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Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
" Two things I especially remember about this magisterial book:
1) George Eliot was originally writing two different books and she combined and integrate
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FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman
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Breitman and Lichtman have written an exhaustively researched and well-written book about a topic that has elicited much controversy within the Jewish community. They neither vilify FDR for America’s limited, sluggish efforts to take in Jewish refuge ...more
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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
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The first of a trilogy of novels about the opium trade, Sea of Poppies depicts the interaction of different classes, castes, and nationalities in 1838, during the heyday of British colonialism in India. First, we learn something of the back story of ...more
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The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer
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The Magician of Lublin reads well in translation from Yiddish and can be appreciated from several angles. We can see the story as representing, in the person of the eponymous Jewish magician, Yasha Mazur, the clash between traditional Jewish life in ...more
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The Bangkok Asset by John Burdett
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The author of many fine crime novels that take place in Thailand, most notably The Godfather of Kathmandu, Burdett is not one to repeat formula. In The Godfather of Kathmandu, Amerasian Bangkok cop Sonchai Jitpleecheep’s corrupt boss, Colonel Vikorn, ...more
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann
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The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret
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Palace of Treason by Jason  Matthews
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Jason Matthews has produced an entertaining and at numerous points heartbeat-quickening sequel to Red Sparrow. This successor volume lacks its predecessor’s freshness of getting to know the characters and learning about human intelligence spycraft fr ...more
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