Fiction Books

A Criminal Defense (Philadelphia Legal)

A good legal thriller with some unexpected twists and turns. When a young reporter turns up murdered, the police hone in on one suspect – the wealthy David Hanson. The truth, however, is far more complex and runs the gamut from crooked cops to the death of a parent 20 years prior. Written in an engaging style and an easy read.

Dark Matter

Without spoiling the book – imagine, if you will, the ability to get a “do-over.” A “do-over” on every decision, from where you work and who you marry to what you have for breakfast. Imagine now that each decision not taken creates a branch, an alternative universe, where the result of that decision plays forward. Now multiply that by tens of billions on people who ever lived—any by every animal and another sentient being. When a butterfly flaps its wings in Japan, a storm arises in Mexico. That’s the premise of this page-turner. An absolute must-read, mind-blowing thriller. And one that will have you revisiting many of your decisions as well…

English Fairy Tales

This book has many traditional fairy tales, including Jack and the Beanstalk, the Three Little Pigs, and versions of Goldilocks and other favorites. The history of each, along with notes and commentary, is in the appendix. This is definitely an adult-targeted book and a good read.

Poems By Walt Whitman

I’m embarrassed to admit that this was my first real exposure to Whitman’s poetry at age 48. The poems are amazing, and this collection from 1867 covers many of his early and most famous works. America’s bard is exceptional reading, and a must study. I wish I had found Whitman years ago.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Amazon Classics Edition)

Exposing and exploring the duality of our nature and the dominance of our lesser angels. Stevenson’s masterpiece is timeless due to its wonderful telling as well as telling truths. A must-read.