Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My reading for January, 2017 -- 22 books

My January reading follows.

Those books that stood out were:

Two classics -- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Peter Pan by J.M. Marie;

A graphic novel, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang;

A collection of sculptures based on fairy tales, The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan;

Two works of non-fiction, Shakespeare and Company Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart, edited by Krista Halverson, and Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre;

A novel inspired by the song, Tennessee Stud, Rode by Thomas Fox Averill; 

And three mysteries -- The Ranger by Ace Atkins, Any Other Name by Craig Johnson, and In The Company of Liars by David Ellis.

Rogue Heroes is a history of the SAS, Britain's Special Air Service, who fought behind enemy lines during World War II. The SAS was the inspiration for one of my favorite television shows, The Rat Patrol, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968.

I took a class from Thomas Fox Averill more than twenty years ago. He was a wonderful instructor and is an amazing writer.  In Rode, he fashions a complete story to the song, Tennessee Stud. I first heard the song, sung by Doc Watson, in Lawrence, Kansas, forty years ago. The song has haunted me since first hearing it, as it appears to have haunted Averill.

1. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

2. The Fever, Megan Abbott

3. Shakespeare and Company Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart, ed. Krista Halverson

4. The Ranger, Ace Atkins

5. Sweet Lamb of Heaven, Lydia Millet

6. Talking God, Tony Hillman

7. American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang

8. The Rock Rats, Ben Bova

9. The Singing Bones, Shaun Tan

10. The Holy Grail of Hoops, Josh Swade

11. Collected Stories, Cynthia Ozick

12. The Boat Rocker, Ha Jin

13. Any Other Name, Craig Johnson

14. Hallowe’en Party, Agatha Christie

15. The Portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie

16. In The Company of Liars,  David Ellis

17. Rode, Thomas Fox Averill

18. Rogue Heroes, Ben Macintyre

19. Union Station, Ande Parks & Eduardo Barreto

20. The Terranauts, T. C. Boyle

21. Bill Clinton, Michael Tomasky

22. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

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