Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

April 7, 2016

(I’m going to just post quickie reviews from now on. I simply read way too many books (400+ per year) to review everything or to go in-depth on any titles. This one-volume biography of Napoleon by Andrew Roberts has a couple things going for it. First, it’s very readable. For being as long as it […]


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

August 16, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and […]


Go Set a Watchman

July 23, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—”Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, […]


C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alistair McGrath

July 2, 2015

Summary (from the publisher): Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker. In C.S. Lewis—A Life, Alister McGrath, […]


11/22/63 by Stephen King

May 3, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English […]


A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain

March 28, 2015

Summary (from Wikipedia): A Tramp Abroad is a work of non-fiction travel literature by American author Mark Twain, published in 1880. The book details a journey by the author, with his friend Harris (a character created for the book, and based on his closest friend, Joseph Twichell), through central and southern Europe. While the stated […]


The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

March 4, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving “a great gentleman.” But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature […]


Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder

February 14, 2015

Summary (from the publisher): Pain, Parties, Work by Elizabeth Winder is a compelling look at a young Sylvia Plath and the life-changing month that would lay the groundwork for her seminal novel, The Bell Jar. In May of 1953, a twenty-one-year-old Plath arrived in New York City, the guest editor of Mademoiselle’s annual College Issue. […]


Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

October 26, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol’s wily antihero, Chichikov, combs […]


Native Son by Richard Wright

October 17, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman […]