Tag: Books Read

Wilde Lake – Book Snapshot

Enjoyed Laura Lippman’s latest novel. Her novel, dense with local color and a few early episodes of dramatic content, yet morphed in the middle to feel like a literary novel, delving into the nuanced psychology of high school and adult personal life. I was lulled into taking situations, facts, and explorations at face value without…

An Empire of Wealth. John Steele Gordon

I didn’t start with a specific intent to find fault with the economic narrative. On the whole there’s much to admire about the book; nonetheless, the antagonism to the Glass-Steagall Act was striking in revealing Gordon’s short-sightedness. Totally oblivious to the coming financial crisis, with banks taking massive risks with depositors money that the government, not banks, had to guarantee.

Magazines and Anthologies with Short Stories

I noticed the other day when I posted a snapshot of ‘Buffalo Girls’ that it was the first novel I’d read in 4 months. After I finished scolding myself, I recalled that I’d taken a short story appreciation class in Aug and Sep and had continued on in that vein for awhile.

Story or Essay

Diem Perdidi by Julie Otsuka

It’s a good example of the difference to a reader between a story and an essay. Ms. Otsuka could have described the mother in either style.

Christine Falls

It took me a little while to settle into a pattern of reading attention that made the book flow. My method eventually allowed me to slide through some paragraphs that didn’t have firm meaning without concern that I was missing something.


Nemesis by Philip Roth A novel of a young man caught in the paranoia surrounding a polio epidemic, how it affects him during the time and then for the rest of his life. The impact of polio on a Newark neighborhood in 1944, before the etiology is known.  Because it strikes mysteriously, most everyone formulates…

In the Cool of the Day

“In the Cool of the Day” had several points in common with the “Wasted Promise” story I’ve got percolating, merged with “Age Discrepancy” that I had to watch as much as I had time for.

Grand Pursuit – Sylvia Naser

Subtitle – The Story of Economic Genius I’m about ¾ finished.  Too much biographic detail, gives context for economic problems arose in, but too much biography obstructing the view of the theory for my taste. Pre-WWI Panics. Slowly, dawning recognition of relationship between falling prices, amount of currency in circulation Post-WWI Hyperinflation. Printing of money…