- The Drawing of the Dark, by Tim Powers - This is a reread for me. Historical fantasy/fiction that takes place during the siege of Vienna. A wonderful book that connects a number of dispersed European mythic figures. The 'dark' in the title refers to some very special beer.
- The Cave and the Light, by Arthur Herman - Not the first time I mentioned it and probably not the last time I'll refer to it. This was simply a great book for organizing various philosophical schools of thought. The idea behind it is that western philosophy can be seen as a very long argument between Plato and Aristotle. Highly recommended.
- The Plague by Albert Camus - A plague hits the town of Oran and the entire town is quarantined. Camus uses the closed of town as a metaphor for life. Every one is trapped there with the constant threat of life. How do they handle it? Who do they blame for it? Very good book.
- The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford - This is a long first person account and it gave me trouble. There wasn't quite enough plot or dialogue to hold on to me. This is supposed to be a very good novel but I came away disappointed. (This could be the era. It reminded me of Henry James' 'Portrait of a Lady', which I also didn't like.)
Black is My Favorite Color by Malamud - very sad
Ancestor Money by McHugh - good
The Mad Talmudist by Peretz - interesting
The Fluted Girl by Backgalupi - very good
The Wife by Singh - good
Why I Became a Plumber by Maitland - lovely
Signs and Symbols by Nabakov - interesting