January, 2016 Book Reviews

Most of us spent more time celebrating the holidays rather than reading.. .
Next Meeting: 3rd Monday in February – the 15th at 6:30pm
CSpan Link to Religion Reason Debate between Reza Aslan and Sam Harris
Movie Referral: ‘Spotlight’, uncovering the Catholic child abuse scandal
Comic Referral: GoComics.com (especially the comic ‘Francis’ about the Pope)

A Big Heart Open to God by Pope Francis
Genre: Biography
Reviewed by Mary: A+
‘With a Jesuit context, refreshing and different’
Amazon review: 5 stars
A Model World by Michael Chabon
Genre: Short Stories
Reviewed by John N: A
‘Beautiful Words’
Amazon review: 4 stars
A People’s History of the US by Howard Zinn
Genre: History
Reviewed by Cheryl: In Progress
Amazon review: 4 stars
America’s War on Sex by Marty Klein
Genre: Non-Fiction
Reviewed by Becky: A
The subject of Becky’s talk to the congregation on February 3rd
Amazon review: 5 stars
Death in August by Michael Vichi
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by Joe C: A
‘Good Characters’
Amazon review: 4 stars
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Genre: Autobiography
Reviewed by Becky: A
‘An amazing woman’
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
Islam and the Future of Tolerance by Sam Harris
Genre: Philosophical
Reviewed by Becky: A
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdon
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by Joe C: A
‘Cerebral’
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
Nobody Walks by Mich Herron
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by Joe C: A
Amazon review: 4 stars
Nonbeliever Nation by David Niose
Genre: Philosophical
Reviewed by Becky: A
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Genre: Autobiography
Reviewed by Mary: B+
Cheryl (7/2014): B+
‘Hard to Connect with, but well written’
Amazon review: 3.5 stars
Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by John N: B
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
Sexual Intelligence by Marty Klein
Genre: Non-Fiction
Reviewed by Becky: A
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
Star Wars Fan Fiction by various authors
Genre: Sci-Fi
Reviewed by Matt: B
‘Easy entertainment’
Amazon review: 4 stars
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial in 2 Acts by Herman Wouk
Genre: Non-Fiction
Reviewed by Mary: A-
‘Adapted for the stage’
Amazon review: 3.5 stars
The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
Genre: Short Stories
Reviewed by Brenda: Grade A
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
Beautifully Written
The End of your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by Mary: A
Amazon review: 4 stars
The Epic of Unitarianism by David B. Parke
Genre: Collection
Reviewed by Mary: B
Amazon review: 5 stars
The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Genre: Non-fiction
Reviewed by Mary: Pass
‘One of the worst boks I’ve ever read’
Amazon review: 3 stars
The Nature of the Beast by Lousie Penny
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by John N: A+
‘An Inspector Gamache Novel’
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by Becky: A
Brenda (8/2015): A
Kris (2/2014): B
Amazon review: 4.5 stars
Walking into the Ocean by David Whellams
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by Joe C: B
‘3 different storylines, about 2 too many’
Amazon review: 3.5 stars