Recently Read Books

  • A Delicate Truth- John Le Carre (fiction)
  • Perfect - Rachel Joyce (Fiction)
  • The Expats - Chris Pavone (Fiction)
  • An Event in Autumn - Henning Mankel (Fiction)
  • Winter in Madrid - C.J.Sansom (Fiction)
  • The Brothers - John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles - non-fiction
  • LIfe Among Giants - Bill Roorbach (Novel)
  • Empty Mansions - Bill Dedman (non-fiction)
  • Woodrow Wilson (non fiction)
  • Lawrence in Arabia (Non-Fiction)
  • In Sunlight and In Shadow by Mark Helpren (Fiction)
  • Lesson in French - Hilary Reyl (fiction)
  • Unbroken- Laura Hillenbrand (Non-Fiction)
  • Venice, A New History- Thomas Madden - (Non- Fiction)
  • Life is a Gift - Tony Bennett Autobiography
  • The First Counsell - Brad Meltzer (Fiction)
  • Destiny of the Republic - President James Garfield non-fiction by Candice Millard
  • The Last Lion (volume III)- William Manchester and Paul Reid (non-fiction, Winston Churchill)
  • Yellowstone Autumn -W.D. Wetherell (non-fiction about turning 55 and fishing in Yellowstone)
  • Everybody was Young- (non-fiction Paris in the 1920's)
  • Scorpion - (non fiction US Supreme Court)
  • Supreme Power - Jeff Shesol (non-fiction)
  • Zero day by David Baldacci ( I read all of Baldacci's Books)
  • Northwest Angle - William Kent Krueger (fiction - I have read 5 or 6 books by this author)
  • Camelot's Court-Insider the Kennedy Whitehouse- Robert Dallek
  • Childe Hassam -Impressionist (a beautiful book of his paintings)

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Movies

I like movies.  I watch them at theaters and I watch them at home.  I don’t like the blood and guts movies and while I am not prudish, I don’t like movies with and overabundance of profanity.   I like action movies, I like mysteries, I like chick flicks (by this I mean movies like “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle”), I like film noir, I like movies from the 1930’s and 1940’s, I like comedies.  It is hard to create a list of favorite movies since I can’t remember all of them, but here are some I have enjoyed over the years:

 Bogie Movies: Casa Blanca; Maltese Falcon; The Big Sleep; and Key Largo

Tom Hanks Movies: You’ve Got Mail; Sleepless in Seattle; Cast Away; The Man with One Red Shoe; Saving Private Ryan, Angels and Demons; The Da Vinci Code; Philadelphia; and Forest Gump

 The Thin Man Movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy

Most but not all of the James Bond Movies

The Indian Jones Movies

Clint Eastwood Movies: Grand Torino; all of the Dirty Harry Movies; Absolute Power; In the Line of Fire, Play Misty for Me

 Movies with Book Themes: The Jane Austin Book Club; and 84 Charing Cross Road

Denzel Washington Movies: The Pelican Brief; Remember the Titans; The Bone Collector; and John Q

Robert Redford Movies: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; The Way We Were, Barefoot in the Park; All the President’s Men; Three Days of Condor, Havana; Out of Africa; A River Runs Through It (he did not act in this film)

Foreign Language Films: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; Belle de Jour

Most but Not All Woody Allen Movies

Kevin Kline Movies:  The Big Chill; Silverado; Dave; Life as a House; The Emperor’s Club; French Kiss; and In and Out

 This is only my first batch of Favorite Movies.  I will come up with some additional movies and categories and post again.  If you have some favorite movies or favorite categories, post them on this blog or email them to me.  Happy Holidays

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