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The Poor Among Us

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is a well-known Top 150 20th Century novel which is semi-autobiographical. Over the course of the early 1900’s, the main character Francie and her family reside in several tenements in Brooklyn. Her … Continue reading

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Mummy, Mummy, Who’s Got the Mummy?

River God by Wilbur Smith is the first in a series about scrolls written over 4,000 years ago in Egypt by a eunuch named Taita who attended the young Queen Lostris of a much older Pharoh Mamose. Although the author … Continue reading

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Off With His Head

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory is a recent historical fiction novel which takes place during the final turbulent days of England’s King Charles. This is a love story of sorts; love between a poor midwife with two children whose husband disappeared … Continue reading

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That’s Hollywood

The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian is a fictional novel with a lot of action. Set in California during the McCarthy era, its main character Roxanne goes against many 1950’s conventions by opening her own agency for aspiring Hollywood screenwriters. … Continue reading

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Expendable Lives

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff  is a historical fiction novel set during and after World War II. It begins in New York near Grand Central Station where an unknown woman has been hit and killed by an … Continue reading

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U-Turn

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout was a sequel novel I looked forward to with great anticipation. Unfortunately, it left me feeling disgusted. I say this because this short story collection includes some content about the prickly Olive Kitterage, but it … Continue reading

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Finding Truth

The Riddle and the Knight: In search of Sir John Mandeville by Giles Milton is a non-fiction book published in 1996. This is another library book sale discovery which, quite frankly, left me amazed. Milton, a British journalist, discovered Mandeville’s … Continue reading

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