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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain Crown, 352 pages ISBN 9780307352149 Nineteenth century America admired the virtuous. Lincoln, for example, was widely respected for his honesty, integrity, and sense of social responsibility, … Continue reading

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan HarperCollins, 288 pages ISBN 9781443415781 Clay Jannon is out of work.  It’s 2008, and the San Francisco area is already overflowing with unemployed web designers.  Competition is fierce for the few available jobs in … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

I didn’t realize that it was possible to get the stomach flu twice in less than two weeks.  Apparently so, even on top of a terrible cold.  I’m very grateful for all of the kind wishes you sent and am … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

Foreign Affairs, Alison Lurie Random House, 280 pages ISBN 0821976312 On a crowded flight across the Atlantic, anglophile Vinnie Miner wishes desperately for a bit of peace.  Vinnie, a middle-aged professor at Corinth University, would prefer to spend the flight … Continue reading

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The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys

The Lost Garden, Helen Humphreys Phyllis Bruce Books, 224 pages ISBN 1554684749 On a windy spring day in 1941, horticulturalist Gwen Davis says goodbye to a city she has loved for a decade.  There is very little in London for … Continue reading

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My Korean Deli by Ben Ryder Howe

My Korean Deli, Ben Ryder Howe Doubleday Canada, 304 pages ISBN 9780385664127 Ben Ryder Howe has a double-barrelled last name, a wardrobe from the L. L. Bean catalogue, and family connections in Boston dating back nearly four hundred years.  True … Continue reading

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Two travel memoir reviews: The Olive Harvest by Carol Drinkwater and Fly Away Home by Maggie Myklebust

It’s July.  My husband and children are off for the summer, and I’m joining them on holiday for these next two weeks.  We tried to fly to Western Canada once and the trip just about killed us, so we’re spending … Continue reading

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