Trust me, after posting my recent Preview of Coming Attractions I’ve been trying to crank out more reviews, but sadly haven’t had much luck. Nevertheless, I’m confident you’ll start seeing some new posts before you know it. But until then, here’s another preview post to tide you over. Over the last week or so I read an enjoyable novel in addition to two quality works of nonfiction. Hopefully, soon on my blog you’ll be reading about these three books.
The Little Book by Selden Edwards – Back in 2008, I heard a glowing review of this novel on NPR. Not long after that a former co-worker raved about it. I’ve been wanting to read it for years and last week I finally got the chance. I was not disappointed.
The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt- Yet another book I once checked out from the public library only to return it before even reading the first page. But with Judt’s 2008 book Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century making my year-end Best Nonfiction List I’ve been inspired to read the rest of his stuff. Not only is this an excellent collection of autobiographical reflections and historical essays it was composed while Judt was paralyzed and dying from ALS. An impressive book in more ways than one.
The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story by Serhii Plokhy – Spotted this one of the shelf at my local public library and simply HAD to have it. Published in late 2016, it tells the forgotten story of a pair of KGB-orchestrated assassinations during the height of the Cold War. A great follow-up book to Ben Shephard’s The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War .