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Books #27-28

Book #27 was "Adulthood Rites," the second in the "Lilith's Brood" trilogy by Octavia Butler. This is a re-read for me, but it has been a decade or more since I first read the trilogy. It was hard to shift viewpoint characters from Lilith in the first book to her adolescent half-alien son Akin in the second book, but he quickly becomes a sympathetic character. If the first book makes the reader angry about the cavalier way the Oankali (aliens) treat humans, the second book will make you angry about the way humans treat humans. Butler is amazing and I highly recommend anything that she's written.

Book #28 was "Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town" by Mardi Link. This true-crime book details the Michigan murder case that was the inspiration for the stage play and movie "The Runner Stumbles." It's about the murder of a nun in 1907 that goes unsolved for more than a decade, and involves two sex scandals, a breech of the confidentiality of the confessional and more sensational details. I thought it was really well-written and a page-turner, and it appears that Link really did her research. Recommended to lovers of true crime books or people interested in Michigan history.

1. The Battle of the Labyrinth [fiction] - Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
2. Ice Cold [fiction] - Tess Gerritsen
3. Snow Crash [fiction]- Neal Stephenson
4. The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge [fiction]
5. The Brontes - Juliet Barker [non-fiction/group biography]
6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [non-fiction]- Rebecca Skloot (unabridged audiobook)
7. The Moon in Our Hands [fiction]- Thomas Dyja
8. The Algebraist [fiction]- Iain M. Banks
9. Moab is my Washpot [non-fiction/memoir]- Stephen Fry
10. The Last Olympian (Book Five in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) [fiction]- Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
11. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer [non-fiction/memoir]- Lynne Cox
12. A Year in Provence [non-fiction/memoir/travel]- Peter Mayle
13. A Plague of Doves [fiction]- Louise Erdrich
14. Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles [non-fiction/memoir]- Anthony Swofford
15. White Witch, Black Curse [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
16. The Witches of Karres [fiction]- James H. Schmitz
17. Dawn (Lilith's Brood: Book 1) [fiction]- Octavia Butler
18. Things Fall Apart [fiction]- Chinua Achebe
19. The Bacchae and Other Plays [fiction/dramatic script]- Euripides
20. Meditations from a Moveable Chair [non-fiction/essays/memoir]- Andre Dubus
21. Trumpet [fiction]- by Jackie Kay
22. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea [non-fiction]- Charles Siefe
23. Fat: The Owner’s Manual – Navigating a Thin-Obsessed World with Your Health, Happiness, and Sense of Humor Intact [non-fiction]- Ragen Chastain
24. Alif the Unseen [fiction]- G. Willow Wilson
25. Black Magic Sanction [fiction- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
26. George Sand: A Woman's Life Writ Large [non-fiction/biography]- Belinda Jack
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