Pontoon

September 27, 2008

Author: Garrison Keillor
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Viking

Started: 9/27/08
Completed: 10/1/08

This was a gift from the Lovely Karen. It is another Lake Woebegon novel. I’ve been a long-time Keillor fan, so I was looking forward to this one. And I was quiet satisfied. This is a great book.

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Our Iceberg is Melting

September 26, 2008

Author: John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Started: 9/26/08
Completed: 9/27/08

This was a gift from my friend Cy Smith, the GIS Coordinator in Oregon, at the end of his term as President of NSGIC. He gave a copy to each of us who served on the Board of Directors during his term. Its subtitle is “Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions.”

Commonwealth

September 19, 2008

Author: Joey Goebel
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage

Started: 9/18/08
Completed: 9/26/08

The cover says this is about a modern American political campaign.It has comedy, but also a serious side and a metaphysical side. A good, thick, modern examination of American life.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Pantheon Books

Started: 9/13/08
Completed: 9/18/08

This is another in the venerable “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series of gentle mystery novels. these are set in Botswana and feature the clever and philosophical detective Mma Ramotswe who solves mysteries with a combination of determination, observation and homespun wisdom. always a pleasure.

The Electric Michelangelo

September 7, 2008

Author: Sarah Hall
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Faber and Faber

Started: 9/6/08
Completed: 9/13/08

This is a story about a man who leads a curiously solitary life as a skilled tattoo artist. It follows him from youth to old age as he grows up in a shabby English sea-side resort, apprentices to a crabby older artist, moves to America and Cony Island and ultimately back to England to settle into old age. It is what I would call a lyrical novel, with description and action interspersed with ruminations on life, art, nature, and mankind.

Breakfast With Buddha

September 1, 2008

Author: Roland Merullo
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Algonquin

Started: 9/1/08
Completed: 9/6/08

This was another that I judged by its cover. It’s not showing here yet; LibraryThing’s cover API doesn’t have a cover to share yet (I left the link in case one is added). The cover I bought  shows a part of a traditional roadside diner table setting; sugar jar, paper-napkin holder and mustard and ketchup dispensers. But the salt and pepper shakers are little fat, Happy Buddha statues.

The book itself is a road-trip/self-discovery novel. It has a nice mix of humor and metaphysics. A very pleasant and enlightening read!