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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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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I read this book because it was on many people’s lists of best historical fiction of the year and also best fiction of the year. I found it a struggle to get through, and if it had not been on … Continue reading

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Making History by Stephen Fry

I like a bit of time travel, and I like a bit of history, and I like a bit of comedy, so this book ticks a few boxes for me. This is the story of a history postgraduate student who … Continue reading

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Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg

Luxenberg is a journalist who found out a family secret and decided to write a book about it. His mother, born 1917, had a younger sister who was committed to a mental hospital at age twenty-one. His mother kept her … Continue reading

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The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

This was on someone-or-other’s list of “best books of the year.” I think it was a writer that I very much like, so I trusted their recommendation. It is a novel with fairly well-developed characters. Our protagonist is an architect … Continue reading

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This is the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini. He was an Olympic runner in his youth, then, when he joined the army during WWII he was posted in Hawaii as a bombardier. His plane crashed over the ocean, he … Continue reading

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