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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Some books are like a cat that curls up purring on your lap, looking up at you with all the affection and mystery a cat can muster and you are, of course, immediately beguiled and entranced with this unexpected and … Continue reading

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Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon

It is always interesting to see what people from other countries think about Americans. When I read and come across descriptions of Americans, I confess to taking vicarious pleasure in seeing how Americans are often ridiculed and mocked for their … Continue reading

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The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

I am often haunted by books that initially I would not have thought had that power.  These are books that usually are quietly subversive, working their way into your heart slowly without a lot of drama or fireworks. Anita Shreve … Continue reading

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A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  His spy novels, in particular, are grounded fully in reality without the fancy equipment, car chases or thrilling daring do.  They are in the tradition of John Le Carré with meticulous … Continue reading

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Siracusa by Delia Ephron

Sometimes the reviews just don’t get it right. Ephron’s Siracusa was hyped and well reviewed and was on everyone’s “Best Book” list. A New York Times Bestseller One of People Magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 (Fiction) A Washington … Continue reading

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The Song of Albion Series by Stephen R. Lawhead

A parallel universe to our own, a mistaken intrusion from our world to theirs and the unintended consequences that ensue. That in a nutshell is the premise of Lawhead’s Song of Albion series, but that hardly tells you how full … Continue reading

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Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

According to Amazon I bought this book in July of 2014 but I didn’t read it until last week.  My only excuse is that sometimes my relationship and expectations of an author are complicated. I love Karin Slaughter! Her Will … Continue reading

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