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The Callender Papers
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Baby-Sitters on Board! by Ann M. Martin
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Valerie Best and 2 other people liked Mara's review of Banish Misfortune:
Banish Misfortune by Anne Stuart
"Absolutely the best book of hers I have ever read. A great story, "meaty" as my friend N said, full of depth and nuances.
I didn't like the hero (well almost none of the men in her life) and thought that she could do way better than a spoilt, egois..." Read more of this review »
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
"This is exactly my shit. "
Mortal Rites by Melissa McShane
"I'm having so much fun reading about this scrapper team's adventures while I fly through this series.

This third book in the Company of Strangers series is the darkest in tone so far. The wizard Sienne and the rest of her artifact-hunting team fac..." Read more of this review »
These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
" High marks for a fantastic title. Thanks for your review. It's the kind of book I might pick up based on the title alone. "
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
" This was one of those that I really wanted to like (I loooooove that they first meet through the last few sentences of her brother's letters), but the ...more "
Dangerous Laughter by Steven Millhauser
“After all, we were young. We were fourteen and fifteen, scornful of childhood, remote from the world of stern and ludicrous adults. We were bored, we were restless, we longed to be seized by any whim or passion and follow it to the farthest reaches of our natures. We wanted to live – to die – to burst into flame – to be transformed into angels or explosions. Only the mundane offended us, as if we secretly feared it was our destiny . By late afternoon our muscles ached, our eyelids grew heavy with obscure desires. And so we dreamed and did nothing, for what was there to do, played ping-pong and went to the beach, loafed in backyards, slept late into the morning – and always we craved adventures so extreme we could never imagine them. In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen.”
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Indiscreet by Mary Balogh
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"[Rex] was not at all sure that no meant irrevocably no with Mrs. Catherine Winters. He regretfully suspected that it did, but he was not sure beyond any doubt.
He would be wasting his time to continue pursing her he believed. But, then, he had disco
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Dawn and the Older Boy by Ann M. Martin
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I’ll say this: this is the most interesting Dawn has ever been in her fictional life!
Which isn’t saying a ton, as I think she’s about as interesting as that unseasoned tofu she’s ALWAYS yapping about, so take that with a grain of salt substitute.
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Dear George, Dear Mary by Mary Calvi
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Walter Cronkite
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
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Sylvia Plath
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Emily Dickinson
“Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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