Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann

The Osage Indians of the plains met the same fate as most Indian tribes in the 19th century – they were forced from their land and made to resettle in a place no one else wanted.  In their case, it was in a rocky area of Oklahoma.  When they were resettled, however, the Osage did […]

Off the Charts – Ann Hulbert

The subtitle of this book is “The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies.”  Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?  I thought the subject matter was fascinating and I had high hopes for it.  As a parent (NOT of prodigies [no offense, kids!]) finding out how parents dealt with extraordinary kids in some extreme circumstances sounded […]

The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin

I keep a “To-Read” list on my phone.  When I read a positive review of a book or hear about something that sounds interesting, I add it to the list.  The list is fairly long and oftentimes there’s a significant lag between adding a title and actually reading it.  That means that I sometimes pick […]

The Finish – Mark Bowden

The book tells the story of the killing of Osama bin Laden.  As is typically the case with any Bowden book (and I’ve now read four, I think), it’s incredibly well researched and well-told.  He gives a blow-by-blow account of all the planning, searching, sleuthing, and luck that went into finding and killing bin Laden. […]

The Mayflower – Rebecca Fraser

Mostly enjoyed this book.  Parts were really interesting, parts were a little less interesting, parts read like a US History text book.  I actually had to go back and re-read some sections because I realized I had just sort of glazed over them.  When I re-read those sections, I actually enjoyed the book more. The […]

Artemis – Andy Weir

Total beach/vacation book.  Easy read, no messages, no deep meanings.  It’s a science fiction story about a conspiracy in a settlement on the moon.  The story keeps your attention and if you’re planning to be on a beach soon – and you like science fiction (and you’re a guy, as it’s a total guy book) […]

A State of Freedom – Neel Mukherjee

Exquisitely written, cleverly structured, powerfully resonant to the very last line. . . . A profoundly intelligent and empathetic novel of privilege and poverty, advancement and entrapment.      – Wall Street Journal Simply gorgeous. . . . A State of Freedom is a marvel of a book, shocking and beautiful, and it proves that Mukherjee is […]