Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"The Nest"

An enjoyable read. Nothing too deep or complicated. It's about a family of eccentric New York swells who are counting on "The Nest Egg" which their parents are going to leave them when the youngest daughter hit 40. Well, things don't go according to plan, Without giving away any more of the plot, let's just say it's a good vacation or lounging by the pool book.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

"The Arsenal of Democracy"

Absolutely fascinating book. The subtitle is: "FDR, Detroit, and an epic quest to arm an America at war." That really sums us what this book is about. It focuses on how Detroit's automotive companies shifted production from cars to planes and all manner of war production during WWII. A large part of the book is devoted to Ford Motor Company, with special attention given to the role Edsel Ford played in the war effort and converting Ford's plants to help with the war effort. The book is very readable, entertaining, and well researched.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"The New Yorker Book of War Pieces"

Before I begin my review of this remarkable book, let me just say that I feel the New Yorker is the finest magazine published in the English language. And has been since 1925. There. That said, this book gives one an incredible glimpse into the world of the Second World War, as experienced by the people who lived through it. Ordinary citizens, soldiers, and journalists. And the stories, while reported chronologically, cover the entire globe. The writing, as you'd expect from writers like A.J. Liebling, Rebecca West, Brendan Gill, and Phillip Hamburger is first rate. You feel you're right there in the thick of the action with them. It's one of those books you just don't want to end.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Second Hand"

I can't believe I've gone this long without reading this novel. It was written by a friend of a friend. It's a fictional account of the life of an owner of a second hand store. You'd think it would be pretty dry, but the guy has a great sense of humor. I'm about 3/4 of the way through and it's really well written.  I have his other two books on my nightstand and am anxious to launch into them.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

"The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared."

What a fun book. It starts just like the title say, when a 100-year-old man leaves the old folks home right before his birthday party. He shows up at the bus station where he steals a suitcase with millions of dollars of drug money. The story jumps back and forth from the present day to his whole, unbelievable and improbable life. Not a deep book, just a joy to read.




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"The Art of Racing in the Rain"

I was a little skeptical when I started this book. It's about a race car driver and his family as told through the eyes of their pet dog. The book quickly picks up pace and I found I couldn't put it down. Without giving too much away I'll just say his wife is diagnosed with a brain tumor and things in his life take a turn for the worse. The dog is intelligent, astute, and is quite witty at times. And he believes in the Mongolian legend that when a dog dies, he is reincarnated as a human being. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"Bottom of the 33rd"

A book about the longest game in baseball history. It may sound a bit off putting. But this is a fascinating book that really grabs you. You don't need to be a baseball fanatic to appreciate it. The writing is absolutely poetic. And the narrative isn't just a recount of the game; the author has a ton of asides as the game unfolds. From the history of the town, the team, and the backgrounds and futures of the players for both teams. His writing style is beautiful. And what I really appreciate, is a writer who know s how to use the word "myriad" properly.