Cathleen Schine, The Evolution of Jane. Recovering from a divorce and also mourning the loss of a friendship, Jane goes with a natural history group to the Galapagos Island to see how creatures evolve. Interesting to me, but then I always liked Darwin.
Tony, Hillerman, The Sinister Pig. One of the series about the Navajo Tribal Police, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and the soft-heart Jim Chee. Sinister doings in the oil and gas fields. Chee finally gets his girl.
James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. After struggling through Ulysses, I turned to this book to meet Stephen Dedalus in the years before he knew Leopold Bloom. I have a problem with the young artist in the portrait. I find him almost insufferable. He is intelligent and sensitive, but also arrogant and concerned solely with his own feelings and reactions. Disliking a character in a book does not condemn the book. Joyce has skillfully portrayed a certain person in a certain place at a certain time. If the person is Joyce’s own young self, then he did not like himself very much.
Tracy Kidder, Home Town. Home town is Northampton, Massachusetts. A pleasant old community on the Connecticut River, Northampton is best known as the home of Smith College, but Kidder is more interested in the variety of “townies” who make it their home: the local policeman, his ne’er do well drug informers, the mayor, the local business people. Kidder always brings us real people and real places, whether they practicing medicine in Haiti or teaching school in Massachusetts.
The following books have posted comments:
Rachel Simon, Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey
Edgar Allan Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination
H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
Edith Wharton, The Glimpses of the Moon
José Saramago, All the Names
Earl Derr Biggers, The Chinese Parrot (Charlie Chan mystery)