The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict

Jan 16

The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict

This book is a work of historical fiction. Author Marie Benedict attempts to unravel the history behind Albert Einstein’s first wife (and mother to his children) Mileva “Mitza” Marić. Mitza is of Serbian decent and crazy smart. I like the untold stories of women who were fascinating in their own right, but were overshadowed by men (much like The Paris Wife.)...

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Repeat the Chorus – Russell B. Crites

Jan 05

Repeat the Chorus – Russell B. Crites

When you are an avid reader and your father becomes a published author during his retirement, all of the feels are real. My Dad, Russell B. Crites, recently penned his third book. It is by far his best work yet. (See another review here. ) Murder has come to sleepy northern Montana in the 1930s. Rowdy is a sinister poker player looking for the easy way out. Ray has...

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102 Books in 2017 – Top Ten

Dec 31

102 Books in 2017 – Top Ten

2017 was the first time that I was retired for the full calendar year. Couple that with The Doc being knee-deep in residency, and I had some serious time on my hands. Time enough to read 102 books, apparently. I am sure that this is a feat that won’t be repeated by me any time soon. We have a bunch of life coming at us in 2018, and I am fairly certain there...

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A Gentleman in Moscow- Amor Towles

Dec 28

A Gentleman in Moscow- Amor Towles

I absolutely loved this book by Amor Towles. It may be the perfect end to my greatest reading year ever. (I may have time to sneak one more book in, time will tell!) Count Alexander Rostov is ordered to spend the rest of his days in a luxury hotel in Moscow. His crime? Being a gentleman and an intellect in Russia in the early 1900s. The Count will also go down in...

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The Alienist – Caleb Carr

Dec 20

The Alienist – Caleb Carr

Forensic science was basically nonexistent in 1896. Caleb Carr creates characters that use their wits and rudimentary tools to create a criminal profile, which was an idea that was unheard of at the time. The two main characters are Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, an alienist, and John Moore, a reporter. What is an alienist, you may be asking yourself, as did I. An alienist is...

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The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

Dec 16

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

While I did not particularly enjoy Diane Ackerman‘s writing style (it was a bit dry and book-reportish for my taste) I did sincerely appreciate the facts of this true story. Ms. Ackerman tells about the lives of Jan and Antonina and their time as zookeepers in Poland during WWII. After Warsaw becomes occupied by Nazis and the zoo’s population is...

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