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Debra Hamel
North Haven, CT
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Gillian McAllister, Wrong Place Wrong Time Amazon Jen Brotherhood sees her teenage son kill someone and is immediately plunged into a nightmare. There's the expected one—police lights and handcuffs and shock. She has no idea what could possibly have led... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2023 at
Blake Crouch, Upgrade Amazon Logan Ramsay lives with the guilt of having been involved in his brilliant mother's accidental destruction of the world as we know it. Now, in a post-apocalyptic world in which lower Manhattan is under water and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2023 at
Patricia Highsmith, Mermaids on the Golf Course Amazon I enjoyed this batch of eleven short stories by Patricia Highsmith more than I did the last collection of hers that I read (The Black House), though I can't offhand say exactly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2023 at
Patricia Highsmith, The Black House Amazon The Black House is a collection of eleven short stories by Patricia Highsmith. The stories are all a little dark, which is hardly surprising given the author's tendency to dwell on the uglier side... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2023 at
Lori Gottlieb, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Amazon Lori Gottlieb is a therapist and columnist, and I guess a podcaster too, though I haven't listened to her podcast yet. She has a background in writing, which may go some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2023 at
Ryszard Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus Amazon In Travels with Herodotus, Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński writes about some of his experiences traveling the world as a foreign correspondent, beginning with his first ever trip abroad, to India, in the 1950s. On... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2023 at
Douglas E. Richards, Time Frame Amazon Not too long ago, I accidentally reread a book I'd read and reviewed already in 2016, Douglas E. Richards' time travel novel Split Second. It wasn't until I was halfway through that things started... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2023 at
Yishai Sarid, The Memory Monster Amazon This short book is written in the first person and purports to be a letter written by the unnamed narrator to his boss, the chairman of the board of Yad Vashem, explaining "what happened... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2023 at
Tivadar Soros, Masquerade: Dancing Around Death in Nazi-Occupied Hungary Amazon In his memoir Masquerade, Tivadar Soros (the father of George Soros) writes about his experiences during the ten-month period between March 1944, when the Nazis occupied Hungary, and January 1945,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2023 at
Amazon Normally, if I don't like a book as much as I didn't like this one, I don't bother finishing it. So you won't find a lot of really negative reviews on this blog. But in this case, I persevered... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2023 at
Kara Thomas, Out of the Ashes Amazon This book starts out well. Samantha Newsom, driving past a police cruiser, reminds herself not to behave like a criminal: "I hadn't killed anyone. Not yet." That line hooked me for a while.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2023 at
Αἱ τοῦ Ἡρακλέους αἱρέσεις Join us on Saturday, July 29th, 2023, for a day of online conversation in ancient Greek! Our theme: the choices of Heracles in the imperial Greek writer Lucian of Samosata. First, we'll discuss Lucian's model, the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2023 at Summer Classics
Hannah Beckerman, The Forgetting Amazon In The Forgetting, Hannah Beckerman tells the story of two women in problematic relationships. Livvy married Dominic after a whirlwind romance, and they now have a baby, Leo. She's still in the honeymoon phase of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2023 at
Melanie Raabe, The Trap Amazon Linda Conrads is a best-selling author who hasn't left her house in 11 years. She went into seclusion not long after finding her sister Anna murdered—and seeing the face of the murderer before he ran... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2023 at
LAT 101: Beginning Latin I LAT 102: Beginning Latin II LAT 520: Elementary Latin I LAT 521: Elementary Latin II LAT 540: Intensive Elementary Latin LAT 550: Intensive Intermediate Latin Our Summer Latin Institute provides Latin courses — offered both... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2023 at Summer Classics
Ellen Jovin, Rebel with a Clause Amazon Rebel with a Clause is a sort of grammar travelogue. Since 2018, Ellen Jovin has been setting up a folding table in public with a "Grammar Table" sign and answering any grammar-related questions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2023 at
Anthony Horowitz, The Sentence is Death Amazon This is the second installment in Anthony Horowitz’s delightful series of literary whodunits. The author (who is real) blends reality and fiction by injecting himself into the story as a Watson-like character, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2023 at
Tim Tigner, Betrayal Amazon In Tim Tigner's early stand-alone novel Betrayal, twin siblings Ody and Cassi Carr—an FBI agent and profiler, respectively—run afoul of a political plot aimed at getting Cassi's soon-to-be ex into the White House. The book is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2023 at
Anthony Horowitz, The Word is Murder Amazon Anthony Horowitz injects himself into the story in this first book in his Hawthorne and Horowitz series, playing the John Watson figure to an enigmatic ex-policeman known mostly by his last name. A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2022 at
Latin (Beginners, Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate) Ancient Greek (Beginners, Intermediate, Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced) Biblical Hebrew (Beginners) Old Slavonic (Beginners, Intermediate) The Dan Slușanschi School for Classical & Oriental Languages is pleased to offer a new intensive session of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2022 at Summer Classics
Ken Follett, A Column of Fire Amazon A Column of Fire is the third installment in Ken Follett's Kingsbridge series.* Like its predecessors, it's a big, sprawling read, centered loosely around the fictional English town of Kingsbridge. This novel picks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2022 at
Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train Amazon The girl on the train is Rachel, who watches strangers from her seat during her morning commute—one particular couple, whom she embues with personalities and a backstory. As the story unfolds, we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2022 at
Lawrence Weinstein, Grammar for a Full Life Amazon I didn't expect to like this book. Intrigued by the title, I figured I'd read a few pages to satisfy my curiosity and then delete it from my Kindle. Hippie treacle, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2022 at
Andy Weir, Project Hail Mary Amazon Project Hail Mary is another likable-smart-guy-in-space story from The Martian author Andy Weir. Ryland Grace isn’t stuck on Mars with a bunch of spuds. He’s been sent on an interstellar space mission with packets... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2022 at
Robert Goddard, The Fine Art of Invisible Detection Amazon Unassuming, middle-aged Umiko Wada is a detective's assistant tasked with traveling from Japan to England to investigate a decades-old death. The assignment lands her in the middle of a huge conspiracy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2021 at