Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

November 27, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Originally published as a serial in Blackwood’s Magazine from October 1899 to November 1900, Conrad’s great novel of guilt and redemption follows the first mate on board the Patna, a raw youth with dreams of heroism who, in an act of cowardice, abandons his ship. His unbearable guilt and its […]


The Priest by Gerard O’Donovan

November 23, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Struggling to find his feet back in Ireland after a lengthy posting with Europol in Spain, drugs specialist Mike Mulcahy is plunged into unfamiliar territory when the daughter of a politician suffers a horrific sex attack. Dragged into the case against his will, Mulcahy becomes convinced there is more to […]


Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

November 19, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider’s position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and […]


The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

November 16, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): It’s the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to […]


Martin Guitars: A Technical Reference

November 15, 2012

I was looking at some guitars by Martin Dreadnought at Musicians friend, and was intrigued enough by the numerous 5-star reviews to want to do more research into this product. I then learned that there are several books about these guitars, and that they’re kind of a standard choice for folk singers and bluegrass musicians. […]


The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell

November 14, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): On June 8, 1968, as the train carrying Robert F. Kennedy’s body travels from New York City to Washington D.C., the nation mourns the loss of a dream. As citizens congregate along the tracks to pay their respects, Michael Colvert, a New Jersey sixth grader, sets out to see his […]


Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull

November 12, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Kathleen Krull turns her spotlight on twenty powerful women from Cleopatra to Rigoberta Menchú Tum, revealing their feats and flaws for all the world to see. They were queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, revolutionary leaders. But they were all real people with private interests and personalities. What were they really […]


Black House by Stephen King & Peter Straub

November 9, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent […]


Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

November 6, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): “Fight on, brave knights! Man dies, but glory lives!” Banished from England for seeking to marry against his father’s wishes, Ivanhoe joins Richard the Lion Heart on a crusade in the Holy Land. On his return, his passionate desire is to be reunited with the beautiful but forbidden lady Rowena, […]


All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

November 3, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Take an unforgettable journey through the English countryside and into the homes of its inhabitants– four-legged and otherwise– with the world’s best-loved animal doctor. For over 25 years– since All Creatures Great and Small was first published– readers have delighted to the storytelling genius of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian whose […]