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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Surinam: Stumbling Through the Dark Heart of South America's Forgotten Jungle - Andrew Westoll Suriname. My last country for reading the world. The book was also published as [b:The Riverbones: Stumbling After Eden in the Jungles of Suriname|3268735|The Riverbones Stumbling After Eden in the Jungles of Suriname|Andrew Westoll|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320480190s/3268735.jpg|3304074]. It doesn't quite meet my 2-year author residency requirement, but I'll follow up with Mark Plotkin, who is featured in absentia here as well.Mostly but not entirely a quest memoir, this follows Westoll as he hangs around in Surinam experiencing inchoate longings and, in the process of searching for what he's searching for, loses a relationship. Those there is some focus on the okopipi (Dendrobates azureus, blue frog), the purpose is to find meaning and identity, not just the frog. See his website, http://www.andrewwestoll.com/