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You Know When the Men Are Gone
3.70
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)
3.95
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
3.77
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
3.37
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
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.27
Spirals of snail shells, of incendiary bombs falling, of snowflakes in the wind, of water eddying in tide pools, of a staircase in a tall narrow build ...more
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Feb 02, 2015
 
The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?
3.93
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
 
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
4.22
Journalist LeBlanc spent over a decade throughout the 80s and 90s with the members of one extended family in the Bronx, following their every move at ...more
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Jan 30, 2009
 
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
3.91
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
3.71
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
 
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
4.15
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
 
The Forgiven
3.68
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
 
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
3.61
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
 
7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers: The Quick & Easy Anti-Aging Plan for Beautiful Skin, Hair, Mind & Body
3.50
I love makeovers! There's just something satisfying about seeing the befores and afters. Would I do that to her hair? Is that a good color for her? Wh ...more
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Feb 02, 2015
 
City of Thieves
4.26
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)
3.79
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
3.78
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
 
The Children Act
3.66
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
 
Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries
3.68
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
 
Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...
4.04
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
 
The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook: More than 100 Retro Recipes for the Modern Cook
3.36
Do you long to dig into a large dish of mac and cheese (homemade, of course)? Do you dream that some hostess will serve those wonderful piggies in a b ...more
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Jan 31, 2013
 
What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
3.64
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
 
The Name of the Rose
4.08
This novel shook literary worlds in the early 1980's, winning awards in Eco's native Italy, then the rest of Europe, then the U.S. It is at once a gri ...more
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Oct 03, 2013
 
Flowers from the Storm
4.10
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
 
Why Evolution Is True
4.16
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
 
13 Things They Won't Tell You
3.33
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
 
We Are Our Brains - From The Womb To Alzheimer's
3.91
The premise of D.F. Swaab’s book We Are Our Brains is perfectly reflected in its title: thanks to inherited genes and hormones washing over our fetal ...more
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Oct 03, 2014
 
One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse
4.24
This past August, a book talk by Mr. Abunimah generated great controversy at our library. Abunimah is an ardent defender of Palestinian rights: one of ...more
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Nov 02, 2014
 
Dear Committee Members
3.78
The book review editors at Booklist selected their “funniest books” for the September 1 issue (see The Back Page). Good choices, but here’s one to add ...more
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Nov 02, 2014
 
Angelique's Descent, Part 1 (Dark Shadows Dramatic Readings, #1)
4.14
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
3.47
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
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