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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
Morality for Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith This is an entry consistent with the prior two books in this delightful series. The focus here is on beauty and young women. Precious helps a politician who believes that his younger brother’s beautiful young wife is poisoning him. Rawotse’s assistant gets a case of her own, in which she helps the head of a beauty pageant determine which of the finalists is a truly honest girl. Mister Matekoni, Precious’ fiancée, is suffering from depression, and she sees that he is properly taken care of at a local orphanage. He has a secret that is not revealed in this book, something he is ashamed of and that for reasons unknown has emerged to haunt him. A young feral boy is found in the bush, possibly raised by lions, and innocent of language. He winds up at the orphanage in the care of Mister Matekoni. Precious is losing money on her business, so decides to share facilities with her fiancée. As his depression has left him incapacitated, her assistant is engaged to help run the garage. And she proves to be quite the manager, surprisingly effective at motivating the girl-chasing crew. Again, the world created here is vivid, and depicted with obvious affection. The stories remain diverse and interesting, the writing simple yet beautiful.