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Murder at Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

October 1, 2012

ย Thompson, Victoria. Murderย on Astor Place. New York: Berkeley Publishing Group. 1999. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the first book in Thompson’s “Gaslight Mysteries” series, a series that wasย introduced to me by my colleague Ruth Ann. She also recommended the wonderful Dragonwyck by Anya Seton, because reading Thompson’s historic mysteriesย reminded her of reading Dragonwyck, another…

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

August 16, 2012

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. New York: Knopf, 2012. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Where do I start with this mesmerizing book? Maybe I should start with what I’d write in a fan letter to Cheryl Strayed, were I the sort to write such things, “Bravo! I wish…

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

July 21, 2012

Torday, Paul. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. New York: Harvest, 2007. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Finding good 21st-century farce is not an easy task. 21st-century writers and publishers seem determined to be harrowing, or heartwarming, or earnest, or magical. They’re under the impression that we readers don’t want to laugh at ourselves. Of course, the…

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

June 28, 2012

ย ย ย  Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken. New York: Random House, 2010. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Shattering! Absolutely shattering. This is the sort of book that’s exhausting to read, and yet, it’s impossible to put down until you get to the bitter end. In this case, making it to the bitter end is well worth the effort, because…

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

May 31, 2012

King, Stephen. 11/22/63. New York: Scribner, 2011. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ You can say I’ve grown up with Stephen King. My first introduction to him was being told I “looked like Carrie” when I was in seventh grade (which really means the girl who said it thought I looked like Sissy Spacek, an observation…

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I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

May 10, 2012

ย Kinsella, Sophie. I’ve Got Your Number. New York: Dial Press, 2012 ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Who doesn’t like some good chick lit now and again? Unlike some of the other chick lit authors I’ve read (Jane Green and Lisa Jewell spring to mind), Sophie Kinsellaย has not slacked off, pumping out books without much care or…

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

April 26, 2012

ย Edwards, Kim. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. New York: Penguin, 2006. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Back when this book first came out, I was still living up in Connecticut, and I had just discovered book blogs. I remember quite a few bloggers were reading it and reviewing it, so it stuck in my mind (even though…

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Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

March 29, 2012

ย ย ย  Barr, Nevada. Track of the Cat. New York: G.P. Putnam Sons, 1993. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ It seems so many people I know love Nevada Barr, and the premise for her mystery series is right up my alley, really: a park ranger who moves around the national parks in this country and encounters one…

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1984 by George Orwell

March 8, 2012

Orwell, George. 1984. New York: Signet, 1984. (This book was written in 1948 and originally published in 1949) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Believe it or not, I’d never read this one until now. I’ve heard about it all my life, though, it seems, and even thought I might have read it in college, but…

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The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly

February 23, 2012

ย ย Kimberly, Alice. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure. New York: Berkley, 2004. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s that time of year when people tend to look for “cozy” reads. (Usually,anyway. With the weather we’ve been having lately, people might be searching for beach reads). I know it seems like a contradiction to call a murder mystery that…

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