Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Books Read in September

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson - Author Bryson takes us on a humorous trip back into his own 1950s childhood in Des Moines, Iowa: the days of comic books and the Cold War, when Americans were happiest: an era rife with paranoia and optimism in equal measure.

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin - Insightful and authoritative, this biography traces Charles Dickens from his harsh childhood to the heights of literary success and the depths of marital scandal, painting the portrait of an extraordinary man and artist.

Sabriel by Garth Nix - With her powerful necromancer father missing, Sabriel must take on the mantle of Abhorsen and return to her homeland to protect the living from the ravaging Dead.

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters - Independent spinster Amelia Peabody and her friend Evelyn Barton-Forbes came to Egypt to view the antiquities - but when they are stalked by a mummy Amelia suspects it may be a non-supernatural ghost from Evelyn's checkered past.

To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer - What would happen if all of humanity was inexplicably resurrected after death on a vast alien world?

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen - Journalist and bibliophile Anna Quindlen recounts her own thoughts and experiences on what it means to live the reading life.

The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip José Farmer - Newly resurrected with all of humanity on an alien planet, Sam Clemens attempts to build a steamboat to find The River's end.

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark - When River and his friends discover a rare zucchini-colored crayon in a discarded sofa, they are launched into a fight to save Earth.

Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb - In a thrilling international manhunt, a group of Israeli secret service agents risked everything to bring Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.

Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O'Hara - An influential American poet of the New York School, O'Hara's poetry is at once intimate and abstract.

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee - In this elegant blend of history and science, a practicing oncologist reveals the hidden history of cancer: a story riddled with painstaking research, leaps of insight, and the seemingly endless instances of human suffering and endurance.

Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey - Jim Holden and a fleet of ships representing the squabbling factions of humanity are headed out to face the mysterious Ring built by the alien protomolecule - if their own conflicts don't destroy them first.

Journey Around My Room and A Nocturnal Expedition Around My Room by Xavier de Maistre - This is actually two books in one: both are the playful, tongue-in-cheek musings of a young French soldier confined to small quarters who takes on the style of travel narratives for considerably shorter journeys.

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