September 2, 2018

August 2018 Reads

August 59 Basketball, A Love Story Jackie MacMullan & Rafe Bartholomew
60 November Road Lou Berney
61 Clock Dance  Ann Tyler
62 Blood Standard Laird Barron
63 Night Town Timothy Hallinan
64 Small Moving Parts DB Jackson
65 Kitchen Yarns Ann Hood
66 Believe Me  JP Delaney
67 The Girl In Green Derek Miller

This was a good month for reading.  Basketball, A Love Story is a great read about the sport.  It'll be published 9/18/18, and I recommend it to all basketball fans, sports fans, and other humans. It has passion and heartbreak, triumph and betrayal. It is deeply intimate yet crosses oceans, upends lives and changes nations. This is the true story of basketball.

November Road will be published on 10/9/18, I highly recommend it.  It’s an American story: two strangers meet to share the open road west, a dream, a hope and find each other on the way. The backdrop is the assassination of JFK, but it's so much more.

I loved Clock Dance. It's a  charming novel about self-discovery and second chances, full of wonderful characters and zany adventures.  The ending made me very happy.

Night Town features Junior Bender, my favorite burglar. Junior Bender, may be L.A.’s smoothest operator but when he breaks one of the cardinal rules of burglary (don’t take scores that you’re being paid way too much for) he finds himself once again on the wrong side of, well, the wrong side.  A great addition to the series.  It'll be published on 11/6/18.

I loved, loved, loved Small Moving parts.  I usually pass my books on or donated them, this one I read in Scotland and packed it for my return because I want to re-read it! Two men, one young, one old, complete strangers who have made the same ultimate decision—that their lives are not worth living and it is time to take fate into their own hands. When their stories intersect on a single fateful night in West Texas, the ensuing friendship takes them down a perilous road neither imagined possible. As they contend with the police, horse thieves, and murderers, the two men forge an unbreakable bond, and together they discover that they each might have something to live for after all. Full of cowboy common sense that spans generations,

Kitchen Yarns is a memoir told in a moving collection of essays and recipes.  This is another book I intend to keep.  It'll be published on 12/8/18.

Believe Me is a twisty psychological thriller. It was a good fast read and I enjoyed it. Sometimes it's good to have a mindless escape!

The Girl in Green is Miller's second novel, it's entirely different from Norwegian By Night but equally great. It takes place in the war-torn Middle East, not long ago. It's a combo of literate storytelling and action-packed thriller with some humor thrown in. On my flight to JFK, I actually laughed out loud.

What are you reading?

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