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Frank Money is a veteran of the Korean War, and he’s trying to return to a home he had no desire to see again. The reason? He’s received word that his sister, Cee, is dying. So Frank, battling addiction and … Continue reading

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The Hundred Days

I’ve been struggling to focus on my reading these days. It took me several weeks to finish Hild, even though I enjoyed it quite a bit, and I haven’t been able to muster up much interest in any of the other books … Continue reading

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Before I read this novel, I was already a fan of George Saunders from two of his collections of outstanding short stories (Tenth of December and In Persuasion Nation.) I love the way he plays with form, and the… what … Continue reading

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Charlotte Sometimes

There are certain kinds of kids’ books I love. I don’t necessarily seek them out, but I love them nearly every time I read them. Time travel books, boarding school books, ballet books, books about (sometimes orphan) siblings, books about … Continue reading

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Hild

The exciting thing about a person like Saint Hilda of Whitby is that we know so little about her, so there’s lot of room for a historical fiction writer to simply make stuff up, which is exactly what Nicola Griffith … Continue reading

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The Quickening

Michelle Hoover’s debut novel, The Quickening, is about two women with little in common, forced together by the isolation of their hardscrabble rural lives in the Midwest in the early part of the 20th century. Enidina (she goes by Eddie) … Continue reading

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Barnaby Rudge

Before I start my review, you guys, THIS IS MY LAST DICKENS NOVEL! I have now read all of Dickens (if by “all of Dickens” you mean “not his short stories, novellas, newspaper pieces, plays, travelogues, histories, or Edwin Drood.”) … Continue reading

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The Yellow Admiral

Now that I’ve finished The Yellow Admiral, I only have three books left in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. So there’s a good chance I’ll finish this year! I’ve been enjoying the books a lot, but I’m also ready to be done. … Continue reading

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Pachinko

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is just the kind of historical fiction I love. It’s a great story about decent people living in a time and place I don’t know a lot about. In this case, the setting for most … Continue reading

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Manhattan Beach

During the Great Depression, Eddie Kerrigan took care of his wife and daughters, even if it meant getting involved with the shady gangster Dexter Sykes. But by World War II, Eddie is gone and the women are on their own. … Continue reading

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