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The Racketeer – John Grisham

My first Grisham since “The Innocent Man”, I couldn’t put it down. John Grisham has returned to the style that made him champion of the court room drama.

Poland – James Michener

One year after my first Michener novel, Recessional, I experienced my second. James Michener is the master of the historical novel and Poland one of his finest at the time of it’s publication.

Shock – Robin Cook

Every now and then, I need to change up my reading habits a little with a book of fiction. Robin Cook is one of the best for medical thrillers.

The Horse and His Boy – The Chronicles of Narnia – Volume 5 – C.S. Lewis

With the complete 7 volume set resting on a bookshelf at Dad’s house, I have been interested in reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis for a several months now, but when a small, 217 page, paperback volume of “The Horse and His Boy” recently found itself in my possession, I decided to go ahead and delve into the chronicles starting with the 5th volume.

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

Of course I’ve heard of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and the “beat” movement, but until recently, did not realize how much my life has been influenced through music, movies and literature sparked by the “postmodern” generation.

Andersonville – MacKinlay Kantor

Not until I finished Kantor’s Andersonville did I learn about the award winning movie titled Andersonville. Not bad, an Emmy and a Pulitzer! But, further research indicates that the rights to a motion picture were indeed sold to Hollywood, but the film Andersonville is not the same property as the novel Andersonville, though the historically real Jim L. Ransom, whose diary the film is based upon, is also a character in the novel.

Recessional by James Michener

James Michener is regarded as one of America’s great twentieth century writers. His writings are largely fiction but based on actual historical eras, surroundings and events. This I only knew from reading about the author and hearsay, until I picked-up… Continue Reading →

Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War – Newt Gingrich

… ponder the “what ifs” should Robert E. Lee have listened to the advice of his subordinates and flanked to the Union left instead of proceeding as he did resulting in the charge by General Pickett, which became the apex of the Confederacy.

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