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The Widow's War by Sally Cabot Gunning
The Widow's War
by Sally Cabot Gunning (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2013
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A very palatable way of learning about the English colonial towns on Cape Cod in the mid-1700s. Much of the plot revolves around property law and the customs of inheritance in these settler families. The prevailing assumption was that a widow would l ...more
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Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
Beware of Pity
by Stefan Zweig
read in July, 2014
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Zweig constructs a moral fable around a lame young woman and a well intentioned Austrian cavalry officer. This requires the reader to accept the premise that the woman's life is irretrievably ruined by her paralysis -- which is just too hard for the ...more
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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent (Goodreads Author)
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A dark tale set in dark, frozen Iceland in the middle of the 19th century, concerning the true life of Agnes, a woman convicted of murder and executed for it. This was the last execution in Iceland -- a beheading, in the countryside, by a local farme ...more
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Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
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The Spire by William Golding
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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
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I needed an escape into English-country-house fiction, and this was the perfect book. The narrator, Charles, is an honest man in a superficial crowd.
When I read this as a teenager, a Catholic in a Catholic town, I was puzzled that the Marchmain's rel
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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A riveting story of ordinary lives in Germany and France during WWII. The 'light we cannot see' theme is everywhere - blindness, diamonds, air raid shelters, ocean bottoms. The omniscient voice of the narrator is a tad overweening, and I really wish ...more
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Borrowed Finery by Paula Fox
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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Swamplandia!
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