Link Exchange with Bruce's Booklist
Update List & Comments
Music and Art
The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed his Mind
and changed the history of Free Speech in America..
by Thomas Healy.
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. by Andrew Sean Greer.
Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell
All That Is by Phillip Salter.
The Great Agnostic
Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby.
The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashhower.
Ghost Man by Roger Hobbs.
Power Systems by Noam Chomsky.
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.
Winter of the World Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett.
In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe.
Chasing Venus The Race To Measure the Heavens By Andrea Wulf.
Free Will By Sam Harris.
The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman.
Unorthodox:The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman.
When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna.
Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman.
The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
Bad Boy of Music by George Antheil.
Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes.
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.
Jews On Broadway An Historical survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Producers. By Stewart Lane.
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta.
Player One by Ernest Cline.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.
La Seduction by by Elaine Sciolino.
The Greater Journey Americans in Paris by David McCullough.
The Forgotten Founding Father:Noah Webster's Obsessions and the Creation of an American Culture by Joshua Kendall.
Starting Out in the Evening by Brian Morton.
The Third Rail by Michael Harvey.
Crime Stories by Ferdinand Von Schirach.
Musical Stages an autobiography by Richard Rodgers.
A Fine Romance Jewish Songwriters, American Songs by David Lehman.
Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson.
Stealing Fatima by Frank X. Gaspar.
Sunset Park by Paul Auster.
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.
What is Left The Daughter by Howard Norman.
The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern.
The Lady Matador's Hotel by Christina Garcia.
The Shallows:What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr.
The Secret life of the grown-up brain : the surprising talents of the middle-aged mind by Barbara Strauch.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld.
Symphony in White by Adriana Lisboa.
The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin.
Capitalism and the Jews by Jerry Z. Muller.
Blood and Faith:The Purging of Muslim Spain by Matthew Carr.
The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison. ( March 7th)
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow.( February 28th)
Making FreedomThe Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith by Chandler B. Smith and George A. Krimsky. ( February 2nd, 2010)
The Train to Lo Wu by Jess Row.( January 21st 2010)
In Cheap We Trust : The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue by Lauren Weber. ( December 13th, 2009)
City of Strangers by Ian Mackenzie.( November 25th 2009)
The Healing of America:A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, And Fairer Health Care by T.R Reid.(October 27th 2009)
The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang.
Pandora in the Congo by by Albert Sanchez Piñol.
Hound Dog by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Appasionata by Eva Hoffman.
Doghead by Morten Ramsland.
LowBoy by John Wray.
Autism's false prophets : Bad science, risky medicine, and the search for a cure by Paul Offit MD.
Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde.( March 5th)
Unspoken by Mari Jungstedt.( February 11th)
Other Lives by Andre Brink.( February 9)
Marc Chagall by Jonathan Wilson. ( January 21st)
The Grift by Debra Ginsberg.( January 11th)
The Inner Circle by Mari Jungstedt. ( January 4, 2009)
Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun that Changed Everything and The Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It. by Julia Keller. (December 11th)
My Father's Paradise by Ariel Sabar. ( November 11)
The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin. ( October 17th 2008)
The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell.( September 15th)
America, America by Ethan Canin. ( August 24th)
The Size of the World by Joan Silber. ( August 10th)
A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano by Katie Hafner. ( July 20th)
The Good Thief's Guide To Amsterdam by Chris Ewan. ( July 8th)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steve Galloway. ( June 25th)
Hatred for Tulips by Richard Lourie. ( June 11th)
Trauma by Patrick McGrath. ( May 28th)
Go With Me by Castle Freeman Jr. ( April 15th)
Consequences by Penelope Livley. ( March 30th)
The Risk Of Infidelity Index by Christopher G. Moore. (March 27th)
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.( February 12)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen( January 27)
Copernicus' Secret by Jack Repcheck. ( January 8)
Lost Genius by Kevin Bazzana.( December 18th)
Vaccinated By Paul Offit, MD.( December 10th)
The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman.( November 28th)
The Bad Girl by Marion Vargas Llosa.( November 21st)
Consumption by Kevin Patterson.( November 15th)
