All posts tagged “books

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The Refugees

I started reading The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen on the plane on the way to Viet Nam and read a couple of the stories in the book while we were traveling. I put it aside when we got back and didn’t do any reading… Read More

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18 Books

Goodreads tells me I read 18 books in 2017. Here they are in no particular order: Eating Vietnam by Graham Holliday – just finished reading this one. A culinary adventure on the streets of Hanoi and Saigon. Delightful. Recommended for foodies out there. The Bird… Read More

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The Dying Detective

The Dying Detective was written in Swedish and published in 2010. It was translated into English in 2016. This page-turner is quality Nordic crime writing with some underlying character-driven humour. The protagonist is an out-of-shape retired ace-detective who suffers a stroke just before devouring a… Read More

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What Painting Is

I’ve just read a fascinating, eccentric, sometimes frustrating, and very passionate book called What Painting Is by James Elkins. Mr. Elkins is an art critic and historian based at the Art Institute of Chicago. The sub-title of What Painting Is is: How to Think about… Read More

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Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Recently we watched the first two seasons of the British television mysteries Shetland, set on the Shetland Islands. I thought the show was very good, although I found I had to be very attentive because I wasn’t used to the accents, and as well, the… Read More

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Yiddish for Pirates

I’ve read one final book for 2016. I know, because I looked at my Goodreads list of books I read this year, that it happens to be my 12th for the year. This latest book is Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin – one of… Read More