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Recommendations22 recommendations

About meContinuing to read the books in my 'stacks' - or not, as the case may be. Sending a lot of 'space-takers' that I thought I had to have since they only cost a quarter directly to the Goodwill. Also sending many that I've read and will never look at again. Seeing that more and more of the books lining my shelves are those I really value is making it worthwhile.

Shackleton's Boat Journey by F. A. Worsley, Captain of H.M.S. Endurance, with a Narrative Introduction by Sir Edmund Hillary
The Physics of Christmas by Roger Highfield
The Perfect House: A Journey with the Renaissance Master, Andrea Pallidio by Witold Wybczynski
Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith
Marching Through Georgia: My Walk Along Sherman's Route by Jerry Ellis
The Book of Famous Iowans by Douglas Bauer
Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature (April Early Reviewer) by Jordan Fisher Smith


The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney (August 2014 Early Reviewer)

1. Dr. Martha: The Life of a Pioneer Physician, Politician, and Polygamist by Mari Grana (October 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
2. The Coldest Winter: A Stringer in Liberated Europe by Paula Fox (Meh. Lots of name dropping at unexpected places. Sort of drifts along until it stops.)
3. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley (I've read other Mosley books, but this one does not work for me. Did not finish.)
4. A Pale Horse: A Novel of Suspense (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries #10) by Charles Todd (More roundabout than I was expecting, and Rutledge didn't so much solve the case, as follow events to the end. Good reading.)
5. To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design by Henry Petroski (I didn't find it as 'delightful' and 'refreshingly eclectic' as the blurbers. Did not finish.)
6. Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries #4) by Charles Todd (Liked this a lot - all the way up to the non-ending. Way too many loose ends.)
7. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs (Intermittently interesting.)
8. Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough (Kind of disappointing. Hit and miss biographical sketches. I finally read the ones I was really interested in and called it a day.)
9. Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals by Rupert Sheldrake
10. A Bohemian Brigade: The Civil War Correspondents—Mostly Rough, Sometimes Ready by James M. Perry (Made a good-faith effort, but wasn't able to get interested. Did not finish.)
11. Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr (Lovely prose. I should have read this book as soon as I got it, instead of letting it sit on the shelf all these years.)
12. You Are Not Forgotten: The Story of a Lost World War II Pilot and a Twenty-First-Century Soldier's Mission to Bring Him Home by Bryan Bender (November 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
13. The Long Walk Home: A Novel by Will North (More of a romance than I would have preferred, but an okay book.)
14. The Distinguished Guest by Sue Miller (Slow and tedious. Did not finish.
15. The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014, with a Guide to Artists by Christina M. Knopf (December 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
16. The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde (January 2016 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
17. The Paperboy by Pete Dexter (Good reviews notwithstanding, could not get into this novel. Did not finish.)
18. The Most Beautiful House in the World by Witold Rybczynski (Finally read this gem of a book that's been sitting on a bookshelf for too many years.)
19. The Dogs of Babel: A Novel by Carolyn Parkhurst (I almost passed on this book because I had doubts that I'd like it... I was wrong. Loved it!)
20. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (I was expecting a novel, not a collection of short stories. I didn't care for Olive, but thankfully, she was just a bit player in many of the stories.)
21. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (I've always loved this book title, but loving the title and actually reading the book are two different things. Did not like and did not finish.)
22. Gramercy Park: A Novel by Paula Cohen (Read to page 62, and knew I'd never make it to 357. Skipped to the last chapter and prologue, and finished it off. Too slow and romance-y for my taste, with verb tenses that changed from past to present to past again from page to page. Didn't anyone edit this book?)
23. Undue Influence by Anita Brookner
24. Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America's Most Storied Shipwreck by David O. Dowling (March 2016 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
25. Trick of the Eye by Jane Stanton Hitchcock (Wasn't too bad until the stalking, manipulative boyfriend came back into the picture, and he and our heroine decided to f*** - their word, not mine. Did not finish.)
26. An Irish Country Childhood by Marrie Walsh
27. The Mary Gilliatt Book of Color by Mary Gilliatt
28. The Complete Book of Paint:A Comprehensive Guide to Paint Techniques for Walls, Floors, Furniture, Fabrics, and Metalwork by David Carter, text by Charles Hemming
29. The Shortest Way to Hades (Hilary Tamar #2) by Sarah Caudwell (Liked this one a lot.)
30. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (Made a good start (100+ pages), but find myself increasingly put off by the characters and storyline. Haven't picked it up in about two weeks. Consider it done. Did not finish.)
31. Fat Man in the Middle Seat: Forty Years of Covering Politics by Jack W. Germond
32. The Unburied by Charles Palliser (Disappointing. Seems to be all talk and atmospherics. Lots of fog - speaking of both the weather and the plot. Did not finish.)

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