Friday, April 30, 2021

The Movies, Books, Theater, Concerts, CDs I've Seen/Read/Heard So Far In 2021

 Updated as of November 27, 2021

KEY: star rating is on the four star scale
          meaning of "/" or "\"
          *** is three stars out of four
          ***/ is three stars leaning towards  3 1/2
          ***\ is three stars leaning towards 2 1/2

(Increasingly, I am sampling books, reading 10%, 20% even 40 or 50% before deciding to move on. The books below are only the ones I've read completely. That also explains what looks like generous grading -- more and more, if I sense a book is not going to be among my favorites, I stop reading. Too many books; too little time!)

1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ** 1/2 
2. A Portrait Of the Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce *** 1/2 
3. In the Company Of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series) by Alexander McCall Smith ** (but the charming narration by Lisette Lecat elevates it) 
4. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner *** 
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré **** 
6. The Outlander by Gil Adamson *** 1/2 
7. Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson ** 1/2 
8. The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness ** 1/2 
9. An Irish Country Cottage by Patrick Taylor ** (John Keating's narration raises it up 1/2 or *) 
10. An Irish Country Family by Patrick Taylor ** (John Keating's narration raises it up 1/2 or *) 
11. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris ** 
12. Stephen King -- On Writing *** 
13. Tea Time For The Traditionally Built (2009; No. 1 Ladies #10) ** 1/2 
14. The Miracle At Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith (2008, No. 1 Ladies #9) **1/2 maybe ***
15. The Good Husband Of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith (2007, No. 1 Ladies #8) ** 1/2 
16. Blue Shoes And Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith (2006, No. 1 Ladies #7) ** 
17. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith (2010, No. 1 Ladies #11) 
18. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (2014) *** 
19. Later by Stephen King (2021) *** 
20. Playing The Palace by Paul Rudnick *** 
21. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King *** 
22. Poison For Breakfast by Lemony Snicket *** / 
23. The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket; illos Carson Ellis, music Nathaniel Stookey ** 1/2 
24. Swarm Of Bees by Lemony Snicket, illos by Rilla Alexander ** 
25. The Lump Of Coal by Lemony Snicket, illos by Brett Helquist *** 
26. Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket, illos by Lisa Brown ** 1/2 
27. All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler *** 1/2 
28. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler *** 
29. The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illos by Jon Klassen *** 1/2 
30. The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket, illos by Matthew Forsythe ** 1/2 
31. The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox *** 
32. Blood Grove by Walter Mosley ** 1/2 
33. Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood *** 1/2 
34. Putting It Together by James Lapine *** 1/2 
35. Sabriel by Garth Nix ** 
36. Last Summer In The City by Gianfranco Calligarich (1973) ** 
37. Today A Woman Went Mad in The Supermarket: Stories by Hilma Wolitzer *** 1/2 
38. Storm by George R. Stewart *** 1/2 
39. Overtime by Will Stronge and Kyle Lewis ** 1/2 
40. Rule Of The Robots by Martin Ford ** 1/2 
41. Regeneration by Paul Hawken *** 
42. Swamp Sister by Robert Edmond Alter *** 1/2 
43. The Raging 2020s by Alec Ross *** 
44. The Story Of An African Farm by Olive Schreiner (1883) *** (very radical for its time) 
45. Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton (1948) **** 
46. July's People by Nadine Gordimer (1981) 

CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS (A strong emphasis on the ones I like, so don't think I love everything I listen to -- I just don't bother really listening to the ones I don't )

1. Tony Rice -- Manzanita (1979) *** 
2. Steve Earle -- J.T. *** 
3. The Lickerish Quartet -- Threesome Vol. 1 (2020) *** 1/2 Vol. 2 (2021) *** 1/2 
4. Gil Scott-Heron -- I'm New Here (2010) *** 
5. New York Dolls -- New York Dolls (1973) *** 1/2 
6. Rosemary Clooney -- Sings Country Hits From The Heart (1963) ** 1/2 
7. Willie Nelson -- That's Life *** 
8. Camillo -- Mis Manos *** 
9. Chick Corea -- Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968) *** 
10. Chick Corea -- Return To Forever (1972) ** 1/2 
11. Kate Bush -- The Sensual World (1989) *** 1/2 
12. Tom Petty -- Songs and Music From "She's The One" (1996) ** 1/2 
13. Tom Petty -- Echo (1999) ** 
14. Harry Connick Jr. -- Alone With My Faith * 1/2 
15. Loretta Lynn -- Still Woman Enough *** 
16. Nick Cave -and Warren Ellis - Carnage ***/ 
17. Lana Del Rey -- Chem Trails At The Country Club ** 
18. Badfinger -- No Matter What: Revisiting The Hits ** 
19. Carrie Underwood -- My Savior ** 
20. Ben Howard -- Collections From The Whiteout ** 1/2 
21. Willis Alan Ramsey -- Willis Alan Ramsey (1972) *** 1/2 
22. Neil Young -- Young Shakespeare (1971) *** 
23. Various Artists -- NOW That's What I Call Yacht Rock Vol. 2 ** 1/2 
24. Barry Gibb -- Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook ** 1/2 (but he and Alison Krauss should do an album) 
25. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas -- Watchout! (1966) ** 1/2 
26. Kate Bush -- The Red Shoes (1993) ** 
27. William Tyler -- First Cow soundtrack *** 1/2 
28. Norah Jones -- 'Til We Meet Again (Live) ** 1/2 
29. Various Artists -- NOW That's What I Call Yacht Rock Vol. 1 (2019) *** 
30. Bill Kwan -- No Ordinary Love: The Music Of Sade ** 
31. Cheap Trick -- In Another World *** 1/2 
32. Tom Jones -- Surrounded By Time *** 
33. Minari soundtrack *** 1/2 
34. The Who -- The Who Sell Out (1967) *** 1/2 
35. Nomadland soundtrack *** 
36. John Lennon -- Plastic Ono Band (1970) **** 
37. Yoko Ono -- Plastic Ono Band (1970) *** 
38. Ben Watt -- Storm Shelter ep *** 
39. Eric Church -- Soul ** 1/2 
40. Rhiannon Giddens -- They're Calling Me Home ** 1/2 
41. Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders -- Promises *** 1/2 
42. Gang Of Four -- Entertainment (1979) *** 
43. The Coral -- Coral Island *** 1/2 
44. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. -- Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons ** (but "Ticket To Ride") 
45. Teenage Fanclub -- Endless Arcade ** 
46. Marilyn Maye -- Marilyn Maye, Girl Singer (1970) ** 
47. Al Stewart -- Year Of The Cat (1976) ***  
48. Peter Case -- The Midnight Broadcast *** 
49. The Fratellis -- Half Drunk Under A Full Moon *** 
50. Irma Thomas -- After The Rain (2006) *** 1/2 
51. Madness -- One Step Beyond... (1979) *** 
52. Brockhampton -- Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine *** 
53. Frank Sinatra -- Reprise Rarities Volume 3: Very Good Years...Indeed! ** 
54. The Who -- Tommy (1969) ** 1/2 
55. Fats Domino -- Fats Is Back (1968) *** 
56. Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall -- The Marfa Tapes *** 1/2 
57. Mandy Barnett -- Every Star Above *** 
58. Ashe -- Ashlyn *** 
59. Evie Sands -- Any Way That You Want Me (1970) *** 1/2 
60. Odetta -- Sings Ballads and Blues (1957) *** 1/2 
61. Diana Ross -- diana (1980) ** 1/2 
62. Tom Petty -- The Last DJ (2002) ** 
63. Kate Bush -- Aerial (2005) **** 
64. St. Vincent -- Daddy's Home *** 1/2 
65. Morgan Wade -- Reckless ** 1/2   
66. C. Tangana -- El Madrileño *** 1/2 
67. Richard Pryor -- Richard Pryor (1968) ***
68. The Who -- Live At Leeds (1970) **** 
69. John Hiatt -- Leftover Feelings ***/ 
70. Chrissie Hynde -- Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan ** 1/2 
71. Bob Dylan -- Bringing It All Back Home **** 
72. Bob Dylan -- Blood On The Tracks **** (but now prefer the original demos) 
73. Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur -- Teddy & Jenni Do Porter & Dolly: A Tribute To... *** 1/2 
74. Tony Rice -- Cold On The Shoulder (1984) *** 
75. James Taylor -- Greatest Hits **** 
76. Bill & The Belles -- Happy Again (produced by Teddy Thompson) ** 1/2 
77. Young Gun Silver Fox -- AM Waves (2018) *** 1/2 
78. Thelonius Monk -- Monk's Music (1957) **** 
79. Solomon Burke -- Rock 'N Soul (1964) *** 1/2 
80. Lord Huron -- Long Lost *** 1/2 
81. Crowded House -- Dreamers Are Waiting ** 1/2 
82. Chris Thile -- Laysongs ** 
83. The Staves -- Good Woman ** 
84. Liz Phair -- Soberish ** 1/2 
85. The Weather Station -- Ignorance ** 
86. Burl Ives -- The Wayfaring Stranger (2008 comp) *** 1/2 
87. I Became Birds -- Home Is Where ** 
88. Celeste -- Not Your Muse *** 
89. Beta Radio -- Year of Love ** 1/2 
90. Ryan Adams -- Big Colors ** 
91. Morgan Wallen -- Dangerous: The Double Album ** 
92. Weezer -- OK Human ** 
93. Caroline Shaw -- Narrow Sea (w Dawn Upshaw) ** 1/2 
94. Brad Mehldau -- Variations On A Melancholy Theme ** 
95. Jazmine Sullivan -- Heaux Tales ***  
96. Jeremiah Fraites (of The Lumineers) -- Piano Piano *** 1/2 
97. Tammi Terrell -- Irresistible (1969) *** 
98. Mdou Moctar -- Afrique Victime ** 1/2 
99. Various Artists -- Small Axe (Music Inspired by The Original TV Series) *** 
100. Angelique Kidjo -- Mother Nature ** 1/2  
101. Tony Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen -- ...and... *** 
102. Shelley FKA DRAM -- Shelley FKA DRAM ** 1/2 
103. Sarah Mary Chadwick -- Me And Ennui Are Friends, Baby ** 1/2 
104. Lake Street Drive -- Obviously ** 
105. Manchester Collective -- The Centre Is Everywhere *** 
106. The Oak Ridge Boys -- Front Porch Singin ** 
107. Bully -- SUGAREGG ** 
108. The Doobie Brothers -- Minute By Minute (1978) ** 1/2 
109. Matt Carmichael -- Where Will The River Flow ** 
110. Rod Stewart -- Never A Dull Moment (1972) *** 
111. Rod Stewart -- Smiler (1974) ** 1/2 
112.  Sault -- Nine ***/ 
113. Nina Simone -- Pastel Blues (1965) *** 1/2 
114. The Shangri-Las -- Leader Of The Pack (1965) *** 
115. Jacques Brel -- Ces Gen-la aka Jef (1966) *** 
116. The Supremes -- Where Did Our Love Go (1964) *** 
117. John Grant -- Boy From Michigan ** 1/2 
118. H.E.R. -- Back Of My Mind *** 
119. Olivia Rodrigo -- Sour ** 1/2 
120. Nina Simone -- Wild Is The Wind (1966) ** 1/2 
121. The Isley Brothers -- It's Our Thing (1969) *** 1/2 
122. Judy Roderick -- Woman Blue (1965) *** 
123. Roy Orbison -- Crying (1962) *** 1/2 
124. Roy Orbison -- In Dreams (1963) *** 1/2 
125. Gal Costa -- Gal Costa (1969) *** 
126. The Flying Burrito Brothers -- The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969) *** 1/2 
127. Allison Russell -- Outside Child *** 1/2 
128. The Impressions -- Keep On Pushing (1964) *** 1/2 
129. Van Dyke Parks -- Song Cycle (1967) ** 
130. The Four Tops -- Reach Out (1967) ** 1/2 
131. Wanda Jackson -- Rockin' With Wanda (1960) ** 
132. Jeffrey Foskett -- Cool and Gone (Gone Gone) (1997) *** 1/2 
133. Patsy Cline -- Patsy Cline (1957) *** 1/2 
134. Patsy Cline -- Showcase (1961) **** 
135. Patsy Cline -- Sentimentally Yours (1962) *** 
136. Joy Oladokun -- In Defense Of My Own Happiness ** 1/2 
137. Jeffrey Foskett -- Christmas At The Beach (1997) * 1/2 
138. Gilberto Gil -- Gilberto Gil (1968) *** 1/2 
139. Fred Neil -- Fred Neil (1966) *** 
140. Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood -- Nancy & Lee (1968) ** 
141. The Byrds -- The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) *** 1/2 
142. Isaac Hayes -- Hot Buttered Soul (1969) *** 1/2 
143. The Flatlanders -- Treasure Of Love *** 1/2 
144. Burl Ives -- 20th Century Masters: The Best Of Burl Ives -- The Millennium Collection (2001) *** 
145. Tammy Wynette -- D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968) *** 
146. Murray McLauchlan -- Hourglass ** 
147. Various Artists -- Tropicalia Ou Panis Et Circensis (1968) **** 
148. The Delfonics -- La La Means I Love You (1968) **1/2 
149. Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie -- Ella and Basie (1963) *** 1/2 
150. Quivers -- Golden Doubt ** 1/2 
151. Wilson Pickett -- The Exciting Wilson Pickett (1966) *** 1/2 
152. Townes Van Zandt -- Townes Van Zandt (1969) *** 1/2 
153. Lesley Gore -- I'll Cry If I Want To (1963) *** 
154. Rachel Faro -- Refugees (1974) *** 1/2 
155. Jorge Ben -- Samba Esquerra Novo (1963) *** 1/2 
156. Donovan -- Sunshine Superman (1966) ** 
157. Shirley and Dolly Collins -- Anthems In Eden (1969) *** 1/2 
158. Donovan -- Mellow Yellow (1967) *** 
159. The Sonics -- Here Are The Sonics (1965) ** 1/2 
160. Joseph Spence -- Encore: unheard Recordings Of Bahamian Guitar and Singing ** 
161. Inhaler -- It Won't Always Be Like This ** 1/2 
162. Donovan -- Donovan's Greatest Hits (1969) *** 
163. Tuscadero -- The Pink Album (1994) *** 
164. Bob Dylan -- Shadow Kingdom *** 1/2 
165. Isaac Hayes -- Black Moses (1971) **** 
166. James Booker -- Classified (1982) **** Expanded Edition *** 1/2 
167. Madness -- Absolutely (1980) *** 1/2 
168. Madness -- 7 (1981) ** 1/2 
169. Wolf Alice -- Blue Weekend *** 
170. Joe Higgs -- Life Of Contradictions (1975) *** 1/2 
171. Jackson Browne -- Downhill From Everywhere ** 
172. Black Country, New Road -- For The First Time ** 
173. Los Lobos -- Native Son ** 
174. Ric Robertson -- Carolina Child ***/ 
175. Prince -- Welcome 2 America ** 1/2 ("When She Comes" a keeper) 
176. Laura Mvula -- Pink Noise ** 1/2 
177. Clairo -- Sling ** 1/2 
178. Shirley Collins and Albion Country Band -- No Roses (1971) *** 
179. Jim Lauderdale -- Hope ** 1/2 
180. VA -- Separate Paths Together: An Anthology Of British Male Folk Singers 1965-1975 ** 
181. Colin Hay -- I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself ***/ 
182. George Harrison -- All Things Must Pass (2021 remaster) *** 1/2 
183. The Beatles -- The Beatles aka The White Album **** 
184. Ashley Hutchings -- A Midwinter Miscellany (2020) ** 1/2 
185. Shirley Collins -- Lodestar (2016) *** 1/2 
186. Burl Ives -- Return Of The Wayfaring Stranger (1960) **** Bonus Tracks ** 1/2 
187. Richard Thompson -- Serpent's Tears ep ** ("Tinker's Rhapsody" a keeper) 
188. Billie Eilish -- Happier Than Ever *** 1/2 
189. Nina Simone -- Little Girl Blue (1959) *** 1/2 
190. Scritti Politti --Cupid & Psyche 85 ** 
191. Son Volt -- Electro Melodier ** 
192. Joe Meek -- I Hear A New World (1960) * 1/2 
193. Mickey Newbury -- Looks Like Rain (1969) **** 
194. Mickey Newbury -- Frisco Mabel Joy (1971) *** 1/2 
195. Mickey Newbury -- Heaven Help The Child (1973) ***/ 
196. Ringo Starr -- Ringo (1973) ** 1/2 
197. Ringo Starr -- Goodnight Vienna (1974) ** 
198. Ringo Starr -- Time Takes Time (1992) ** 1/2 
199. Lorde -- Solar Power ** 1/2 
200. Mickey Newbury -- An American Trilogy (2011) *** 1/2 
201. The Everly Brothers -- Two Yanks In England (1966) ***/ 
202. The Everly Brothers -- It's Everly Time (1960) *** 1/2 
203. The Everly Brothers -- Sing Great Country Hits (1063) ** 1/2 
204. Martha Wainwright -- Love Will be Reborn ** 
205. Sturgill Simpson -- The Ballad of Dood & Juanita *** 
206. The Everly Brothers -- The Everly Brothers aka They're Off And Rolling, Says Archie (1958) ** 1/2 
207. The Everly Brothers -- Christmas With The Everly Brothers (1962) no stars 
208. The Beach Boys -- Sunflower (1970) ***/ 
209. The Beach Boys -- Surf's Up (1971) ** 1/2 
210. The Beach Boys -- Holland (1973) ** 1/2 
211. Ellis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim -- Ellis & Tom (1974) **** 
212. Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges -- Clube de Esquina (1972) *** 1/2 
213. Gerry Rafferty -- Remain In Blue ** 1/2 
214. Richard Pryor -- Craps (After Hours) (1971) *** 
215. Brian Setzer -- Gotta Have The Rumble ** 1/2 (song "Drip Drop" is a keeper) 
216. Richard Pryor -- That N-----'s Crazy (1974) *** 1/2 
217. Caetano Veloso -- Transa (1972) *** 
218. Donovan Woods -- Without People (2020) ** 1/2 
219. Richard Pryor -- ...Is It Something I Said? (1975) **** 
220. John Paul Keith -- The Rhythm of the City ** 1/2 
221. Wanda Jackson -- Encore ** 1/2 
222. Joao Gilberto -- Chega de Saudade (1959) **** 
223. Lindsey Buckingham -- Lindsey Buckingham ***/  
224. Richard Pryor -- Bicentennial N---r (1976) *** 1/2 
225. Rumer -- Live From Lafayette *** 
226. Cartola -- Cartola II (1976) *** 1/2 
227. Playlist -- Yacht Soul For Every Season by Lori Lakin Hutcherson *** 
228. Daniel Romano -- Cobra Poems ** 
229. Buena Vista Social Club -- Buena Vista Social Club (remastered) **** 
230. Jorge Ben Jor -- A Tabua de Esmeralda (1974) *** 1/2 
231. Randy Travis -- Storms of Life (1986) *** 1/2 
232. Raul Seixas -- Krig-Ha, Bandolo! (1973) ** 1/2 
233. Sufjan Stevens -- A Beginner's Mind ***/ 
234. Secos & Molhados -- Secos & Molhados (1974) *** 
235. Gene Clark -- No Other (1974) *** 1/2  
236. Michael Chapman -- Rainmaker (1969) ** 1/2 
237. VA -- The Great Depression: American Music in The 30s (1993) ** 1/2 
238. Supergrass -- In It For The Money (1997) *** 1/2 
239. Dave -- We're All Alone In This Together ** 1/2 
240. Esperanza Spalding -- Songwrighters Apothecary Lab ** 1/2 
241. William Shatner -- Bill ** 1/2 ("Clouds Of Guilt" the keeper) 
242. Alice Clark -- Alice Clark (1972) *** 1/2 
243. Dori Freeman -- Ten Thousand Roses *** 1/2 
244. Ronnie Milsap -- Christmas With Ronnie Milsap (1986) * 
245. Vangelis -- Juno To Jupiter ** 
246. Bela Fleck -- My Bluegrass Heart *** 
247. ABBA -- Gold **** 
248. Brandi Carlile -- In These Silent Days *** 1/2 
249. Adia Victoria -- A Southern Gothic *** 
250. Lil Nas X -- Montero *** 
251. Chico Buarque -- Construçao (1971) *** 
252. Jose Gonzalez -- Local Valley ** 
253. Angus Gill -- The Scrapbook ** 
254. Kacey Musgraves -- Star-Crossed ** 1/2 
255. Perry Como -- In Italy (1966) ** 1/2 
256. Perry Como -- Lightly Latin (1966) ** 
257. Asleep At The Wheel -- Half A Hundred Years ** 
258. Perry Como -- The Scene Changes (1965) ** 1/2 
259. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga -- Love For Sale ** 1/2 
260. Neil Young -- Carnegie Hall 1970 (Live) *** 
261. The Beatles -- Get Back (orig Let It Be, Glynis Johns) *** 1/2 
262. Perry Como -- Seattle (1969) * 
263. Norah Jones -- I Dream Of Christmas * 1/2 
264. Rob Thomas -- Something About Christmas Time * 1/2 
265. Men Without Hats -- Again Pt. 1 * 
266. Duran Duran -- Future Past ** 1/2 
267. Finneas -- Optimist ** 1/2 
268. Kelly Clarkson -- When Christmas Comes Around ** 
269. The Beatles -- Get Back (orig Let It Be 1970 version Glynis Johns) *** 1/2 
270. Jason Isbell -- Georgia Blue ** 
271. Pistol Annies -- Hell Of A Holiday ** 
272. Perry Como -- Seasons Greetings From Perry Como (1959) * 
273. Perry Como -- The Perry Como Christmas Album (1968) * 
274. Perry Como -- Sings Merry Christmas Music (1947) * 
275. Perry Como -- Around The Christmas Tree (1953) * 
276. Perry Como -- It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas * 
277. Perry Como -- The Classic Christmas Album (2014) * 
278. Perry Como -- The Complete RCA Christmas Collection * 1/2 
279. Perry Como -- Look To Your Heart (1968) * 
280. Glen Campbell -- That Christmas Feeling (1968) * 
281. Billy Idol -- Happy Holidays * 
282. ABBA -- Voyage *** 
283. Steve Perry -- The Season * 
284. Brian Fallon -- Night Divine * 
285. Kristen Chenoweth -- Happiness Is...Christmas! * 1/2 
286. Brett Young -- & Friends Sing Christmas Classics * 
287. Davy Knowles -- What Happens Next ** 
288. Norman Blake -- Day By Day ** 1/2 
289. Josh Turner -- King Size Manger * 1/2 
290. Doobie Brothers -- Liberté ** 
291. Caetano Veloso -- Caetano Veloso aka Tropicalia (1968) *** 1/2 
292. The John Sally Ride -- Now Is Not A Great Time *** 1/2 
293. Aimee Mann -- Queens Of The Summer Hotel *** 1/2 
294. Adele -- 30 ***  
295. Randy Travis -- An Old Fashioned Christmas ** 1/2 
296. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney -- Fancy Meeting You Here (1958) * 1/2 
297. Brian Wilson -- At My Piano *** 
298. Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak -- An Evening With Silk Sonic *** 
299. Anson Seabra -- A Heartfelt Holiday ep ** 1/2 
300. Bluewerks -- Vol. 5: Warm Up (holiday) * 
301. Various Artists -- An Americana Christmas ** 1/2 
302. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss -- Raise the Roof *** 1/2 


