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Watership Down by Richard Adams
" Carol, you'll hear from me again, eventually. I clicked on your photo and found you skydive! I'm so impressed -- my first son-in-law (then they divorc ...more "
Disrupted by Dan Lyons
"Dan Lyons sheds light on his stint working for HubSpot, a Boston start-up tech company after his position as a magazine writer is eliminated at Newsweek. Initially, he was excited about joining HubSpot's marketing section because the company seeme..." Read more of this review »
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Framed in Guilt by John Russell Fearn
"This ingenious locked room mystery is quite enjoyable, though the characters are not very individual. It takes place in and around a lawyer's office, where a mild-mannered clerk is found stabbed. As the police start to investigate, they find a num..." Read more of this review »
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
" Why War & Peace (too long! too confusing!) when you can reread Anna? Or better, Goncharov's Oblamov if you haven't yet? I must tell you, I AM Obla ...more "
The Sweet Dove Died by Barbara Pym
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Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
"Though I'm fAscinated by art history I don't know much about it but I do know a little about music history. Catch this sentence:

"...the string quartet switches from Rossini sonatas to Bach concertos and adagios."

Smith is a fine writer and I'm enjo..." Read more of this review »
A Brief History Of Life In Victorian Britain by Michael Paterson

So obviously there is social history and social history.

There's the academic pursuit, based on rigorous research and evaluation of archival source unavailable to past historians:such exciting material as laundry lists or piano invoices. Its aim is..." Read more of this review »
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Time and Tide by Edna O'Brien
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This may be more of a four and-a-half star review, but only because a section in the middle is not as strong and cohesive as the rest. O'Brien is a brilliant writer, and speaks to all women everywhere.
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The Love Object by Edna O'Brien
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This short story collection is outstanding.
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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.”
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“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”
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