Ritzy Russian Read

Our NYC Book Group’s latest pick. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Count Rostov wears a gentlemanly attitude despite his confined 30-year sojourn at the Metropole Hotel in Moscow from 1930’s to 1950’s. Under house arrest after the Revolution, this aristocrat relishes the finer things found in his new surroundings from literature to furniture to food. It’s a beautiful story of love and loyalty that takes place within the walls of this old-world hotel yet spreads its view into the history and streets of Russia throughout the decades from the Revolution to the Khrushchev years. Guests of the hotel bring worldly culture in from the cold. And the funny narrator welcomes us into the fray. A great read.

Fall Reads RoundUp 2015

Good, bad, indifferent. Book Treks for reviews.

Good: The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Lagercrantz; The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Pulley; Muse, Galassi; Church of Marvels, Parry

Bad: The Green Road, Enright

Indifferent: The Wonder Garden, Acampora; Fates and Furies, Groff


The Girl in the Spider’s Web, by David Lagercrantz. Successful Larsson legacy. Quite an accomplishment. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist stayed true to character in this continuation of the Millennium Trilogy. Fast-paced techno action thriller with familiar familial characters and raging unresolved revenge. Kindred boy savant serves to rekindle Tattoo Girl’s humanity.

Hillary’s Act II is faltering. Or what act is it? Who is she? Meanwhile, Ben Carson protests that he is not a ‘ser-vant’. True. He is definitely not. A savant. Does The Donald have a second act? We will see soon.

And. Jake has named his new NY family pet. Uncle Gary. The dog.

Epistolary Epoch

Let’s face it. Modern communication replaces relationships with remote if well chosen words. Texting. E-Mailing. Most of us now live an epistolary life. Rarely face-to-face encounters. Letters of the days of old. But quicker. Frequency. Check. Intimacy. Blank. That said. Written immediacy of connection counter balances distance. Most of the time. Better than Emoticons and Instagram. Words still matter.

Jonathan Galassi’s Muse. Ludic novel in the spirit of St. Aubyn’s Lost for Words. Satire. Pastiche. Love for words. Great read.

GOT out

Game of Thrones season finale. Spoilers-ish. Cersei, Jaime, Stannis get their what for. Khaleesi encounters her original peeps. Jon Snow will soon be playing tennis with Andy Samberg. Arya gives as well as she gets. Tyrion rules. Sort of. Snippets of humanity between beheadings.

Hillary v. Jeb. Is that all there is? Probably so. In the meantime, off to vacay.

Check out 2015 book reviews for summer reading consideration:

The Green Road, Anne Enright.
The Wonder Garden, Lauren Acampora.
The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me, Sofka Zinovieff.
At the Water’s Edge, Sarah Gruen.
Ruby, Cynthia Bond.
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins.
The Magician’s Lie, Greer Macallister.
Boston Girl, Anita Diamant.
The Devil You Know, Elisabeth de Mariaffi.

Hot Spring

Muggy. Hot. Spring weekend. Searing topics. Deflated Patriots fans wondering why balls report is twice as long as domestic violence study in the NFL. Kraft v. Goodell. Brady accused of Clintonian hijinks. Note to everybody. Stop texting stuff. Hope to Hot Springs. Put a muzzle on Bubba. Across the pond, hordes of mediocre candidates threaten to upend British political scene. Sound familiar?

Players Championship trios set. Tiger, Package, Handsome Adam. Caddies replaced by shrinks. Wunderkinds Spieth and Rory together toDay.

Book review: At the Water’s Edge, Sarah Gruen. Bon weekend.