A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles What a wonderful book! This book is about a former Russian aristocrat who is sentenced by the Bolsheviks to house arrest for the rest of his life in a luxury hotel in Moscow. The preface is a wonderful excerpt from the transcript of the sentencing--and sets up a …

My Top Thirteen Books

  A few weeks ago, I participated in a challenge that asked me to name 10 books that had made an impact on me.  I posted 10 of the above 13 covers.  I took the liberty to add three  more favorites here ... because 10 is just not enough.  It's really tough to even narrow …

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt I just finally read The Goldfinch. I'm definitely late to the party on this one.  The book came out in late-2013 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2014. Before it won the Pulitzer, it was acclaimed as the "it novel of the year." Evgenia Peretz, writing for Vanity …

The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah I finished The Nightingale just before the National Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust (April 12, 2018). It's one of several books I've read this year about the Nazi occupation of France during WWII. That specific WWII topic is one I had not read much about until this year. I …

Book Review: The Reader

**Reposted from September 2009--I first wrote this on my previous blog when I read this book shortly after having moved to Germany. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink I wasn’t especially excited about reading this book. I had just finished Night and wasn’t really looking for another Holocaust book. In addition, I usually don’t get too …

Book Review: Becoming Justice Blackmun

**Reposted from February 21, 2006 on my previous blog. Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey by Linda Greenhouse In her book, Linda Greenhouse combines the expertise she has gained from her years covering the Supreme Court for the New York Times with her careful research of Justice Blackmun's papers to tell the story …