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Whether you agree or disagree with the amount of attention and praise being thrown at Jonathan Franzen, it sounds as though his new novel is worth reading.

My husband bought me a Kindle for my birthday yesterday (the latest version is backordered and I am DYING to get my hands on it!) and when it arrives, Freedom will be my first download.

Freedom: A Novel

Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel comes nine years after his bestselling The Corrections. Freedom, narrated by David LeDoux, is a dark comedy that revolves around a family. I read The Corrections and the writing was very good, but the subject matter was too close that of a close friend of mine and that colored my emotional reaction to it. I am hoping that I will be able to fully enjoy Freedom.

Jonathan Franzen FreedomMockingjay

Suzanne Collins has finally released the last novel in the wildly popular Hunger Games trilogy (narrated by Carolyn McCormick). While it is classified as YA, I know I love the series and so do several other adults. I read the first one to appease my son when he insisted that I do so.

The story was engaging; the characters were fascinating. Well worth the time and effort. Mockingjay is getting mixed reviews, but I am only a few pages into it. I’ll comment in our forum when I finish with my impressions.

Spider Bones

This is the latest from the author of the wildly popular Dr. Temperance Brennan series of forensic crime procedurals (narrated by Linda Emond). I love the books as well as the TV show, Bones that is loosely based on the books. In this outing, Dr. Brennan investigates a drowning death in Quebec… but it seems that the corpse is that of someone who was declared dead over forty years ago. Shortly afterwards another set of bones is recovered and again tentatively identified as the same person. Three corpses; one identity. Dr. Brennan is going to be very busy.

A Journey: My Political Life

Tony Blair authored and narrated this autobiography of his years in British politics. He discusses his role in changing government, the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, as well as the war on terror. It is always most interesting to read about people in their own words…

The Disappearing Spoon:

And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.
This one grabs me from the title alone. The nonfiction book by Sean Kean (narrated by Sean Runnette) takes the periodic table and jumps off into a series of scientific tangents. Honestly, I may read it for the title alone.

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