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Books recommended

I have read lots of books. Here's a few of the ones I recommend.

Books recommended

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House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III. …more so than the movie…a must read.

House of Sand and Fog

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica is a great story. It's a thriller with some twists and turns I didn't see coming. loved it!

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith is a "whale of a story". The reader is transported to the Stalinist rule of the Soviet Union in the 1950's....a paranoid society where no one can be trusted. Leo and Raisa, unforgettable characters, who guide the reader through this unreal place. highly recommended.

California by Edan Lepucki. Not my favorite book about the future....a story where the rich live in communities and the rest of the people live in the wilderness. There's nothing mysterious or complicated about this story. It's very predictable.

We Are Not Ourselves by Mathew Thomas. Imagine wishing for a better life and a better version of yourself, and when you finally get it, you are disappointed by it all......and then your beautiful, brilliant husband develops early onset Alzheimer's. Oh, my......

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. A must read for anyone concerned about the earth. Humans appear to be the ultimate invasive species......

All That Is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon is an exceptional story. It's 1986, and the Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse.....then Chernobyl happens. The story is told through the eyes of a doctor, factory worker, farm boy, and a child prodigy. Secrets, lies, arrogance, spying, and naivete.

All That Is Solid Melts into Air

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is a beautifully written story. Highly recommended.

All the Light We Cannot See

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Amameddine is beautifully written and very older woman, Aaliya, living in Beirut muses on literature, philosophy and art as she remembers the Lebanese Civil War as she attempts to make sense of her life. Highly recommended.

An Unnecessary Woman

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout is such a great story. If you have ever wondered about those pioneers who traveled to "the territory" , then this is the story for you. The characters are raw and believable. The story comes with twists that are hard to predict.....just like life. You will enjoy this one.

Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories...must read this one.

Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories

Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock Loved these dark and addictive short stories.

The Devil All the Time by Ray Pollock. The back woods of Ohio can be a scary place especially if you live around Willard Russell. Couldn't put this one down.

The Devil All the Time

Where You Once Belonged by Kent of his more haunting stories about small-town Holt, Colorado.

Where You Once Belonged

Eventide.. another great Kent Haruf book. You'll be drawn into the lives of these small-town people living in Holt, me. Their lives are anything but ordinary.

Plainsong by Kent Haruf...simple story about the people living on the high plains of Colorado. If you enjoy good character development, this author is for you.

Benediction by Kent Haruf. I would read anything written by Kent Haruf. This man has a way of taking every day life and turning it into something unbelievable.

The Children Act by Ian McEwan. I loved this one. So interesting and thought difficult it is for the courts to make moral decisions when the world is so full of grey.

The Children Act

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian, I really enjoyed this story. A tough, heartbreaking story about the lives ( especially Emily's) before and after a meltdown. Really enjoyed the writing style. I felt like I was part of a conversation with the main character.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

Contagious by Scott Sigler....just finished this second book in the trilogy. It was just as good as the first book (Infected). It's sometimes hard to find good horror/science fiction...this author does it right. Loved the characters and the plot. Short, engaging chapters keep you hooked. highly recommended.

Infected by Scott Sigler.....horror/science fiction and darn good. This the first of a trilogy. love the story line, the characters and especially the writing style ( short, concise chapters that are action packed....great dialogue. I will be reading book #2 (Contagious)

Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles Series #1)

Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles Series #1)


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