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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
"A sad-sack, intentionally unnamed narrator has a whirlwind romance with, and hastily marries, the attractive, mysterious, moody widower Maxim de Winter. Thrust unprepared into the grand role of lady of Manderley, the de Winter ancestral home, the..." Read more of this review »
Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
"This one was the longest and best of the three. I really loved it and didn't want it to be over. It follows the story of a slave boy in an important house in a large city. He was stolen from the Marsh People as a baby, and has little or no memory..." Read more of this review »
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Everyday Fashions of the Thirties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs by Stella Blum
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I finished it! It only took a little over two years, but I read every damn word.
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The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
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Ugh, 290 pages of anxiety. This probably isn't the genre for me.

My two favorite lines:
"...because they fitted her gourdlike figure as well as pants possibly could." pg. 236

"...but he could have hit Dickie, sprung on him, or kissed him, or thrown him
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Nails by Suzanne E. Shapiro
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
"One of my favorite books as a kid, and it still holds up. I love the urban survival aspect of living in a museum, and all the little comfortable details. The mystery element is also satisfying. "
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Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl
Switch Bitch
by Roald Dahl
read in May, 2016
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I feel strongly ambivalent about this book. Offensively sexist, but such clever stories. I should expect that of Dahl, I suppose. It's possible I feel negatively because I realize what antifeminist messages my young brain absorbed so eagerly. As an a ...more
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We Walk Alone by Ann Aldrich
We Walk Alone
by Ann Aldrich
read in May, 2016
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The worthy bits, for the modern reader, are the vignettes. She describes lesbian life in the early 1950s in very personal detail. She is classist about it, sometimes repulsively so, but her observations are still worth reading.

About half the book is
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