Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April (first half) 2016 Reads

More non-fiction than usual for me this month.

Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist ; Rioux, Anne Boyd
Fine biography of someone I never heard of. (Maybe I would have known who she was if I knew more about the biography of Henry James). Library book.

A  Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power ; Fischer, Paul
One of those "The truth is stranger than fiction" tales. If it weren't true, someone would have to make it up. Library book.

Animal Internet: Nature and the Digital Revolution ; Pschera, Alexander; Elisabeth Lauffer (Translator)   
Interesting look at the separation of man and nature, and the role Internet and smart phones in bringing us closer.  My copy.

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran ; Secor, Laura
A look at the political strugles in Iran since the 1979 Revolution. Library book.

 A Wild Swan: And Other Tales ; Cunningham, Michael; Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator)
Not exactly retellings of fairy tales but, rather, expansions of the stories. Nicely illustrated. An enjoyable read. Library book.

About Grace ; Doerr, Anthony
Love his writing but parts of this were a bit over the top. Library book.

The Blue Guitar ; Banville, John
Maybe not Banville's best, but what gorgeous sentences. Library book.

The Summer Before the War ; Simonson, Helen
OK, nothing special. Library book.

The Story of My Teeth ; Luiselli, Valeria; Christina MacSweeney (Translation)
This didn't impress me at all. Didn't like the title, the cover, the format, the writing--
Library book.

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