Now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!
Taking place in today’s Russia, still ruled with an iron fist by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Red Sparrowdisplays author Jason Matthews’s insider knowledge of espionage, counter-espionage, surveillance tradecraft, recruiting spies, interrogation, and intelligence gathering. As The Washington Post hails, this is a “sublime and sophisticated debut…a first-rate novel as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world.”
First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). https://www.amazon.com/American-Gods.../dp/0062472100
The Blue Zone Solutions by Dan Buettner. Follow-up to the best-selling Blue Zones about places with the greatest longevity and quality of life. Basic premise is that our modern way of life is making us less healthy and killing us earlier. Presents attempts to tweak our lives/modern world to reverse this trend.
A Man Called Ove by Henrik Backman. Local misanthrope's story is told in flashbacks and his reintegration into the community is documented. Simple. Sentimental. Predictable. Still satisfying.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Hadn't read it since I was a kid. Decided to reread it since the movie came out. Meh.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Epic novel about a Korean family's journey from Japanese occupation to moving to and establishing a life in Japan. Without question the best book I've read this year.