Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

Fiction

Collected Works of Wallace Stegner

Book Number: 
781
Date Fred Read: 
November 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Wallace Stegner
Total Pages: 
525
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year: 
1990

Wallace Stegner (1909 – 1993) was an American novelist, short story writer, environmentalist, and historian, often called "The Dean of Western Writers". He won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose and the 1977 U.S. National Book Award for The Spectator Bird.  Read more

Montana 1948: A Novel

Book Number: 
779
Date Fred Read: 
October 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Larry Watson
Total Pages: 
169
Publisher: 
Milkweed Editions
Year: 
2007

Larry Watson won The Milkweed National Fiction Prize and The Mountains and Plains Bookseller Association Regional Book Award for creating a completely new American classic, an evocation of a time, a place, and more: a story whose pages will not stop turning - its characters will not let them.  Read more

The Short Novels of John Steinbeck

Book Number: 
771
Date Fred Read: 
August 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
John Steinbeck
Total Pages: 
624
Publisher: 
Penguin Classics
Year: 
2009

This 2009 Deluxe Edition doesn't include the 9-pp Introduction of the 1953 Viking edition (the one I've read). The six short novels by John Steinbeck (1902-1968), with publication dates in parentheses, are: Tortilla Flat (1935), The Red Pony (1933), Of Mice and Men (1937), The Moon Is Down (1942), Cannery Row (1945), & The Pearl (1948).  Read more

Life of Pi

Book Number: 
763
Date Fred Read: 
July 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Yann Martel
Total Pages: 
319
Publisher: 
Mariner
Year: 
2001

Yann Martel, the son of diplomats, was born in Spain in 1963. He grew up in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Alaska, and Canada and as an adult has spent time in Iran, Turkey, and India. He studied philosophy in college. He worked odd jobs until he began earning his living as a writer. This international bestseller won the Man Booker Prize and became a movie.  Read more

The One and Only Ivan

Book Number: 
755
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
303
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year: 
2015

This unforgettable novel by Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. It is a work of fiction, but the inspiration for this imagined tale lies in a true story. This bestseller received well-deserved awards.  Read more

Adaline Shooting Star

Book Number: 
754
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Mary Pope Osborne
Total Pages: 
169
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Year: 
2000

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of many distinguished books, in almost every genre, for children and young adults. She is a past president of the Author’s Guild. This book was loaned to me by the girl I mentioned in book 753. I loaned her 'The New World of Mr. Tompkins' (book 471).  Read more

A Wrinkle in Time

Book Number: 
753
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
245
Publisher: 
Square Fish
Year: 
2007

This is the first book by Madeleine L’ Engle (1918 – 2007) of her ‘classic’ Time Quintet. A Wrinkle in Time was a best seller, won the 1963 Newbery Medal, and was made into a movie. It is a fantasy novel, but it has also been called a science fiction novel. An amazing third-grade girl who is very interested in math and science loaned me this book. In turn I loaned her Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe (book 745).  Read more

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Book Number: 
746
Date Fred Read: 
March 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
326
Publisher: 
Mariner
Year: 
2006

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. His books have won numerous awards and were translated into 36 languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Read more

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of his Window and Disappeared

Book Number: 
737
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Jonas Jonasson
Total Pages: 
384
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Year: 
2012

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for many years, became a media consultant and later the founder of a sporting events production company for Swedish television. After selling his company, he moved abroad to work on his first novel. This book (737) was an international bestseller.  Read more

Island

Book Number: 
731
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
354
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Year: 
2009

This 1962 novel by Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) proposes the remote utopian Pacific island of Pala, which is his idea of what is required to achieve such an ideal nation. It includes a conspiracy of new “modern” events that lead to the end of the Palan way. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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