Saturday, March 31, 2018

Books I read in March 2018

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Heavens on Earth by Michael Shermer (library) The scientific search for the afterlife, immortality and utopia. Very interesting.
Think Pink by Lynn Peril Female stereotypes examined from the 1940's to today, the messages that advertising and society send to us about what it is to be a girl or a woman. Very interesting and I highly recommend.
Dirt Music by Tim Winton I got this book because it was an Australian author and I was traveling to Australia this month. I really enjoyed it. Family Melodrama.
Rat Race by Dick Francis I am rereading this one, it is interesting because the protagonist is a pilot who flies the jockeys and owners/trainers to the races. Basic Dick Francis racing mystery otherwise.
The Mysterious North ed. by Dana Stabenow a collection of short stories set in Alaska. loved it
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute I do not know why I did not read this book earlier in my life. Really enjoyed it!!I read On the Beach years ago. I liked this one a lot better. About a couple who survive WWII in the Pacific and then set out to find each other after the war is over. Set mainly in the South Pacific and Australia, even though the main girl character is English.
Not Coming Home to You by Lawrence Block claims to be the book that the movie The Badlands was based on...The Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, teenage lovers whose 1958 murder spree across the Nebraska plains made national headlines, story. Fictionalized (Block calls them Jimmie John Hall and Betty Dienhardt.)
Bad Blood by John Sandford rereading one of the Virgil Flowers books, this is the one about the religious cult that was abusing children. I read these on the airplane on big trips so that when I finish them, I can just leave them behind on the plane or in hostels, little free libraries etc. 
White Houses by Amy Bloom  (library) about Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. A fictional account, but fascinating none the less
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (library audiobook) this one is narrated by Kenneth Branaugh a
nd I think I liked it better than the Dan Stevens version. Loved all the voices. 
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks (library) another of the unreliable narrator type books. One twist came early, maybe too early. It was a little disjointed, I had trouble believing some of it and there were more twists towards the end. It was entertaining, but I am getting jaded by this "genre"
There Weeks to Say Goodbye by C.J.Box. Thriller about an adoption gone wrong

To Be Read:

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The Outsider by Stephen King
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Fall from Grace by Tim Weaver

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