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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility is the highly acclaimed debut novel by New Yorker Amor Towles.  The cover of the August issue of Oprah magazine referred to this book as “the one we couldn’t put down.”  The first portion does take off … Continue reading

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Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris

Imperium is the first of a planned trilogy about the life and times of the great Roman orator and politician Cicero.  Imperium (“the power of life and death as vested by the state in an individual”) takes place from 79 … Continue reading

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The All-true Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton By Jane Smiley

Lidie Harkness is destined for spinsterhood; at least her older step-sisters think so. She lacks interest in the domestic skills required of ladies in Quincy, Illinois circa 1850′s.  She would rather spend her time reading, riding, swimming, and shooting. Seeking a … Continue reading

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The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

I decided to read The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean after reading and listening to the remarkable City of Thieves by David Benioff.  Ms. Dean provides an alternate, equally creative telling of the horrific Siege of Leningrad during World … Continue reading

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The COMPOUND by S.A. Bodeen

 The Compound is a short novel that tells the intriguing story of  fifteen year old Eli and his family living underground to escape nuclear fallout. They have been living underground for six years and have just a mere nine to go before they … Continue reading

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A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron read by George K. Wilson

Disclaimer: Drive with care while listening to  A Dog’s Purpose .  Your vision may be impaired by tears of laughter or sorrow.   Either way you will be distracted. This is a joyful, suspenseful tail… er tale told from the dogs’ … Continue reading

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Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Started Early, Took My Dog  is Kate Atkinson’s fourth installment of the Jackson Brodie series.  Jackson is a country music loving , semi-retired British private investigator.  As this story begins he is pondering his state of affairs–he’s approaching middle age without much direction. The women in his … Continue reading

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The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

The Night Bookmobile is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger. The Night Bookmobile was originally written as a short story based on a one of Niffenegger’s reoccurring childhood dreams.  According to the author, the Night Bookmobile is … Continue reading

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A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

The month of Febraury seemed like a good time to read a romance.   So I selected one with good recommendations, A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh.   This book is more like a short story or novella, so there’s not much detail  … Continue reading

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A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé, Translated from French by Alison Anderson

A NOVEL BOOKSTORE  is about a novel bookstore.   The Novel Bookstore is a unique Parisian bookstore which sells only  novels chosen by a select committee of authors who agree to remain anonymous–this alone would be unique!   This bookstore is the brain child and dream of the two … Continue reading

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