August 14, 2017

July 2017 Reads

July 41 Alice and Oliver Charles Bock
42 I'm Thinking of Ending Things Iain Reid
43 Zero Sum Barry Eisler
44 Camino Island John Grisham
45 The Rat Catchers' Olympics Colin Cotterill
46 Before the Fall Noah Hawley
47 Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward
48 The Life We Bury Allen Eskens
49 The Guise of Another Allen Eskens

Inspired by the author’s life, Alice and Oliver is a deeply affecting novel written with stunning reserves of compassion, humor, and wisdom. Alice Culvert is an extraordinary character—a woman of incredible heart and spirit—who will remain in memory long after the final page.  Instead of writing a memoir, Bock chooses to fictionalize his families ordeal.  This is a wonderful novel.

John Rain is my favorite assassin!  Zero Sum is the latest Rain novel by Barry Eisler.  The series is getting pretty deep but Eisler has held my attentions since 2002 when the series started with Rain Fall.

Grisham doesn't disappoint with Camino Island.  The story is fresh, intriguing and not predictable.  I stop reading authors who write the same story over and over, I still reading Grisham and look forward to many more stories from him.

Before the Fall is a taut and suspenseful page-turner.  You'll have a hard time putting it down.  Hawley is a "new to me" author and I predict I'll be reading his works as soon as they're published.

I'm resorting to a quote about Sing, Unburied, Sing, which is a fabulous read.  “Sing, Unburied, Sing is a road novel turned on its head and a family story with its feet to the fire. Lyric and devastating, Ward's unforgettable characters straddle past and present in this spellbinding return to the rural Mississippi of her first book. You'll never read anything like it.”
—Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Eskens' debut novel, The Life We Bury, is a solid and thoughtful tale of a young man used to taking on burdens beyond his years--none more dangerous than championing a bitter old man convicted of a horrific crime.  His second novel, The Guise of Another is just as good, it's a taut, intelligent,heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche.  This guy can write and you should read him.

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