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Book Review: How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life

How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life: A Novel, by Mameve Medwed This is a mildly amusing novel about a neurotic woman whose unhappy and humdrum life is turned around by a trip to Antique Roadshows where she finds herself … Continue reading

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Book Review: Atar Gull

Atar Gull, by Fabien Nury and Bruno This is an interesting graphic novel, one that deals thoughtfully with the issue of slavery. Admittedly, this book tells the sort of lurid tale that would be very easily made into an anime … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Shipbuilder’s Wife

The Shipbuilder’s Wife, by Jennifer Moore This is a very skilled romance set during the War of 1812, and it presents a plot whose driving force appears to be the unwillingness of the two main characters to trust each other … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Weed Agency

The Weed Agency:  A Comic Tale Of Federal Bureaucracy Without Limits, by Jim Geraghty This is the sort of book that I could see being the inspiration for a movie, or perhaps even more hilariously, a sitcom about an obscure … Continue reading

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Book Review: Exit West

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid There are at least a few reasons why this book is not quite as good as it could be. As seems to be a pattern with the author’s books (as someone who has read three … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia

How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia: A Novel, by Mohsin Hamid If this is by no means a bad book, this book is not quite as good as it could be. In reading this book it appears that … Continue reading

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Book Review: A High Wind In Jamaica

A High Wind In Jamaica, by Richard Hughes This book is marketed as a story with no sympathetic point of view, but it’s not hard to see the complexity that is involved in the author’s perspective when it comes to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Making Of A Marchioness

The Making Of A Marchioness, by Frances Hodgson Burnett This is the sort of work where, if you have any familiarity with romance novels, you know where this is going.  Yet while a simple and basic level of enjoyment of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Simple Past

The Simple Past, by Driss Chraïbi It is easy to see why this book is considered to be important.  Part of that is due to circumstances of time and place, as the author was part of a cadre of Western-educated … Continue reading

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Book Review: The News From Paraguay

The News From Paraguay, by Lily Tuck This novel is a pretty compelling one if you like dark material.  For a variety of reasons, Eliza Lynch (here consistently called Ella), has been a popular figure for novelists to write about … Continue reading

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