Here is my August reading wrap-up in five-word “reviews.”
True Grit by Charles Portis: rare case movie was better
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: excess, snobbery almost ruin love
The Last Man by Mary Shelley: lonely rambling epic of philosophy
Friends and Relations by Elizabeth Bowen: dense prose describes English families
The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith: Isabel Dalhousie solves, philosophizes again
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: boring, misogynistic, overhyped hero story
Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl: Learning to cook while stressed
They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell: 1918 influenza devastates Bunny’s family
So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell: regrets, we’ve had a few
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King: what happened to Sherlock’s personality?
What did you read in August? Have you read any of these?