Thursday, April 30, 2020

April 2020 Books I read

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie This Christie is set in Petra and they made some really good movies of it, unfortunately they are not set in Petra (Syria and Trieste)
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton  part of my paleontology obsession lately. I really enjoyed it. Call it Dances with Wolves with Paleontologists and Wyatt Earp! :-) Short read, it was published after his death and really feels like just the outline of what could have been a more epic book. And the ending was a little abrupt. But all in all very enjoyable and reads like a movie. You can just see them making it into a movie.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (audiobook) this was read by Maggie Gyllenhaal. I love this book and have read it multiple times at many different times of my life. It was fun to listen to in the car. 
The Forgetting River by Doreen Carvajal Carvajal researches her family lineage and finds that when she was always raised Catholic in California, her family line can be traced back to Jews who were forced to renounce their faith during the Inquisition in Spain. So she travels to Spain to  investigate.
Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m. by Sam Wasson  Breakfast at Tiffany's and how it and Audrey Hepburn  effected fashion and the image of the fashionable woman circa 1960's.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (library) our neighbors are sharing their library books! I was on the list for this one, but was not able to get it before the shutdown. So I was excited when my neighbor offered it! I enjoyed it. A dysfunctional family drama centered around an odd "dutch house" in Philadelphia area.
Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton He visits every National Park in America (in one year) and this is his memoir of that time (with photos)
The Fire Line by Fernanda Santos Story of a wildfire tragedy from 2013 in Arizona
I Spy by Daniel Ribacoff a fun book about how to be your own private investigator
Crazy Salad by Nora Ephron a collect of essays that she wrote about women and being a woman in the 1970's for different magazines
The Mysterious West ed by Tony Hillerman a collection of western themed stories compiled by Tony Hillerman. Very good
Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child (audiobook) Action, Jack Reacher book. Fun to listen to in the car while driving thru for fast food!
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver Reminds me a bit of "The Dutch House" because of how a house is almost like another character in the book.
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (audiobook) I really enjoyed this one. By the author of The Red Tent. It is about a woman growing up in Boston in the early 1900's (they talk about the Flu Epidemic!!) This was read by Linda Lavin and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
Masked Prey by John Sandford always a favorite, I heard that he is going to stop writing the books soon, (retire) which is a bummer.
A Memory of Murder by Ray Bradbury a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury, some of the first that he ever had published. Great if you are a fan and you can see how he evolved over time

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