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The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion HarperCollins, 324 pages ISBN 9781443422666 Genetics professor Don Tillman organizes his fridge around a seven-day preplanned supper rotation. He follows a rigid daily schedule, considers a Gore-Tex jacket perfectly acceptable attire for fine dining, and … 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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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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Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

Diary of a Bad Year, J.M. Coetzee Vintage Books, 227 pages ISBN 9780099516224   An aging scholar has been asked to contribute to a collection of essays on the state of the world in the early twenty-first century.  The publishers … Continue reading

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The Custodian of Paradise by Wayne Johnston

The Custodian of Paradise, Wayne Johnston Knopf Canada, 510 pages ISBN 9780676978155 Sheilagh Fielding is an unmistakeable presence in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Six foot three and beautiful, she winds her way into all of the city’s nooks and crannies and … Continue reading

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley Doubleday Canada, 292 pages ISBN 9780385665827 Flavia de Luce is not your typical eleven-year old girl.  She lives in a country house outside the village of Bishop’s Lacey with her … 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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