Book Log

Colleen Gordon

Course Log



John Gordon

Photo Gallery


Colleen Gordon
Deb Cooper
Heather Gordon

Books I Read in 2014

January, 2014
The Tale of Despereaux being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread Kate DiCamillo
    Wonderful story! Read with my 4 and 5 year old sons.
Indiscretion Charles Dubow
    Decent first novel. Page turner.
Wonder R.J. Palazio
    Excellent first novel.
Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player, 2nd Edition Lev Alburt and Sam Palatnik
    Good stuff. Lots of games, good analyses.
Someone Alice McDermott
    Superior story-telling.
Dirty Love Andre Dubus III
    Very well done. Four stories delicately connected.
February, 2014
Charming Billy Alice McDermott
    Very superior story-telling. Deeply affecting.
Evil Eye Joyce Carol Oates
    Four variably frightening love-gone-wrong stories.
Get Rich Carefully James J. Cramer
    Entertaining, informative read from experienced stock investing teacher and guru. Let's see if it works!
Flora & Ulysses Kate DiCamillo
    Read to two older sons. Fun, likable characters, including a star superhero, poetry-writing squirrel.
March, 2014
Your Best Brain Ever, A Complete Guide and Workout Michael S. Sweeney
    Broad review of the basics. Lots of encouraging tips.
Love and Math, The Heart of Hidden Reality Edward Frenkel
    Inspirational. Want to learn more math.
The Good Lord Bird James McBride
    The story of abolitionist John Brown told most imaginatively by a freed slave boy masquerading as a girl.
It Starts With Food Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
    Informative. Inspirational.
April, 2014
Up, How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging Hilary Tindle, M.D., M.P.H.
    Cogent. Greater positive outlook leads to better health. How do we all get there?
Heidi Johanna Spyri
    Classic, moving story read to my sons.
From Here to Eternity James Jones
    Iconic masterwork examines the lives and psyches of some of our 1940 peace time Army in Hawaii.
The Perfect Theory, A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity Pedro G. Ferreira
    Fascinating history and analysis by Oxford astrophysics professor.
May, 2014
Kinder Than Solitude Yiyun Li
    Lives of three young friends forever sadly redirected by an ultimately fatal poisoning. Murder? Very well written.
The Childhood of Jesus J. M. Coetzee
    Mysterious, intriguing.
Off Course Michelle Huneven
Labor Day Joyce Maynard
    Yes! From the unlikely, the far-fetched there eventually, gracefully emerges glory.
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
    Classic first English style novel about Nigeria by a Nigerian. Moving story.
June, 2014
The Rehearsal Eleanor Catton
    Superbly constructed, deliciously written, brilliant first novel!
Mighty Fitz, The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald Michael Schumacher
    Good story and analysis of the tragedy and its aftermath. Lake Superior, November 10, 1975.
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton
    Masterpiece of story telling! Brilliantly constructed and very cleverly and originally executed. Big congrats to Ellie Catton, our new youngest Man Booker Prize winner (2013)!
July, 2014
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
    Magical! Voted Best of the Booker in 2008.
Can't and Won't Lydia Davis
    Fun read. Original. Short short story expert demo.
August, 2014
The Cookbook Collector Allegra Goodman
    Entertaining page-turner.
Gorky Park Martin Cruz Smith
    Introducing the inimitable Russian inspector Arkady Renko.
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
    On being a non-American Black in America and Nigeria.
September, 2014
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami (translated by Philip Gabriel)
    Great page turner!
Creating Mission, Ten Decisions that Framed Birchwood School Charles Debelak
    The dedicated and brilliant founder of Birchwood School tells the inside story of the birth, growth and plan for the future of this small, private, unique and wonderful educational institution.
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis Lydia Davis
    Diverse, unique pieces.
October, 2014
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
    Rather extraordinary story, very well told.
The Orphan Master's Son Adam Johnson
    Bold, irresistible page-turner! Totalitarian North Korean horror story from which blossoms a true love story. Couldn't put it down.
All the Birds, Singing Evie Wyld
    Tragic, disturbing tale, very well told. Alternate chapters tell two parts of the story, one part moving backwards in time so, with perfect timing, it ends at the beginning.
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
    Good long story.
November, 2014
Child of my Heart Alice McDermott
    Loved it. Simple but very moving story told insightfully, gently, gracefully.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan
    Real page turner. Love and war.
Harvest Jim Crace
    Intriguing, very well told tale of a long-ago, remote village consisting of a landowner and his tenants whose suspicions, misinterpretations and moral ambiguity lead to its destruction.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Joshua Ferris
    Funny, fun read. Dentistry, relationships and religion, with a side of baseball.
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
    Two stories, told alternately, intersect unexpectedly.
December, 2014
The Best American Short Stories 2014 eds. Jennifer Egan, Heidi Pitlor
    Twenty wonderful stories.
Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas Patrick Modiano, translated from French by Mark Polozzotti
    Three nostalgic Parisian musings by our 2014 Nobel laureate.
The Door in the Wall Marguerite de Angeli
    Wonderful story of heroic success despite disability. Read to my 5 and 6 year old sons. 1950 Newbery Medal winner.
Then We Came to the End Joshua Ferris
    Thoroughly brilliant first novel! Hilarious heartbreaker. Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner.

Greg Gordon MD, CFII