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The Other Day:  The World of a Child
This memoir captures without sentiment the author's memories of her Edwardian childhood, including surreptitiously punching down the bread dough, sitt ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
I'd decided Room wasn't for me due to the subject matter, but a blog review that emphasized the strong second half of the story made me reconsider, a ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 31, 2012
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
Short essays by a British psychoanalyst gently and honestly explore the process of analysis and share his insight into the experience of being human t ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Dec 20, 2013
This novel reminded me a bit of the Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton, another English family saga that unfolds across decades. The story focusses ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Third Girl (Hercule Poirot, #35)
The library has shelves of Agatha Christies, and I thought it would be fun to reread some. The Third Girl, which was written in the sixties, wasn't th ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Water Like a Stone (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #11)
Particularly enjoyed the description of the small English town and canal narrowboats where this book takes place, as well as the illustrated map on th ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
Saffy's Angel (Casson Family, #1)
Cadmium Gold, Indigo, Saffron, and Permanent Rose are the unconventional children of unconventional artist parents. But then Saffron discovers her nam ...more
Nov 23, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
A Piece of Justice (Imogen Quy, #2)
So many good things here--ideas about biography, politics at Cambridge colleges, women's history, mathematics and quilting, the settings in Cambridge ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
Asking For The Moon (Dalziel & Pascoe, #16)
These four short Dalziel/Pascoe mystery stories cover the beginning of their working relationship, two mysteries with "ghosts", and a murder on the mo ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
Six Degrees of Separation
A young African-American man, a college friend of their children, he says, crashes into the lives of a rich couple with effects that reverberate throu ...more
May 10, 2014
May 10, 2014
The Names Upon The Harp: Irish Myth And Legend
Nine stories from Irish myths, including Cuchulainn, Deirdre, Oisin, and the children of Lir, are aptly retold by Marie Heaney and beautifully illust ...more
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama
I nodded in agreement, disagreed vehemently, and was challenged/puzzled in this exploration of drama--theoretical and practical--but I was never bored ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
An injured pilot and his sister move to a quiet English village while he recovers. Everything seems fine, except for an epidemic of anonymous poison p ...more
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 27, 2012
A Presumption of Death (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane, #2)
I enjoyed this continuation of the Wimsey family adventures with its World War II setting. Harriet and the children
are down at Tallboys with rationing
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #2)
This is not your everyday mystery series since the supernatural plays a large role in the adventures of the national coroner of Laos and his staff. Th ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
Dead Man's Folly (Hercule Poirot, #31)
Hercule Poirot is called to consult by Ariadne Oliver, the mystery writer, who feels uneasy about the planned murder game for a village fete. A rather ...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Minding Frankie
This story of an alcoholic father raising his daughter, Frankie, with help from family and friends, was disappointing, with stock characters and too m ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
The Arsenic Labyrinth (Lake District Mystery #3)
The strands of this book didn't quite gel ....but....great setting in the Lake District, interesting combination of a police detective and a historian ...more
May 27, 2012
May 20, 2012
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
When I saw this mystery on the new book shelf at the library, I couldn't resist, but it's probably best to read this mystery series, or at least this ...more
May 14, 2012
May 13, 2012
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot, #39)
Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings revisit the country house where they first joined forces to solve a murder. Poirot tells Hastings that this time t ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
The Doll: The Lost Short Stories
In these early stories, the reader can see Daphne Du Maurier practicing her story telling skills, including setting an eerie scene, slowly revealing a ...more
Jun 05, 2012
May 28, 2012
Travels with Charley in Search of America
Although presented as a straight journalistic account of Steinbeck's 1960 trip across the U.S. in the company of his poodle, Charley, this book actual ...more
May 30, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
Highland Fling
A chick lit disappointment. I was hoping for more humor a la Sophie Kinsella in this story of a virtual assistant sent to Scotland to assess a knittin ...more
May 12, 2012
May 06, 2012
4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple, #8)
A murder is witnessed by chance from a passing train. No one believes the witness, but no worries. Miss Marple is on the job.
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Glengarry Glen Ross
Mix a room of desperate, shady salesmen in a plot that plunges the reader into the middle of things and keeps you guessing, and add on point dialogue, ...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
The Coffin Trail (Lake District Mystery #1)
Clever misdirection in a spectacular setting.
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Ragnarök: The End of the Gods
A young English girl is evacuated to the countryside during WWII and discovers the Norse/Germanic myths of the world's destruction during her stay. He ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
My Cousin Rachel
A classic of suspense. People are not what they seem, or are they? As she did in Rebecca, DuMaurier skillfully uses a naive, first person narrator wit ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
At Bertram's Hotel (Miss Marple, #11)
Miss Marple plays a small role in this picaresque mystery set in London in the sixties.
Nov 18, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
Tooth and Claw
Imagine a Victorian novel by Trollope or Thackeray. Now, imagine the characters are dragons with their own particular culture and habits, including ca ...more
Nov 22, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
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