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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.

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal - Conor Grennan One of the better exemplars of the callow-youth-becomes-activist genre. Don't be put off by Grennan's initial pages, where, though I think he intends to present himself as brutally honest, he instead comes off as a guy who is ill-prepared and not very funny. After the book gets rolling, though, he does a much better job. Later in the story, I appreciated his honesty about not really knowing how to set up a US-based non-profit organization, and here the self-deprecating humor rang more true. This is intended to be a balance of coming of age and social service narrative. The balance sometimes works and sometimes does not. At its best, Grennan describes a transformative experience.