Jan/Feb books–I started using an app to keep track, so the format is weird.

 

February

Five Days at Memorial : Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

Author : Sheri Fink
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : 576 pages, book

5/5 stars. a fantastic piece of reporting and a devastating indictment of pre and post Katrina incompetence. It’s mostly about whether or not various medical professionals essentially euthanized patients in the hospital, believing that they could not survive. The bulk of the evidence indicates that they did indeed. The defense is that they did what they thought was right. It brings up a lot of fascinating questions about quality of life (though the circumstances to me indicate that even if there was a situation in which nonconsensual mercy killing is appropriate–and I am certainly not saying that there is–this was not it). 

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MaddAddam : Book 3 of The MaddAddam Trilogy

Author : Margaret Atwood
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : 416 pages, book
ISBN : 9780385537834

5/5 stars

I reread, as you will see the below, the first 2 books in this trilogy first and loved them all over again. The conclusion was thrilling and surprisingly funny and deeply disturbing and quite human. 

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The Year of the Flood

Author : Margaret Atwood
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : 448 pages, book
ISBN : 0307398927

5/5 stars

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Oryx and Crake

Author : Margaret Atwood
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : book
ISBN : 0307400840

5/5 stars

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Takedown Twenty : A Stephanie Plum Novel

Author : Janet Evanovich
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : 320 pages, book
ISBN : 0345542908

2/5 stars

Eh.Diverting enough but once you’ve read one you’ve read them all.

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The Orphan Choir : A Novel

Author : Sophie Hannah
Publisher : Picador
Format : 288 pages, book
ISBN : 1250041031

2/5

I have really liked some of Hannah’s previous work, Little Face in particular, but this just fell totally flat for me. I couldn’t follow the plot and the ending was totally disappointing. 

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The Husband’s Secret

Author : Liane Moriarty
Publisher : Penguin
Format : 416 pages, book
ISBN : 1101636238

3.5/5 stars

Stupid cover, but good book. Compelling.

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Going Clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Author : Lawrence Wright
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : 448 pages, book
ISBN : 0385350279

4/5 stars. Fascinating examination of Scientology and the cult of celebrity. The beginning dragged a little for me. 

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What the Dead Know

Author : Laura Lippman
Publisher : HarperCollins
Format : 400 pages, book
ISBN : 9780061796784

3.5/5 stars

Not my favorite Lippman book, and there is no Tess. I reread it because the case it is based on–the Lyon sisters from the DC area–had a big breakthrough this month. Remembering the Big Twist didn’t really spoil the book for me, which was nice.

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The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves

Author : Stephen Grosz
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Format : 240 pages, book
ISBN : 9780393240412

4/5

A short, easy to read but lovely look at some of the analyst author’s cases and what they told him.

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Night Film : A Novel

Author : Marisha Pessl
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : 256 pages, book
ISBN : 9780307368225

3.5/5 stars

Really nicely atmospheric. Too many random italics. 

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The Hive

Author : Gill Hornby
Publisher : Hachette UK
Format : 320 pages, book
ISBN : 9781405521062

3/5 stars

Very funny. 

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Author : Matthew Quick
Publisher : Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format : 208 pages, book
ISBN : 0316221325

3/5 stars

the only book I read at school in January. YA. Good in many places, but overly simplistic. 

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Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Author : Cheryl Strayed
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : 315 pages, book
ISBN : 9780307476074

5/5 stars

I love Cheryl Strayed. This was a reread but I hadn’t read it in awhile. I loved it. 

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The View from Penthouse B

Author : Elinor Lipman
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format : 320 pages, book
ISBN : 9780547840628

4.5/5 stars

Lipman is one of my favorite authors ever. This isn’t my favorite, but I loved it. 

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The Castle in the Attic

Author : Elizabeth Winthrop
Publisher : Random House LLC
Format : 179 pages, book
ISBN : 9780440409410

4/5 stars

I hadn’t read this in years because my copy vanished. Was a favorite  book as a kid. Also loved it this time.

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Reconstructing Amelia

Author : Kimberly McCreight
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Format : 400 pages, book
ISBN : 9781471129445

5/5 stars

Terrific mystery. Very compelling. 

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Drama High : The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater

Author : Michael Sokolove
Publisher : Penguin
Format : 352 pages, book
ISBN : 9781101632109

4/5 stars

really good nonfiction look at a school and the incredible drama program. 

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Black Skies : An Inspector Erlendur Novel

Author : Arnaldur Indridason
Publisher : Macmillan
Format : 336 pages, book
ISBN : 1250036844

2.5/5 stars

I have liked his books in the past, but I was not so fond of this one.

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Do You Believe in Magic? : The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

Author : Paul A. Offit, M.D.
Publisher : HarperCollins
Format : 336 pages, book
ISBN : 9780062223005

5/5 stars

FANTASTIC. 

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Law of Attraction : A Novel

Author : Allison Leotta
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Format : 288 pages, book
ISBN : 9781439195338

2.5/5 stars

Pretty compelling if not super well written.

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Critical Mass

Author : Sara Paretsky
Publisher : Penguin
Format : 480 pages, book
ISBN : 9781101636503

3.5/5 stars

I really like her

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What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? : A Memoir

Author : David Harris-Gershon
Publisher : Oneworld Publications
Format : 332 pages, book

A really interesting look at a man whose wife was nearly killed by terrorists and his journey to find out more about their motivations, as well as his eventual meeting with the family. 

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Hitler’s Furies : German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Author : Wendy Lower
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format : 270 pages, book
ISBN : 0547863381

3/5 stars 

Turns out women could be just as brutal as men.

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