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Recommendations22 recommendations

My Friends, The Huskies: An Account of A Year at An Antarctic Base by Robert Dovers
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Shackleton's Boat Journey by F. A. Worsley, Captain of H.M.S. Endurance, with a Narrative Introduction by Sir Edmund Hillary
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)
A Bohemian Brigade: The Civil War Correspondents—Mostly Rough, Sometimes Ready by James M. Perry

The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014, with a Guide to Artists by Christina M. Knopf (December Early Reviewer)
The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde (January Early Reviewer)

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 (Reviewed)
7. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs (Intermittently interesting.)
8. Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough (I'd much rather read a David McCullough book about one person or event, than the 17 'portraits' in this book. An okay book, but not on a par with his bigger, single subject tomes.)
9. Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals by Rupert Sheldrake

1. Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram by Charles W. Johnson (October 2014 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
2. From Palm to Pine: Rudyard Kipling Abroad and at Home by Marghanita Laski (Reviewed)
3. A Shilling for Candles (Alan Grant #2) by Josephine Tey
4. Sleep Toward Heaven: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
5. How to Be Lost: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
6. Whistle Stop: How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman by Philip White (November Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
7. John Wilkes Booth: Day-By-Day by Arthur F. Loux (January 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
8. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
9. Day of the Dachshund by Jim Dratfield
10. Dachshunds Short and Long by Amanda Jones
11. The Custodian of Paradise by Wayne Johnston (Did not finish. 60 pages in (out of 509), I have read enough about this unpleasant and depressing woman, and her unpleasant and depressing life.)
12. The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams by Phyllis Lee Levin (December 2014 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
13. Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith
14. Caroline Minuscule (William Dougal #1) by Andrew Taylor
15. Pictures from An Expedition by Diane Smith
16. The Angel's Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
17. Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper by Peter Hill (Did Not Finish. My opinion of the author's wit is not nearly as high as his own. Blah.)
18. Call the Dying (Lydmouth Crime #7) by Andrew Taylor
19. Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
20. Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet by Maria Mudd Ruth (Intermittently interesting, enough that I finished the book - which is not all that great a recommendation. An okay book.)
21. London Before the Blitz by Richard Trench
22. Naked to the Hangman (Lydmouth Crime #8) by Andrew Taylor (I enjoy Andrew Taylor's Dougal series and his historical fiction, but after two slow moving, meandering Lydmouth mysteries, I think I am done with that series.)
23. Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham
24. Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy by M. William Phelps (February 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
25. The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at A Time by Jonathan Kozol (March 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
26. Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler (I liked what I was reading up to the totally unexpected ending of chapter one. Read a bit further and called it a day. Did not finish.)
27. The Bachelor's Cat: A Love Story by L. F. Hoffman
28. Rear Window (novelette) by William Irish (aka Cornell Woolrich)
29. Knock Wood by Candice Bergen (I've heard good things about this memoir, but it strikes me as stilted and name-droppy. Did not finish.)
30. ...and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man by Connie Schultz
31. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (Not as good as her "The Historian," but even so, I enjoyed this book a lot.)
32. A Suspension of Mercy by Patricia Highsmith
33. The End of the Pier by Martha Grimes (Meh. Disappointing. Its days of taking up space on my shelf are over.)
34. In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy #4) by Rhys Bowen ("Smart, feisty" Molly is also irritating to read about. Did not finish.)
35. Clem: The Story of A Raven by Jennifer Owings Dewey (Reviewed)
36. A Different Kind of Summer (Charmian Daniels #6) by Jennie Melville (Should be subtitled "An Odd Kind of Mystery." Characters roamed into and out of the story for the requisite number of pages, until (totally unexpectedly) the killer stepped forward to confess and put everyone out of their misery. Readable, but not recommended.)
37. The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley (Almost discarded this book because I hated the cover. Very glad I opened it up and started reading, because I loved the book from page one. Memo to self: Don't judge a book by its cover.)
38. Through A Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec, 1775 by Thomas A. Desjardin (Reviewed)
39. The Soloist by Mark Salzman
40. Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers by Jo Hammett, Edited by Richard Layman with Julie M. Rivett
41. The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
42. Fallen Angel by Don J. Snyder (Did not finish.)
43. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney (The verb tenses drove me to distraction. Did not finish.)
44. The Art Thief by Noah Charney (I paid a dollar for this book many years ago. Turns out, it was sadly overpriced. Did not finish.)
45. Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon (Fun!)
46. The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway (Another really good book with a really bad cover. What were they thinking!)
47. The Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels (In the author's own words, "scholarly research revised to make it more accessible." I found a few sections interesting, but overall it was dense and scholarly and did not seem to be about Satan much at all. Made it halfway through, but life is too short to slog through the rest. Did not finish.)
48. In The Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French (Slo-o-o-w. Did not like the narrator. This is an Edgar winner? Did not finish.)
49. A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks by Stewart Gordon (April 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
50. Abraham: A Journey into the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler
51. Kit Carson's Autobiography, edited with an introduction by Milo Milton Quaife
52. Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey (May 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
53. Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier (Did not finish. BIG disappointment. There's an interesting article buried somewhere in this 300 page book.)
54. Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King
55. The Movement of Stars: A Novel by Amy Brill (Did not finish.)
56. Stevenson Under the Palm Trees by Alberto Manguel
57. An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (July 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
58. Mochi's War: The Tragedy of Sand Creek by Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss (June 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
59. Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating by Christine Brennan (I hate the sensationalistic title, but the book is great fun for those of us who followed skating 20 years ago.)
60. The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days (Unabridged Edition) by Andy Adams
61. Ahead of Time: My Early Years as a Foreign Correspondent by Ruth Gruber (Reviewed)
62. A Woman Rice Planter by Elizabeth Allston Pringle (aka Patience Pennington)(Read 70 of 446 pages, and cannot fathom making it to the end of this book. Did not finish.)
63. The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett (Bennett's "gentle but scathing wit" is not my cup of tea. Did not finish.)
64. North River by Pete Hamill (Liked this book a lot, but it was almost too predictable.)
65. The Poetical Cat: An Anthology edited by Felicity Bast (Intermittently interesting. About the time I thought about tossing the book, I'd come to something I liked.)
66. In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic By Valerian Albanov
67. Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor by Curtis Roosevelt (Reviewed)
68. Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry
69. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
70. Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories by Lauren Groff
71. Cop Shows: A Critical History of Police Dramas on Television by Roger Sabin (August 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
72. Trumbo (Audiobook) by Bruce Cook (September 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
73. Mrs. Malory and the Fatal Legacy: A Sheila Malory Mystery (Sheila Malory #10) by Hazel Holt (A guilty pleasure. I knew who did it. It was just a matter of watching Mrs. Malory get there. Cousin Hilda should appear more often in this series. She's a hoot.)
74. Mrs. Malory and The Silent Killer: A Sheila Malory Mystery (Sheila Malory #15) by Hazel Holt
75. Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget: Interviews with The Movies' Character Actors by Justin Humphreys
76. Mrs. Malory and Death by Water (Sheila Malory #12) by Hazel Holt
77. Mrs. Malory and No Cure for Death (Sheila Malory #16) by Hazel Holt (The fourth of four books in the series that I bought years ago. Didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous three. Too much reliance on chance and coincidence.)

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