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    Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk

Tracing the journey of Arthur Youngblood Hawke from the small Kentucky mining town of his childhood to the pinnacle of literary celebrity and success in New York and Hollywood, the novel brings to life a whole galaxy of vivid characters as it offers one of the most sobering and enthralling portraits of the literary life ever written.

Year: 1962
Genre: Rise and Fall

    Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

A memorable novel by one of America’s greatest twentieth-century authors, Rich Man, Poor Man offers a gripping ride through America between the Second World War and Vietnam. It was made into one of the first primetime TV mini-series, and starred Nick Nolte, Peter Strauss, and Susan Blakely.

Year: 1969
Genre: Family Saga

    The Rhinemann Exchange by Robert Ludlum

Autumn 1943. American agent David Spaulding is among the global espionage elite who have converged on Buenos Aires. His top-secret mission can bring World War II to an explosive end. But what happens in this city of assassins, betrayals, and sensual encounters is the most sinister and terrifying deal ever made between two nations.

Year: 1974
Genre: WWII: Espionage

    The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both L.A. cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life.

Year: 1987
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hills Like White Elephants, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in this collection. For Hemingway fans The Complete Short Stories is an invaluable treasure.

Year: 1987

    Summer of '49 by David Halberstam

With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize-winningauthor David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.The year was 1949, and a war-weary nation turned from the battlefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes. It was a summer that marked the beginning of a sports rivalry unequaled in the annals of athletic competition.

Year: 1989
Genre: Baseball

    I Married a Communist by Philip Roth

I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.

Year: 1998
Genre: Historical

    Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, Lionel Essrog is an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Lionel's world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original, captivating homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.

Year: 1999
Genre: ConspiracyDefective DetectiveHardboiled Detective

    Wish You Well by David Baldacci

Following a family tragedy, siblings Lou and Oz must leave New York and adjust to life in the Virginia mountains--but just as the farm begins to feel like home, they'll have to defend it from a dark threat in this bestselling coming-of-age story.

Year: 2001
Genre: Coming of Age

    China Marine by Eugene B. Sledge

After Japan's surrender in 1945, Sledge and his company were sent to China to maintain order and to calm the seething cauldron of political and ideological unrest created by opposing factions. His regiment was the first Marine unit to return to the ancient city of Peiping (now Beijing) where they witnessed the last of old China and the rise of the Communist state. Sledge also recounts the difficulty of returning to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and resuming civilian life while haunted by shadows of close combat.

Year: 2002
Genre: WWII: Post-War




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1962Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk Rise and Fall
1969Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw Family Saga
1974The Rhinemann Exchange by Robert Ludlum WWII: Espionage
1987The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy Crime Fiction, L.A. Quartet, Los Angeles
1987The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway Short Stories
1989Summer of '49 by David Halberstam Baseball, Non-Fiction
1998I Married a Communist by Philip Roth Historical, Zuckerman
1999Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem Hardboiled Detective, Conspiracy, Defective Detective
2001Wish You Well by David Baldacci Coming of Age
2002China Marine by Eugene B. Sledge WWII: Post-War, China, Non-Fiction
An Infantryman's Life After World War II
2003The Tristan Betrayal by Robert Ludlum Espionage, WWII: Europe
20041942 by Winston Groom World War II, Non-Fiction
2004Double Play: A Thriller by Robert B. Parker Crime Fiction, Baseball
2004The Plot Against America by Philip Roth Alternate History, Political Thriller
2007Up in Honey's Room by Elmore Leonard Police Procedural, Carl Webster
2015The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello Historical, Thriller
2015World Gone by by Dennis Lehane Organized Crime, Coughlin, Cuba, Florida
2018The Reckoning by John Grisham Southern Gothic, Courtroom Drama, WWII: Pacific Theater
2019One Good Deed by David Baldacci Crime Fiction, Historical Thriller, Aloysius Archer
2021A Gambling Man by David Baldacci Hardboiled Detective, Aloysius Archer, Reno





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