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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 Feast
the perfect staycation summer read
Margaret Kennedy, Cathy Rentzenbrink - Jun 03, 2021 (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
Oct 16, 2021
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 - Mar 06, 2006 (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
May 18, 2021
@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 - Feb 01, 2004 (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
May 06, 2021
@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 - Sep 21, 2021
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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
May 05, 2021
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 - Jun 01, 1983
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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
Apr 30, 2021
@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 - May 04, 2021 (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
Apr 29, 2021
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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I Go by Sea, I Go by Land
P. L. Travers - Nov 15, 2016 (first published in 1941)
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'James and I stayed on at home and everything was quiet and sunny and we got to thinking the war would never come after all . . . Just when we were so sure nothing would happen, the German plane came over. It came over one night at one o'clock in the morning and the sound was quite different from an English plane and we all woke up. You could hear ...
Nancy Pearl
Apr 23, 2021
My favorite Travers’ book is the little known I Go By Sea, I go by Land, her 1941 book about escorting two children to Canada - if you can find it, it’s great      source
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Industrial Valley
Ruth McKenney - Mar 31, 1992 (first published in 1939)
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Ruth McKenney's compelling novel of class and industrial conflict in Akron, Ohio, first appeared in 1939 and was widely acclaimed. McKenney was a capable journalist who had spent a year and a half in Akron, the heart of the tire industry, a city that she said "smells like a rubber band smoldering in an ashtray." Industrial Valley vividly portrays a...
Nancy Pearl
Mar 30, 2021
@Mar_shallLaw I loved both those books/      source
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Jake Home
Ruth McKenney - Jan 01, 1943
Nancy Pearl
Mar 30, 2021
@Mar_shallLaw I loved both those books/      source
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Rhododendron Pie
Margery Sharp - Jan 03, 2021 (first published in 1930)
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As lively and entertaining as THE NUTMEG TREE is this story of Ann Laventies who refuses to live up to her family's elegance and snobbery. Her father is an exquisite dilettante; her brother, Dick, a competent artist and polished adventurer with the ladies; her sister, Elizabeth, the writer of fine essays. But Ann is disappointed in the "rhododendro...
Nancy Pearl
Mar 18, 2021
@yvettespaintbox The 3 Martha books are good, and Something Light is a delight. Also, her novel Rhododendron Pie is wonderful.      source
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Something Light
A Novel
Margery Sharp - Feb 13, 2018 (first published in 1960)
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In 1950s London, a career girl decides it's high time she snared herself a husband Professional dog photographer Louisa Datchett is indiscriminately fond of men. And they take shocking advantage of her good nature when they need their problems listened to, socks washed, prescriptions filled, or employment found. But by the age of thirty, Louisa is ...
Nancy Pearl
Mar 18, 2021
@yvettespaintbox The 3 Martha books are good, and Something Light is a delight. Also, her novel Rhododendron Pie is wonderful.      source
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They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth
The Librarian's Stories by Lucy Falcone
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. le Guin
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble
The True Account by Howard Frank Mosher
Mrs. Tim Flies Home by D. E. Stevenson
Mrs. Tim Carries On by D. E. Stevenson
Mrs. Tim Gets a Job by D. E. Stevenson
The Young Clementina by D. E. Stevenson
Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
The Underground Man by Mick Jackson
The Odd Woman by Gail Godwin
Love Thy Neighbor by Peter Maass
Pages from the Goncourt Journals by Edmond de Goncourt
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