Wednesday, September 03, 2014


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• What are you currently reading? The Patriarch by David Nasaw. Much of what I've read about Joseph P. Kennedy depicts him as either saintly or satanic. I hope that this book, which was nominated for Pulitzer in 2013, at last offers a balanced portrait. He deserves one. As Ambassador to England during WWII and father to a President, Attorney General and Senator, he cast an enormous shadow over the 20th century.

• What did you recently finish reading? The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie. Up until now, my only exposure to Christie has been through Poirot. But I really enjoyed meeting the charming Miss Marple. This was a collection of short stories, completely unsolvable by anyone but this wise old bird. If my TBR pile wasn't so deep, I'd try a full length Marple novel next.
• What do you think you’ll read next? I've got Webb Hubbell's first novel, When Men Betray. It's a political mystery set in Little Rock. As a former aide to Bill Clinton and Mayor of Little Rock, he's well qualified to tackle this terrain.

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  1. Anonymous9:47 AM

    I really enjoyed The Patriarch--and even though I've read a ton about the Kennedys I still learned some things from that book. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Most of my Agatha Christie reads have been Poirot but I've been told I'm missing out by not giving Miss Marple another chance... Great looking reads, here is my WWW

  3. Very interesting books! I should check out The Patriarch.