(Not TV movies, of course, but movies and TV -- and TV movies if it comes to that. Mostly I only list TV shows when I've tackled an entire season at once or reappraising an entire series after it's over This doesn't really capture my ongoing watching of current TV.)

1. Tomka And His Friends (1977) *** 
2. A Night At The Opera (1935) *** 
3. The Firemen's Ball (1967) *** 1/2 
4. City Lights (1931) **** 
5. Bulldog Drummond's Secret Service (1939) * 
6. Bulldog Drummond's New Bride (1939) * 
7. The Blues According To Lightnin' Hopkins doc (1968) *** 1/2 
8. Listen, Darling (1938) * 1/2 
9. Roman Holiday (1953) *** 1/2 
10. A Man Called Adam (1966) Sammy Davis Jr vehicle ** (but good songs) 
11. Four Wives (1939) ** 
12. That's Right -- You're Wrong! (1939) * 1/2 
13. The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939) ** 
14. Idiot's Delight (1939) ** 
15. Blackwell's Island (1939) * 1/2 
16. Manhatta (1921) *** 1/2 
17. Dust Be My Destiny (1939) ** (but the leads are really good together) 
18. A Poem Is A Naked Person doc (1974) *** 1/2 
19. Dear Comrades! *** 1/2 
20. Kajillionaire ** 1/2 
21. Promising Young Woman ** 
22. Corpus Christi (2020) *** 1/2 
23. About Endlessness *** 1/2 
24. The Boy From Medellin doc ** 1/2 to *** 
25. The Human Factor doc ** 1/2 
26. Summer Of '85 ** 1/2 
27.  Everybody's Hobby (1939) *
28. Two Of Us (2020) *** 
29. Bo Burnham: Inside *** 1/2 
30. Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015) *** 1/2 
31. Hopscotch (1980) *** 
32. Black Widow ** 1/2 
33. F9 aka Fast and Furious 9 ** 
34. McCartney 321 (Hulu doc w Rick Rubin) *** 1/2 
35. Shadow Kingdom: The Early Songs Of Bob Dylan film * 1/2; musical performance *** 1/2 
36. Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ** 1/2 (drive in) 
37. Free Guy * 1/2 (drive in) 
38. Village Detective: A Song Cycle (2021) *** (Bill Morrison doc) 
39. Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar ----- 
40. Dune ** 1/2 
41. No Time To Die ** 1/2 
42. Belfast ** 
43. Spencer ** 1/2 
44. The French Dispatch *** 1/2 

(The names after the shows are the people who joined me at the performance.)

1. Ratatouille The Tik Tok Musical *** (streaming) 

Updated as of November 27, 2021

TV and Film Must Watch List



About Endlessness  (Hulu, rental for $4) 
Apples (Greek drama) (out of theaters, not yet a rental)
Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)  
The Card Counter (theaters, PVOD $20) 
C'mon C'mon (theaters) 
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye (for Jessica Chastain esp) (Theaters)
The French Dispatch (theaters) 
Gunda (doc about pig) (Hulu; rental)  
I Carry You With Me (gay; rental) 
The Killing Of Two Lovers (Hulu, rental) 
Licorice Pizza (theaters, expands Dec 25) 
Moffie (South Africa gay war) (Hulu, rental) 
No Sudden Move (HBO Max) 
Passing (Netflix) 
Quo Vadis, Aida? (Hulu, rental) 
7 Prisoners (Netflix) 
Spencer (theaters) 
Stillwater (Matt Damon film) (rental) 
Summer of 85 (Ozon queer coming of age) (FUBU, Showtime, DirectTV, rental)
Summer of Soul music doc (Hulu) 
Undine (Hulu, rental) 
Val (Val Kilmer doc) (Amazon) 
The Velvet Underground (Todd Haynes doc; Apple TV+) 

Rentals: this means a movie is widely available to rent for $4 or so via Apple, Amazon, etc.