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff. (October 11)
On Kingdom Mountain by Howard Frank Mosher. (October 2nd)
The Texicans by Nina Vida.( September 22)
The Man in the Sharkskin Suit My Family's Exdous from Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado.(September 16th)
Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich by Robert Frank.( August 30)
Blood Trail by Gary J. Cook.(August 6)
Beat Your Ticket- Go to Court & Win by David W. Brown.( August 20th 2007)
The Book Of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber.(August 2)
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky.( June 12)
Inheritance by Natalie Danford.( June 5)
Pound for Pound by F.X. Toole.( April 2)
Posh by Lucy Jackson. ( March 13)
Echo Park by Michael Connelly. ( February 27)
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin.(February 14)
A Life Issac B.Singer by Florence Noiville. (January 28)
Welcome to the Homeland by Brian Mann.( January 1)
Moral Majority by Brooke Allen.( December 20)
Imperium by Robert Harris.( December 2)
The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox.(November 2)
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Norah Ephron. ( September 20)
What to Eat by Marion Nestle. ( August 1)
Chew On This By Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. ( June 16)
Faith of the Founding Fathers by David L. Holmes.(June 13)
Sweet and Low by Rich Cohen. ( June 12)
Blood Fugues by Edgardo Vega Yunqué.(May 8)
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal.(April 28)
Barney Ross by Douglas Century (March 15)
Maimonides by Sherwin B. Nuland (February 27)
Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary by Henry Hitchings (February 8)
The Quest for Immortality by S. Jay Olshansky and Bruce Carnes.(January 31)
The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr. ( January 17)
Imperial ambitions by Noam Chomsky.(January 10)
Stride Toward FreedomThe Montgomery Story by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.(December 29, 2005)
Successful Intelligence by Robert J. Sternberg. (December 18, 2005)
A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut. ( December 12. 2005)
Wolf Point by Edward Falco. (December 4, 2005)
The Secret Purposes by David Baddiel. (September 30th, 2005)
Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thompson.(September 26, 2005)
A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield.(August 18, 2005)
The Closers by Michael Connelly.(August 4, 2005)
The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern.(July 12, 2005)
1776 by David McCullough.(July 6, 2005)
Soldiers and Slaves: American POWS Trapped by the Nazis Final Gamble by Roger Cohen.(July 5, 2005)
Hitler Youth by Michael Kater.(June 21, 2005)
Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey.(April 25th, 2005)
A Likeness by Sonia Overall.(March 13, 2005)
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.(March 12, 2005)
Grace by Linn Ullmann.(March 7, 2005)
Seven Blessings by Ruchama King.(February 23, 2005)
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. ( January 28, 2005)
Roads of the Heart by Christopher Tilghman. ( January 25, 2005)
A Black Englishman by Carolyn Slaughter.(January 4, 2005)
The Village Bride of Beverly Hills by Karita Daswani.(December 29, 2004)
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. (December 27, 2004)
The Courage Consort by Michael Faber. (December 19, 2004)
Ulysses S. Grant by Josiah Bunting III (December 16, 2004).
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush by Kevin Phillips.( October 18, 2004)
Sweet and Vicious by David Schickler.(October 3, 2004)
War and the American Presidency by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.(September 26, 2004)
Unspoken by Mari Jungstedt. Translated from Swedish by Tiina Nunnally. St. Martin's Minotaur New York: 2007. An alcoholic, ex-newspaper photographer has been found murdered shortly after winning a grand prize at the racetrack. Foul play is suspected by his former drinking companions. A parallel story emerges of a young teenage girl who lives with her alcoholic mother and works at a local racing stable. The two threads are brought together as Detective Anders Knutas tries to pin a suspect for the murder. A thrilling denouement ensues in which an unsuspected perp is finally brought to light. The author has worked as a radio and television journalist. This is her second book in the Detective Anders series based in Gotland, an island off the coast of Sweden.
The Good Thief's Guide To Amsterdam by Chris Ewan. St. Martin's Minotaur New York: 2008.
Charlie Howard is a novelist who writes a suspense series about a burglar named Faulks. To supplement his income, Charlie surreptitiously takes on the same line of work as his fictional alter ego. During a visit to Amsterdam, he is mysteriously approached by an American about stealing two important monkey figurines which match the one the prospective client already owns. After stealing the two figurines, Charlie finds himself investigated by the Amsterdam Police for the murder of the American. Other thieves are also searching for the three monkey figurines: a dangerous situation ensues, and Charlie must elude both the police and the thieves on his tail while attempting to solve the mystery of the American's now missing figurine. The story wraps up by the novel's main characters revealing the perp. The author won the Long Barn First Novel Competition in the UK.
