Book 20; Continent: Europe

The Forger’s Spell (P.S.) by Edward Dolnick 384 pages (258 pages excluding Notes, etc.) You might take in this little gem after your next trip to an art museum or gallery…especially if going wasn’t your idea. It’s not The Thomas Crown Affair, so don’t expect some slickly handsome protagonist in a sequence of clever, hair-raising […]

Book 19; Continent: Africa, Asia

After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam by Lesley Hazleton 256 pages (Notes and Acknowledgments begin page 211) Let calls go to voicemail while you are in the 7th century desert. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up the differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims after watching […]

Book 17; Continent: Africa

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder 277 pages (Acknowledgments begin page 259) Read this book from start to finish on a transcontinental flight—Deo’s survival story will help you tune out the annoying guy in the seat next to you—but plan to think about it for much longer. Tracy Kidder tells the story of a […]