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Prairie Fever by Peter Pagnamento.  Toffs try Kansas and Iowa in the late 19th century. Reviewed by NYT. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  Review in NYT makes it sound excellent.  Jesus Wars:  How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the next 1,500 years by Philip Jenkins.  Fifth Century happenings.  Saw a...

Books to Read

Gilgamesh by Joan London.  2001 book by Australian writer.  Tony's Book World   says, "An incredible journey from the wilderness of western Australia to the wilderness of Armenia told in a blunt and powerful style."  Available at Jefferson-Madision. Etgar Keret, short story writer from Israel.  Suddenly, a Knock at the Door, short stories...

Books to Read

Trilogy by Henry Handel Richardson, pseudonym of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, an Australian who lived from 1870 to 1946.  The first book is Australia Felix, the second, The Way Home, and finally, Ultima Thule.  Thanks to Tony, guest writing for Whispering Gums.  At UVa, not Jeff-Madison. Catherine the Great.  Robert K. Massie.  In Clemons.  ...

Books to Read or Listen to

Amitov Ghosh.  First two books of a trilogy are Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke.  Audiobook and kindle formats. Little Princes by Conor Grennan.  Recommended by Molly. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, won the Man Booker Prize.  Asylum reviewed it and explained the murky ending (in the comments section). Touch by Alexi Zentner.  Reviewed by Reading Matters and Kevin from Canada...

Books to Read or Listen to

River Town by Peter Hessler.  Recommended by a guest writer on Reading Matters.  Written by an American journalist who spent two years at a town at the juncture of the Wu and Yangzte rivers. Available at Jeff-Madison, UVa, and as audiobook. The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris by David McCullough.  available as an audiobook and kindle. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine...

Books to Read or Listen to

Paul Auster's new book:  Sunset Park.  audiobook narrated by Auster. Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman.  Set in Melbourne.  Reading Matters gives it 5 stars.  In the public library. Steve Martin books are available as audiobooks. My Brother Jack by George Johnston.  All time favorite book of Reading Matters.  Set in Australia. MJ Hyland's...

Books to Read or Listen to

Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller.  I came across this review on Suite101.com, a Canadian company whose descriptive line is "Insightful writers.  Informed readers."   Audiobooks that sound interesting are two by Ross King (who wrote Brunelleschi's Dome):  Michelangelo and the Pope's Chapel and The Judgment of Paris:  The Revolutionary...

Australian Literature

I met Faye Christenberry who has just completed a bibliography of Australian literature and of course she had lots of recommendations.  Among them:  Tim Winton's Dirt Music, early Kate Grenville (Joan Makes History, I think), Alex Miller, winner of several Miles Franklin awards, especially Journey to Stone Country.   When Tim Winton was in Seattle he...

Books to Read

I went to the Charlottesville Festival of the Book and heard about these books that just sound wonderful: At a session called Women in Transition these authors talked about and read from their novels: Reunion by Therese Fowler; the protagonist is a successful talk show host who gave up a baby as a teenager to avoid her mother's limited life as a single parent. The Safety of Deeper Water by...

Books to Read

Paul Auster's Invisible.  The NYT reviewer thinks it's his best. Richard Flanigan.  An Australian writer, a favorite of Reading Matters. Karen Armstrong's The Case for God. The Perfect Heresy:  The Revolutionary Life and Death of the Medieval Cathars by Stephen O'Shea.  Described In the further reading section of A Castle in the Backyard as a short...

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