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The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia
David E. Hoffman
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Arun Gandhi, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63
Taylor Branch
The Path to Power
Robert A. Caro
The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity
Paul A. Johnsgard
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
Robin D.G. Kelley
Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Yes, I should have read this in high school; no, I didn't do so. I was a pretty big slacker, but I'm finally starting to make up for it.

It's a good story, and well told. I was a little disappointed, though, in a way that's not really fair: There's not much more here than there is in the movie. I don't think I've ever seen a movie that sticks quite so closely to the book. The problem being, of course, that I've seen the movie half a dozen times and I'm just now reading the book. I had hoped for a lot more here, something that would take it beyond the movie. Didn't get it. But like I said, that's not really fair.

My favorite part of the book, I think, was the characters. They are so fully developed. Had I not seen the movie, I'm sure I'd still be able to picture Atticus and Dill and Jem and the rest of them. The plot itself is also interesting, though I am left to wonder why Amazon has this on their "top-selling mysteries" list—it's not really a mystery, is it? I'd have a hard time categorizing it. On the back of the jacket it says that the author considered it "a simple love story." If she actually said that, I think she was being disingenuous at best. I'm hard pressed even to find the "love story" she might be referring to (Scout & Dill? Scout & Boo?), and obviously there's a lot more going on here.