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The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton

This is a very interesting historical fiction novel set in Golden Age Amsterdam, which taught me lots of things and made me think a lot about what the city would have been like then. The story itself, though, was not … Continue reading

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

This is a “companion piece” to Atkinson’s completely wonderful Life After Life. There was no way she could possibly top that. Our protagonist of Life After Life, Ursula, lived many possibly lives in the novel, and this is the story … Continue reading

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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

At 918 pages long the strongest feeling I have on finishing this book is relief. I think I quite liked it when I started it, I can’t really remember anymore. I read it for a book club, otherwise there is … Continue reading

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The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau

We read this for one of my book clubs for black history month. It seems an odd choice for this, because, though it is set in the American South, over several generations, but mostly in the 60s, and it deal … Continue reading

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Elizabeth of York – A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir

This is a biography of the wife of Henry VII, if it was not for her we would not have had everyone’s favourite medieval psychopath Henry VIII, or of course, the Church of England, or Elizabeth I. Actually, all of … Continue reading

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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

I read this for a book club. Otherwise there was no way I would have finished this. That and it being only 147 pages long. This is the story of a dysfunctional American family sent at some time in the … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I re-read this for a book club. The first time I read it was almost twenty years ago and I could not remember a lot of the details. My main memory was being blown away by the beauty of the … Continue reading

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