Killers of the Flower Moon

Author: David Grann Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Published: 2017 I read it: November 2018 Grann’s latest smash-hit of narrative non-fiction deftly wraps together miniature histories about three core topics in the early 1920s: the Osage Indians in Oklahoma, the…

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Author: Steve Brusatte Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World Published: 2018 I read it: November 2018 It was far from certain that dinosaurs were going to emerge triumphant. After all, they were small and meek creatures, nowhere near the top of…

Bird Box

Author: Josh Malerman Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2014 I read it: November 2018 I’m sure I’m only one of many who glance at the plot of this novel—about a possibly-creature-induced-calamity that causes survivors to keep their eyes closed (at least while outside) so as not to succumb to involuntary hyper-violence—and are instantly reminded of the…

Sharp Objects

Author: Gillian Flynn Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2006 I read it: October 2018 I had seen the image released by the recent TV version of this book, with Amy Adams’ exhausted face front and center. I pictured the main character as Adams the entire time, which helped immensely in connecting with the character. The protagonist…

There There

Author: Tommy Orange Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2018 I read it: October 2018 If there’s a snapshot of what it’s like to be Indian (or Native American, or… see below) in a big city today, Tommy Orange’s There There has to be it. The title is a nod to a Radiohead song (“just ’cause you…

The October Country

Author: Ray Bradbury Type: Fiction, short stories Published: 1955 I read it: October 2018 In a small used bookstore in downtown Nashville I combed the shelves in the fantasy and sci-fi section, and was rewarded with this purple treat. All the Bradbury I’ve read is in used paperback, which I feel the author himself would…

Meddling Kids

Author: Edgar Cantero Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 I read it: September 2018 The premise of Meddling Kids can be guessed due to the cover art and the pop culture timing: this book is riding the same ’80s kids-vs.-weirdness nostalgia waves as Stranger Things and the new movie version of It. I’m not yet burned…