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Debra Hamel
North Haven, CT
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James Hankins, The Prettiest One I got this book as a Kindle First selection apparently almost two years ago and finally got around to reading it. It was just okay. A woman wakes up from a fugue state with blood... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at book-blog.com
Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo is an enthusiastic declutterer--enthusiastic, perhaps, to the point of madness, but charmingly so. I have long been trying to achieve the kind of serenity she seems to live in, my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at book-blog.com
Tim Tigner, The Lies of Spies The Lies of Spies is the second full-length novel in Tim Tigner's Kyle Achilles series. The fate of the world is at stake again, and Achilles is just the right larger-than-life guy to set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at book-blog.com
Lee Goldberg, True Fiction TV writer and novelist Ian Ludlow is in Seattle plugging his latest Clint Straker thriller when he discovers that a terrorism plot he once conjured up has been turned into horrific reality, an attack on American... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at book-blog.com
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven Station Eleven is a thought-provoking book about the end of the world—and the beginning of a new world. It follows the mostly separate stories of a handful of characters who are all loosely connected... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at book-blog.com
Lingua Ecclesiae The Italian Institute for Classical Studies, in collaboration with the prestigious Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis, is launching Lingua Ecclesiae: the first intensive summer course directed specifically toward Ecclesiastics, and conducted entirely in Latin. Our students – priests, seminarians,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Summer Classics
Lingua Ecclesiae The Italian Institute for Classical Studies, in collaboration with the prestigious Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis, is launching Lingua Ecclesiae: the first intensive summer course directed specifically toward Ecclesiastics, and conducted entirely in Latin. Our students – priests, seminarians,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Summer Classics
A unique opportunity to significantly improve your ability to read ancient and Koine Greek by learning to use the language actively. A three week program for all levels of Greek students to improve reading skills by actively speaking, writing and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Summer Classics
Joseph Finder, The Switch This is one of those stories where an average-ish Joe winds up in incredible circumstances that he has to deal with without any specialized training. Our average Joe is Michael Tanner, the CEO of a Boston-based... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at book-blog.com
Gregg Hurwitz, The Nowhere Man Evan Smoak is back in this follow-up to Orphan X. Evan is a government-trained black ops guy who uses his formidable skills to help the helpless, one job at a time. His life is necessarily... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at book-blog.com
Nancy Boyarsky, The Swap This book has a promising premise. An American couple, Nicole and Brad, swap houses with a couple from London for the summer, and unpleasantness ensues--Nicole is followed and threatened and soon swept up in an alarming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at book-blog.com
Joseph Finder, Extraordinary Powers I've read a number of Joseph Finder's novels, and normally I'm hooked on them. He writes very good page turners, often weaving in technical or spycraft-y details in just the right measure. This early novel was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at book-blog.com
Thomas Christopher Greene, The Headmaster's Wife The book opens with a mystery: Why does the esteemed headmaster of an elite New England boarding school take off his clothes and walk naked through Central Park? Arthur Winthrop's explanation to the police,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at book-blog.com
Elizabeth Edmondson, A Question of Inheritance As I was reading this pleasant, "Very English" cozy set in small-town, post-war England, I found that for the life of me I couldn't remember how the first book in the series--which I reviewed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at book-blog.com
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Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August imagines a world in which a small percentage of the population are ouroborans or kalachakra--individuals who loop through time, reliving their lives indefinitely against... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at book-blog.com
Jimin Han, A Small Revolution A Small Revolution was one of Amazon's Kindle First selections a few months ago. I grabbed it because it was free, although I probably wouldn't have otherwise. The book's description had things that appealed and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at book-blog.com
Blake Crouch, Good Behavior Good Behavior is a collection of three connected novellas about Letty Dobesh. She's a talented thief with demons--an unhappy childhood and a drug addiction that keeps sidelining her and that has separated her from her six-year-old... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at book-blog.com