11) Why I Write, George Orwell (bad)- pretentious political essay about how Britain needed to adopt socialism to survive WW2, and other snooty essays
12) Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton (good)- an adventure in the Caribbean that could be an extension of the Horatio Hornblower series
13) Without You, There Is No Us, Suki Kim (great)- an excellent memoir by a woman who spent several years recently teaching English to sons of the elite in North Korea
14) Tortuga, Rudolfo Anaya (great)- autobiographical novel about spending a season as a recovering cripple in a children’s ward
15) Gregory’s Game, Jane A. Adams (good)- a decent but not outstanding spy thriller
16) The Enormous Crocodile, Roald Dahl (good)- a classic kids’ picture book about a crocodile who wants to eat kids, very cute
17) Relentless, Cherry Adair (bad)- sexist, clumsy, contrived attempt at meshing an adventure novel and a steamy romance
18) Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, Joel Williamson (good)- a really good new biography on Elvis that also is about race and class and gender in the South in the 50’s and since
19) The Circuit: Executor Rising, Bruno Rhett (good)- a decent sci-fi space opera that may lead to a pretty decent series, very sexist and reminds me a lot of Ben Bova novels, with a dose of Asimov’s robots.
20) Alburquerque, Rudolfo Anaya (good)- a young man finds out he’s adopted and seeks his biological father.