Arsenic and Adobo

Bob’s Pick: Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala Mabuhay! or Welcome! to the first of a series of murder mysteries collectively known as the “Tita Rosie” series. Ms. Manansala introduces us to a world involving a Filipino community living in Shady Palms, a suburb just outside the city of Chicago. The main character of the…

World Travel

Bob’s Pick: World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain Who likes leftovers? Not just any leftovers, the anecdotes and excerpts from Mr. Bourdain’s  life would excite just about anyone’s palate. A fine bouillabaisse of excerpts from all of Mr. Bourdain’s previous  TV shows, including “Parts Unknown”, “No Reservations”,  “A Cook’s Tour” and “The Layover”…

Farewell, My Lovely

Bob’s Pick: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler It is the 1940’s. You live in Los Angeles, California. You open the door to the local bar and grill. You are immediately greeted by a tsunami of cigarette smoke and your visibility becomes near zero. With outstretched hands, you guide yourself to the nearest barstool and…

The Buried Giant

Bob’s Pick: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro This book piqued my curiosity. It is written by a Japanese gentleman, who happens to be one of Great Britain’s greatest authors. In fact, Mr. Ishiguro won the Noble prize for literature in 2017. I was duly impressed and just had to read this novel. After reading…

Forever and a Day

Bob’s Pick: Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz Who can resist the “tour de force” that is James Bond? As an agent for her majesty’s secret service, his debonair demeanor, his handsome features, his smart appearance, his dry British wit, all make him a man to be envied and admired. Yet, like a bejeweled…

Eagle in the Snow

Bob’s Pick: Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem One of my most favorite genre of books is historical fiction. This book has been hailed as a classic and deservedly so in depicting military life during the fall of Rome’s Rhine frontier around 406 AD. The whole Western Roman Empire collapsed in 476 AD *….

The Evening and the Morning

Bob’s Pick: The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett When I started to read this book, I wondered why it was entitled “The Evening and the Morning” and not “The Morning and the Evening”. After reading the book, however, I feel that it could also have easily been called, “The Darkness before the Dawn”….

Is This Anything?

Bob’s Pick: Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld You are walking down the streets of New York City at night. Depending upon what streets in New York, this can sometimes be a harrowing or terrifying experience.  But hold on, not to worry. You happen to be in Times Square!  The air is electrifying, the crowds…

Child of Vengeance

Bob’s Pick: Child of Vengeance by David Kirk In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Japan had a feudal society. The society was organized around competing vassal states. Each state was ruled by a daimyo or “lord” who in turn served allegiance to a shogun or “military overlord”. They all in turn owed obeisance…

The Last Wish

                                                Bob’s Pick: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski This book was very enjoyable. Like many other good books, it could be read at many different levels. It is multi-layered like a delectable campfire S’mores, alternating events chapter by chapter to offer the reader morsels of crisp reality followed by rewards of tasty insights and…