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You Know When the Men Are Gone
Here is the fan mail I sent to Siobhan Fallon:

Dear Siobhan Fallon, Yesterday I read your book. Today, in between the depressing news in the New York
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Jun 30, 2011
Old Filth (Old Filth, #1)
This witty novel was inspired by Rudyard Kipling's life as a "Raj orphan," that is, a British child born in the Eastern empire and shipped back home t ...more
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Jan 30, 2009
How Proust Can Change Your Life
If you think that a lazy, hypochondriacal, long-winded 19th Century French fancy man can have no relevance to your everyday life, then this book may j ...more
Jun 2009
May 01, 2009
Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America
Ok, I admit it--I'm hooked on the TV series Mad Men. The Emmy-winning show offers a look back to what my life was like. Well, only in my imagination. ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 03, 2010
The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?
Have you: 1) Ever heard that not a single contemporary first-hand account of the Jesus of Nazareth exists? And wondered why? 2) Ever taken a shot at u ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
I am mystified as to why it took so long for me to discover this delightful series. I kept seeing it come and go from the library, but it still didn't ...more
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Aug 30, 2011
Bad Dog: A Love Story
Those of you who know me probably know that I am the proud mother of a 70 pound Bernese Mountain Dog puppy named Nora. When Bad Dog (A Love Story) by ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
The Forgiven
Barreling along a Morrocan road enroute to an extravagant weekend party thrown by rich friends, a somewhat boozy, bickering middle-aged British couple ...more
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Nov 30, 2012
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
Fascinating, revolting, funny, horrifying, these tales of midwives in the slums of London’s Docklands during the 1950's and 1960's are at once repelle ...more
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Apr 27, 2013
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
As a chilld of the 60s, I was expected to write letters: thank you notes, bread and butter letters (go ask a 20-something if they know what those are) ...more
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Oct 03, 2014
City of Thieves
My sister told me I would love this book. "It's about an improbable friendship told with sharp humor. It takes place during the Siege of Leningrad." H ...more
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Jun 05, 2014
Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher, #7)
Most of Kerry Greenwood’s 1920s-era mysteries are so light and frothy they could be dessert. This 7th book in the series centers around the theater wo ...more
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Jul 03, 2014
Charlotte and Emily:  A Novel of The Brontes
For fans of the Brontës, Jude Morgan’s novel about this enigmatic family is a must read. The American publishers have done Morgan’s atmospheric work a ...more
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Mar 01, 2014
What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
After a difficult divorce, playwright and performing artist Ann Eve Cohen is finally happy, caring for her eight year old adopted daughter and in a se ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
Why Evolution Is True
Like most high school students in the early ‘80s, I was taught the theory of evolution and natural selection in the classroom. But up until recently, ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 09, 2010
Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...
There's pulp fiction and pulp science fiction, but is there a genre called pulp science nonfiction? If there is, Plait's book certainly qualifies. Wit ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 26, 2009
Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries
When most people hear the term sleeping sickness, images of the tropics, Africa, and mosquitoes come to mind. But as Molly Crosby explains in her thou ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Flowers from the Storm
After half a life avoiding romance fiction I picked up Flowers from the Storm at the suggestion of a DePaul professor—he said it’s a good example that ...more
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Mar 01, 2012
13 Things They Won't Tell You
Did you know never to order fish in a restaurant on a Monday? That the electric toothbrush is one of the best things to happen to dentistry? That the ...more
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Jan 31, 2013
Angelique's Descent, Part 1 (Dark Shadows Dramatic Readings, #1)
If you loved the Dark Shadows daytime soap opera (1966-1971), you’ll remember two of the show’s most popular characters: Barnabas Collins and Angeliqu ...more
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Aug 07, 2014
What was Lost
In 1980s Birmingham, England, young Kate Meaney works seriously hard as a junior detective. Accompanied by detective in training, Mickey (a toy monkey ...more
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Jan 30, 2009
After Charles, a rich white man, is accused of raping a young black woman, he asks a team of two lawyers (one white, one black) to represent him in co ...more
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Jan 28, 2012
King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
Remnick opens the story on February 25, 1964, when Muhammad Ali was twenty-two and about to face the fierce heavyweight champion Sonny Liston: "for th ...more
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Apr 05, 2012
Come hell or high water, Abdulrahman Zeitoun is determined to wait out Hurricane Katrina in his New Orleans home so that he can immediately tend to th ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 04, 2009
The Skeleton in the Closet
As a fan of M.C. Beaton's two detective series (British Agatha Raisin and Scottish Hamish MacBeth), I was pleased to discover this appealing stand-alo ...more
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Sep 29, 2012
Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art
Considering that artist Wayne Thiebaud's paintings of cakes inspired Caitlin Freeman to embark on a career as a pastry chef, perhaps it's not surprisi ...more
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Aug 06, 2013
Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother
Amid the plethora of pregnancy books, this is a stand-out. In letters to a pregnant former student (whose own mother had died and who was living in Al ...more
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Oct 31, 2013
Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
Ben was an average teenager until his world began to crumble. Unable to focus and diagnosed with ADD, he dropped out of school at the age of 16. He sp ...more
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Mar 01, 2012
وحدها شجرة الرمان
Sinan Antoon is a poet, in reality and figuratively in the form of this novel. Jawad is in his delicate teen years in Baghdad torn between passion and ...more
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Aug 07, 2014
The Children Act
Cases heard before a judge in the High Court family division in England range from messy divorces, child custody fights, abuse within a family, as wel ...more
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Nov 02, 2014
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