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Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

Ceramics artist Jean Horemarsh has just spent 3 months caring for her mother who is dying of a terrible cancer. The ordeal has left her exhausted and thoughtful. After her mother dies, Jean returns to her own home and her … Continue reading

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The Complete Talking Heads by Alan Bennett

In The Complete Talking Heads, British playwright Alan Bennett has written twelve monologues about ordinary people dealing with personal crisis. First produced for BBC television in 1987, they were broadcast on American public television as part of its Masterpiece Theatre program. … Continue reading

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The History of Mr. Polly by H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells is best known for his works of science fiction but he also wrote domestic comic novels, one being The History of Mr. Polly. Like his author, Alfred Polly is born into the suburban lower-middle-class of early 20th century … Continue reading

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Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl’s Court by Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton is best remembered for his plays Rope and Gaslight which were made into well-known films. However, he also wrote a number of novels and due to a resurgence of interest in his work, they are now being re-issued. … Continue reading

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Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir by Joyce Farmer

Cartoonist Joyce Farmer has created a graphic masterpiece entitled Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir which chronicles the decline and death of her elderly parents. Living in southern Los Angeles, Lars and Rachel have enjoyed a long, happy life together but old … Continue reading

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The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys

Set in 1941, The Lost Garden is a beautifully written story about a thirty-five-year-old English woman who volunteers for the Women’s Land Army, an organization devoted to growing crops for the war effort. Gwen Davis, who works for the Royal Horticultural … Continue reading

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The Engagement by Georges Simenon

Belgian novelist Georges Simenon is best known for his detective series featuring Parisian policeman Jules Maigret. But he also wrote a number of bleak psychological novels that deal with people whose lives are disrupted by seemingly random happenings or impulses. … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident at Claridge’s by R.T. Raichev

Major Payne gets drawn into a mystery when fellow officer Captain Jesty tells him about his clandestine observation of a beautiful woman switching the capsule contained in her aged husband’s pill box which constitutes The Curious Incident at Claridge’s. It … Continue reading

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Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker

Back in 1998, while doing research for an article, the author discovered some medical studies that revealed that the outcomes for people in the United States with schizophrenia have worsened over the past 25 years. Even more puzzling, the outcomes … Continue reading

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Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

Written in 1966 as science fiction, Make Room! Make Room! is set in New York City in 1999. It is August and unbearably hot. The city is overcrowded with 35 million residents who are forced to live in tiny rooms, … Continue reading

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