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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
Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War and the Aftermath as Seen by NPR's Correspondent Anne Garrels - Anne Garrels, Vint Lawrence Ann Gerrals is an NPR radio reporter. The book tells of her time on the ground reporting in Iraq before during and after the most recent Iraq war. It is full of small details that enrich understanding about what reporters on the scene must endure. Particularly interesting, to me at least, were her comments about CNN (not laudatory) and some other reporter types. On the down side, she does not seem critical at all about the war, it’s rationale, but could almost be one of the embedded reporters sending dispatches back home to buck up the wives and children left behind. One aspect of the book that was different, but not actually all that interesting was that much of the text consisted of e-mail reports sent by her husband to friends and relations about Gerrals’ experiences. Overall a worthwhile, if not a must read.