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The Dark Lantern
3.10
This little treat of Victorian Noir follows an orphan who takes a position in London as housemaid in the Bentley home, where the “below stairs” folk s ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 12, 2009
 
Northanger Abbey
3.77
Northanger Abbey’s style isn’t as polished as other novels, but the story is a kick. “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, s ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
Jane Austen: A Life
3.96
Generally regarded as one of the best biographies, it focuses heavily on Jane’s family, connections, and time period. Not as quick and easy a read as ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
Footsteps in the Dark
3.69
Not my favorite, but still witty. Three adult siblings inherit a rambling old house called The Priory, which has a reputation for being haunted. At fi ...more
Jun 2007
Feb 27, 2009
 
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #4)
3.98
More slow charm and gentle truth seeking from our friends at the #1 Ladies Detective Agency, who now have a competitor in the form of the Satisfaction ...more
Aug 2009
Mar 24, 2010
 
The Poetry of Shell Shock: Wartime Trauma and Healing in Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and Siegfried Sassoon
3.69
This is an intensely interesting examination of the poetry and psychological treatment of three Great War poets – Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and ...more
Nov 2010
Jan 31, 2011
 
Major Barbara
3.66
The problem with Shaw is that I always feel crabbier when I read him. Even Pygmalion, which strikes me as a superior play, makes me slightly irritable ...more
Apr 2011
Jun 11, 2012
 
Summer at Tiffany
3.63
If you’ve ever wanted a short escape into the innocence and charm of bygone years, this is your book. In 1945, college student Marjorie and her friend ...more
Sep 2010
Feb 08, 2011
 
Juliet
3.90
Ahhhh, Tuscany in the summer! This book does a fine job of transporting you both to modern day Siena and to 14th-century Siena through two simultaneou ...more
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Oct 26, 2013
 
The Epic of Gilgamesh
3.61
I prefer this edition because the translator, N. K. Sandars, has filled in the story substantially — to see how substantially, read the Kovacs edition ...more
not set
Mar 24, 2010
 
Skeleton in the Grass
3.65
More social commentary than mystery, this is a short, intriguing portrait of life between the wars. Sarah Causeley comes to Hallam Park to be a govern ...more
Jun 2009
Aug 24, 2009
 
The Age of Innocence
3.92
My favorite of Wharton’s novels and one of my favorite books ever — beautifully written Gilded Age story of the stifling existence and heart-wrenching ...more
Jan 1994
Apr 22, 2008
 
The Portable Walt Whitman
4.35
I've never been a fan of the Transcendentalists, vastly preferring the English Romantics. Obviously the two aren’t mutually exclusive, but early on I ...more
Apr 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
The House at Tyneford
3.78
Two-plus stars. This had promise, but fell a bit flat. While the descriptions of life for Jews in Vienna at the end of the 30's was interesting and un ...more
Mar 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
Jane Austen's Letters
4.14
Her wit and humor resonate on every page—find out just how delightful Jane would be to sit next to at a dinner party, and how much more clever her cat ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #3)
3.96
This is the third, and so far my favorite, of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. As always, Alexander McCall Smith’s simple, rhythmic prose seems ...more
Aug 2009
Mar 24, 2010
 
The Trinity Six
3.72
A university lecturer, hard up for cash, gets a tip that there may have been a SIXTH Cambridge spy whom the British government has kept under wraps fo ...more
Jul 2011
Aug 26, 2011
 
A Beowulf Handbook
4.17
Reviewing literary criticism strikes me as weird, but this book is so rapturously interesting that I read sections every now and then for fun. Each ch ...more
Dec 2009
Jul 27, 2010
 
Waterloo: A Near Run Thing
4.09
The brilliance of this book is its approach – Howarth goes through the day, section by section, and depicts what Waterloo was like from the perspectiv ...more
Nov 2010
Feb 10, 2011
 
Frederica
4.14
Hilarious! Much of the credit belongs to Clifford Norgate’s unparalleled gifts as a narrator (I listened to it on cd), but I must admit that with this ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
Summer in the South
3.52
This breezy page-turner is tinged with a pleasingly mellow shade of Faulkner Lite – not too much eccentricity, not too much sins-of-the-fathers fatali ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 26, 2011
 
Duplicate Death (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #3)
3.65
This one is set in post-war London (post WWII, not I) and has a couple of more modern elements than her usual 1930’s mysteries where people are murder ...more
Sep 2008
Feb 27, 2009
 
The Oresteia
3.97
This translation is less poetic than Lattimore's, but it's also simpler. Plus, Fagles includes a marvelous and very accessible introduction. Translato ...more
Oct 2008
Jan 30, 2010
 
Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity
4.10
The arrogant musings of a left-wing social philosopher who essentially divides people into three categories: dumb bunnies, common-sensers, and people ...more
May 2010
Jun 28, 2011
 
Ireland
3.97
An old storyteller roams the countryside in 1950's Ireland telling stories in exchange for a warm bed and homecooked meal. He comes to the home of a y ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
Mansfield Park
3.81
The only Austen novel I want to begin again immediately the moment I’m finished. It boasts the most hotly debated Austen heroine — indeed, the most ho ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
American Foreign Policy Since World War II
3.63
Not as heinously boring as I thought it’d be, nor as heinously biased.
Jun 2011
Jun 11, 2012
 
The Samurai's Garden
4.10
In the late 1930's, a young man from Hong Kong is sent to his family's beach house in Japan to recouperate from tuberculosis. The old gardener and hou ...more
not set
Jun 20, 2008
 
Jane Austen: A Companion
3.61
Vastly entertaining and informative context for Jane’s works, and super helpful if you don’t know much about either her life or the period. By far my ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
The Jane Austen Cookbook
3.89
Must admit I love this. Two passions (cooking and Austen) combined, with illustrations!! Full of fun tidbits about Regency social and domestic history ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
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