Men in Black by Mark R. Levin

July 30, 2009

Summary: Conservative talk show host and lawyer Mark R. Levin published Men in Black in 2005. The subtitle of the book is: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America, and that’s pretty much what Levin sets out to prove throughout the piece. He begins by introducing a number of the worst justices ever, including men […]


Portable Reading

July 28, 2009

A couple of friends have been asking me about the best way to read digital texts. I mentioned the portable readers that are on the market, but they don’t want to pay several hundred dollars for a device that does nothing except read books. And, they can’t imagine trying to read on their phone screens […]


NY Times Bestsellers 72609

July 26, 2009

Here are this week’s New York Times Bestsellers in some of the more popular categories: Hardcover Fiction: 1. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Jennifer Weiner 2. SWIMSUIT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 3. BLACK HILLS, by Nora Roberts 4. FINGER LICKIN’ FIFTEEN, by Janet Evanovich 5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett Hardcover Nonfiction: 1. UNMASKED, […]


The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

July 24, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): L.A. Times reporter Jack McEvoy is being shown the door after spending seven years with the paper. The newspaper industry as a whole is suffering major losses thanks to the Internet, and even an institution as old and respected as the L.A. Times is feeling the pinch. There were to be […]


Anne of Avonlea

July 22, 2009

NY Times Bestsellers for 71909

July 20, 2009

Here are the top 5 NY Times Bestsellers in a few of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. BLACK HILLS, by Nora Roberts 2. SWIMSUIT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 3. FINGER LICKIN’ FIFTEEN, by Janet Evanovich 4. THE DEVIL’S PUNCHBOWL, by Greg Iles 5. THE APOSTLE, by Brad Thor Hardcover Nonfiction: 1. […]


American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

July 18, 2009

I first heard of American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld from scanning the New York Times Best-Seller List every week. This 2008 novel, Sittenfeld’s third, made the list as a hardcover, and is currently 5th in the Paperback Trade Fiction category. I didn’t hear any buzz about the book at all, though, because I try to […]


The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

July 15, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): The novel opens towards the end of the American Civil War in 1865, and focuses on five Northern men who have been captured as prisoners-of-war in Richmond, VA. Certain that they will either starve to death or be executed, the five prisoners — Cyrus Harding, an engineer; Pencroff, a sailor; Herbert, […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 71209

July 12, 2009

How prolific is James Patterson?? It seems like he has a new title on the NY Times Bestseller List once every two or three months or so. He’s at the top with another No. 1 this week for a book called Swimsuit. Co-written by Maxine Paetro, the summary blurb says that the book is about […]


The Shack by William P. Young

July 10, 2009

Plot summary (with possible spoilers): The Shack begins like any other fiction novel might. It is told from the point of view of Mackenzie “Mack” Phillips, a man living what seems to be an ideal life. He has a terrific wife and wonderful children, and he appears to be truly happy and content with his […]