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Books I Read in 2023

January 2023
How the World Really Works -The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We're Going Vaclav Smil
    Don't panic about climate change. Relax and read this interesting, informative book.
Nation of Victims Vivek Ramaswamy
    An important read. Let's stop trying to become the most victimized. Instead, let's be underdogs who rise to excellence!
Nights of Plague Orahan Pamuk, translated (Turkish) by Ekin Oklap
    Masterful! Pamuk is one our world's greatest story tellers.
Babysitter Joyce Carol Oates
    Suspenseful. Spellbinding. Couldn't put it down.
Who is Rich? Matthew Klam
    Delightfully daring, multilayered debut novel!
Getting Lost Annie Ernaux, translated (French) by Alison L. Strayer
    Memoir of a love affair with a married man, 30 years ago.
February 2023
Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion Bushra Rehman
    Poignant, well-told comimng-of-age story.
Wade in the Water Nyani Nkrumah
    Delicious, spellbinding debut novel headed for outstanding, but ultimately misses the mark with a disappointing ending.
The Makioka Sisters Junichiro Tanizaki, translated (Japanese) by Edward G. Seidensticker
    Epic look into Japanese culture in the 1930s through the eyes and hearts of four very interesting sisters.
Sam the Cat, and Other Stories Matthew Klam
    Collection of gritty tales.
Victory City Salman Rushdie
    Wonderful story by a master teller.
March 2023
The Hero of this Book Elizabeth McCracken
    Call it fiction. Call it memoir. It's a wonderful celebration of mother and writing!
Never Give an Inch Mike Pompeo
    Excellent primary source of information regarding recent U.S. and world history. Recommended read for all Americans.
The Politics Industry - How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy
Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter
    "American politcs is an industrial-strength, nation-crippling, perversion of competition. The rivals have managed over generations to entrench and enrich their duopoly while failing spectaculary to serve its customers - us." There is hope. Let's continue to campaigne for the adoption of Final-Five Voting. See www.GehlPorter.com
The Queen of Dirt Island Donal Ryan
    An irresistible page turner!
Liberation Day George Saunders
    Trying some new, risky ideas, Saunders magically creates some unforgettable stories.
The Dragon Behind the Glass Emily Voigt
    Wonderful stories of Voigt's adventures (and misadventures) seeking the elusive wild arowana.
April 2023
Things Seen Annie Ernaux, translated (French) by Jonathan Kaplansky
    Mundane and poignant. Insights into Ernaux.
Genius Makers, The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World Cade Metz
Good Arguments, How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard Bo Seo
    Excellent. A very well-written and cogent memoir - a song in praise of debate.
Poverty, By America Matthew Desmond
    Well-referenced analysis with over 70 pages of notes. Brings our poverty problem to light, and presents some good ideas. Unfortunately, the book loses impact because Desmond's far left, socialist bias and 'antiracist' racism often makes the work feel too much like gaslighting. Always capitalizes 'Blacks', but never members of the lower case 'white' cast. Collect more taxes from the upper and middle classes and give it to the poor, but don't call it redistribution of wealth. Taking perefectly legal tax deductions is stealing money from the government.
May 2023
Sam Allegra Goodman
    Very good read. Coming of age, growing up under challenging circumstances.
You Can't Joke About That - Why Everything is Funny, Nothing is Sacred, and We're All in This Together Kat Timpf
    Good stuff. Recommended.
The Spinning Heart Donal Ryan
    Excellent. Story of small town Ireland told from multiple points of view.
June 2023
NFTs Are a Scam, NFTs Are the Future Bobby Hundreds
    Great look inside and all around NFTs.
Kaaterskill Falls Allegra Goodman
    Delightful, memorable story. Wonderful characters, authentic and lovable.
July 2023
The Covenant of Water Abraham Verghese
    An epic masterpiece!
Joan is Okay Weike Wang
    Well done. Recommended. Single woman, immigrant, busy ICU doc dealing with her father's death.
Mott Street, A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming Ava Chin
    Multi-generational family memoir. Good historical review of Chinese immigrant struggles and successes.
August 2023
Life 3.0 - Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Max Tegmark To the End of the Earth - The US Army and the Downfall of Japan, 1945 John C. McManus
    The stories of 1945 WWII - from the Philippines to Okinawa to the end and aftermath, by a masterful military historian. Very fine work.
September, 2023
Elsewhere Yan Ge
    Wonderful collection of great, unique, imaginative, poignant stories.
Blue Skies T. Coraghessan Boyle
    A wild, scary ride into climate changed country.
The Dying Citizen - How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America Victor Davis Hanson
    Superb, thoroughly annoted, analysis by one our best historians. Must-read!
October, 2023
American Playbook - A Guide to Winning Back the Country from the Democrats Clay Travis
    Entertaining and important read for all Americans.
The Price We Pay - What Broke American Health Care - And How to Fix It Marty Makary, MD, MPH
    Exccellent inside look at why the health care prices we pay are much greater than the actual costs of that care. Important read for all Americans, especially our health care providers.
If I Survive You Jonathan Escoffery
    Yes, we have another first class story teller. Hints of T.C. Boyle.
The Golden Gate Amy Chua
    Chua'a debut novel is an irresistible page turner - a murder mystery with a twist or two.
The English Experience Julie Schumacher
    Yes! Our favorite Payne University English teacher returns.
November 2023
Western Lane Chetna Maroo
    Careful, sensitive, delicious, poignant little story.
The Fraud Zadie Smith
    A masterpiece of historical fiction - brilliantly imagined and constructed.
The Democrat Party Hates America Mark R. Levin
    Convincing wake-up call to the existential threat that the Democrat Party poses to our America.
Colonialism - A Moral Reckoning Nigel Bigggar
    Thoroughly annoted, detailed hisortical analysis uncovering the errors, omissions, over-simplifications and untruths in the work of recent anti-colonialist protestors. In Britain's colonial history there is much less to lament than there is to admire and praise!
Unwoke - How to Defeat Cultural Marxism in America Ted Cruz
    Good, important read! Entertaining and educational. Highly recommended.
Temple Folk Aaliyah Bilal
    Ten intimate looks into the lives of authentic characters from our Nation of Islam. Well done.
December 2023
Social Justice Fallacies Thomas Sowell
    Straight forward, very well referenced, thoroughly convincing analysis by one of our great scholars. An important book for our times.
Something to Answer For P. H. Newby
    First Booker Prize winner (1969)! Irresistible characters and imaginative misadventures in 1940's Egypt.
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls Julie Schumacher
    Super, very well constructed YA growing up story.
Never Enough - When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic - and What We Can Do About It Jennifer Breheny Wallace
    Plaese help your children know that they matter to you and their community because of who they are, not because of what they may have achieved. You matter. Mattering matters!
Gravity and Center - Selected Sonnets, 1994 - 2022 Henri Cole
    Delicious flavor to these new sonnets - both sensitive and striking.
Lost in Math - How Beauty Leads Physics Astray Sabine Hossenfelder
    Yes, there is human bias in physics, too. Science needs real observations to add meaning and usefulness to theory. The truth may not be beautiful or natural or normally distributed.

Greg Gordon MD, CFII