Joji (Amazon) 
Val (Val Kilmer doc) (Amazon) 

Invincible S1 animated (Amazon) 
The Underground Railroad S1 (Amazon)


Banana (Amazon) 
Beats (Amazon Prime, MUBI) 
Blow The Man Down (Amazon) mys
Boys (Amazon) 
Cucumber (Amazon) 
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Netflix) 
Pride (Amazon) 
Route One/USA (Amazon/Ovid) 
Saint Frances (Starz/Amazon) 
The Surrogate (Starz/Amazon, rental) 
Sylvie's Love jazz romance (Amazon) 



Moffie (South African LGBT) (rental $7) 
The Velvet Underground (Todd Haynes doc; Apple TV+) 

For All Mankind (Apple + series) 
Girlfriends (1978 movie $4 rental) 
Mythic Quest S2 (Apple+) 
71: The Year That Music Changed Everything (eight part doc) (Apple+) 
Ted Lasso (Apple+ series) 


Beastie Boys Story (Apple+) 
Greyhound (WW II film, Tom Hanks) (Apple+) 
On The Rocks (Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola) (Apple+) 




Bacurau (Criterion/Kanopy; rental elsewhere) 
Cane River (1982 lost film) (Kanopy, Criterion) 
Compensation (1999, never released theatrically)
Pink Narcissus (Criterion) 
Vitalina Varela (Criterion) 
Zombie Child (French flick, Criterion) 



Luca (Disney+) 

Loki S1 (Disney+) 
The Muppet Show (Disney+) Feb 19 
[S1E5 (Rita Moreno) S2E8 (Steve Martin) S3E7 (Alice Cooper) S4E24 (Diana Ross) S5E15 (Carol Burnett) ] 
WandaVision S1


Soul (Disney +) 



Cruel Summer S1 (Freeform) 


Everything's Gonna Be Okay (LGBT series) 


Reservation Dogs (S1) (fX)



No Sudden Move (Soderbergh) HBO Max

Betty (HBO Max series) 
A Black Lady Sketch Show S1 (HBO Max) 
Exterminate All The Brutes 4 part doc (HBO Max) 
Hacks S1 (HBO Max series) 
The Investigation S1 (HBO, Swedish) 
It's A Sin (HBO Max miniseries) 
The Lady and the Dale 4-part doc on transgender car innovator (HBO Max)
Love Life S1 (HBO, guy from The Good Place) 
Mare Of Easttown S1 (HBO Max series) 
The Other Two S2 (HBO, Justin Bieber-like guy and his mom) 
Succession (S1-3) (HBO) 
Veneno S1 (HBO Max) 


American Utopia (HBO Max) 
Emma (HBO Max) 
Let Them All Talk (HBO Max) 
On The Record (HBO Max) 
We Are Who We Are (HBO Max)
Wonder Woman 1984 (HBO Max) 



About Endlessness  (Hulu, rental for $4) 
Gunda (doc about pig) (Hulu; rental)
Homeroom (doc) (Hulu) 
The Killing Of Two Lovers (Hulu, rental) 
Moffie (South Africa gay war) (Hulu, rental)  
Quo Vadis, Aida? (Hulu, rental) 
Saint Maud (Hulu, Paramount+)
Summer of Soul music doc (Hulu) 
Undine (Hulu, rental) 

Freaks & Geeks S1 (Hulu) 
In My Skin S1 and 2 (Hulu) 


After Parkland (DOC) (Hulu)  
Beach Rats (Hulu) 
Everything's Going To Be Okay (Hulu) 
Please Like Me (Hulu) 
Premature (Hulu) 
The Secrets We Keep (Hulu)
Tesla (Hulu)




Bacurau (Criterion/Kanopy; rental elsewhere) 
Cane River (1982 lost film) (Kanopy, Criterion)
Tom at the Farm (Kanopy) 



Beginnings (Georgian Oscar entry) (MUBI) 


Beats (Amazon Prime, MUBI) 
Beyond Clueless (2014 doc on film Clueless) (MUBI) 
Citadel (short by John Smith) MUBI 
Dead Pigs (Feb 12; dir of Birds Of Prey) (MUBI) 
Meanwhile On Earth (doc on funeral homes)
Overseas (Filipino nannies doc) (MUBI)  
Spring Night Summer Night (1967) 
White On White (MUBI)



Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix) 
Crack: Cocaine, Corruption and Conspiracy (Netflix) 
The Dig (British period porn for mom) (Netflix) 
Passing (Netflix) 
Procession (church abuse doc) (Netflix) 
7 Prisoners (Netflix)

Lupin S1 AND S2 (Netflix) 
Maid (miniseries) (Netflix) 
Pretend It's A City S1 (Netflix) 
Squid Game S1 (Netflix) 
We The People S1 a la Schoolhouse Rock (Netflix)  


Bounding (Netflix) 
Circus of Books (porn shop doc) (Netflix)  
Grand Army S1 (Netflix) 
Handsome Devil (Netflix) 
I Care A Lot (Netflix) 
I'm Thinking Of Ending Things (Netflix) 
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Netflix) 
Nobody Knows I'm Here (Jorge Garcia) (Netflix) 
A Sun (Taiwan) (Netflix) 
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (Netflix) 
Yes God Yes (Netflix) 
Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix) 



Saint Maud (Hulu, Paramount+)



We Are Lady Parts S1 (Peacock) 


Sherlock Holmes (TV series)  




Relic (horror) (Showtime, rental) 
Shithouse (Showtime, rental for $7) 
La Verite/The Truth (Showtime, rental)


Arthur Wontner -- numerous Sherlock Holmes movies




About Endlessness  (rental)
All Light, Everywhere (rental) 
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye (for Jessica Chastain) (Theaters) 
The French Dispatch 
Gunda (rental) 
Identifying Features (rental) 
No Ordinary Man (rental) 
The Sparks Brothers (rental) 
State Funeral (rental) 


American Utopia (HBO Max) 
Assassins (rental doc) 
Bacurau (Criterion/Kanopy; rental elsewhere) 
Beats (MUBI, Amazon) 
News Of The World (theaters; PVOD soon) 
The Painted Bird (Hulu) 
The Platform (Netflix) 
Relic (rental) 
Route One/USA (Amazon/Ovid) 
Two Of Us (rental) 
La Verite/The Truth ((FUBO, Showtime, DirecTV, rental on YouTube for $4, Amazon for $7) 
Vitalina Varela (Criterion) 
We Are Who We Are (Luca Guadagnino) (HBO Max)
Young Ahmed (Dardenne film) (Criterion, Kanopy, rental) 


All Is Well (Netflix)
Anthropocene: The Human century (Kanopy)
Asako I and II
Ash Is Purest White
The Beach Bum
The Brink (Hulu) (Steve Bannon film)
The Burial of Kojo
The Chambermaid (Starz/Amazon)
The Competition (French doc on entry to film school)
Diane (Hulu)
The Edge Of Democracy (Brazil docu) (Netflix)
Everybody Knows (Ashgar Farhadi) (Netflix)
Fast Color
The Gospel Of Eureka
High Flying Bird (Netflix)
The Hottest August (Roku channel, Amazon fee)
I Lost My Body (Netflix)
Jay Myself (doc)
The Kingdom (Netflix  K period zombie)
Klaus (Netflix)
The Laundromat (Netflix)
Leaving Neverland (HBO)
The Lighthouse
Light Of My Life
Little Woods
Marriage Story (Netflix)
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Missing Link (Netflix)
The Mustang
Non-Fiction (Assayas)
One Child Nation (Amazon)
One Cut Of The Dead (Jap zombie) (Amazon, maybe)
Permanent Green Light (Dennis Cooper) (Kanopy)
Rolling Thunder Revue (Netflix)
Shadow (wuxia by Zhang Yimou) (Netflix) 
Slut In A Good Way (Amazon)
Sorry Angel (French gay; Honore) (rental Amazon Apple)
The Souvenir (Amazon)
Sunset (dir Nemez) (Starz/Amazon)
Thunder Soul (2010 doc)
Too Late To Die Young (Criterion Kanopy)
Transit (Amazon)
Two Plains and a Fancy (Amazon, Kanopy)
The Two Popes (Netflix)
Uncut Gems
Under The Silver Lake (Amazon)
The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylon)
Woman at War (Hulu)


The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
Ben Is Back
Bisbee '17 (doc)
The Cakemaker
Crime and Punishment (doc)
Don't Worry,  He Won't Get Far On Foot
El Angel
Everybody Knows
The Green Fog (Guy Maddin)
The Guilty
Happy As Lazzaro
The Insult
Jane Fonda in Five Acts (doc)
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (John Ridley)
Nico, 1988
Reversing Roe (Netflix doc)
A Simple Favor
Skate Kitchen
Sollers Point
Stan and Ollie
The Third Murder (Kore-eda film)
You Were Never Really Here

1980s etc MOVIES TO WATCH for IRAS

Berlin Alexanderplatz (Criterion)
Cutter's Way (Pluto w ads)
The Elephant Man (Amazon rent)
The Last Metro (Truffaut) (Criterion/Kanopy)
Lola (Fassbinder) (Criterion)
Marjoe (Amazon? Vudu Roku? )
Mon Oncle d'Amerique (Criterion)
The Night Of Shooting Stars (Amazon rent)
A Passage To India (Amazon rent)
Raising Arizona (Starz/Amazon)
S.O.B. (Amazon rent)
Taxi Zum Klo (Pantaflix rent)
They All Laughed
The Vanishing (Criterion)
Videodrome (Amazon rent)
The Whole Shootin' Match (70s) Amazon


Under The Skin (2013)


Adventure Time (Hulu)
American Crime (three seasons, ABC) (Netflix)
The Americans (Amazon)
American Vandal (Netflix)
America To Me (Starz doc)
AP Bio (Hulu)
Archer (Hulu)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (Amazon?)
Babylon Berlin (Netflix) 
Better Call Saul (Netflix)
Betty (HBO) skating boarding chicks 
Big Mouth (Netflix animated)
Blackadder (Amazon and Hulu)
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Blue Planet II (BBC America)
Bodyguard (Netflix)
Bojack Horseman (Netflix)
The Bridge (Hulu)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 
The Bureau (French TV thriller, five seasons) (Amazon) 
Casa de los Flores aka House of Flowers (Netflix)
La Casa De Papel aka Money Heist (Netflix)
Crashing UK w Phoebe Waller-Bridges (Netflix)
Dark (German Stranger Things on Netflix)
Das Boot (Hulu)
Dickinson (Apple)
Drew Michael (HBO standup, no audience)
Elite (Netflix high school drama, Spain)
The Half of It (Netflix teen Cyrano Asian)
Los Espookys (HBO)
Euphoria (HBO)
Fargo (Hulu)
Fauda (Israeli-Palestinian) (Netflix)
F1: Drive To Survive (Netflix)
Forever (Amazon)
GLOW (Netflix) 
The Great (Hulu w Nicolas Hoult Russian period) 
Hannah Gadsby Douglas (watch Nannette first) (Netflix) 
Happy Valley (Netflix)
Homecoming (Amazon)
The House of Flowers (La Casa de las Flores, Mexico) (Netflix)
I Know This Much is True (HBO) 
I May Destroy you (HBO) 
Insecure (HBO)
I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
Kidding (Showtime)
Kid Gorgeous at Radio City: John Mulaney stand up (Netflix)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Leftovers (HBO)
Letterkennny (Hulu)
The Little Drummer Girl (Amazon?)
Lodge 49 (Hulu)
Mira, Royal Detective (Disney Channel)
Money Heist aka La Casa De Papel (Netflix)
Moone Boy (Irish Wonder Years)(Hulu)
Mr Inbetween (Amazon) 
Mrs America (Hulu w Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schaffly) 
Mum (Britbox, Amazon)
My Brilliant Friend (HBO)
Nanette: Hannah Gadsby standup (Netflix)
Nathan For You (Comedy Central) 
Never Have I Ever (mindy Kaling high school comedy) (Netflix) 
The Other Two (gay, Comedy Central)
Our Boys (HBO) 
Outer Banks (Netflix, Aussie teens Pogues, dawson's creek) 
Patriot (spy guitar) (Amazon)
Pen15 (Hulu)
Perpetual Grace LTD (creators of Patriot) (Epix)
Please Like Me (Irish gay, mother attempted suicide etc) Hulu
Ramy (Muslim American) (Hulu)
Random Acts Of Flyness (HBO)
Rectify (Sundance) 
Red Oaks (Amazon, country club tennis 80s) 
Rick And Morty (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim) (Hulu)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix cooking show)
Sex Education (Netflix, Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson)
Shangri-La Rick Rubin doc (Showtime)
Sherman's Showcase (Hulu)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Six By Sondheim (HBO)
Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
The Story Of Minglan (Chinese drama on YouTube)
Succession (HBO)
Tamborine: Chris Rock special (Netflix)
The Terror (AMC)
This Close (Sundance)
This Is England (Amazon)
Tig Notaro: Happy to be Here standup (Netflix)
The Trip (rentable) 
Truth Seekers (Amazon, Simon Pegg) 
Unbelievable (Netflix)
The Untamed (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)
The Vicar of Dibley (BritBox Amazon)
The Vietnam War (Amazon)
Warrior (Cinemax)
Watchmen (HBO)
What We Do In The Shadows (Hulu)
When They See Us (Netflix Ava DuVernay)
Wild Wild Country (Netflix doc)
Years and Years (HBO)


