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Hieroglyph: Stories and Blueprints for a Better Future
Neal Stephenson
Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated
Natylie Baldwin, Kermit D. Larson
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
Paula Hawkins
Our Souls at Night: A novel
Kent Haruf
Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction
Cathy Whitlock
The Homicide Report: Understanding Murder in America
Jill Leovy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Erik Larson
The Gods of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Death of Vishnu - Manil Suri Vishnu lives on the landing between two flights of stairs in a Bombay apartment building. Suri paints a broad portrait here, with many characters, each with a story to tell. Class is a major focus, building levels being indications, and there is the sort of bickering that seems annoying and comic at the same time. There was much in here about religion, how ones life takes odd turns, what is real, what is the proper path. It was a rich book, My problem with it was most likely of my own making. I was very tired when I read it the first few times, and I thing that tainted it for me. It might be worth re-reading some day. I expect I will like it more then. But I do recognize that there is a lot going on here. The final bit in which Vishnu actually dies is precious, as is the mob scene in which a crazed Hindu group tries to lynch an innocent Muslim for an act he never committed.