Go With Me by Castle Freeman Jr. Steerforth Press Hanover, N.H.:2008. Lillian, an outspoken outsider in a small Vermont town, is harassed by a local criminal, Blackway. She seeks recourse with the Sheriff, who can't arrest Blackway without evidence, and instead advises her to find help at the local town mill. Two mill workers, Nate the Great, a laconic strongman, and Lester, a retired logger, join Lillian to confront Blackway. A slow building story climaxes into a hair raising conclusion. The author is the award-winning author of two previous novels, a story collection, and a collection of essays. He is a regular essayist for The Old Farmer's Alamanc
- Ghost Man by Roger Hobbs. Random House :2013. Jack Delton( he no longer uses this alias) is an esoteric member of an armed robbery team: the Ghostman, a fixer upper/cleanup person of shifting invisible identities whose capabilities are integral to a carrying out a successful crime. He/she has constant a change of voice, age, facial features, location, and other markers which enable the Ghost Man to disappear easily. "Jack" is hired by Marcus, a "Jug Marker", ( an individual who orchestrates robberies) to "cleanup" an unsuccessful botched casino robbery involving Federal money which will explode within a short time. Although Jack was not a part of the robbery, he needs to find both the surviving gunman in the robbery and the missing Federal money. One of Marcus' rivals, Harry, also seeks the money, and is trying to locate Jack, whose life is constantly endangered by Harry's violent henchmen. The reader is led into the (fictional?) "behind the scenes" working of high-level armed robbery. This is a sterling debut crime thriller, replete with on-the-edge storytelling. The author graduated from Reed College in 2011. This novel will be published in 16 languages. His web site is www.rogerhobbs.com
- The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman. Penguin Group : 2012. Blandine Van Couvering is concerned about the disappearance of orphans in the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam. Blandine, a successful young trader, is an orphan who grew up under the care of Aet Visser, the orphan master. There is a rumor that orphan children have been abducted by a cannibal demon, the witika. Blandine is an atheist, a feminist, and very suspicious about the disappearance of the orphans. Englishman Edward Drummond is secretly in New Amsterdam to report the whereabouts of the regicides of the English King, Charles I. He becomes attracted to Blandine, and together they attempt to solve the disappearance and murders of the missing orphans. Their lives become increasingly endangered during this time of the looming English invasion. New Amsterdam is a thrilling historical setting for this chilling crime novel. Highly recommended to the general mystery readership. The author's non-fiction books are Love, Fiercely: A Gilden Age Romance, and The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant built a Mansion, A Fortune, and a Dynasty.
Her web site is jeanzimmerman.com
- The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith.Henry Holt and Company New York: 2012.
The Inquisitor, a.k.a "Geiger," is a professional torturer who is contracted by governmental and
"commercial" clients. He uses a sober, rational approach with his victims, who he never kills- although their post-interrogation state is not his concern. A new "commercial" case involving a stolen artwork, goes awry. The interrogatee victim is a kidnapped child, which is against the Inquisitor's modus operandi. Geiger's life becomes endangered and he eventually must hide from his "competitors" who contracted him for the case. This is a creepy, sinuous, and chilling debut. Suspense readers will be awed by the intense complexity of this novel, including Geiger's psychological undercurrents. The author has worked for many years in the movies and TV as a screenwriter, investigative producer, and on documentary films.
- The Third Rail by Michael Harvey. Random House New York: 2010.
Two women are shot by a sniper in Chicago Transit train incidents. On the same day, a church is targeted by a chemical attack.
Private investigator Michael Kelly, a former cop, is present at the scene of one of the murders.
Kelly investigates the case with a hardened tenacity, aided by the Chicago Police and an assistant.
The FBI is also monitoring the case, overshadowing his investigation. Kelly's leads bring him on sinuous chase,
an ex-cop looming as a possible suspect. The murders open a Pandora's box hinting towards another related crime. This book is a masterful page turner, and the tense unraveling of the crimes keep the reader constantly questioning about potential perps. The author has written The Chicago Way and The Fifth Floor. He is also a documentary producer and a journalist, winning multiple Emmy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and an Academy Award Nomination. His web site is www.michaelharveybooks.com
- Crime Stories by Ferdinand Von Schirach.
Alfred A. Knopf New York:2011. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway. A fascinating array of contemporary
German crime stories. The author, a criminal defense lawyer,
spins a motley web of characters into his unsettling tales: immigrants, prominent citizens, and ordinary middle class criminals set the stage for a piercing psychological voyage into the lives of the accused. Former clients of the author, include Gunter Schabowski, the former East German spy Norbert Juretzko, and underworld figures.
- The Inner Circle by Mari Jungstedt. Translation from Swedish by Tina Nunnally. St. Martin's Minotaur, New York: 2008. An international group of young archaeology students excavate a thousand year old Viking harbor on the historic island of Gotland, Sweden.
One of the students is brutally murdered in a ritual fashion. The bodyless heads of recently slaughtered dead horses are also discovered on the island. Inspector Anders Knutas investigates the possible link between the dead horses and the murder. He painstakingly uncovers clues pointing to a serial killer. This is a riveting, dark mystery, cast against the tempo of Scandinavian life on the island. The author has worked as a radio and television journalist. This is her third Inspector Anders mystery set on the island of Gotland.