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Lost in Austen
I know it is verboten to suggest that you may enjoy a movie adaptation more than you enjoy the book itself, but I'm gonna say it. I'm gonna say it . I love the Pride & Prejudice movie, but I have never been able to push my way through the book. I'm hiding b...

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Reading Goals for 2015
February seems like a funny time to get this post written, but I am actively avoiding reading Emma  (sorry, Jane) so it feels like a good time to update. In this post from September (oh dear, I have not been particularly diligent, have I) I discussed the ev...

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In the Woods by Tana French

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When I started this project, back in January , I really failed to take into account a few of the realities that would make it difficult. Not least among these is the fact that I cannot stop buying books. The intent of the project was to whittle down my coll...

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Hen Frigates by Joan Druett
It all started with Moby Dick . My mother recounts the tale of my love affair with Moby Dick  with great enthusiasm and frequency. How I brought it home from the library, my first real tome  of a book and announced that I was reading it. I was probably eigh...

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
One Sentence Summary: Marco and Celia are the pawns of their masters, weaving a circus of dark beauty each night for the gratification of an ominous challenge, but when they fall in love, the veil will be torn asunder and they must be more clever than fate ...

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The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky (21 of 171)
One Sentence Summary: Food writer Mark Kurlansky stumbled upon the lost files of the Federal Writer's Program of the Great Depression- files where they discussed the food at the center of households and communities, ways of eating before the highway system ...

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I Have a Problem: Volume VII
"What Lips My Lips Have Kissed and Where and Why" is one of the first poems that I read over and over again. St. Vincent Millay led a fierce and complex life and she really shook things up for her time. But for a woman who could look into a camera and seduc...

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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (20 of 166)
One Sentence Summary: The Moonstone, a mysterious gem of India, supposed cursed, brings mayhem, theft, and death to the lives of those who possess it. Excerpt :  “We had our breakfasts--whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you ...

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The Secret of Scent by Luca Turin (19 of 166)
One Sentence Summary: A persuasive argument for biochemist Luca Turin's theories regarding the mysterious scent molecule. Excerpt : "The voice of Nombre Noir was that of a child older than its years, at once fresh, husky, modulated and faintly capricious. T...
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