Alan Partridge
An American Family (1973 PBS documentary)
Anne Of Green Gables (1985)
The Avengers
Baseball (Ken Burns)
Brassed Off
Broken Trail (2006 TV movie)
Buffalo Bill
Danger UXB
The Day After
Eleanor and Franklin
Elizabeth R
Gulliver's Travels (1996 miniseries)
Jazz (Ken Burns)
The Kids In The Hall (1988 sketch)
The Jewel In The Crown
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts
Mr. Show
The Paper Chase
Party Down
Planet Earth
Reilly: Ace Of Spies
The Rockford Files/Maverick
S.C.T.V. (1976 sketch) 
Sherlock Holmes (starring Ronald Howard from 1954, on Roku) 
Sons Of Anarchy
St. Elsewhere (1982 drama)
Tattingers (1988 light drama)
Victory At Sea
The Waltons (1971 drama)
The World At War
World on a Wire (Fassbender TV four hours, Criterion)

BookFilter Reading List


Sabriel by Garth Nix 
Today A Woman Went Mad....
Last Summer In The City 
S.J. Perelman: Writings 

Rule Of The Robots 
The Raging 2020s 
The End Of Bias 

Notes From A Dead House by Dostoevsky trans Pevear/Volo  
Posthumous Memoirs Of Bras Cubas
Love and Youth by Ivan Turgenev 
A Sportsmans Notebook
Telephone Tales
The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 
Black Shack Alley by Jospeh Zobel 
The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbjornsen and Moe 
The Old Man in The Corner: The teahouse Detective vol 1 mys by baroness Orczy reissue  

The Big Book of Modern Fantasy by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer 

Actress by Anne Enright 
And In The End: Last Days of Beatles by Ken McNab 
Angel Mage by Garth Nix fantasy 
The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo 
Beheld by tara Shea Nesbit Mayflower murder mys 
Being and Nothingness Sartre
The Benson Murder Case: Philo Vance #1 by SS Van Dine 
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer 
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby 
A Bond Undone by Jin Yong -- book two in Legends Of the Condor Heroes 
The Book of Dragons anthology 
Boom Town by Sam Anderson history of Oklahoma City
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken litfic 2-5-2019 
The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart period mys locked room fair play
Daddy Was A Number Runner by Louise Merriweather 
The Dairy Restaurant by Ben Katchor 
The Devil and the Dark Water mys
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of The dead Polish mystical mystery by Olga Tokarczuk
The End of the River by Simon Winchester
Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson **** Panera Parisian
The Factory by Hiroko
Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess sci-fi debut alternate NYC 
Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard new trans 
The First Christmas by Stephen Mitchell
Garner's Quotations by Dwight Garner 
Geography of Rebels Trilogy by Maria Gabriela Llansol
The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel author of Station Eleven 
The Glorious American Essay edited by Phillip Lopate 
Gods of the Upper air by Charles King SCIENCE HISTORY Frank Boas margaret Mead 
How Do You Live by Genzaburo Yoshino Jap YA inspired Miyazaki 
How Much Of These Hills Is Gold western LITFIC 
The Impossible Art: Adventures In Opera by Matthew Aucoin
Jack by Marilynne Robinson 
The Jazz Standards by Ted Gioia (second edition) 
The Last Great Road Bum by Hector Tobar 
The Magician by Colm Toibin (book about Thomas Mann) 
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
The Mummy and Miss Nitocris by George Griffith fantasy period
No Fascist USA history 
No Gods No Monsters fantasy
Our Man by george Packer bio of Richard Holbrooke politico 5-7-2019
Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories 
Posthumous Memoirs Of Bras Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis modernist progenitor 
Powers and Thrones history of Middle Ages by Dan Jones
The Quiet Americans CIA Spies by Scott Anderson 
A Saint From Texas by Edmund White
Sand by Wolfgang Herrndorf NYRB
Seven Samurai Swept Away In A River
The Ship of Dreams Titanic by Gareth Russell
Shoot For The Moon by James Donovan nonfic space race Apollo 11
Sondheim's Lyrics
A Sportsmans Notebook by Ivan Turgenev 
Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen 
Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman nonfic NYRB
Suffrage by Ellen Carol DuBois -- HISTORY fight for the vote
Superior: The Return Of Race Science by Angela Saini science cur events 5-21-2019
Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski Polish teens
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar FANTASY
Weather by Jenny Offill LITFIC NYT PICK AUTHOR read Dept of Speculation 
When Two Feathers Fell From The Sky by Maragret Verble  
Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison
Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein
Winter in Wartime by Jan terlouw YA WW II NYRB
With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA)

Blood Grove by Walter Mosley Easy Rawlins 
The Committed by Viet Than Nguyen 
A Light In the Dark by David Thomson -- on film directors 
Lost Children Archive 
Missionaries by Phil Klay 
Night Boat To tangiers 
An Ocean Without A Shore by SCOTT SPENCER 
Posthumous Memoirs Of Bras Cubas 
Telephone Tales by Gianni Rodari kids author
Topeka School 
NYRB The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith by Diane Johnson 
Twenty Years After by Dumas new trans of Three Musketeers by Lawrence Ellsworth
A Sportsman's Notebook

The Bethrothed 

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

Democratizing Our Data By Julia Lane 

Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe library

Mys: A Rising Man, A Necessary Evil (need Smoke and Ashes) 

Killer Come back To me: The Mysteries Of Ray Bradbury 

First Principles by Thomas E Ricks on founding fathers and their love of Greek and Roman thought 

A Good Bake by Melissa Weller cookbook 

Eleanor by David Michaelis 

Revelator by Daryl Gregory author of Spoonbenders, 1930s bootleggers in TN

Samak The Ayyar persian classic a la Robin Hood, King Arthur by Freydoon Rassouli 

Singular Sensation by Michael Riedel Sunset Blvd to The Lion King 

I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom 

That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry short stories 

THEATER Walking With Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne 

52 YA Books... 




HISTORY -- Watching Darkness Fall WW II ambassadors 

HISTORY COMICS American Comics a history by Jeremy Dauber

HISTORY ORAL ALBANIA Mud Sweeter Than Honey: Voices of Communist Albania

LITFIC MYS HISTORY The Bloodless Boy by Robert J Lloyd 1678 new duo uses science to investigate boy drained of blood

LITFIC Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa 

HISTORY DAVID Lightning Down by Tom Clavin WW II prisoners of war 

SHOWBIZ BIO Solid Ivory by James Ivory 

SELF HELP FAITH Hi I'm An Atheist by David G McAfee

LGBT YA Spin Me Right Round by david Valdes gay Back t the Future 

LIT -- Essays Two by Lydia Davis on proust etc


******* PADGETT POWELL Indigo collected nonfic 

CLASSIC The Plague by Camus new trans

HISTORY The Dawn of Everything -- retelling of human history 

LITFIC POC SHORT STORIES Look for Me and I'll Be Gone by John Edgar Wideman 

LITFIC KOREA Love In The Big City by Sang Young Park

MYS -- The Return of The Pharaoh by Nicholas Meyer (7% Solution) Dr watson memoir 

BAKING The Cookie Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum 


MYS FIC Quarry's Blood by Max Allan Collins series finale 

CURR EVENTS -- American Kleptocracy 

LITFIC The Dickens Boy by Thomas Keneally 

SCI-FI Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson 

MOVIES MEMOIR Confessions of a Puppetmaster by B movie director Charles Band

SCIFI SHORT STORIES FEMALE FUNNY Even Greater Mistakes by Charlie Jane Anders

TRAVEL COLUMBIA Every Day The River Changes by Jordan Salama 


SHOWBIZ SANDBOX  *******Audience-ology -- Hollywood testing movies by Kevin Goetz 

LITFIC POC NATIVE AMER -- A Snake Falls To Earth by Darcie Little Badger 


THEATER LITFIC VAUDEVILLE The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss conjoined twins act breaks up (no glley yet) 

SHORT STORIES JAPAN People From My Neighborhood by Hiromi Kawakami 



MYTHS WOMEN Greek Myths retellings by Charlotte Higgins

SHARON GLESS -- TV icon with Memoir Apparently, There Were Complaints

THEATER MYS The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden by Kate Saunders period, female detective 

BOOK LISTS  52 AWARD Winning Titles Every Book Lover Should Read 








GAY MEMOIR High-Risk Homosexual by Edgar Gomez  



LITFIC GAY BI MEMOIRISH LEGEND A Previous Life by Edmiund White

Dead Silence sci-fi horror. Titanic meets The Shining. A luxury space liner ready to be salvaged decades after it disappeared. 



KIDS Loyalty by Avi *****  

CLASSIC REISSUE Rebellion by Joseph Roth 


LITFIC POC RACE Dirty Bird Blues  Penguin classic 




LITFIC The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka 

MARCH 2022 


THEATER MEMOIR LGBT -- I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein 

MYTHS WOMEN Pandora's Jar -- rethinking greek myths from perspective of women 


YA LGBT All That's Left In The World post-apocalyptic queer tale 


HISTORY -- Legacy of Violence -- history of British Empire by Pulitzer Prize winner

LITFIC MEMOIR -- A Childhood and The Gospel Singer by Harry Crews Penguin Classics 

SCI-Fi HUMOR Redshirts author John Scalzi The Kaiju Preservation Society 

CURR EVENTS VENEZUELA Things Are Never So Bad...




RELIGION -- The Hidden order of Intimacy -- reflections on Book of Leviticus

APRIL 2022 




SCI-FI LIT Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 


CRIME LITFIC City on Fire by Don Winslow 

FANTASY ACCLAIM Nettle & Bone by T Kingfisher

MAY 2022





THRILLER SUSPENSE -- Two Nights In Lisbon by Chris Pavone, major buzz 


JUNE 2022 

JULY 2022








Breaking The Two Party Doom Loop by Lee Drutman CURR EVENTS


Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid LITFIC Young black babysitter and viral moment

HISTORY Wilmington's Lies: White Supremacy by David Zucchino

Yellow Earth by John Sayles CURR EVENTS LITFIC MOVIES

FANTASY The Night Country by Melissa Albert sequel to The Hazel Wood

Boys & Sex nonfiction by Peggy Orenstein CURR EVENTS

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain HISTORY BUSINESS GBN

THEATER Rocket Man Elton John bio by Mark Bego quickie

The Gimmicks by Chris McCormick LITFIC Aremenian Genocide and pro wrestling

The Art of War by Sun TZU new trans by Michael Nylan

Don't Believe A Word by David Shariatmadari book on languages


FANTASY The Lovecraft Squad: Rising created by Stephen Jones


*****Arguing With Zombies by Paul Krugman CURR EVENTS

LITFC LGBT Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

Bubble In The Sun: Florida Real estate leading to Great depression by Christopher Knowlton HISTORY CURR EVENTS

A World Without Work by Daniel Susskind CURR EVENTS

Tightrope by Nicholas Kristof struggling working class CURR EVENTS

A Beginning At The End by Mike Chen post-apocalyptic hopeful

*****America Manifesto by Bob Garfield WYNC CURR EVENTS

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera FANTASY launch of series

Night Theater by Vikram Paralkar India litfic fantasy

Race of Aces by James R Bruning HISTORY WW II Pilots AARP

The Peacock Detectives  by Carly Nugent YA middle grade


The Founding Fortunes by Tom Shachtman HISTORY

POP HUMOR FICTION Heart of Junk by Luke geddes debut, antique mall, reality tv, kidnapped beauty queen kiddie etc.

