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I love to read, always have, and have been writing reviews for more years than I care to say. Early on, i realized there are more books than there is time to read, so I read only books I like and mostly books I love. I do a "recommended" books column for my local newspaper, The Portsmouth Herald (my column: more

A Death in Summer: A Novel (Quirke)
Black's atmospheric Quirke novels, set in 1950s Dublin, explore the unseemly underbelly of repressed city life. Post-war Dublin is a place where power, money and the Catholic Church are inextricably connected …
reviewed Oil on Water: A Novel. October 14, 2011
Oil on Water: A Novel
Prize-winning, Nigerian-born writer Habila opens his latest novel with a brief meditation on the tragic turning point in his narrator's life. "An explosion in the barn with the oil drums. The fire blew …
reviewed On the Origin of Tepees: The Evolutio.... October 14, 2011
On the Origin of Tepees: The Evolution of Ideas
Framing his big story of cultural evolution as a travel jaunt across the American plains and mountains and northward into Canada, British award-winning science writer and documentary maker Hughes explores …
reviewed The End of Everything: A Novel. October 14, 2011
The End of Everything: A Novel
Evie and Lizzie are 13. Inseparable best friends, they live next door and tell each other absolutely everything.    Or do they? One day Evie disappears on the way home from school. …
reviewed Long Gone: A Novel. October 14, 2011
Long Gone: A Novel
Protagonist of this atmospheric New York City thriller, Alice Humphrey is a bit of a poor little rich girl. Refusing help from her famous and philandering film-director father, she has been unemployed …
Dreams of the Dead (Nina Reilly)
O'Shaughnessy's latest Nina Reilly novel finds the South Lake Tahoe lawyer plunged back into a nightmare she had hoped was behind her.    Two years earlier she had defended a man, …
reviewed Ready Player One. October 14, 2011
Ready Player One
In Cline's dystopian 2044, economic and environmental collapse has left a great divide between the haves and have-nots. Most of the world is a crumbling, junk-strewn place overrun with predators. Many …
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Like "1491," his book about the state of the world -- old and new -- before Columbus' voyage, journalist Mann's "1493" takes a long, complex, and provocative view of the earth-shaking results of that …
My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum
Shalev's story of his irascible, difficult, beloved Russian Grandma Tonia and her great big shiny American vacuum cleaner is the framework for this warm and witty family history of Israel, from the first …
reviewed Scorch City. October 07, 2011
Scorch City
New Hampshire author Ball's second novel takes place in 1950, 15 years after his first, "The Vaults." While the two share a setting -- Ball's unnamed dystopian City and a protagonist, newspaper columnist …
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