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God’s hotel : a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine / Victoria Sweet.

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  God’s hotel : a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine / Victoria Sweet. “San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hotel-Dieu (God’s Hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves–”anyone who had fallen, or, often, ... Read More »

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

        Flash Boys by Michael Lewis “Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working ... Read More »

Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby

Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby

Ten Years in the Tub : a decade soaking in great books by Nick Hornby At the end of 2003, as the first issue of The Believer was rising from the primordial ooze, Nick Hornby turned in the inaugural installment of a monthly column that immediately became a reader favorite. For the next ten years, Hornby’s incandescently funny “Stuff I’ve Been ... Read More »

Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan  When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her mom” with her inviolable commandments and proud stoicism” would be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kelly’s ... Read More »

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of  American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, ... Read More »

Empty mansions : the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

I admit that I like my non-fiction to “read like fiction”.   I want a story that captures my imagination with facts and fascinating characters.    I want to learn something big about the subject……. and I want it to be entertaining. That is a tall order, I know.  Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.  is all that and more. What ... Read More »

The Bully Pulpit

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, friends and later rivals, and on the activities of the muckraking press in her latest book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.         Read More »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman

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I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place A most unusual memoir written by novelist Howard Norman, in five essays, he recalls his connection to “place” in relation to his own personal development and “place” at that particular period of his life. Reviews describe this book as both “luminous” and “strange”, but also, decidedly disquieting,  haunting, and lovely. Youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ... Read More »