Recipe For A Perfect Wife by karma Brown -- housewife works through cookbook and notes of 50s housewife POP FIC

Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi LITFIC

The Janes by Louisa Luna book #2 MYS



LITFIC Run Me To Earth by Paul Yoon v Oprah orphans Laos etc

MYS LITFIC The truants by Kate Weinberg debut mys, Agatha Christie, Donna Tartt

HISTORY CURR EVENTS The Bomb nuclear weapons policy by Fred Kaplan

THEATER -- MYS Mortal Music by Ann Parker -- san fran 1881-1882 opera diva comes to town

Rewriting the Rules Of The European Economy yb Joseph E Stiglitz Nobel winning economist CURR EVENTS

FANTASY Highfire by Eoin Colfer dragon and teen rebel in Louisiana

Early -- premie babies SCIENCE by Sarah DiGregorio

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell teen girl and her teacher sexual relationship LITFIC

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu -- pop culture about TV show and bit player turned Kung Fu guy. Comic tale of assimilation etc POP CULTURE



Independence Square by A.D. Miller Ikraine LITFIC GUARDIAN PIC

JOURNALISM Race Against Time by Jerry Mitchell investigating Birmingham bombing et al

****MYS SCIFI Golden In death by JD Robb Eve dallas #50 by Nora Roberts

HISTORY Eight Days At Yalta by Diana Presto

YA LGBT The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper teens of NASA astronauts

AARP MEMOIR Brother and Sister by Diane Keaton

FAITH LITFIC The Convert by Stefan Hertmans historical fiction noblewoman falls for Jewish boy

****** The Resisters by Gish Jen dystopian baseball novel

The Professor and the Parson by Adam Sisman FAITH CON ARTISTS

The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri litfic

AARP PARADE Unconditional Love memoir by Jocelyn Moorhouse , directing, autistic child, return to directing

MYS A Divided Loyalty by Charles Todd mys Ian Rutledge

MYS CLASSIC The Siamese twin Mystery by Ellery Queen reissue


HISTORY MYS SCIENCE American Sherlock birth of CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson

MYS TRUE CRIME The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer

HISTORY BIO Franklin & Washington The Founding Partnership by Edward J Larson


The Bear by Andrew Krivac dystopian litfic, father and daughter alone in world

Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace by Patricia Marcantonio MYS NEW SERIES


HISTORY 1774: The Long Year of Revolution by Pulitzer finalist Mary Beth Norton

POETRY Strangers by Night by Edward Hirsch

FANTASY The Unspoken name by A.K. Larkwood Fantasy debut


THEATER Counterpoint: Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott

Real Life by Brandon Taylor GAY ALABAMA RACE LITFIC

FAITH The Hope of Glory last words of Jesus by Jon Meacham

CURR EVENTS HOUSING -- Golden Gates by Conor Dougherty public housing San fran

HISTORY Congress at War by Fergus M Bordewich Civil War focus on Congress

The Wolf Of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso FANTASY series launch

The Lucky Star by William T Vollmann LITFIC 672 pages

A Beautiful Crime by Christopher Bollen MYS queer con artists in Venice

The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda JAP MYS acclaimed writer first Eng trans

Citizen Reporters by Stephanie Gorton McClure's Magazine HISTORY JOURNALISM



CLIMATE CRISIS The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

Soot by Dan Vyleta sequel to Smoke Dickensian fantasy

These Fevered Days by martha Ackmann ten days in life of Emily Dickinson BIO

Scratched by Elizabeth Tallent Memoir by writer lost i wormhole of perfectionism

The lost Diary of M by Paul Wolfe LITFIC lover of JFK, LSD user etc story of Mary Pinchot Meyer

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde -- essays and speeches GBN

MARCH 2020


LITFIC Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn Hawaiian debut

HISFIC The Land Beyond The Sea by Sharon Kay Penman

LITFIC These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy card LITFIC Jamaica harlem

HISTORY Every Drop of Blood Lincoln's Second Inauguration by Edward Achorn

YA Mananaland by Pam Munoz Ryan Big push

MYS LITFIC City of Margins by William Boyle 90s Brooklyn

LITFIC The Last Taxi driver by Lee Durkee

LITFIC Deacon King Kong by James McBride

THEATER Actress by Anne Enright legendary theater actress w daughter following in footsteps

SCI-FI Docile by KM Szpara novel debut

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich litfic based on her grandfather

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry -- 80s set novel about female hockey team/witches in Salem

Dorothy Day by John Loughery ad Blythe Randolph BIO FAITH POLITICS HISTORY


***********A Bond Undone by Jin Yong -- book two in Legends Of the Condor Heroes

********Gold Rush Girl by Avi

CURR EVENTS -- Pharma by Gerald Posner science big business

LITFIC My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russelll -- teen girl falls under sway of English teacher #MeToo past and present CURR EVENTS   GUARDIAN PICK

THEATER AARP POP CUL Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother bio

YA City Spies by James Ponti Edgar award winner; teens in MI6

SELF HELP How To Change Anyone's Mind by Jonah Berger

THEATER Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro

The Bramble and the Rose by Tim Bouman MYS set in rural Pennsylvania, second in series

3-13-2020 ??

Cinema '62 by Stephen Farber et al POP CULTURE MOVIES


My Meteorite by Harry Dodge MEMOIR BUZZ


The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune QUEER FANTASY

The Mountains Sing by Que Mai Phan Nguyen LITFIC VIETNAM

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me -- memoir by granddaughter and grandmother, writer for Jimmy Kimmel first printing 100k

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy YA steampunk UK hit

City Spies by James Ponti -- ew YA series of five kids trained by MI5


NYRB Marrow and Bone by Walter Kempowski WWII LITFIC

LITFIC The Everlasting by Katy Simpson Smith -- four characters spanning centuries but linked BUZZ

HISTORY American Rebels by Nina Sankovitzh Amer revolution look at Hancocks Adams and Quincys pushed for revolt

************ The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin SCI-FI

*******The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel author of Station Eleven LITFIC

Enter The aardvark by Jessica Anthony big push, politics, sexuality, stuffed aardvark


NYRB LITFUC Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist

THEATER -- This is shakespeare by Emma Smith, analysis of plays etc

THEATER -- Almost Maine by John Cariani play turned into YA novel

APRIL 2020


THEATER -- A Tender Thing FIC by Emily Neuberger 50s Bway as a new musical depicts romance between white woman and black man. Author debut.

HISTORY -- Lincoln On The Verge by Ted Widmer -- Lincoln's 13 day train ride to be sworn into office as President

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez LITFIC BESTSELLER

How The West Stole Democracy From The Arabs by Elizabeth F. Thompson HISTORY

The Kidnap Years by David Stout epidemic of crime during Depression HISTORY

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan witches in Gilded Age NYC FAN PERIOD

Sin Eater by megan Campisi HIS-FIC MYS FANTASY

Coffeeland by Augustine Sedgewick HISTORY

They Went Left by Monica Hesse YA HOLOCAUST

THEATER The Astonishing Life of August March by Aaron jackson LITFIC

THEATER Shakespeare For Every Day Of The Year by Allie Erisi

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafa LITFIC

LITFIC Redhead by the Side Of the Road by Anne Tyler

THEATER FANTASY The Glass magician by Caroline Stevermer set in NYC Gilded Age fantasy

POETRY/THEATER Broadway For Paul by Vincent katz


*****BIO MUSIC -- Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest by Ian Zack BHam Alabama born

SCIENCE -- Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of what we put in us and on us by George Zaidan

FIC Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles author of News of the World

COOKING -- Everyone Can Bake by Dominique Ansel

CLIMATE Notes From An Apocalypse by MARK O'CONNELL

SCIENCE BIO Why Fish Don't exist by Lulu Miller -- life's work cataloging fish destroyed in an instant

HISTORY The Year 1000 by Yale historian Valerie Hansen

How To Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa stories immigrants in big city

NATURE What It's Like To Be A Bird by david Allen Sibley

Fifty-Two Stories by Anton Chekhov trans by pevear and volokhonsky

LITFIC Bubblegum by Adam Levin alternate history w no internet GAINESVILLE writer

LITFIC POP Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould -- aspiring singer-songwriter in destructive relationship

MYS CLASSIC Death in Fancy Dress by Anthony Gilbert first pub 1933


THEATER LITFIC -- Heree We Are by Graham Swift Brixton vaudevillians circa 1959

FISHING -- Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers by John Gierach -- essays etc fly fishing

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd FAITH JESUS LITFIC

LITFIC A Thousand Moons by Sebastian barry Tennessee post Civil War HIS FIC

The Paris Mysteries short stories by Edgar Allan Poe MYS CLASSICS

THEATER GAY YA In The Role Of Brie Hutchens by Nicole Melleby trade acclaim girl entering eighth grade determined to star in school play but afraid to come out

THEATER __ This Is Shakespeare by Emma Smith analyszes flaws and inconsistencies, embraces them


LITFC LGBT Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski Polish teens

The Knock0ut Queen by Rufi Thorpe LITFIC LGBTQI YA closeted teen and tall freak

All Boys Aren't Blue by George M JOhnson QUEER YA memoir manifesto essays

MAY 2020


Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin LITFIC

SELF HELP -- Ask For More by Alexandra Carter

Universe of Two by Stephen P Kiernan scientist on Manhattan Project who spends life making amends

FOOD Dirt by Bill Buford cooking memoir

Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett CULT MEMOIR POP

The Motion of the Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver LITFIC

SPORTS FAITH Buddha Takes The Mound by Donald Lopez

HISTORY RACE On Account of Race by Lawrence Goldstone Supreme Court White Supremacy

We Need To Talk by Jennifer Risher memoir about wealth MONEY


POP CULTURE TV THEATER Sunny Days rise of kids tv by David Kamp

LITFIC -- A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet

HISTORY The Black Cabinet By Jill Watts FDR and Black advisers

Lou Gehrig the Lost Memoir by Alan D Gaff AARP BIO SPORTS

THRILLER The End of October by Lawrence Wright medical thriller NYT writer

HISTORY PIRACY Enemy of All Mankind by Steven Johnson


CURR EVENTS LGBT The Pink Line by Mark Gevisser Sexual and gender identity around the world.

Pew by Catherine Lacey LITFIC FAITH oddity

Glorious Boy by Aimee Liu WWII FIC

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas -- elite school, secret pact etc big push LITFIC

THEATER Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore -- mys combined with Midsummer. Nutty, playful, detective tale.


LGBT LITFIC Boys Of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson

LITFIC On Ajayi Crowther Street -- Nigerian comic novel

LITFIC QUEER The Thirty Names Of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar Syrian American trans boy, disappearing mom, birds

BEACH READ THEATER? The Lion's Den by Katherine St John -- trapped on billionaire's yacht

LITFIC ARGENTINA Don't Shed Your tears For Anyone Who Lives On These Streets by Patricio Pron -- Granta pick author, WW II merging of politics and art

HISTORY CURR EVENTS IMMIGRATION One Mighty and Irresistible Tide battle over immigration 1920s-1960s by Jia Lynn Yang

HISTORY GROUP BIO FEMINISM -- The Equivalents by Maggie Doherty -- independent study brings together artists at radcliffe poet Anne Sexton et al


POLITICS -- Trumpocalypse by David Frum

LITFIC All My Mother's Lovers by Ilana Masad

Love in the Blitz by Eileen Alexander NONFIC MEMOIR WW II

1939: A People's History by Frederik Taylor HISTORY WW II

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner BESTSELLER BOOKCLUB

The Cubans ordinary lives by NYT Anthony DePalma CURR EVENTS

Camp by L.C. Rosen YA QUEER


JUNE 2020


THEATER -- Parakeet by Marie-Helene bertino playwright etc 

POLITICS ECONOMICS -- The Ages of Globalization by Jeffrey D Sachs

LITFC YA Burn by Patrick Ness (no galley yet)

SCIENCE BIO -- Galileo and the Science Deniers by Mario Livio

POP CULTURE Dolls Dolls Dolls Inside The valley of the Dolls by Stephen Rebello 

LITFIC The Paris Library -- by Janet Skeslien Charles historical fiction, librarians, Paris WW II!!!



CURR EVENTS WAR TECH The Drone Age by Michael J Boyle

YA LGBTQI -- The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson kids of Pres candidates fall in love

Where We Go From here by Lucas Rocha GAY BRAZIL YA

TRUE CRIME HISTORY Night Of The Assassins by Howard Blum. Hitlers plan to assassinate3 FDR, Churchill and Stalin. bestselling author and Pultizer nominee as journalist at NYT.

SCIENCE -- Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta CNN guy on memory

SCIENCE The Language of Butterflies by Wendy Williams


LITFIC Night Sleep death Stars by Joyce Carol Oates

CURR EVENTS The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton 

COMIC NOVEL -- Swan Song by Lisa Alther -- cruise ship nonsense w heft

The Vanishing Sky by L Annette Binder WWII LITFIC

Alaric The Goth outsider on fall of rome by Douglas Boin HISTORY BIO



THEATER LITFIC Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin woman in love w Shakespeare professor

HISTORY  much acclaim

THEATER We Came Here To Shine by Susie Orman Schnall at Worlds Fair THEATER FIC


THEATER MEMOIR Lot Six by David Adjmi 

POP CULTURE __ Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World by matt Alt SHOWBIZ SANDBOX

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected In Water by Zen Cho FANTASY wuxia inspired

LITFIC Friends and Strangers by J Courtney Sullivan new mom and college student struggling w life


MILITARY: The Button nuclear weapons history by William J Perry and Tom Collina 

SCI_FI  GENDER__ Blue Ticket by Sophie McIntosh -- women assigned at early age to have a baby or not

JULY 2020


LITFIC GAY Lake Life by David James Poissant

THEATER SCI-FI Or What You Will by Jo Walton

YA FAN A Peculiar Peril by Jeff vandermeer first of two

TRUE CRIME MOVIES -- Ripped From The headlines -- true stories that inspired films

LITFIC The Son Of Good Fortune by Lysley Tenorio undocumented, mom stunt person light

LITFIC GAY Skyland by Andrew Durbin NO GALLEY

YA GAY Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

POP CUL LIT -- Memoirs and Misinformation by Jim Carrey+

THRILLER Out of Time by David Klass Green Man eco-terrorist

The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh -- southern novel about machine that reveals your potential

In The Land of Good Living -- walking Florida on foot by Kent Russell TRAVEL

The Vapors by david Hill -- Hot Springs, the firsthome of Vice in USA TRUE CRIME


CRIME -- Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby ********

SCI CRYPTOCURRENCY -- The Infinite Machine by Camila Russo using Ethereum to build Internet 2.0

SCI-FI LITFIC Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell 

HUMOR Make Russia Great Again by Christopher Buckley

HISTORY -- The King of Confidence by Miles Harvey nonfic shyster Mormon leader

*********YA FAN The Fell of Dark p-- gay vampire by Caleb Roehrig gay

BIO SPORTS WOMEN The Divine Miss Marble by Robert Weintraub true tale of tennis star

Butch Cassidy by Leerhsen BIO HISTORY TRUE CRIME


FANTASY The Big Book of Modern Fantasy by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer 

CURR EVENTS Baseless by Nicholson Baker on freedom of information act

BIO/HISTORY The Indomitable Florence Finch by Robert J Mrazek WW II Hero in Phillipines 

LITFIC Pew by Catherine Lacey 00 rising talent w Twilight Zone style short novel about mysterious strangver in small town

POP MUSIC BIO Remain in Love by Chris Frantz of Talking Heads 


NATURE -- Fathoms: The Whale In The World by Rebecca Giggs *********

MYS The geometry of Holding Hands by Alexander McCall Smith -- philosophical series

POLITICS HISTORY -- To Start A War by Robert Draper Bush and Iraq

POLITICS You're Fired beating Trump by Paul Begala

MYS A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair -- second in series, investigating Prince Phillip as suitable for Queen Elizabeth

LITFIC The Five Books of (Robert) Moses by Arthur Nersesian

HISTORY LAst Mission To Tokyo Doolittle raids by Michel Paradis

Memorial Drive by Natasha Tretheway poet MEMOIR 



HISTORY -- caste by Isabel Wilkerson 

LITFIC Why I Don't Write by Susan Minot 

MYS -- The death of Vivek Oji LGBT (no galley yet)

SCIENCE -- The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by katie Mack 

NATURE -- Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C Slaght 

MYS Tampa Bay Noir anthology 

HISTORY/POLITICS America In The World by Robert B Zoellick -- history of US diplomacy

POLITICS -- It Was All A Lie by Stuart Stevens Republican party racism by insider

MEMOIR/BIO Life of a Klansman by edward Ball author of Slaves in the Attic *****


LITFIC The Brother Years by Shannon Burke sibling rivalry, Chicago, tough dad

LITFIC If I had Two Wings by Randall Kenan. First collection in 30 years.



