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Book Reviews

Reviews In Alphabetical Order

I've always been an avid reader, and started writing book reviews for the newspaper after joining a book club. The club was fun, but eventually I dropped out so I'd be free to choose the books to review.

Whether a classic or a best seller, I call them as I see them. This might result in a denunciation by an angry fan, but they have a right to their own (even if erroneous) opinion.


2006
Kite Runner - Khalid Hosseini
The City of Falling Angels - John Berendt
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
Mercy - Jodi Picoult
Into Thin Air - John Krakauer
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
The Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain
The Heavens Before - Kacy Barnett-Gramckow
A Thief of Time - Tony Hillerman
Sick Puppy - Cark Hiaasen
The Mayflower - Nathaniel Philbrick
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

2007
You On A Diet- Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz
Thunderstruck - Erick Larson
Farewell Summer - Ray Bradbury
Next - Michael Crichton
A Gladiator Dies Only Once - Steven Saylor
A Salty Piece Of Land - Jimmy Buffett
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khalid Hosseini
The Dangerous Book For Boys - Con & Hal Iggulden
Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah
The Burnt House - Fay Kellerman
A Thief In The Night - John Cornwell

2008
Sweet Revenge - Diane Mott Davidson
Boom! - Tom Brokaw
The Great Taos Bank Robbery - Tony Hillerman
Are Men Necessary? - Maureen Dowd
Downtown, My Manhattan - Pete Hamill
The Lost Continent - Bill Bryson
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Post-American World - Fareed Zakaria
Waiter Rant - Steve Dublanica
The Turnaround - George Pelecanos
Hot, Flat, and Crowded - Thomas Friedman
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity - Bill O'Reilly

2009
Moscow Rules - Daniel Silva
Dead Pool - James Powell
The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
Meltdown - Thomas Woods
The Man Who Made Lists - Joshua Kendall
From Whence They Came - Caron Barton Allen
Dog On It - Spencer Quinn
Eiffel's Tower - Jill Jonnes
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
The Family - Jeff Sharlet

2010
Blood and Thunder - Hampton Sides
Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Seeker - Jack McDevitt
Game Change - John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Conquistador - Buddy Levy
I Was Told There'd Be Cake - Sloane Crosley
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much - Allison Hoover Bartlett
The Big Short - Michael Lewis

2012
Lethal Warriors - David Philipps
Paris In Love - Eloisa James
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling
The Dog Stars - Peter Heller

2013
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength - Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
Eating Dirt - Charlotte Gills
Wheatbelly - William Davis
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - B. Traven
Blood Bones and Butter - Gabrielle Hamilton
Fobbit - David Abrams
Born To Run - Christopher McDougall
The Whim-Wham Man - John Dwaine McKenna
Gulp - Mary Roach
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography - Agatha Christie
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robert Sloan

2014
The Walk - Lee Goldberg
The Neversink Chronicles - John Dwaine McKenna
Walking the Amazon - Ed Stafford
A Question of Belief - Donna Leon
The Tie That Binds - Kent Haruf
Lawrence in Arabia - T.E. Lawrence
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
Upstairs at the White House - JB West
Colorado Noir - John Dwaine McKenna
The Sex Lives of Cannibals - J. Maarten Troost

2015
Think Like a Freak - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Heart in the Right Place - Carolyn Jourdan
Spider Woman's Daughter - Anne Hillerman
Isaac's Storm - Erik Larson
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
Tails From the Trails - T. Duren Jones
At the Water's Edge - Sara Gruen
A Green and Pleasant Land - Ursula Buchan
Your Atomic Self - Curt Stager
Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? - Alan Parks
Track of the Cat - Nevada Barr
Prune Pie and Other Moving Stories - Victoria Ward

2016
The Shift - Theresa Brown
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak