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Await Your Reply   book icon  
by Dan Chaon (2009)

read: 27 November 2019
rating: [+]
category: fiction

This was fun and complicated, a lot to take in regarding mental health, identity and what it means to be “who you are.” Psychological semi-mystery that leaves you looking for clues and retracing steps at the end. You’re never sure how the various characters are going to intersect and once you find out, it’s surprising. Compelling.

Red Moon   book icon  
by Kim Stanley Robinson (2018)

read: 24 November 2019
rating: [+]
category: fiction

I like how Robinson can write stories with science angles that aren’t all nitpicky details about made-up machines and actually looks at human relationships as part of these systems. He’s hit or miss with me sometimes, but this one was terrific. A lot of palace intrigue type stuff but a heroine who is female and pregnant and not menaced which was itself a grand achievement.

Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption   book icon  
by Ben Mezrich (2019)

read: 24 November 2019
rating: [-]
category: unfinished

Did not like this. This is the guy who wrote the Social Network and also the book about the MIT kids who made a ton of money playing blackjack. This is about the unlikable Winklevoss twins and unlikeble bitcoin and I did not care for it.

Glastenbury, the history of a Vermont ghost town   book icon  
by Tyler Resch (2008)

read: 19 November 2019
rating: [+]
category: fiction

Glastenbury is one of the five unincorporated towns in Vermont but it used to have people living in it, and a railcar that went there. Resch does some excellent digging to come up with photos and stories and histories of the people who live(d) in the town and what made it work for them and what happened to the structures and stories that made the place up. A great little history.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek   book icon  
by Kim Michelle Richardson (2019)

read: 19 November 2019
rating: [+]
category: fiction

This book combined two of my interests: packhorse librarians, and the Blue Fugates of Kentucky. Good. Stressful. Lots of rural small mindedness. A little too much of a foreshadowed romance which I felt sort of brought the whole thing into a less-interesting place. Best part was the author’s notes at the end where you can learn about why she chose these particular topics. Of particular note, the cover (which was how I decided to pick up this book) features a white woman’s hands; the main character in this book isn’t really white (which is part of the whole point). I found that one single bit obnoxious, but blame the marketers and not the author.

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