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House of Splended Isolation by Edna O'Brien
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The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
" The Round House is excellent. "
The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
"How does one review a book written by a true artistic voice and do justice to its telling? One should not expect a synopsis here, that can easily be found elsewhere. This is a beautiful, often painful novel.

Although Louise Erdrich generally places..." Read more of this review »
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The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart by Alice Walker
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Seven sensitively written short stories that made me say, "Yes. This is great writing."
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
" Do it, Mag. You won't be sorry. "
The Old Manor House by Charlotte Turner Smith
"After loving Charlotte Smith's 'Desmond', at first I was a little disappointed with this novel as it seems rather slow and repetitive by comparison, and the heroine, Monimia, is a bit insipid. However, about halfway through it becomes a lot more i..." Read more of this review »
American Blonde by Jennifer Niven
""Remember who you are, hold on to that, and whatever you do, don't let them change you," learns Velva Jean, aka Kit Rogers, Hollywood star under Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's star system of an era past. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, contract players wer..." Read more of this review »
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Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
"This, where would normally be the dedication:
Fifth Business...Definition

Those roles which, being neither those of Hero nor Heroine, Confidante nor Villain, but which were nonetheless essential to bring about the Recognition or the denouement, were...
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
" What a writer. What a novel. "
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Alice Munro
“In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.”
Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

Barbara Pym
“Of course it's alright for librarians to smell of drink.”
Barbara Pym

W. Somerset Maugham
“Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

T.S. Eliot
“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”
T.S. Eliot

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