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Fiction, Historical FictionThomas MannLotte in WeimarJan de Vrieshttps://tomruffles.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/lotte-in-weimar-by-thomas-mann/
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Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, some were made into filmsLen DeightonHarry Palmer seriesPenny Millerhttps://www.fantasticfiction.com/d/len-deighton/
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Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, also a TV seriesElizabeth GeorgeInspector Lynley seriesPenny Millerhttp://www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com/books.htm
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerDorothy L. SayersLord Peter Wimsey seriesNancy McRaehttps://www.harpercollins.com/products/lord-peter-dorothy-l-sayers?variant=32123082997794
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerElliot PattisonInspector Shan seriesNancy McRaehttps://eliotpattison.com/behind-the-inspector-shan-series/#
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerCharles ToddInspector Ian Rutledge seriesNancy McRaehttps://charlestodd.com/charles-todd-collection/ian-rutledge-series/
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Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, World War IJacqueline WinspearMaisie Dobbs seriesNancy McRaehttps://jacquelinewinspear.com/books/?vp_filter=maisie_dobbs_novels#all-books
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerLaurie R. KingSherlock Holmes/Mary Russell seriesNancy McRaehttps://laurierking.com/books/russell-holmes/
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerLindsey DavisMarcus Didius Falco seriesChris Millerhttps://lindseydavis.co.uk/publications/
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerDonna LeonCommissario Brunetti seriesChris Millerhttps://crimereads.com/donna-leon-on-thirty-years-of-inspector-guido-brunetti/
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerLouise PennyInspector Gamache seriesMargaret Rushlowhttps://www.louisepenny.com/books.htm
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerLouise PennyState of TerrorSandy Gillimhttps://www.louisepenny.com/stateofterror.htm
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerTana FrenchThe LikenessSandy Gillimhttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/300449/the-likeness-by-tana-french/
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Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Military/WarAlan FurstNight Soldiers seriesGary Chicoinehttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/9514/alan-furst/#:~:text=Alan%20Furst%20%7C%20Penguin%20Random%20House
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerRaymond ChandlerThe Big Sleep et. al.Gary Chicoinehttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/4639/raymond-chandler/
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerDashiell HammettThe Maltese Falcon et. al.Gary Chicoinehttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/11744/dashiell-hammett/
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerDorothy B. HughesIn a Lonely PlaceGary Chicoinehttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/555857/in-a-lonely-place-by-dorothy-b-hughes-introduction-by-megan-abbott/
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerSue GraftonAlphabet SeriesNori Gearyhttps://www.suegrafton.com/bookshelf.php
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerJo NesboHarry Hole thrillersNori Gearyhttps://jonesbo.com/books/
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerPatricia HighsmithMr. Ripley seriesNori Gearyhttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/79866/the-talented-mr-ripley-ripley-under-ground-ripleys-game-by-patricia-highsmith-introduction-by-grey-gowrie/
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerJohn le CarréSilverviewNori Gearyhttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/703350/silverview-by-john-le-carre/9780735244467
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Biography/Memoir, Non-FictionRon Howard and Clint HowardThe Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and FamilyPenny Millerhttps://www.harpercollins.com/pages/theboys
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Nature, Non-Fiction, ScienceSy MontgomeryThe Curious NaturalistLouanne Nielsenhttp://symontgomery.com/the-curious-naturalist/
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Biography/Memoir, Non-FictionMargaret RenklLate MigrationsLouanne Nielsenhttps://margaretrenkl.com/late-migrations/
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Biography/Memoir, Non-FictionAnn PatchettThese Precious DaysLouanne Nielsenhttps://www.harpercollins.com/products/these-precious-days-ann-patchett?variant=33090914385954
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History, Non-Fiction, PoliticsNikole Hannah-Jones1619 ProjectLouanne Nielsenhttps://1619books.com/#books
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FictionNathaniel Ian MillerThe Memoirs of Stockholm SvenMargaret Rushlowhttps://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/nathaniel-ian-miller/the-memoirs-of-stockholm-sven/9780316592550/?lens=little-brown
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Culture, Art, and Music, Non-FictionDavid DamroschAround the World in 80 BooksWilliam "Liam" McKonehttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/679068/around-the-world-in-80-books-by-david-damrosch/
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FictionDamon GalgutThe PromiseSarah Robinsonhttps://www.europaeditions.com/book/9781609456580/the-promise
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Fiction, Historical FictionNguyễn Phan Quế MaiThe Mountains SingWilliam "Bill" Wilsonhttps://nguyenphanquemai.com/page/the-novel.html
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Biography/MemoirBenjamin FranklinThe Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinDoreen Sheridanhttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Autobiography-of-Benjamin-Franklin-and-Other-Writings/Benjamin-Franklin/Word-Cloud-Classics/9781684122899
