Beloved by Toni Morrison – Challenged!

The past is a fearsome ghost hanging over Sethe’s life. It is 1873, slavery has been abolished, and while she now lives a safe and seemingly peaceful life, she remains haunted by a dark act she committed 20 years ago. She has stayed sane by “beating back the past” , but the horrendous legacy of […]

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Summer reading lists

Apparently, readers need a lot of help in the summer. Everyone and their dog publishes  “beach-reads lists” ; I ask you: who’s got a beach around here? How about “books to read when people insist you go with them when they fish”? “Books to read instead of going to the gym like you’re supposed to, […]

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The Mangle Street Murders

In 1882 London, a detective duo playfully reminiscent of Holmes and Watson debut in M.R.C. Kasasian’s The Mangle Street Murders. When March Middleton’s father dies, she agrees to live with her godfather, the eminent “personal” detective (private is for bedrooms, he says), Sidney Grice. Cold-blooded, vain and avaricious, Grice is approached when a beautiful young […]

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This is the Water

Annie watches her daughters at swim practice, while wondering why her husband doesn’t kiss her anymore. At the same time, a  killer watches the girls and imagines seeing the life leaving their eyes. In This is the Water, by Yannick Murphy, we see Annie’s harried life as a swim mom in rural Vermont, driving her daughters […]

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The birth of Pooh

I squeaked with joy when I saw this book on  Booklist Reader :  Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh  by Sally M. Walker.  Although it’s a children’s book, it appealed to me because of the cover art of a bear snuggling with a soldier and my abiding affection for Winnie the Pooh. It all […]

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Romantic historical novels-without bodice ripping

Timeless love stories, set in long-ago times, never go out of style.  Here are a few suggestions for those who like historical fiction spiced with some romantic longing. Longbourn by Jo Baker  tells of Sarah, a young housemaid working in the tumultuous household of the  Bennet family from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  This novel combines the […]

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Suspenseful gothic thrills

When a vulnerable young woman wakes up in the locked room of an insane asylum, with no memory of how she got there, the only thing she knows for sure is that she is Georgina Ferrars who lives in London with her uncle.  And that is the one thing, it seems, that is quite impossible. […]

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