Some of My Favorite Books

Monday, February 17, 2014

Blowing My Cover: My Life As a CIA Spy and Other Misadventures by Lindsay Moran

I finished reading Blowing My Cover:  My Life As a CIA Spy and Other Misadventures by Lindsay Moran late last night and I was sad for it to end.

This is a true story of Moran who became a case officer (spy speak for "spy") with the CIA in latter part of the 1990s. She'd always wanted to be a spy but came to realize it was nothing like we read about in novels or see in movies and TV.

The bulk of the book takes up her training to be a spy with maybe a third covering the often dull and weird world of actually spying, which means finding and recruiting foreign agents (those who will turn on their own country and spy for the U.S.).

Moran was in Macedonia when planes attacked the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon in 2001. This was the beginning of the end for her career, of her own choosing.

If you like spy thrillers even a little, this book is an eye-opener that I just loved reading!

Book Read:  Blowing My Cover:  My Life As a CIA Spy and Other Misadventures

Author:  Lindsay Moran

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman

I just finished reading Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman. This novel is a fictional account of Sigmund Freud and his relationship with his wife's sister. Some letters resurfaced in the recent past that indicate that the famous father of psychoanalysis probably did have an affair with Minna Bernays. The story was interesting but it sort of drug on for me.

What I did learn is that Freud was a real asshole! What a self-centered egotistical man. Good grief. He may have been a genius but what a guy. Not someone I can respect. 

This book is a fascinating look at the time period, mostly set in 1895 and 1896 in Vienna, Austria, but there is a bit of traveling through Europe. 

Book Read:  Freud's Mistress
Author:  Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

I love Chris Bohjalian's novels, and The Light in the Ruins was no exception. This novel was set in Italy during and after World War II. The suspense built till the very end when it was revealed who was killing members of the Rosati family that had a villa in Tuscany during the war. 

Read a bit more about this interesting book here, if you like.

Book Read:  The Light in the Ruins
Author:  Chris Bohjalian


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