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The Order   book icon  
by Daniel Silva (2020)

read: 7 July 2021
rating: [+]
category: fiction

My mostly-favorite Israeli assassin/spy series, but this one is mostly about... the pope? I learned some things about Pontius Pilate and about the Vatican (and their library) but it was maybe a bit too much time with Jesus for me. The loose idea: someone kills the pope and there is a shadowy conspiracy to put in a new pope and Allon is called in to help out. It was a good read with a memorable storyline but at the same time you wind up with a ton of sympathy for his long-suffering wife (also a spy!) and their kids.

I Was Their American Dream   book icon  
by Malaka Gharib (2019)

read: 6 July 2021
rating: [+]
categories: graphic novel, non-fiction

An excellent graphic novel about being an American kid of immigrant parents from 2 very different cultures--Egyptian and Filipino--and forging your own way while still remaining close to your family. Gharib does a really good job at showing you not telling you how her family’s cultures interrelated as well as talking about herself in a way that is poignant and funny at the same time.

Mariposa   book icon  
by Greg Bear (2009)

read: 1 July 2021
rating: [+]
category: fiction

A sequel of sorts to Quantico. I both liked it a little more as a story but also grew tired of Bear including every possible near-future technology that he knows about. And yet, pretty interesting future predictions from a book over 10 yrs old. A page turner.

California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas   book icon  
by Penelope Bagieu (2017)

read: 29 June 2021
rating: [+]
categories: graphic novel, non-fiction

A great graphic novel about Cass Elliot’s life and times before The Mamas & the Papas really made it big. I had their albums growing up but never really knew too much about the band and this was really interesting. Elliot does not always come across as likeable but then again you understand what she’s about and how the Mamas and the Papas ticked more or less.

Death In A Strange Country   book icon  
by Donna Leon (2005)

read: 27 June 2021
rating: [+]
category: fiction

Another of the Commissario Guido books which was enjoyable. Where the Bruno Chief of Police books are about food and small town life, these are more about the interrelationship of various parts of Italy, and a lot of interpersonal relationship stuff. This story in particular takes us into the American military base which is nearby, and a crime that some people want to solve and others clearly do not. Good reading.

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