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Reading Interests: I think my reading tastes are very eclectic. I like trashy spy/murder mysteries, autobiographies, fiction, and non-fiction and try to change it up a bit when I get my next book. I really got into reading when I started taking the bus to work.

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Cover ArtWhen in Germany, do as the Germans do : the clued-in guide to German life, langu
by Flippo, Hyde.
I am making a trip to Germany this summer and hoped this book would give me some new insights into German culture. I didn’t learn much beyond what I suspect most people know. Also, this 2002 edition seemed amazingly dated. I advise to skip it and find something else.   posted Apr 17, 2014 at 5:51PM

Cover ArtAugie’s secrets : the Minneapolis mob and the king of the Hennepin strip
by Karlen, Neal.
I was very disappointed in this book. Neal Karlen is a great writer, but this book is poorly written. Karlen treats the Jewish gangsters as if the killing and maiming were just cute stunts by lovable Jews. As someone who is Jewish, I find this offensive. Your fondness for either your uncle Augie, or the fact that he passed on these "secrets" to you has clouded your judgement, Neal. And the constant use of Yiddish, where it adds no value, is insulting too. Does this make you feel more Jewish? The story you had to tell was an excellent one and could have made for great reading. You blew it, Bubbe. This book is a 2 on a scale from 1 to 10. At best.   posted Apr 13, 2014 at 10:49AM

Cover ArtAlex Cross, run
by James Patterson
There is no doubt that the Alex Cross books are entertaining and page turners. This was a well written book, but perhaps I’ve read too many Alex Cross novels. There is a sameness that bleeds out some of the excitement. The book is good, but just not great. Very formulatic. I’d rate it a 3 on a scale from 1 to 5.   posted Apr 2, 2014 at 3:26PM

Cover ArtJohnny Carson
by Henry Bushkin
If you are interested in learning about Johnny Carson, the person, this is the book for you. It was written by Carson’s lawyer and confidante. Carson is a complex person; we all know that. However, you really get a sense for who he was from this book. Buskin is a surprisingly good writer and the book moves along quickly. It’s true that Bushkin may be a bit too impressed with himself, but he does paint a very credible picture. This is a must-read for Carson fans.   posted Mar 16, 2014 at 12:35PM

Cover ArtBeautiful ruins : a novel
by Jess Walter
I have mixed feelings about this book. Although it kept my attention, it was taxing to keep all of the story lines and characters straight because Walter jumps around in time (quite common) and takes a million detours with his characters. It’s one of those books you think you should take notes along the way. Also, the ending seemed rushed. Walter states that it took 15 years for him to write this book. Perhaps he didn’t want to take another 3 or four years to come up with a better ending. I’ll rate this book a B.   posted Feb 22, 2014 at 1:35PM

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