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Texasville Author: Larry McMurtryCopyright: 1987Type: FictionFinished: April 12, 2020 Rating: ★★★★ Image from Amazon Texasville picks up life in the small Texas town of Thalia about 30 years after “The Last Picture Show”. That first novel focused on Sonny, this one has his old best friend Duane in the crosshairs. Duane is an oil man …

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Pronto Author: Elmore LeonardCopyright: 1993Type: FictionFinished: April 4, 2020 Rating: ★★★ Image from Amazon Harry Arno, a bookie for the Florida mob, gets crosswise with the local boss who authorizes a hit. Raylan Givens, US Marshall, is assigned to keep Harry safe but loses him – for the second time in Raylan’s career. Raylan follows …

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Before We Were Yours Author: Lisa WingateCopyright: 2017Type: FictionFinished: January 24, 2020 Rating: ★★★ Image from Amazon In real life of the 1920s into the 1950s a woman named Georgia Tann ran the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis. From the outside it looked like Tann was performing a noble service by connecting orphans with …

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Olive, AgainAuthor: Elizabeth StroutCopyright: 2019Type: FictionFinished: December 10, 2019 Rating: ★★★★ Image from Amazon As she did with her character Lucy Barton in Anything Is Possible, Elizabeth Strout returns to one of her characters through a series of short stories. Olive Kitteridge is present to one degree or another in the various stories. Sometimes she …

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City of Thieves Author: David BenioffCopyright: 2008Type: FictionFinished: September 7, 2019 Rating: ★★★★★ Image from Amazon I went from the pure escapism of Son of Tarzan to one of the grittiest, intense novels I’ve ever read,  in City of Thieves by David Benioff. The protagonist, Lev, is a teenage watchman in his apartment building in …

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Chances AreAuthor: Richard RussoType: FictionFinished: August 21, 2019Copyright: 2019 Rating: ★★★★★ Image from Amazon Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey were college friends who worked together cooking and cleaning for a women’s sorority house in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Their paths diverged on the military draft night of December 1969. “Earlier, while serving the girls’ …

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The Order of TimeAuthor: Carlo RovelliType: Non-Fiction(Physics)Finished: July 5, 2019Copyright: 2018 Image from Amazon Carlo Rovelli opens his book by warning us there is no such thing as time. “We convetionally think of time as something simple and fundamental that flows uniformly, independently from everything else, from the past to the future, measured by clocks …

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Author: Carlo RovelliType Non-Fiction (Physics)Finished: June 13, 2019Copyright 2016 Rating: ★★★ Image from Amazon Although brief in terms of pages, this book is not a breeze. Each lesson moves through the evolution of theories on the make up of the universe. Carlo Rovelli starts with Einstein’s work that proved “that atoms …

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