Book List – March, 2012

Right now I am reading The Hunger Games and IQ84 and I just finished The Cat’s Table. If I have repeated any books in this list it doesn’t mean I recommend them any more highly, it just suggests I might be a tad disorganized, so I apologize in advance. Summaries or comments are from the library card catalogue. Most of my titles are courtesy of the independent booksellers book lists. So, in March, I add these titles to my ever-lengthening book list:
Watergate: A Novel by Thomas Mallon – “Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon Presidency…he turns a ‘third-rate burglary’ into a tumultuous, first-rate entertainment.
Raylan by Elmore Leonard – “It turns out all the bad guys Raylan is after are girls this time” – this is Federal Marshall Raylan Givens book
The Darlings by Cristina Alger – “A sophisticated page-turner about a wealthy NY family embroiled in a financial scandal with cataclysmic consequences.”
The Starboard Sea: A Novel by Amber Dermont – “a touching, beautiful, and deeply wise novel, a hymn to the bittersweet glories of youth… You will be enthralled.” “It is a powerful and provocative novel about a young man finding his moral center, trying to forgive himself, and accepting the gift of love.”
Victims by Jonathan Kellerman – “Unraveling the madness behind LA’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex does best.” The time we have a serial killer and Alex must find the link among the victims.
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman – “From diary entries, social workers’ reports, half-recalled memories, arrest records, family lore, Supreme Court opinions, and her grandmother’s letters. Rory (Hendrix of the Calle de las Flores trailer park in Reno) crafts a devastating collage that shows us her world as she looks for a way out of it.”
History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason – “This is an opulent, romantic novel, written in the grand manner, set at the height of Europe’s belle époque, about a young, handsome man in his mid-twenties and his entry into a world of moneyed glamour and dangerous temptations.”
The Technologists: A Novel by Matthew Pearl – The first graduating class at MIT is thrown into turmoil by bizarre phenomena that cause instruments to inexplicably spin out of control, challenging enterprising students to protect lives while combating Harvard rivals.
Taken by Robert Crais – “a wealthy industrialist’s son was believed to have faked his own kidnapping” He didn’t. Cole and Pike set out to try to buy the son and his secret girlfriend back. Cole disappears and Pike must find all. – Thriller
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Sophie writes “Chick Lit” that I always read. She’s a lively writer and her books read like a dream, very funny.
The Healing by Jonathan Odell – Amanda Satterfield’s husband, the master of a Mississippi plantation refuses to treat their daughter who is ill with cholera because he feels it is a “slave disease”. Amanda adopts a newborn slave child, names her Granada and raises her as her own. When Granada is grown she must relive her own story to help to heal a young girl abandoned to her care.
Pure by Julianna Baggott – “In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen year old survivor with a doll’s head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge who is searching for his mother, sure she has survived the cataclysm.
The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson – He writes great thrillers – he’s a regular on my lists now.
The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon – “A novel about a woman who can’t speak, a man who is deaf, and a widow who finds herself suddenly caring for a newborn baby” (publisher)
This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman – an eighth grader who has just moved to NYC with his family (the Bergamots) forwards a sexually explicit video that is sent to him and the family must deal with what ensues
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – “a spell-binding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go”
The Illuminations by Kevin Brockmeier – “In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes written by a husband to his wife passes into the keeping of a hospital patient, and from there through the hands of five other suffering people, touching each of them uniquely.”
The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq – “Traces the experience of artist Jed Martin, who rises to international success as a portrait photographer before helping to solve a heinous crime that has lasting repercussions for his loved ones.”

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