Literature, Biographies/Memoirs, History (and others)

Below is a list of books on which I’ve written reviews.  Each book listed has a hotlink to the review I’ve written on that book.

Constant Nobody, by Michelle Butler Hallett

The North West Passage, by Roald Amundsen Vols 1&2

My Journey to Lhasa, by Alexandra David-Neel

Red Dress in Black and White, by Elliot Ackerman

By Water Beneath the Walls, by Ben Milligan

Nine Years Among the Indians 1870-1879, by Herman Lehmann

The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish

The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray, by Jorge Amado

Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes

Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne

Prairie Fires – The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser

Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry 

By Honor Bound – How Navy SEALs, the Medal of Honor, and a Story of Extraordinary Courage, by Tom Norris and Mike Thornton, with Dick Couch

The Plague, by Albert Camus

Memoirs of a White Crow Indian, by Thomas Leforge with Thomas Marquis

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

The Beauty of a Darker Soul, by Joshua Mantz

Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

Waiting for Eden, by Elliot Ackerman

A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

Rubicon, by Steven Saylor

Sea Stories – my Life in Special Operations, by Adm Bill McRaven

Tatoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle 

Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield

Once an Eagle, by Anton Myrer

Tinkers, by Paul Harding

The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera

Come on Shore and We will Kill and Eat you ALL – a New Zealand Story, by Christina Thompson

The Bone People, by Keri Hulme

Island of the Lost – Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World, by Joan Druett

Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro 

Ride with me, Mariah Montana, by Ivan Doig

Jack London, Sailor on Horseback, by Irving Stone

Circe, by Madeline Miller


Dog Company – the Boys of Pointe du Hoc, by Patrick O’Donnell

Beyond Band of Brothers, by Major Dick Winters

The Guns at Last Light, by Rick Atkinson

D-Day through German Eyes, by Holger Eckhertz

Pegasus Bridge, by Stephen Ambrose

D- Day, by Stephen Ambrose 

The Longest Day, by Cornelius Ryan

Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Jungle Rules, by Paul Shemella 

Shantung Compound – The Story of Men and Women under Pressure, by Langdon Gilkey

Billy Lynn’s Long Half-time Walk, by Ben Fountain

The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker

Hiking with Nietzsche – On Becoming Who You Are, by John Kaag

Crux, by Jean Guerrero

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, by Peter Godwin

Eternal Life, by Dara Horn

Ransom, by David Malouf

Void Star, by Zachary Mason 

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Trident, by Jason Redman

Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner

Wine and War, by Don and Petie Kladstrup

A War of Shadows, by W. Stanley Moss

Ice Capades –  A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey by Sean Avery

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Wood

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Ill Met by Moonlight, by W. Stanley Moss

Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis

Rifleman Dodd, by C.S. Forrester

The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro, by Rick Ridgeway

Green Hills of Africa, by Ernest Hemingway

The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy

Super Consciousness, by Colin Wilson

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

Footsteps of Elephant Bill, by Susan Williams

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

Waking Up – A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, by Sam Harris

The General, by C.S. Forester

Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire

Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind, by  Yuval Noah Harari

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

Elephant Company, by Vicki Constantine Croke

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Gilead, by Marilynn Robinson

English Creek, by Ivan Doig

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Our Town – A Play in Three Acts, by Thornton Wilder

I’m Staying with My Boys – The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Baseline, USMC by Proser with Cutter

The Revenant, by Michael Punke

The Deep Blue Good-by, by John D. MacDonald

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren 

Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

Going After Cacciato, by Tim O’Brien

A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Cider House Rules, by John Iriving

Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson

The Game of Life and How to Play It, by Florence Shinn

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Tijuana Straits, by Kem Nunn

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan

Dancing at the Rascal Fair, by Ivan Doig

Euphoria by Lily King

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Border Music by Robert Waller

Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende

From Here to Eternity by James Jones

Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand

Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot by Bruce and Andrea Leinginger and Ken Gross

A million Miles in a Thousand Years – How I learned to live a better story, by Donald Miller

Synchronicity by Joseph Jaworski

The Pearl, by John Steinbeck

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

The Northwest Passage, by Kenneth Roberts

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

A Small Place, by Jamaica Kincaid

The below books are all listed one after another and the reviews can be seen by clicking here.

  • Pearl in the Storm,  by Tori McClure

  • Jim  Bridger Mountain Man, by Stanley Vestal

  • Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck

  • Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

  • Cities of the Plain, by Cormac McCarthy

  • War, by Sebastian Junger

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