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The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
The Loved One
by Evelyn Waugh
read in February, 2017
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Quirky as always. Sly snark was in attendance, and what subjects! Mortuaries in LA, Brits vs. Americans, and characters with last names like "Joyboy" and "Slump" . . . pretty good stuff. I think Charles Dickens would dig this one.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
by Lois Lowry (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2017
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Small book with a big punch; spare in prose and yet communicates so much. The ambigious ending hurt, so I'm glad to see there is a "rest of the story" in another book later on. Like many other dystopian works of literature, the warning here is agains ...more
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A Cabinet of Wonders by Renee Dodd
A Cabinet of Wonders
by Renee Dodd
read in February, 2017
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While the characters were interesting, the story had several plot points that just seemed too silly to be believed, chiefly everyone's "happy ending." It seemed contrived and cheesy, and the author's 21st century sensibilities broke in with the idea ...more
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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Terrific writing, engaging, well-drawn characters, heartbreaking, lovely story with a solid dash of history--all the right ingredients for a great book. To my shame, I knew next to nothing about the Biafran War (though, to be fair, I was not born unt ...more
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
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