PLEASE NOTE: I don’t end up keeping most of these. If you see one in the list that looks interesting to you, let me know and if I’ve still got it around, you may get lucky.
- Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road, by Kate Harris (August 2018)
- All Happy Families, by Jeann McCullogh (August 2018)
- The Man Who Couldn’t Miss: A Stewart Hoag Mystery, by David Handler (August 2018)
- Another Woman’s Husband, by Gill Paul (August 2018)
- Second Time Sweeter, by Beverly Jenkins (August 2018)
- The Secret of the Irish Castle, by Santa Montefiore (August 2018)
- Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine: Stories, by Kevin Wilson (August 2018)
- French Exit, by Patrick deWitt (August 2018)
- Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago, by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz (August 2018)
- Horse, by Talley English (August 7, 2018)
- Putney, by Sofka Zinovieff (August 2018)
- Ahab’s Return, or the Last Voice, by Jeffrey Ford (August 2018)
- Other People’s Love Affairs: Stories, by D. Wystan Owen (August 21, 2018)
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (October 2018)An interesting look at a subject I know little about – a cluster of highly influential science fiction writers in the 1930s-1960s. Boy, did they ever have weird lives.
Vita Nostra, by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko, transl. Julia Meitov Hersey (November 2018)An extraordinary work of fiction. Translated from Russian, the novel tells of 18-year-old Sasha, who finds herself through strange circumstances enrolled at the mysterious Institute of Special Technologies, where things are not what they seem. A strangely compelling mix of metaphysical philosophy, thought experiments, and contemporary fantasy. I really hope the other two in the series will be translated, too!
Prague Spring, by Simon Mawer (November 2018)Turns out Cold War spy fiction doesn’t really get me going. Did not finish.
The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose (November 27, 2018)This was a weird one and I’m not sure what to do with it. Fictional characters going through Life Stuff repeatedly visit the real performance art piece “The Artist is Present” by Marina Abramovic.
Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence, by Michael Marshall Smith (November 6, 2018)What a fun read! 11-year-old Hannah Green is unfazed in the way only certain kinds of children can be by the discovery that her engineer/tinkerer grandfather is more than 300 years old and has been friends with the Devil for most of that time. The Devil, by the way, is experiencing… technical difficulties.
The Dakota Winters, by Tom Barbash (December 2018)A year in the Winters family, living at the Dakota building in the months leading up to the assassination of John Lennon. A good read until the last few pages, which were a real disappointment – seemed to end in the middle of a thought.
- Annelies, by David R. Gillham (January 15, 2019)
- The Au Pair, by Emma Rous (January 8, 2019)
- House of Stone, by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (January 2019)
- The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict (January 8, 2019)
- Bowlaway, by Elizabeth McCracken (February 2019)
- A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1), by Alyssa Cole (Undated)
- Red Sky at Noon, by Simon Sebag Montefiore (January 2, 2018)
- The Lucky Ones, by Tiffany Reisz (February 13, 2018)
- Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, by Sara Ackerman (February 13, 2018)
Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime, by Cutter Wood (April 17, 2018)I’m unclear as to the extent to which this was nonfiction or fiction. Could be a slightly embellished memoir of a kind? Anyway, it was an interesting and quick read.
- My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (April 2018)
- The Overstory, by Richard Powers (April 2018)
- Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang (April 2018)
- Ace of Shades, by Amanda Foody (April 10, 2018)
Unbury Carol, by Josh Malerman (April 10, 2018)About a woman prone to near-death comas whose husband decides to bury her alive (while in a coma) and steal her money. Not my thing, but it showed up on the Goodreads Choice Awards seminfinals list. Did not finish.
- A Necessary Evil (Wyndham, Book 2), by Abir Mukherjee (April 3, 2018)
- Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, By Edward Lee (April 2018)
DAYS UNTIL I PICK UP THE NEXT BATCH OF ARCS: 56 (ALA Midwinter 2019, January 25-29, 2019)