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.. the good Lord went to ridiculous lengths to make sure that one of the finest minds in existence was housed in a body least likely to be suspected of it. “A Study in Scarlet Women” by Sherry Thomas

This wasn’t on my radar at all until  CBR folks started reviewing The Lady Sherlock Series.  Thanks! I have zero knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes novels aside from how they are interpreted or reinvented by television and film. At some … Continue reading

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If you invented modern fame from scratch, now, and told people what it would consist of, they would think you were crackers. “How To Be Famous” by Caitlin Moran

This follow-up to “How to Build a Girl” is a funny,  frank and tender look at a young woman coming into her own. Having “built the girl”, Johanna is now living alone in London, at 18, and writing for a … Continue reading

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Trees did not talk back, or willfully disobey, or laugh at him. They were not here to torment him; indeed, they were not here for him at all. “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier

I enjoy reading fiction that has to do in some way with horticulture or nature. Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior and Prodigal Summer are two of my favorites. The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall and The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin are also … Continue reading

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This is why your children were returned to you shoeless, jacketless, covered in mud, and full of fantastic stories. “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” by Maria Semple

Many of you fellow Cannonballers read this one and you folks are not ambivalent about it. It appears to be a like it or leave it situation. I gotta say, I thought it was tremendous.  This is a modern tale that … Continue reading

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I’m not in the habit of boring people with my biography. “A Fine Imitation” by Amber Brock.

I think that I have already mentioned that I am a sucker for a good book cover and especially prone to snatch up ones that have an intriguing photo of a retro lady looking wistful and full of feelings.  This … Continue reading

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Pain could be measured, whereas love often couldn’t even be located. “Dunbar” by Edward St. Aubyn

This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I previously reviewed Chevalier’s New Boy from the series. It was a FANTASTIC take on Othello. A year or so ago, I read Atwood’s spin on the Tempest ,  Hag-Seed, but didn’t really care for it.  Dunbar … Continue reading

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does he have a horse? is that what this is about? does he have a sword gun or a railroad or a ..a nice hat or something? “Texts From Jane Eyre” by Mallory Ortberg

I stumbled upon Ortberg’s hilarious “How to Tell if You are in a Jane Austen Novel”  a while back on The Toast  web site so when this popped up as a Goodreads recommendation I took it to heart.  A quick … Continue reading

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