal violence that has become the new normal in so many countries around the world in recent years.  As their countries succumb to political and religious civil wars, hundreds of thousands of people flee their homelands with nothing but the clothes on (image)



A Fugitive in Walden Woods

2017-05-14T11:26:42.386-05:00

Norman Lock is no stranger to historical fiction and A Fugitive in Walden Woods is, in fact, his fourth in what the author calls his “The American Novels” series.  The first three books in the series are: The Boy in His Winter (based upon Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn); American Meteor (an “homage” to Walt Whitman and William Henry Jackson); and The Port-Wine Stain (the author’s(image)



Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant

2017-05-09T18:51:06.980-05:00

The state of Mississippi has long fascinated me because of its rich Civil War history and its remarkable literary tradition – two key interests I have enjoyed my entire life.  I first started exploring Mississippi by car in the late 1980s and I have continued to do so to this day, often spending many of my vacation days driving the state on self-directed Civil War tours, or ones designed to (image)



Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

2017-05-09T18:53:42.774-05:00

Most of us have wondered at one time or another how our lives may have turned out differently if only one particular event had never happened.  What if we had never met one certain person, or taken a particular class, or had that temporarily crippling accident?  Who might we be today?  How different might our lives have turned out to be? Ann Patchett explores precisely that question in (image)



Goodbye, Vitamin

2017-05-02T21:13:41.012-05:00

Rachel Khong’s Goodbye, Vitamin is about one family’s experience with an illness that regularly devastates families all over the world.  Alzheimer’s, perhaps because it does not offer its victims the relief of the quick death that more deadly illnesses provide, is one of the most feared diseases that we face today.  Rather than a quick way out, its victims can linger for most of a decade (image)



New Boy - by Tracy Chevalier

2017-04-30T21:12:04.571-05:00