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Debra Hamel
North Haven, CT
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Chevy Stevens, Never Knowing Amazon The premise of this book kept me reading: An adopted woman's search for her birth parents goes about as badly as it possibly could when she finds out that her father's a serial killer and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2020 at book-blog.com
Alexander McCall Smith, The Right Attitude to Rain (Book 3) Amazon Things are heating up in Edinburgh! (And in Dallas, for that matter.) And love is in the air, at least for a couple of happy couples. This time out,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2020 at book-blog.com
Ken Follett, The Evening and the Morning Amazon I've been reading Ken Follett's novels for some 40 years. Used to be, he was the one author whose books I'd snatch up the moment they were published. I kind of fell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at book-blog.com
Michael Finkel, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa Amazon Shortly after Michael Finkel was fired by the New York Times for journalistic misbehavior, the story of a lifetime fell in his lap. A man named Chris Longo was in police... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at book-blog.com
Linda Keir, Drowning with Others Amazon Andi and Ian Copeland were the "it" couple at Glenlake Academy. Twenty years and one seemingly perfect marriage later, their daughter Cassidy is a senior at the prep school. But when a car is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at book-blog.com
Luke Smitherd, The Man on Table Ten Amazon Luke Smitherd's novella The Man on Table Ten poses an interesting question: What would you do to ensure your survival if the fate of the world depended on it? Smitherd's story is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at book-blog.com
About Debra Hamel Debra Hamel studied classics as an undergraduate at The Johns Hopkins University and again as a graduate student at Yale, where she specialized in ancient history. Since receiving her Ph.D. in 1996 she has published a number of scholarly articles and reviews as well as publications for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at dhamel.com
John Harwood, The Ghost Writer Amazon John Harwood’s gothic novel The Ghost Writer centers on Gerard, a boy of 13 when the book starts, growing up in Australia, who begins a penpal correspondence with an orphaned English girl named Alice.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at book-blog.com
Edward Dolnick, The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece Amazon In this very readable narrative, Edward Dolnick writes about the 1994 theft of Edvard Munch's Scream (or one version of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at book-blog.com
Gregg Hurwitz, Into the Fire Amazon Into the Fire details Orphan X's latest--and maybe his final--mission This time, he's contacted on his super secure RoamZone phone by Max Merriweather, a down-on-his-luck construction worker who lands in serious trouble after his... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at book-blog.com
Rachel Hoffman, Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess Amazon This is a book about cleaning that might have been written by your therapist. Rachel Hoffman--who doesn't seem to be a therapist in fact--gives advice about cleaning, sure, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at book-blog.com
Loreth Anne White, In the Dark Amazon In the Dark is a story about what happens when a group of people is put in a real-life Survivor-type situation. Eight guests and their pilot are invited to go on an all-expenses-paid... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at book-blog.com
Lee Goldberg, Lost Hills Amazon This is the first book in a new series by Lee Goldberg, author of a bajillion books, including the late Monk series, which I enjoyed a lot. This one is a police procedural focused on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at book-blog.com
Intensive Greek Intensive Latin Upper level Greek and Latin tutorials Intensives meet for 8-week, 4 x a week, 3 hours per day. They are run by graduate students, with supplementary visits / readings with professor(s). Cost is low—$2,000.00 for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at Summer Classics
Jeremy Bates, The Sleep Experiment Amazon UC Berkeley professor Roy Wallis is conducting a sleep experiment in the basement of a soon-to-be-demolished building on campus. He's got two students working with him, both of them enamored of the wealthy, confident,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at book-blog.com
Ancient Greek in Siracusa Greek for Philosophers Study Greek in Siracusa July 27-August 14, 2020 Fonte Aretusa is teaming up with Exedra Mediterranean Center to offer a summer course in ancient Greek, with a special “Greek for Philosophers” week dedicated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Summer Classics
Alexander McCall Smith, The Department of Sensitive Crimes Amazon Ulf Varg heads up a crew of quirky detectives in Sweden's Department of Sensitive Crimes. They investigate unusual offenses--those that have odd elements or maybe aren't worth the attention of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at book-blog.com
Mark Edwards, Here to Stay Amazon Elliot gets married to Gemma after a whirlwind courtship, but when his inlaws come to visit, things go south fast. They're possibly the most annoying people on the planet, and they seem to have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at book-blog.com
John Braddock, A Spy's Guide to Taking Risks Amazon John Braddock is back with another brief, highly readable entry in his Spy's Guide series. This time, he walks us through a meeting with a source while explaining an approach to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at book-blog.com
Peter Swanson, The Kind Worth Killing Amazon This book just prompted me to make an actual physical list of must-read authors with Peter Swanson's name on it so I won't run the chance of forgetting how much I loved The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at book-blog.com
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Amazon This book falls in the just okay category for me. I liked the earlier part of the story, when our hero, Clay Jannon (whose name I had to look up despite just finishing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at book-blog.com
John Marrs, The One Amazon How would life be different if a simple DNA test could tell you the identity of your soulmate, the one you were biologically made to be with? In The One, John Marrs tells the stories... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at book-blog.com
Greek for Beginners Intermediate Greek Advanced Greek Homer in Translation Linear B Latin Palaeography and Homer Greek Religion and Homer Homer in the Middle Ages Philosophy and Homer Homeric Meditations and Yoga Summer School in Homer 2019, UCL Monday 22nd... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Summer Classics
Linwood Barclay, A Noise Downstairs Amazon Linwood Barclay can write quite the page-turner, and although he's Canadian, he tends to set his books in nearby (to me) Milford, Connecticut, which is cool. A Noise Downstairs is about Paul Davis, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at book-blog.com
Christine Carbo, The Wild Inside Amazon The Wild Inside is the first in a series of police procedurals by Christine Carbo. The book is written in the first person and follows Ted Systead, a special agent with the Department of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at book-blog.com