Category: Book Notes

These are notes written for the Aptos Men’s Book Club and others about books I have read.

The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth

Philip Roth imagines a presidential campaign and victory by Charles Lindbergh that eerily resembles that of Donald J. Trump.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford

This (wait for it . . . ) bittersweet romance happens amidst the evacuation and interment of Japanese citizens at the start of WWII.

In the Garden of the Beasts
by Erik Larson

Follow the ambassadorial career of Bill Dodd in Hitler’s Germany through the eyes of his family.

Olive Kitteridge
By Elizabeth Strout

The story of Olive is told through 13 well-constructed short stories about other people.

The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

This seriously good novel of gay life during the AIDS crisis in Chicago tells a story that has a simple message.