MYS NYRB No Room at the Morgue by Jean-patrick Manchette 

POLITICS CURR EVENTS On Corruption in America by Sarah Chayes 

LITFIC Via Negativa by Daniel Hornsby priest on road trip

NATURE -- World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil  

HISTORY: Iron Empires the railroad by Pulitzer winner Michael Hiltzik

Zo by Xander Miller LITFIC about romeo and juliet in 2010 Haiti

Olive The Lionheart by Brad Ricca HISTORY MYS TRUE CRIME Olive heads to Africa in 1910 to find lost naturalist. Spies, etc.

Veritas by Ariel Sabar -- Harvard prof, con man, gospel of Jesus's wife TRUE CRIME FAITH




LITFIC Aria by Nazanine Hozar Tehran in the 1950s Dr Zhivago 

LITFIC Summer by Ali Smith Book four 

CURR EVENTS Accountable Citizen Capitalism by Michael O'Leary and Warren Valdmanis 

POLITICS HISTORY Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 by Rick Perlstein

LITFIC CURR EVENTS IMMIGRATION The New American by Micheline Aharonian Marcom 

LITFIC Red Ants by Pergentino Jose MEXICAN magic realism short stories

SCIENCE The Butterfly Effect by Edward DeMillo -- science book on ties between humans and insects

The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie MEMOIR Canada two sisters disowned by parents must care for their tyrannical mother and cowed father

******SCI-FI The House of Styx by Derek Kunsken first in new series out on ebook 8-20-2020 and physical 4-13-2021


HISTORY The Hidden History of Monopolies by Thom Hartmann 

SCIENCE CURR EVENTS Winning The Green new deal essays 


CULTURAL CRITICISM? The Sprawl: on suburbs by Jason Diamond

The Last Great Road Bum by Hector Tobar -- LITFIC based on true story of journalist from urbana IL chasing down hotspots in 1960s and 1970s

GAY LITFIC TRANS GOD  Slum Virgin by gabriela Cabezon Camara reporter interviewing trans person who has visions of Virgin Mary



YA Before The Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson 

LITFIC Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi 

***LOA -- The Western The Ox-Bow Incident, Shane, The Searchers, Warlock edited by Ron Hansen 

MYS Squeeze Me by carl Hiaasen  Trump supporter goes missing

LITFIC -- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi -- Ghanaian tale in Alabama 

THEATER YA -- Sing Like No One's Listening by vanessa Jones (author performed on West End) 

THEATER MYS The great Hotel Murder by Vincent Starrett critic sleuth reissue 

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld LITFIC three women in diff centuries

SCIENCE -- The Human Cosmos by Jo Marchant (connection to the stars throughout history) 

LITFIC Red Pill by Hari Kunzru


*********Creativity by John Cleese

LITFIC What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez 

LGBT Splash by JR Hart 

LITFIC Best American Poetry of 2020 editor david Lehman 

MYS The Forger's Daughter by Bradford Morrow 

LITFIC The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley short stories etc


WAR MEMOIR Among Elms In Ambush by bruce Weigl endorsed by Tim O'Brien

BIO POP Wild Thing by Philip Norman on Jimi Hendrix 

GAY FIC These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever college students

LIT BESTSELLER The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett prequel Pillars of the Earth 

HISTORY The Nazi Spy Ring In America by Rhodri Jeffrey-Jones

LITFIC SCI-FI BESTSELLER -- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke *********** 

CURR EVENTS Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About... by Angela Chen

BESTSELLER -- Th Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett prequel to Pillars of earth

MYS ANTHOLOGY -- The Nicotine Chronicles edited by Lee Child

NONFIC Burning Down The House Newt Gingrich et al by Julian E Zelizer

THEATER Here We Are by Graham Swift -- seaside resort performers LITFIC

LITFIC Northernmost by Peter Geye

YA LGBT The Ninth Live by Taylor B Barton -- cat is reincarnated as a 17 year old gay boy


**********MYS The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman UK quiz show presenter, rave reviews, old people solving crimes

THEATER -- Here We Are by Graham Swift, seaside performers 

ECO The Climate Crisis and the Green NEW Deal by Noam Chomsky

THEATER YA The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jensen


THEATER LGBT -- All The Sonnets Of Shakespeare -- he's bisexual!

HISTORY CURR EVENTS On Fascism 12 Lessons by Matthew C MacWilliams 

BIO HISTORY His Very Best: Jimmy Carter by Jonathan Alter 

FANTASY -- A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik new series NO COPY YET *******

CURR EVENTS Big Dirty Money by Jennifer Taub white collar crime



THEATER YA STAND UP Pretty Funny For A Girl by Rebecca Elliott 

LITFIC NONFIC JANE AUSTEN: writing, society and politics By Tom Keymer analysis


HISTORY The Zealot and the Emancipator by HW Brand John Brown and Lincoln 

LITFIC CLASSIC Independent People by Haldor Laxness

LOA SCI-FI FANTASY Ursula K LeGuin Annals of the Western Shore Gifts/Voices/Powers 

BIO HISTORY Eleanor by David Michaelis 

HISTORY Chicago's Great Fire by Carl Smith 

SELF HELP Keep Moving by Maggie Smith (not THAT one) 

HUMOR THEATER STANDUP Is This Anything? best of by Jerry Seinfeld 

CURR EVENTS TRUMP What Were We Thinking by Carlos Lozada books on Trump and how they fail 

***********SCI-FI The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson  ******* 

LITFIC THEATER GAY The Piano Student by Lea Singer -- Vladimir Horowitz secret love for young male student

LITFIC Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty -- outrgeous fiction, high praise 

CURR EVENTS Invisible China by Scott Rozelle and Natalie Hell (urban rural divide) 

LITFIC BIO -- Inside Story by Martin Amis -- story of his life w Hitchens dad etal but called a novel 


THEATER POP CULTURE MOVIES -- Cary Grant by Mark Glancy 

SCI-FI Dune: The Duke Of Caladan by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson 

CURR EVENTS -- In Defense Of Looting by Vicky Osterweil 

POP CULTURE 150 Glimpses of the Beatles by Craig brown

POP CULTURE How To Write One Song by Jeff Tweedy

SCI-FI FAN -- Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse launch of new series matriarchs 


LITFIC -- The Silence by Don Delillo 

MOVIES The Nolan Variations by Tom Shone on Christopher Nolan 


BIO HISTORY FIRST NATION Tecumseh and the Prophet by Peter Cozzens 

RELIGION The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine and Mark Zvi Brettler 

LITFIC Memoiral by Bryan Washington -- queer couple 

POP FIC The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg 

ESSAYS KIDS Happy Half-Hours by AA Milne  



HISTORY The Fighting Bunch by Chris DeRose -- WW II heroes come home and must fight literally to free their small town and ensure a fair vote count. 

HISTORY Britain At Bay 1938-1941  by Alan Allport 

HISTORY CURR EVENTS TRAVEL The Deepest South of All by Richard Grant on Natchez Mississippi 


COMICS BIO HAWAII No One Else by R Kikuo Johnson 

THEATER -- Singular Sensation by Michael Riedel Sunset Blvd to The Lion King

MISC Garner's Quotations by Dwight Garner 

HISTORY Metropolis: A History of the City by Ben Wilson

HISTORY First Principles by Thomas E Ricks on founding fathers and their love of Greek and Roman thought

THRILLER Comrade Koba by Robert Littell (author of The Company and cold war stuff; boy and dictator) FIC




LITFIC  The Sun Collective by Charles Baxter 

LITFIC HISTORY JEWISH The Tale of A Niggun by Elie Wiesel narrative poem



11-30-2021 LITFIC IRELAND Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan endorsed by Colm Toibin



LITFIC The Opium Prince by jasmine Aimaq Afghanistan in the 1970s 

THEATER --0 The Oxford Book Of Theatrical Anecdotes by Gyles Brandreth 

RELIGION The Bible: What Everyone needs To Know by Michael Coogan 

MYS Vultures In The Sky by Todd Downing mys classic 

MOVIES ANIMATION Wild Minds: The Golden Age of Animation by Reid Mitenbuler 

*****LITFIC SPORTS HORSES Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley . A horse, dog duck and boy in Paris. 

NONFIC On EDUCATION A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door by Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire 



POP CULTURE BIO MUSIC THEATER Mozart by Jan Swafford bio

POP CULTURE Can't Slow Down by Michaelangelo Matos 1984 pop music explosion 

WW II HISTORY Unsinkable by James Sullivan bio of USS Plunkett 

LITFIC REISSUE Ferdinand, the Man With The Kind Heart by Irmgard Keun 






LITFIC LGBT The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. 

THEATER LITFIC The Waste Land by Harper Jameson TS Eliot gets inspired after gay romance

HISTORY The Eagles Of Heart Mountain by Bradford Pearson (Japanese interned in camps in US play high school football against neighboring schools and kick ass. Then they get drafted. 

MYS CLASSIC The Man Who Didn't Fly by Margot Bennett 

SOCIAL JUSTICE How To Blow Up A Pipeline by Andreas Malm 


LITFIC A Swim In A Pond In The Rain by George Saunders -- russian masters and what he's learned


HISTORY TRAVEL Icebound by Andrea Pitzer 

BIO YA Gone To The Woods by Gary Paulsen 

MYS The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O'Donnell Victorian mys w duo of Cambridge dropout and inspector 

MYS Bryant and May: Oranges & Lemons by Christopher Fowler 

CURR EVENTS Freedom From The Market by Mike Konczal 

HISTORY -- the Crooked Path To Abolition by james Oakes on Lincoln using Constitution to undermine slavery


THEATER Faust Part One by Goethe new trans Ozsvath 

PHILOSOPHY Nietzsche by Stefan Zweig 

LITFIC SCIFI LOA Octavia Butler Kindred, Fledgling Stores LOA  


SCIENCE How To Prepare For Climate Change by David Pogue 

SCIENCE This Is The Voice by John Colapinto 

RELIGION AND ECONOMICS Religion and the Rise Of Capitalism by Benjamin M Friedman 

HISTORY: America and Iran: A History by John Ghazvinian  

SCIENCE Extraterrestrial by Avi Loeb top Harvard astronomer says we've just spotted an alien craft in our solar system

LITFIC Sophomores by Sean Desmond maybe LGBT 




FIC CHINA Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen short stories of China 

FIC THRILLER The Low Desert by Tod Goldberg author of Gangsterland MYS

CUR EVENTS Broke In America by Joanne Samuel Goldblum 

THEATER FIC  (got it)


THEATER MOVIES -- Mike Nichols by Mark Harris 

THEATER LGBT 100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell 

THEATER Funny Thing About Minnesota by Patrick Strait standup history 

MYS CLASSIC The Plague Court Murders by John Dickson carr reissue OTTO PENZLER 

RELIGION A Most Peculiar Book by Kristin Swenson 

LITFIC Foregone by Russell Banks 

LIT BESTSELLER HUMOR  -- Truly Like Lightning by David Duchovny 

SCI FI  Speculative Los Angeles edited by Denise Hamilton -- sci-fi compilation surrounding cities 


SCIENCE ESSAYS Probable Impossibilities by Alan Lightman 

SCIENCE CLIMATE Under A White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert 

HISTORY LGBT Gay Bar by Jeremy Atherton Lin history personal and cultural 

HISTORY George Washington: Political Rise by david O Stewart

HISTORY TRUE CRIME The Rope (birth of NAACP) by Alex Trezniowski



MYS SCI-FI The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey cloned wife kills husband

LITFIC How to Order The Universe by Maria Jose ferrada dad and daughter 

THEATER Aristophanes Four Plays trans Aaron Poochigian 

THEATER YA FANTASY -- The Memory Theater by Karen Tidbeck 

THEATER INDIGENOUS AMER COMEDY We Had A Little Real Estate Problem by Kliph Nesteroff

LITFIC -- Cowboy Graves -- Three Novellas by Roberto Bolano 


*********** MYS LITFIC Smoke by Joe Ide AN IQ NOVEL ********** 

SCIENCE The Genome Odyssey by Dr. Euan Angus Ashley 

THEATER Tom Stoppard by Hermione Lee 

HISTORY WW II Three Ordinary Girls: Netherlands underground teenagers fighting Nazis 

MARCH 2021


HISTORY The Barbizon by Paulina Bren history of women's only hotel/apt 

THEATER MAGIC Amoralman by Derek DelGaudio 

HISTORY The Complet Musashi Book of Five Rings by Musashi trans Alexander bennett

LITFIC NYRB Little Snow Landscape by Robert Walser 

HISTORY WOMEN Women in White Coats by Olivia Campbell 


LITFIC Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro narrator is AI 

HISTORY FEMINISM -- The Barbizon by Paulina Bren women's hotel 

POP CULTURE MUSIC The History Of Jazz by Ted Gioia 

FANTASY The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme 

 FANTASY MYS YA The Conductors by Nicole Glover  conductor on Underground railroad solves crimes in post Civil War Philly. Char of Color.


