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Death in the Garden mystery

Posted on Feb 11, 2006 in Fiction

by Elizabeth Ironside Felony & Mayhem, 1995 I love murder mysteries set in England. Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, P.D. James and now for me, a new author — Elizabeeth Ironside. Her mystery novel Death in the Garden was mentioned by a woman on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.” Terry was doing one of her end of the year shows where she asks...

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Posted on Feb 8, 2006 in Fiction

by George Orwell Signet Classic/ Penguin Putnam Inc., 1984 I’m belated again (as I was reading Mary Karr’s book.) I’d never read 1984 by George Orwell. I’d read Animal Farm, and Brave New World — but not 1984. Maybe I’m glad. Maybe if I had read the book before I wouldn’t have read it now, wouldn’t have felt this rising panic that 1984 is my world, right...

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Never Let Me Go novel

Posted on Feb 4, 2006 in Fiction

by Kazuo Ishiguro Alfred A. Knopf, 5005 Sometimes, the only way to help us see, the only way to warn us is through a story. Buddha, Jesus, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, George Orwell, Flannery O’Conner, John Steinbeck — they all knew that a story, well told, can give us ears to hear, eyes to see, what otherwise we might miss, what otherwise we...

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