Category Archives: Adult Fiction

Getting In, a novel, by James Finney Boylan


“Dylan looked at the other students and knew that he had no chance of getting into Yale. These other students were obviously better than he was: smarter, richer, braver. Yale was for people like this Polo here, someone who wanted … Continue reading

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The Angel’s Game, by Carl Ruiz Zafon


I loved this book. It had that feeling of underlying evil, secrets, decay. By the end, I didn’t know if the narrator had really experienced the story, or was it all a mind induced illusion? Whatever the answer, it was … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Shadows, by Carl-Johan Vallgren


Translated from Swedish, this is a complex thriller with many interwoven plots. It takes place mostly in Stockholm, so the large number of Swedish place names and names of Swedish characters give it an additional complexity similar to reading a … Continue reading

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The Eye of Childhood, short stories


The Eye of Childhood is a collection of short stories by notable authors including Graham Greene, John Updike, and D.H. Lawrence, most of them male and most of them from the British Isles. They generally focus on horrific experiences in … Continue reading

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Day After Night, by Anita Diamant


Thank you to my long time friend Elizabeth for recommending The Red Tent many years ago. It is Anita’s best known book and an excellent read about the stories of Sarah and Hagar. I went to the library for The … Continue reading

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The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende


I highly recommend this book. I read the first couple chapters and thought, “This is a BOOK!” Her prose is so lovely, so well constructed. I have loved her other books, such as “Daughter of Fortune,” also set in San … Continue reading

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The Taming of the Queen, by Philippa Gregory


My first experience of Philippa’s well researched books was The Other Boleyn Girl. She makes history fascinating to read by focusing on the period from the viewpoint of a lesser known woman of the period. The Taming of the Queen … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown


I rowed at Harvard. My disclaimer: I was on the Lowell House women’s crew team. ¬†We were an intramural team. One woman has rowed Freshman crew for Harvard. We rowed one race on the Charles. I caught a small crab. … Continue reading

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Old Earth by Gary Grossman


As a former archaeologist and casual caver, I really enjoyed this audio book from Audible. If you enjoyed books like the DaVinci Code or National Treasure, you probably will enjoy this one. The story has to do with mysterious walls … Continue reading

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The Last Brazil of Benjamin East, by Jonathan Freedman


Pulitzer Prize winning author Jonathan Freedman is from Burlingame, California. His non-fiction writing for the San Diego Tribune contributed to immigration reform. This book was thirty years in the making. He wrote it as a young man, put it away … Continue reading

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