Scoop - Evelyn Waugh - A pleasant light read, breezily entertaining and pretty funny in spots. Overall my impression of Waugh from the few novels of his I've read is that he's a talented writer of light comedy, but most lauded by critics for his most "serious", boring novel, Brideshead Revisited.
The Stars, Like Dust - Isaac Asimov - I'm pretty sure I read all of the prequels to the Foundation series (this one's the first in the Galactic Empire era series), but that was when I was a teenager, so long ago that they might as well be new to me. As usual, Asimov is strong on keep an exciting plot moving forward (page gripper) and not so good at everything else.
The Dain Curse - Dashiel Hammett - another guy whose books I read, but so long ago they're new to me 20 years later. This has one of the most convoluted, improbable gothic plots I've ever read. The twists and turns were so contrived that I couldn't take the mystery the least bit seriously (they found a dead man with a gun in his hand and a suicide note! But, no, it's murder! The wife did it! But no, it's the creepy cult leader who manipulated the events! No, it's revealed at the end that the daughter was behind everything!) Not exactly his best. Perhaps I'll try the Maltese Falcon next.
Rabbit is Rich - These are all re-reads! Reading this as an adult who will be in a few years the same age as Rabbit is in this novel gives me a much better perspective than that of a college student. It's the best of the series (I re-read the first two a few years ago, too), I think. Somewhat depressing to think of how small and limited most of our lives are, and that 1979 was a lot longer ago in history than I'd realized.
Hard Times - Studs Terkel - 600+ (small print) pages of interviews with people who lived through the Great Depression, from all walks of life from field pickers to gangsters to tycoons to jazz musicians to union organizers to ex-Senators. The interviews are generally short, some only half a page to some 12 pages. Anyone remotely interested in American history needs to read this. There's way too much for me to begin to cover, so let me just say that I learned more about America from this book than any other history book I've ever read.
The Honourable Counsel - Graham Greene - Set in Argentina, but I abruptly gave it up temporarily only 10 or so pages in, because the next day I found the next one in a second hand book shop.
Arguably - Christopher Hitchens - 700+ pages of essays written from 2000-2011. I can't help but wonder what he'd think of some of the absurdities of 2018, Trump obviously. What a great loss of a writer and critical thinker. RIP "Why Women Aren't Funny," is actually pretty funny.