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The Second Sleep by Robert Harris (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 18)

Robert Harris is an author that never fails to inform and entertain me. He is known for his historical books, like Imperium, which is about ancient Rome or Fatherland, which is about Nazi Germany, but The Second Sleep shows a … Continue reading

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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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His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

I did not read Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy when they were first published starting in 1995.  It wasn’t until HBO recently started advertising its new series based on the books that I became interested. Although marketed as young adult … Continue reading

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The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

In 1973, Oleg Gordievsky, a Soviet intelligence agent became a double agent working for the British intelligence service, MI6.  Gordievsky was an unlikely spy since his parents were both KGB agents and he had lived a fairly affluent life with … Continue reading

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The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

On the island of Jeju in S. Korea there are female divers called the haenyeo. They support their families by free diving, holding their breath between 1-2 minutes and diving 20 to 40 feet below the water, to harvest seaweed, … Continue reading

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Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

In 1951, Yun Ling Teoh makes her way to the Cameron Highlands of Malaya. Scarred and traumatized by her experiences during the war in a Japanese concentration camp, she needs time to heal and find a way to live again.  … Continue reading

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

During WWII, the men left for the war leaving behind the women and children behind.  Although many books, both fiction and non-fiction, have been written about the heroism of the men fighting at the front, the stories of the women … Continue reading

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Sometimes a book surprises you by the depth of the world it creates, the uniqueness of its characters, and the grace and fluidity of its story telling. James has created one of those books! In a world unlike any other, … Continue reading

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Slow Horses by Mick Herron

Where do spies who are washed up, get exposed, screw up an operation, or drink too much go?  According to Mick Herron they go to Slough House, an organization in the heart of London that takes in all the broken … Continue reading

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