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The Poppy War and the Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 16)

Over the years I have read many fantasy books but I have never found a series that uses Asian history to such good effect as The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang. Using 12th century China as a back drop, … Continue reading

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Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carré (Books To Read During A Pandemic, Part 14)

John Le Carré has not lost his touch! This was a fascinating inside look into what it means to be a spy in the time of Brexit and Trump. As always, Le Carré creates characters that are interesting and complex … Continue reading

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 12)

When the current pandemic arrived, there were many “what to read in a pandemic” lists that circulated. Almost of all of them included this book by Emily St. John Mandel. It has taken me awhile to get up the nerve … Continue reading

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Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 6

Our cat, Khaleesi, has been a constant source of amusement during our confinement. She seems to be coming to terms with our constant presence and may even appreciate it, but cats are inscrutable so you never really know what they … Continue reading

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Books To Read During a Pandemic, Part 5

Today we are going to explore some syfi and fantasy books. If you want to escape our present reality there is no better way to do it then to read about different worlds that don’t yet exist or may never … Continue reading

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Books To Read During a Pandemic Part 4

I thought for this fourth in the series on “What to Read During a Pandemic” we should at least try to confront the “elephant in the room,” so to speak.  Up until now I have given you ways to escape, … Continue reading

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Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 3

As we end week three of physical distancing, I am struck by how much more socializing I am doing. My sister and I who used to talk with each other maybe once every two weeks are now calling each other … Continue reading

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Books To Read During a Pandemic, Part 2

This week I am focused on books that take us out of ourselves and our current situation and tell stories about people who experienced difficult and trying  circumstances and yet persevered. A Gentleman in Moscow  by Amor Towles is a … Continue reading

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Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

Greg Iles writes with passion and intensity, which is why I like him so much. After his block buster Natchez Burning trilogy this much anticipated stand alone novel cements Iles’ standing as a great Southern writer, who much like Pat … Continue reading

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