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Nancy Pearl is an American librarian, best-selling author, literary critic and the former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library.
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They Loved to Laugh
Kathryn Worth - Apr 01, 1997 (first published in 1942)
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Tears and laughter alternate in this novel of a young girl's growth to womanhood in the 1830s. 16-year-old orphan Martitia Howland has been transplanted into a Quaker farm family of five intimidating sons and one disapproving daughter. As Martitia runs their gauntlet, she suffers their teasing but finally begins to bloom. Valiantly she acquires the...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 19, 2021
@ConMartin I loved this book      source
The Librarian's Stories
Lucy Falcone - Feb 16, 2021 (first published in 2020)
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A village is left in ruins after the bombs fall. The beloved library is burned to ash. Food is scarce. Danger is abundant. Every aspect of daily life is changed. How will home ever feel as it once did?But then one day, the Librarian emerges in the town square. Seated on a bench in front of the library's remains, she opens a book and begins to read ...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 17, 2021
@LucyFalcone @bottlefullorain @POWkidsbooks Really loved the book - thank you for writing it -      source
The Dispossessed
Ursula K. Le Guin - Oct 20, 1994 (first published in 1974)
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Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life—Shevek must make the unprecedented ...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 16, 2021
The best book I've ever read about anarchism and how it might work in a political context is Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed. It's a marvelous novel.      source
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The Gone-Away World
Nick Harkaway - Aug 11, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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There couldn’t be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. But there it was, burning bright on national television. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters and nightmares the Go Away War had left in its wake. The fire was a very big problem.Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends, the Haul...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 11, 2021
Backlist title of the day: About 2/3 of the way through The Gone-Away World, @Harkaway's 2008 novel, you'll come across a sentence that will change everything you thought you knew about what you'd already read. Loved this book, altho I'm not sure the cover is doing it any favors.      source
The Pattern in the Carpet
A Personal History with Jigsaws
Margaret Drabble - Sep 16, 2009
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The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression. Alongside curious facts and discoveries about jigsaw puzzles — did you know that the 1929 st...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 09, 2021
@graciemelinda I haven't read her in years, either. I loved her very early novels. Her nf book The Pattern in the Carpet is wonderful. Plus, she loves jigsaw puzzles. Like me.      source
The True Account
A Novel of the Lewis & Clark & Kinneson Expeditions
Howard Frank Mosher - May 19, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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Howard Frank Mosher introduces Private True Teague Kinneson, who sets out with his nephew, Ticonderoga, on an epic race to reach the Pacific before Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Along the way True and Ti encounter Daniel Boone and his six-foot-two spinster daughter, Flame Danielle; fight and trick a renegade army out to stop Lewis’s expeditio...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 07, 2021
Backlist title of the day: If you're looking for a funny book, don't miss The True Account, Howard Frank Mosher's 2003 novel, in which Ticonderoga Kinneson & his uncle race Lewis & Clark to the Pacific. A true delight, definitely not to be missed.      source
Mrs. Tim Flies Home
D.E. Stevenson - Jan 06, 2019 (first published in 1952)
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The countless readers of D.E. Stevenson's delightful novels will be especially engrossed by this one, the final book of her four-part "Mrs. Tim" series, and will find Hester Christie, herself, more lovable than ever. Humor, charm, and a superb talent for storytelling are the hallmarks of D.E. Stevenson's work.Leaving Tim (now a colonel) in Kenya, M...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 03, 2021
@NorthernReader @DeanStPress I'm a big DE Stevenson fan - especially her Mrs TIm books and The Young Clementina      source
Mrs. Tim Carries On
D.E. Stevenson - Jan 06, 2019 (first published in 1941)
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There is so much War News in News Bulletins, in Newspapers, and so much talk about the war that I do not intend to write about it in my diary. Indeed my diary is a sort of escape from the war . . . though it is almost impossible to escape from the anxieties which it brings.Bestselling author D.E. Stevenson's charming fictional alter-ego, Hester Chr...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 03, 2021
@NorthernReader @DeanStPress I'm a big DE Stevenson fan - especially her Mrs TIm books and The Young Clementina      source
Mrs. Tim Gets a Job
D.E. Stevenson - Jan 06, 2019 (first published in 1947)
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Miss Clutterbuck would like me to run the bar--no, it can't be that--run the car, which has seen its best days but is still useful for shopping. Grace has told her I am patient and tactful, so (as she herself is neither the one nor the other) she thinks I am the right person to look after the social side.With husband Tim stationed in Egypt and her ...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 03, 2021
@NorthernReader @DeanStPress I'm a big DE Stevenson fan - especially her Mrs TIm books and The Young Clementina      source
The Young Clementina
D.E. Stevenson - Jul 02, 2013 (first published in 1935)
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Charlotte, the determined heroine of beloved author D.E. Stevenson's The Young Clementina, has her future all planned out. But when Garth, the man Charlotte loves, marries her sister instead, Charlotte is hearbroken and moves to London to escape her pain. After the two divorce, Garth's tragic death forces Charlotte to care for her young niece, Clem...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 03, 2021
@NorthernReader @DeanStPress I'm a big DE Stevenson fan - especially her Mrs TIm books and The Young Clementina      source
Voyage for Madmen
Peter Nichols - May 01, 2011 (first published in 1997)
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Published to coincide with the Golden Globe Race's 50th AnniversaryIt lay like a gauntlet thrown down; to sail around the world alone and non-stop. No one had ever done it, no one knew if it could be done. In 1968, nine men - six Englishmen, two Frenchmen and an Italian - set out to try, a race born of coincidence of their timing. One didn't even k...
Nancy Pearl
Feb 01, 2021
@ramanjr There's a really good nf book about the 1968 around the world race called A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols      source
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Love Thy Neighbor by Peter Maass
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August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones
The Reconstructionist by Josephine Hart
The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer
No boats on Bannermere by Geoffrey Trease
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco