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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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The Christie Affair
A Novel
Nina de Gramont - 2022-02-01
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Nina de Gramont's The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder—and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century.Every story has its secrets.Every mystery has its motives.“A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman. It’s a ...
Nancy Pearl
Here I am, fangirling about @NinadeGramont's new novel The Christie Affair, one of the most enjoyable books I read this year.      source
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There But For The
A Novel
Ali Smith - 2012-07-24
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When a dinner-party guest named Miles locks himself in an upstairs room and refuses to come out, he sets off a media frenzy. He also sets in motion a mesmerizing puzzle of a novel, one that harnesses acrobatic verbal playfulness to a truly affecting story. Miles communicates only by cryptic notes slipped under the door. We see him through the eyes ...
Nancy Pearl
@BottlesCansRI She’s so good. My favorite is There But For The, which is also a great audio book      source
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Ethel and Ernest
A True Story
Raymond Briggs - 1999-09-21 (first published in 1998)
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Poignant, funny, and utterly original, Ethel & Ernest is Raymond Briggs's loving depiction of his parents' lives from their first chance encounter in the 1920s until their deaths in the 1970s.Ethel and Ernest are solid members of the working class, part of the generation (Brokaw's "Greatest Generation") that lived through the tumultuous era of the ...
Nancy Pearl
@SimonGuy64 @bookcoverlove Oh oh oh, one of the best books I’ve ever read. I love it dearly      source
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Long Call
Ann Cleeves - 2020-07-28 (first published in 2019)
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In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father's funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been...
Nancy Pearl
Excellent audio book as well      source
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The Feast
the perfect staycation summer read
Margaret Kennedy, Cathy Rentzenbrink - 2021-06-03 (first published in 1949)
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Cornwall, Midsummer 1947. Pendizack Manor Hotel is buried in the rubble of a collapsed cliff. Seven guests have perished, but what brought this strange assembly together for a moonlit feast before this Act of God -- or Man? Over the week before the landslide, we meet the hotel guests in all their eccentric glory: and as friendships form and romance...
Nancy Pearl
Very much enjoyed Margaret Kennedy's splendidly ingenious 1950 novel The Feast (reissued by @FaberBooks), but would suggest you read the forward after you read the book, & not before.      source
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Finding George Orwell in Burma
Emma Larkin - 2006-03-06 (first published in 2004)
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A fascinating political travelogue that traces the life and work of George Orwell in Southeast AsiaOver the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma, also known as Myanmar, she's come to know all too well the many ways this brutal police state can be described as "Orwellian." The life of the mind exists in a state of siege...
Nancy Pearl
@ds228 @Liz_Mc2 @RohanMaitzen When people talk about Orwell it always makes me want to recommend Emma Larkin’s Finding George Orwell in Burma, a really really good book that looks at his novels and memoir in a fascinating way      source
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The Time of Our Singing
Richard Powers - 2004-02-01 (first published in 2002)
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, an enthralling, wrenching novel about the lives and choices of one family, caught on the cusp of identities.Jonah, Ruth and Joseph are the children of mixed-race parents determined to raise them beyond time, beyond identity, steeped in song. Yet they cannot be protected from the world forever...
Nancy Pearl
@sibaerisch My favorite of all his books will always be The Time of Our Singing, though      source
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A Novel
Richard Powers - 2021-09-21
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The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He’s also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the face. As h...
Nancy Pearl
Oh my gosh, Bewilderment, Richard Powers’ new novel, is simply wonderful- get it on order from your local indie right now (out 9/21). It’s a real treat      source
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Disturbances in the Field
Lynne Sharon Schwartz - 1983-06-01
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As powerful now as when first published in 1983, Lynne Sharon Schwartz's third novel established her as one of her generation's most assured writers. In this long-awaited reissue, readers can again warm to this acutely absorbing story. According to Lydia Rowe's friend George, a philosophizing psychotherapist, a "disturbance in the field" is anythin...
Nancy Pearl
@RohanMaitzen @ds228 I love love love this book and have also read it often.      source
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A Deadly Education
A Novel (The Scholomance)
Naomi Novik - 2021-05-04 (first published in 2020)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the first book of the Scholomance trilogy, the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic. "The dark school of magic I've been waiting for." Katherine Arden, author of Winternight TrilogyI decided that Orion Lake needed to die a...
Nancy Pearl
I loved the first book--A Deadly Education--in @naominovik's newest series (and so did the young teen I gave it to); we're both so looking forward to September when the sequel comes out -      source
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