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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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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
Jake Home
Ruth McKenney - Jan 01, 1943
Nancy Pearl
Mar 30, 2021
@Mar_shallLaw I loved both those books/      source
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
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 i...
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
Bailey's Cafe
Gloria Naylor - Aug 31, 1993 (first published in 1992)
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Set in a diner where the food isn't very good and the ambience veers between heaven and hell, this bestselling novel from the author of Mama Day and The Women of Brewster Place is a feast for the senses and the spirit....
Nancy Pearl
Mar 18, 2021
Backlist title of the day: Looking for a great book to read? Look no further than Gloria Naylor's 1992 magnificent novel Bailey's Cafe, which has all I love: fully developed characters and wonderful writing. Don't miss this one.      source
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
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
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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 K. 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