Novel Destinations: Even More Selections from Central
Dark Town Redemption by Gary Hardwick
Gary Hardwick is a great storyteller and knows how to keep you turning the pages. I remember the riots of 1968 (in Baltimore). No matter whether you lived in Detroit or Baltimore, this tumultuous event changed life in our cities, counties and country. Dark Town Redemption addresses the "how and why."
The Marquis de Sade by Donald Thomas
This book was a fun read about the life of a man who spent most of his life in prison. It was a bit weak in its interpretation of his work, but was a great background for the author's primary works.
The Prizefighter and the Playwright by Jay R. Tunney
Story of friendship between prizefighter Gene Tunney and playwright George Bernard Shaw, written by the prizefighter's son. Tunney was a very well-read athlete and treasured his friendship with GBS.
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Great read for the contemporary reader. Atwood creates a world of technology and nature that will make anyone question what they do or put in their bodies.
Grace After Midnight by Felicia Pearson and David Ritz
I enjoyed this book because no matter of all the negativity that happened in her life she never gave up. Then she began to have a positive outlook and has accomplished nothing but positive thoughts that outweighed the negative way of life.
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
A penetrating story which reveals the often sordid sacrifices made in order to maintain the pristine facade of the "art world."
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Terrific book--well-written, fascinating. She writes as if she was with L. Zamperini from the day he was born!
Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
I've been a Tom Clancy fan forever--his novels are thrilling and entertaining. This one is his best work to date.
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Josef K. is trialed for a crime he didn't commit nor does he ever find out what his alleged crime was. Throughout the book, the reader is led with K. through dream-like scenarios and bizarre characters on his hopeless fight against a mysterious law system, where no one can be trusted. Kafka's Trial is a well-known classic. Unfortunately I've read it in German. The translation was pretentious and dry, the sentences endless and entangled. I'd read it again in English.
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Two people with the same name, yet their lives went into totally different directions. Kept me reading but I finished in tears for each of them, one joy and the other sadness.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
A look at how the media exploit madness, how laypeople and physicians abuse the DSM, and how some people don't think being a psychopath is all that bad.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The author took a lot of artistic license with the characters--I wonder how much was actually true, but still interesting take on the Tudors.
Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre
Darkly funny, emotionally intense, and well-worth reading, Vernon God Little is a scathing indictment of the justice system, reality T. V., and American society in general.
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
Intrepid young English actress visits sister in Corfu, meets famous English actor and his son, becomes involved in murder investigations, gets involved in dangerous situation from which she escapes, all ends well. Tie in to The Tempest
("But this rough magic I here abjure...").
Role Models by John Waters
The film director's rants and thoughts on art, religion, and musicians and others who have had an influence on him. Readers get an idea of the absurd and how one person flaunts and lives this. An appealing read.
Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer
Definitely recommend! An interesting collection of stories that leave the reader wanting more and questioning the conclusions. Don't miss the novella--"Walk for Mankind"--that is included in this collection.