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June 2015 Will - "leaving Orbit"
June 2015 Will - "Red Sparrow" by Jason Matthews
May 2015 Will - "Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations"
February 2015 Will - "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert. I had forgotten what a great writer Kolbert is.
January 2015 Will - “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown. Great story. Will Putin's 2014 Olympics be seen in the same light as Hitler's 1936 propaganda vehicle that hid his country's plans for war?
November 2014 Will - “All Souls: A Family Story From Southie” by Michael Patrick MacDonald
August 2014 Will - “Uniform Justice, A Commissario Brunetti Novel” by Donna Leon. Oh, to be stuck in Venice with all of Leon's books
August 2014 Will - “Sweet Thunder” by Ivan Doig. I've really enjoyed some of Doig's books, but this is not one of them
August 2014 Will - “Mission to Paris” by Alan Furst. Oh to be stuck on an desert island with all of Furst's books
July 2014 Will - “Old Filth” good fun, “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling. Even more good fun.
June 2014 Will - “Inferno” by Dan Brown. Just a waste of time.
April 2014 Will - “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury. Dark, fictional realism?, some wonderful writing.
March 2014 Will - “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter”, “The Feast of the Goat”, “Who Killed Palomino Molero?: A Novel” all by Mario Vargas Llosa

February 2014 Will -
“The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons” by Lawrence Block
“Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)” by Cheryl Strayed
“Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time” by Mark Adams
“The Long Goodbye: A Novel” by Raymond Chandler. Great LA Noir
January 2014 Will -
“Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel
“Sycamore Row” by John Grisham. I found it quite disappointing
December 2013 Michael - “The Circle” David Eggers The New Yorker review
November 2013 Will - “The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon” by Kevin Fedarko
September 2013, Will “Life” by Keith Richards. What a long strange trip he's had. A strangely compelling look at the transition of Western society through the terror of rock and roll. When we saw the Stones in the spring he did seem to be really enjoying playing with the rest of the great band.
September 2013, Will “Pavilion of Women: A Novel of Life in the Women's Quarters”, by Pearl S. Buck. Disappointing. I loved “The Good Earth” but this book is much less interesting. It does provide, as “The Good Earth” did, an interesting look at China at the beginning of its transition from thousands of years of tradition to turmoil of the mid twentieth century.
August 2013, Will “The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery” by Craig Johnson. Good fun, reminds me of Tony Hillerman; western detective with an indian sidekick.“The Cold Dish” as in “Revenge is a dish best served cold”.
July 2013, Will “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” by David Mitchell. Not quite the wild ride of “Cloud Atlas” but really wonderful historical fiction
July 2013 Michael “Mission to Paris” by Alan Furst. Fun summer thriller set in 1938 Europe.The New York Times review
May 2013 Will “Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan. So-so
January 2013 Will “The Redbreast” by Jo Nesbo. Confusing but good early Harry Hole
December 2012 Will “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers. A grim but amazing story of the Iraq war
December 2012 Will “Wolf Hall” What fun, can't wait to read “Bring up the bodies”
September 2012 Will, “Gone Girl”, copying Michael. A great read!
August 2012 Michael, “Gone Girl” Gillian Flynn The New York Times review
June 2012 - Will, “Blood, Bones and Butter”, by Gabrielle Hamilton. A good story with tales of a wild upbringing and a romantic view of Italian family life.
June 2012 - Will, “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler. Great fun.
June 2012 - Will, “The Southpaw” by Mark Harris as recommended by George Vecsey in The Times. Not nearly as good a read as “The Art of Fielding”.
March 2012 - Will, “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. Perhaps not as great a book as “Bel Canto” but quite a wonderful tale
March 2012 - Michael, “The Orphan Master's Son” by Adam Johnson
January 2012 - Michael, “Just Kids” by Patti Smith and “The Art of Fielding” a first novel by Chad Harbach
June 2011 - Will, “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. Wow - what a wild book. Really wonderful post-apocalyptic story

Will - “Our Kind of Traitor” by John Le Carré. A great read with a VERY ambiguous finish
“The Beekeeper's Apprentice”, “Rock Paper Tiger”

Scott- “Don't Shoot the Ice Cream Man” James Waste