THEATER Midnight in Cairo by Raphael Cormack Cairo in 20s/30s w women flourishing in stage and screen

SCIENCE The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson CRISPR  

HISTORY WW I The Western Front History of the Great War 1914-1918 by Nick Lloyd 

SCIENCE __ Life's Edge by Carl Zimmer, how to define life 

SCIENCE HISTORY Beloved Beasts by Michelle Nijhuis history poof conservation movement 

BIO BAMA HISTORY Shaking The Gates Of Hell by John Archibald Birmingham Pulitzer winner 

LITFIC SHORT STORIES The Ghost Variations by Kevin Brockmeier short stories

TRUE CRIME LGBT Last Call queer serial killer by Elon Green 

CURR EVENTS MEDICINE The Hospital by Brian Alexander death of a small town hospital 

YA Things That Grow by Meredith Goldstein burying grandma, spreading ashes in garden

LITFIC CLASSIC SHORT STORIES Love and Youth by Ivan Turgenev


MOVIES -- Shooting Midnight Cowboy by Glenn Frankel 

RACE This Is The Fire by Don Lemon how I talk to my friends about race 

HISTORY The Measure Of Man by Lawrence Rothfield Florentine Renaissance 

HISTORY Terror To the Wicked by Tobey Pearl first jury trial in US

SHOWBIZ SANDBOX MOVIES Naked Screenwriting by Lew Hunter 

FOOD NASHVILLE Hot Hot Chicken by Rachel Louise Martin 

The Road Less Traveled by Philip Zelikow HISTORY WW I peace 


NEW YORK ORAL -- New Yorkers by Craig Taylor 

HISTORY TRAVEL -- Horizontal Vertigo by Juan Villoro history of Mexico City combined with current flavor 

TAX ECONOMICS RACE The Whiteness Of Wealth by Dorothy A Brown tax code



THEATER North by Shakespeare new theory by Michael Blanding

THEATER MUSIC Finding The raga by Amit Chaudhuri ESSAY 

LITFIC SHORT STORIES Stories With Pictures by Antonio Tabucci 

BASEBALL RACE Our Team by Luke Epplin Satchel Paige Cleveland Indians

SCIENCE NATURE Rescuing the Planet by Tony Hiss, setting aside 50% of earth to save it

SCIENCE BIRDS -- A World On The Wing by Scott Weidensaul bird migration global 

APRIL 2021


THEATER A Wonderful Guy by Eddie Shapiro interviews w leading men



LITFIC FAN Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian -- Indian American/decades spanning fantasy

HISTORY Valcour: 1776 Campaign That Saved The cause of History by Jack Kelly 

LITFIC LOA SHORT STORIES Jean Stafford complete stories 

THEATER MUSIC Last Chance texaco by Rickie Lee Jones granddaughter of vaudeville performers 

THEATER fearless by Hamilton star mandy gonzalez

LITFIC SHORT STORIES First Person Singular stories by Haruki Murakami 

YA LGBT The Sky Blue by Robbie Couch

YA The Anti Book by Raphael Simon 


THEATER FIC MYS Death of a Showman by Mariah Fredericks 

CURR EVENTS Jackpot How The Superrich Really Live by Michael Mechanic 

HISTORY Stampede Gold Rush by Brian Castner 


WAR POLITICS The generals have No Clothes by William M Arkin (endless war) 

POLITICS Social Security Works For Everyone by Nancy Altman etc

POLITICS Tax The Rich by Morris Pearl 

MOVIES The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock by Edward White 

YA THEATER Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve trans teen playing Romeo in high school prod

LITFIC Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick boys boarding school

SCI-FI The House of Styx by Derek Kunsken first in new series out on ebook 8-20-2020 and physical 4-13-2021


NYRB REISSUE SHORT STORIES Other Worlds by Teffi, folk tales etc 

SHORT STORIES Are You Enjoying by Mira Sethi Pakistani actress 

MEMOIR POP Crying In H Mart by Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast band

SHORT STORIES Florence Stories edited by Ellen Carr 

PHILOSOPHY HISTORY The Free World by Louis Menand (art and thought in the Cold War) 

THEATER PICTURE BOOK Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare's Globe UK Jane Ray illo 

FIC The Golden Ass new trans by Apuleius and Ellen Finkelpearl 


MYS WRITING How To Write A Mystery handbook by MWA Lee Childs 

THEATER GAY How Y'all Doing by Leslie Jordan Will & grace, one man shows, etc. 

THEATER Music Math and Mind by david Sulzer 

WESTERN Go West Young Man by JA Johnstone and William W Johnstone 


MAY 2021


LITFIC Monkey Boy by Francisco Goldman, much acclaim 

SCI-FI Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir of The Martian

LITFIC SHORT STORIES The Penguin Book Of The Modern American Short Story edited by John Freeman 

LITFIC LOA SHORT STORIES Donald Barthelme complete short stories 

MYS DEBUT CHINA Thief of Souls by Brian Klingborg

LITFIC Great Circle by maggie Shipstead female aviatrix 

SCI-FI Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon -- Afrofuturist sci-fi 

LITFIC NYRB REISSUE Motley Stones by Adalbert Stifter novellas 

ROYALTY -- The Windsor Diaries  by friend Of Elizabeth 1940-1945

THEATER TV BIO Sunshine Girl by Julianna Marguiles member of MCC board ER and The Good Wife 

THEATER YA -- Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson two teen girls head to NYC for Broadway show and crazy night 

HISTORY WOMEN The Secret history of Home Economics 

LITFIC The Radio Operator by Ulla Lenze 


LITFIC CHINA HISTORICAL  Swimming Back To Trout River by Linda Ru9 Feng

FANTASY CAIRO  Master Of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark steampunk Cairo 



LITFUC ESSAY Reflections of a Nonpolitical MAN     by THOMAS MANN

LITFIC WW II The Stars We Share by Rafe Posey book club ready romance

LITFIC FOLK SHORT STORIES Stories From The Hills Of Puerto Rico by Rafael Ocasio SHORT STORIES 

HISTORY -- The Indispensables by Patrick K O'Donnell Revolutionary War spotlight

LITFIC Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford  -- 1944 five people die but Spufford reanimates them

YA GAY Fence Disarmed by Sarah Rees Brennan fencing gay 

THEATER The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini novel in verse 

NATURE Water by Giulio Boccaletti biography of water and how it shaped history 

HISTORY War On The Border by Jeff Guinn (Villa v Pershing) 


FANTASY The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

WW II MYS SERIES DEBUT A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver

SHOWBIZ SANDBOX -- becoming a producer by Boris Kachka 

THEATER Footnotes by Caseen gaines Making of on Shuffle Along 

THEATER GAY ROMANCE Playing The Palace by Paul Rudnick 

YA FANTASY Shadows Over London by Christian Klaver Golden Compass-y they say

YA CLASSIC The Goldsmith and the Master Thief by Tonke Dragt Reissue 

HISTORY -- The Panzer Killers by Daniel P Bolger WW II 

JUNE 2021


HISTORY -- A True history of the United States by Daniel A Sjursen vet and west point teacher

LITFIC PREP SCHOOL NYC 1% -- The Portrait of a Mirror 
MEMOIR == Somebody's Daughter by Ashley Ford -- memoir endorsed by one and all. dad in prison,. boyfriend assaults you etc. 

SHOWBIZ SANDBOX -- becoming a producer by Boris Kachka 

HISTORY Americanon -- US history through secular bibles like Emily Post, Farmers Almanac etc by Jess McHugh

WESTERN -- Ridgeline by Michael Punke author of The Revenant 

HISTORY ******* The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox WWI prisoners pulling off one of the great escapes of all time 

HISTORY/BIO The Columnist: leaks lies and libel Drew Pearson by Donald A Ritchie 

CURRENT EVENTS LGBT The Case For Gay Reparations by Omar G Encarnacion 

LITFIC LOA SHORT STORIES Elizabeth Spencer Novels and Stories 

HISTORY RACE TRAVEL How The Word Is Passed by Clint Smith tour of US monuments 


HISTORY -- Forget The Alamo -- by Bryan Burrough etc three Texas historians debunk the Alamo 

LITFIC LGBT POC FAITH Rainbow Milk black adoptee of Jehovah's Witnesses

POP CULTURE Prince and the Parade and Sign O The Times Era Studio Sessions 1985 and 1986 by Duane Tudahl 

FANTASY -- The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava reid inspired by Hungarian and Jewish myths 


THEATER CIRCUS HISTORY Battle for The Big Top by Les Standiford 

THEATER LITFIC Morningside heights about Shakespearean scholar 


*****CURR EVENTS Last best Hope America in Crisis and Renewal by George Packer 

FANTASAY YA Wendy Darling Peter Pan universe by A.C. Wise 

******** NATURE The heartbeat of trees by Peter Wohllebin ********

TRUE CRIME The Truth AboutThe OJ Simpson Trial by F Lee Bailey

NOIR MYS The Killing Hills Appalachia 


HISTORY WW II -- Geniuses At Work by David A Price building digital computer Colossus

LGBT Yes Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage (film rights) 


THEATER POP Jayne Mansfield - The Girl Couldn't Help It by Eve Golden


JULY 2021 


THEATER American Vaudeville by Geoffrey Hilsabeck history of flourishing and sudden decline of vaudeville


LITFIC GAY Bolla by Pajtim Statovci 

MUSIC BIO Richard Marx Stories To Tell 

LITFIC GAY CLASSIC REIMAGINED Alec aka Scudder from maurice by William di Canzio

MYS Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby two ex-cons tracking down the killers of their sons, who were married. 




THEATER Inside Comedy by David Steinberg profiles of all the biggies

SCI-FI CLIMATE Appleseed by Matt Bell sci-fi speculative fiction climate crisis 


FANTASY She Who Became The Sun by Shelley parker-chan


THRILLER ***********

AUGUST 2021 


THEATER MYS Agatha Christie First Lady Of Crime essays 

THEATER LITFIC All's Well by Mona Awad theater prof in chronic pain putting on the Shakespeare comedy

HISTORY TRUE CRIME The Irish Assassins Victorian society by Julie Kavanaugh

MYS HISTORICAL August Leaves 1922: A Kiki Button mystery

THRILLER Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka -- five assassins on train. Fun!! 




LITFIC NATURE Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy 

CURRENT EVENTS -- Student Resistance In The Age of Chaos Book 1 and 2 by Mark Edelman Boren 


NONFIC WOMEN HISTORY CRUISE Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women...

THEATER FIC The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison the Ziegfeld Follies

POLITICS ESSAYS Out On A Limb by Andrew Sullivan

LITFIC The Republic Of False Truths by Alaa Al Aswany fic set in Egypt Spring, banned

YA LGBT-ish -- Rainbow in The Dark by Sean McGinty never id's gender 

MYS CLASSIC Jim Hanvey, Detective by Octavus Roy Cohen REISSUE


THEATER -- Rude Talk In Athens ninfic on comedy plays by Mark Haskell Smith 

PARADE SPORTS BIO All in by Billie Jean King 

THEATER GAY BALLET MEMOIR Center Center by James Whiteside principal ABT

LITFIC Gordo by Jaime Cortez


LITFIC HISTORICAL The Women of Troy by Pat Barker 

LITFUC SHORT STORIES DEBUT WMAN Something Wonderful by Jo Lloyd

FANTASY A Heart Divided Legends of the Condor b Jin Yong 

MYS SERIES Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger 



HISTORY WAR The Afghanistan Papers -- what went wrong by Craig Whitlock

LITFIC RAVES Moon and the Mars by Kia Corthron 

MYS TV TIE IN HOLMES Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche  



THEATER  MUSIC REF The Jazz Standards by Ted Gioia (second edition) 

THEATER Pick A Pocket Or Two: A History Of British Musical Theatre by Ethan Morden 

THEATER Breaking Into Song Why You Shouldn't Hate Musicals by UK director


YA Willodeen by Katherine Applegate 


MEMOIR HISTORY POC Three Girls From Bronzeville 

HISTORY WAR TEEN The Last Viking by Don Holloway BIO

HISTORY Cuba by Ada Ferrer 

LITFIC The Magician by Colm Toibin (book about Thomas Mann) 

LITFIC POP MUSIC The Great Glorious Goddamn Of It All by artist Josh Ritter 

THEATER MOVIE Reginald Rose and the Journey of 12 Angry Men by Phil Rosenzweig

MYS WW II Road of Bones by james R Benn a Billy Boyle mys  

PHILOSOPHY CLASSIC NEW TRANS Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard new trans 

PHILOSOPHY CLASSIC NEW TRANS Being and Nothingness Sartre


+CURR EVENTS -- Overtime: Why We Need A Shorter Work Week  

LITFIC FRENCH HISTORICAL Civilizations by Laurent Binet French author bestseller 


LITFIC NATIVE AMERICANS the Ghost dancers by Adrian C Louis

SHORT STORIES THe Best Short Stories of 2021 O'Henry Awards 

LOA YA CLASSICS Virginia Hamilton Five Novels (but also read MC Higgins The Great) 

MYTHS WOMEN The Heroine With 1001 Faces by maria Tatar of Harvard 

SHORT STORIES MYS The Mysterious Bookshop Presents Best Mystery Stories of 2021 edited by Lee Child

XMAS SHORT STORIES IRELAND A Very Irish Christmas Toibin, Yeats etc

HISTORY CURR EVENTS POLITICS Generation Occupy by Michael Levitin influence of Occupy Wall Street 

HISTORY WAR Humane by Samuel Moyn ethics of war 

MUSIC BIO Mellencamp by Paul Rees

LITFIC Tenderness by Alison macleod fic about writing of censorship and rescue of Lady Chatterley's Lover


PHILO The Right To Sex -- Oxford young female poc 

FATHER SON LITFIC CLIMATE Bewilderment by Richard Powers

LITFIC Red Milk by Sjon 

FANTASY Under The Whispering Door by TJ Clune last chance, live life


YA FAITH HISTORICAL The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo 

FIC SCIENCE When We cease To Understand The World NYRB 

\THEATER SCIFIU Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki -- violinist must take on six prodigies and convince them to trade their soul for success. Last one is trans genius. 

THEATER?MAGICIANS?YA Before We Disappear assistants to competing magicians fall for each other 

LITFIC Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr 

LITFIC Chronicles From The land Of The happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka 



HISTORY, DIARY The Glory and the Sorrow a Parisian diary edited by Timothy tackett 


HISTORY BIO Invisible Child eight years in the life of a girl born into poverty in Brooklyn 

HUMOR MEMOIR A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris 

POP CULTURE Major Labels by Kalefa Sanneh -- history of music by genre New Yorker guy 

LITFIC CLASSIC Olav Audunsson II Providence new trans 

LGBT POP GRANDPARENTS KENTUCKY ADDICTION -- Needlework by Julia Watts, teen kid who loves to quilt, cook and watch The Golden Girls w his grandmother

THEATER -- Smile The Story Of A Face by Sarah Ruhl memoir about bell's palsy by playwright 

THEATER __ Noel Coward On (and In) Theatre by Noel Coward 

BIO POP CUL GAY CURRENT EVENTS A Tale Of Two Omars by Omar Sharif Jr

YA DOGS LEGEND How To Train Your Dad by gary Paulsen 

CLASSIC REISSUE The selected stories of guy de maupassant 

CLASSIC  GRAPHI NOVEL CLASSIC Night Fisher by R Kikuo Johnson


POP HISTORY Music Is History by Questlove 

MOVIES TV MEMOIR The Boys by Ron Howard and bro

BESTSELLER NATURE On Animals by Susan Orlean 

**********FAITH FIC The First Christmas by Stephen Mitchell 

FAITH BIO Muhammad The World Changer 

LITFIC THEATER ***** When Two Feathers Fell From The Sky by Maragret Verble  
The First Christmas by Stephen Mitchell
YA CATS SHIPS PIRATES PERIOD Clarice The Brave by Lisa McMann 

BESTSELLER An Irish Country Yuletide by Patrick Taylor 

CLASSIC TRANS A Guardian Angel Recalls WW II


MOVIES HISTORY Colorization -- 100 years of black movies in a white world

BIO MEMOIR Angela Davis (of Birmingham, AL) 

CURR EVENTS One Fair Wage by Saru Jayaraman 

HISTORY -- The White Ship by Charles Spencer turning point in British history 

THEATER CURR EVENTS Our Class by Chris Hedges teacher in prison, putting on play 

HISTORY Liberty Is Sweet  by Woody Holton Amer revo from perspective of women, indigenous etc.

MOVIES DAVID Leave The Gun Take The Cannoli making of Godfather


THEATER MEMOIR Noel Coward On and In Theatre 

THEATER MEMOIR -- Baggage by Alan Cumming 

FICTION: How Do You Live by Genzaburo Yoshino Jap YA inspired Miyazaki 

FIC MYS Five Decembers by James Kestrel 

FICTION HISTORICAL -- The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven 

FICTION FOOD PERIOD Miss Eliza's English Kitchen -- Victorian women revolutionize cooking and cookbooks 

WESTERN XMAS Silver trails Christmas new genre from writing team 

FICTION ESSAY How To Live What To Do -- understanding ourselves via great characters in lit by james Baldwin, Virginia Woolf etc. 


The Age of Eisenhower bio 
Agent Running In The Field by John Le Carre 
Amatka sci-fi female 
American Moonshot b Douglas Brinkley history of space race 
And Then We Danced -- memoir history dance by New Yorker writer Henry Alford 
Angel Mage by Garth Nix fantasy 
Anniversaries by Uwe Johnson German fiction epic 1600+ pages 
The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 
Arrowood -- Holmes competitor
Augustown -- Jamaican novel 
Autumn Light by Pico Iyer nonfic on Japanese culture and grief 
The Battle For Beverly Hills -- history
Bearskin by James McLaughlin lit thriller
The Beauties Chekhov short stories new trans
Before The Fall -- thriller by creator of TV Fargo
Behemoth: A History of the Factory 
The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 4 (2018/19) edited Neil Clarke
Big Sky thriller by Kate Atkinson 
Binstead's Safari by Rachel Ingalls author of Mrs. Caliban 2-26-2019
Black Edge -- business nonfic hedge fund shenanigans
Black Flags Blue Waters -- history pirates US
Black Shack Alley by Jospeh Zobel Penguin reissue 
Blood Grove by Walter Mosley Easy Rawlins 
Blood Moon Cherokee nation history two rivals
The Book Of Disquiet new edition
Born A Crime Trevor Noah
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken litfic 2-5-2019
Boys Of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson 
A Bright Ray of darkness by Ethan Hawke 
The Brothers York by Thomas Penn 
Bryant and May Hall of Mirrors
Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber
The Butchering Art medicine history
Career of Evil (Robert Galbraith mys)
Central Station
Chicago by David Mamet
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir (book club fiction)
The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen mys reissue
A Christmas Carol and other Christmas stories by Charles Dickens
City On Fire
Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s edited by Leslie S Klinger 
The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbjornsen and Moe 
Conclave by Robert Harris Vatican thriller 
Confessions of the Flesh by Foucault 
The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett 
A Country Road, A Tree follow-up to Longbourne 
A Crisis Wasted by Reed Hundt Obama CURR EVENTS 4-2-2019 
The Crooked Hinge by JOhn Dickson Carr reissue Amer Mys Classics
Darwin's Backyard science history PW PICK 9-5
Daughter Of The Pirate King (ya fantasy)
Days Without End -- gay historical fic Sebastian Barry 
D-Day Girls history of WW II by Sarah Rose 
Death Going Down (mystery) 
Death on the Aisle a Mr and Mrs North mystery 3-5-2019 THEATER 
The Deviant's War by Eric Cervini gay history of fight for rights 
Dodge City (popular history)
Drive -- nonfiction about early years of auto industry
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of The dead Polish mystical mystery by Olga Tokarczuk 
Duino Elegies by Rilke new trans 
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Elena Ferrante
Empire of Cotton
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave 
Fall or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson 
False Witness by karin Slaughter 
Farthest Field 
Fifth Sun: A New History Of The Aztecs 
The Fine Art of Murder
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah short stories
Future Home of the Living God dystopia by Louise Erdrich 
Galileo's Error by Philip Goff 
A Gentleman In Moscow -- lit fic
The Gilded Razor
The Girl at the Baggage Claim (social commentary East-West) 
Gods of the Upper air by Charles King SCIENCE HISTORY Frank Boas margaret Mead 
Golden Age Of Detective Stories edited by Otto Penzler  
The Good Daughter Karin Slaughter 
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Green by Sam Graham-Felsen
Hallelujah Anyway Anne Lamott -- 4-4
The Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood
Here Comes The Sun -- fic debut
Heroes Of The Frontier by Dave Eggers  
A High Five For Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner QUEER SPORTS MIDDLE GRADE 
H is for Hawk
History Of Violence by Eduard louis
Holding by Graham Norton
Home By Nightfall Mys London period
Home sweet Homicide by Craig Rice mys reissue 
House Of Names by Colm Toibin
How To Survive A Plague 
How To Survive A Summer (gay conversion camp)
Huck out West -- by Robert Coover
I'll Have What She's Having -- Nora Ephron rom-com 
The Impeachers history of Andrew Johnson impeachment by Brenda Wineapple 
Indecent Advances by James Polchin history of queer sex crimes before Stonewall 
Infomocracy (not on Kindle) 
In West Mills by De-shawn Charles Winslow litfic black community 1940s-80s 
The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende
Joe Gould's Teeth 
K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner  
Katharine Of Aragon -- Alison Weir fiction
Last Stories by William Trevor 
Last Witnesses kid oral history by Svetlana Alexievich 
Leading men by Christopher Castellani THEATER fi on Tennessee Williams and lover 
The Lessons of Ubuntu nonfic on race 
Lie With Me gay french novel trans by Molly Ringwald 
A Little Life
**********The Long-Legged Fly by James Sallis mys classic reissue introing Lew Griffin #1-6
9/10, 10/15, two on 11/12, two on 12/3
Lost and Gone Forever Alex Grecian mystery
The Lost Art of Scripture by karen Armstrong FAITH
The Lost Boys by 4-2-2019 famous psychological experiment in 1950s
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Loving, Caught, Back all by Henry Green reissue NYRB
Manhattan Beach by jennifer egan
The Man Who Spoke Snakish
Mapp Lucia reissues Worshipful and Queen and Lucia
The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
Melmoth by Sarah perry author of Essex Serpent
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
Middle England by Jonathan Coe
The Mirror Thief
Mister Monkey -- fiction/theater 
Mrs. Engels
My German Brother by Chico Barques, Brazilian pop star
My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah new Poirot
Ninefox Gambit (not on Kindle)
Nine Lives new Mys series Wendy Corsi Staub
The Nix
Nobody does It Better oral history of james Bond by Edward Gross Mark A Altman
Noir by Christopher Moore
The Novel of Ferrara by Giorgio Bassani (six volume epic)
Number one Chinese Restaurant lit fic
The Odyssey by Emily Wilson trans 
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpal 
The Old Man in The Corner: The teahouse Detective vol 1 mys by baroness Orczy reissue 
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout 
On Democracy by EB White 5-7-2019 reissue 
On Streisand by Ethan Mordden 
Our Man by george Packer bio of Richard Holbrooke politico 5-7-2019 
The Paper Menagerie
Passing by Nella Larsen
Patriot Number One -- bio/curr events Chinese activist
The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre history of Myers-Briggs 
Phase Six by Jim Shepard -- pandemic 
Pirate Utopia sci-fi fantasy by Bruce Sterling
The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan by Stuart Palmer mys reissue
The Red Lamp by mary Rinehart mys reissue
Renoir's Dancer history
Requiem for the American Dream -- Noam Chomsky
Richard Nixon bio John Farrell
Rilke in Paris trans in English
Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay LITFIC PENGUIN CLASSIC LGBT BLACK
Room To Dream David Lynch
The Sacred Hunt Duology 
The Science of Middle Earth 
The Season Social History of Debutante by Kristen Richardson
Secondhand Time
Shark Drunk -- two guys true story catch shark, makes em drunk!
The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
The Ship of Dreams Titanic by Gareth Russell
Shoot For The Moon by James Donovan nonfic space race Apollo 11
Silver sword and Stone -- a lens on Latin America by historian marie Arana
Sing Unburied Sing litfic 9-5
The 6:41 To Paris
Sleeping Giants (not on Kindle)
The Soul Of An Octopus
Speak No Evil litfic by Iweala
The Spirit Photographer his fic 
A Sportsmans Notebook by Ivan Turgenev
Spring by Ali Smith litfic third in quartet 
Squeezed current events economics  
Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman nonfic NYRB
The Stone Reader NYT philosophy column
The Stranger In The Woods -- RS reporter on hermit
Strangers In Their Own Land -- nonfic look at American right on ground level
Substitute -- Nicholson Baker memoir sub teacher 
A Summer With Montaigne essays by Antoine Compagnon 
Superior: The Return Of Race Science by Angela Saini science cur events 5-21-2019 
Swing Time Zadie Smith
The Sympathizer
Tell Them Of Battles, Kings and Elephants by Mathias Enard
That Thin Wild Mercury Sound by Daryl Sanders making of Blonde on Blonde
There There -- litfic urban Native Americans
Thirteen Ways Of Looking 
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar FANTASY 
This Storm by James Ellroy 
Thrice The Brinded cat Hath Mewed new flavia de luce
The Tide -- popular science on tides
To Fight Against This Age --fascism essays
Tomorrow's Kin  sci-fi alien first contact
Too Like The Lightning
Twelve Kings (fantasy)  
Twenty Years After by Dumas new trans of Three Musketeers by Lawrence Ellsworth  
Valley Of Genius Silicon Valley by Adam Fisher history tech
Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
Victorian Fairy Tales edited by Michael Newton
Vision Quest (ya)
We'll Always Have Casablanca (pop culture)
We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It Irish memoir 3-5-2019
When Einstein Walked With Godel science essays by Jim Holt 
Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri 
Where The Crawdads Sing litfic
Why Superman Doesnt Take Over The World -- using comics to explain economic ideas 
The White Ghost by James R Benn WW II Mys
Winter -- Ali Smith
Winter in Wartime by Jan terlouw YA WW II NYRB
With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X)
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands -- autobio of nurse
Young Radicals -- nonfic about six radicals prior to WW I
The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford
Yvgeny Onegin -- new trans of Pushkin