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Historical FictionPam JenoffThe Woman With The Blue StarLois Adamshttps://pamjenoff.com/books/the-woman-with-the-blue-star/
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Historical FictionPam JenoffThe Winter GuestLois Adamshttps://pamjenoff.com/books/the-winter-guest/
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Historical FictionPam JenoffThe Diplomat's WifeLois Adamshttps://pamjenoff.com/books/the-diplomats-wife/
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Adventure, Biography/Memoir, Culture, Art, and Music, Fiction, Classic literatureF. Scott FitzgeraldShort StoriesJeanne Hutchinshttps://www.scott-fitzgerald.com/html/fitzgerald_short_stories.html
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Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classic literatureTruman CapoteShort StoriesJeanne Hutchinshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1646582.A_Tree_of_Night_and_Other_Stories
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Fiction, Historical FictionJane AustenShort StoriesJeanne Hutchinshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26100486-jane-austen-juvenilia-and-short-stories
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Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classic literatureWilla CatherMy AntoniaJeanne Hutchinshttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292287/my-antonia-by-willa-cather-introduction-and-notes-by-john-j-murphy-illustrations-by-w-t-benda/
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Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classic literatureJohn SteinbeckEast of EdenJeanne Hutchinshttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/354458/east-of-eden-by-john-steinbeck-introduction-by-david-wyatt/
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Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classic literatureJohn SteinbeckCannery RowJeanne Hutchinshttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292263/cannery-row-by-john-steinbeck-introduction-by-susan-shillinglaw/
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Fiction, light FantasyTJ KluneHouse in the Cerulean SeaSusan Hooperhttps://www.tjklunebooks.com/the-house-in-the-cerulean-sea
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Fiction, NatureLaurie FrankelOne Two ThreeSusan Hooperhttps://www.lauriefrankel.net/one-two-three.html
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Fiction, Mystery/ThrillerRichard OsmanThursday Murder Club Mystery SeriesSusan Hooperhttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/TM9/a-thursday-murder-club-mystery
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Fiction, Historical FictionAnthony DoerrCloud Cuckoo LandSusan Hooperhttps://www.anthonydoerr.com/books/cloud-cuckoo-land
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Adventure, Fiction, TravelWilliam Kent KreugerThis Tender LandBetsy Harperhttps://williamkentkrueger.com/standalone/this-tender-land/#about
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Adventure, Fiction, TravelAmor TowlesThe Lincoln HighwayBetsy Harperhttps://www.amortowles.com/the-lincoln-highway-about-the-book/
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FictionJane CampbellCat BrushingCarol J. TruesdellWhat initially attracted me to this book is that at age 80, this is Jane Campbell's first published book. It is a 133 pages of short stories, (each story only about 3 or 4 pages long.). Cat Brushing explores the erotic, emotional and intellectual lives of old women. Each story is told by a different old woman. The women in these stories fight against prevalent misconceptions and stereotypes of aging. The book is full of surprises and shows how some women overcome the notion that elder women's behavior must be monitored and controlled. This is not a book for the faint of heart. The book is full of humor, sex, and sadness. For example, one story depicts the life of a woman who resides in a retirement home. Her beloved dog has been taken away, against her will and is replaced by a personal attendant robot. There is a shocking ending to this story, as she gets her revenge. You may find these stories shocking, and they may offend you. But they are full of senior woman insight. I could not put these compelling stories down.
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Historical FictionDiana GabaldonOutlanderJen BartlauThe grandmother of the historic time travel genre. Claire, a WWII nurse, travels back 200 years to Jacobean Scotland, suffers heartbreak, danger, and a tenuous love.
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FictionBrad KesslerNorthNancy McRaeA young woman refugee from Somalia is stranded near a monastery in northern Vermont. The abbot must reconcile his cloistered life with the call to help others. A large part of the book details Sahro's journey as a refugee. The author lives in VT.
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Historical FictionNguyen Phan Que MaiThe Mountains SingNancy McRaeAn epic account of a multigenerational family enduring Viet Nam's turbulent 20th century, and how love, hope, courage, and hard work sustained them.
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Self-HelpJon Kabat ZinComing to our sensesJan de VriesLike a symphony, this book transports to another state of mind. 700 pages telling “Be here now“, seems a bit long. That criticism is like saying that an hour is a bit long for a symphony based on one melody. The informational content could not be simpler; yet, every passage is a bit different. Variation in repetition creates the magic.
Awareness of here and now is the most exciting and rewarding adventure.
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Novel, comedyPatrick TaylorIrish Country DoctorDoreen SheridanA charming story about an MD, just awarded his degree, who goes to a small town in Northern Ireland for a trial period to assist the local doctor, whose unorthodox methods, and quirky patients are perplexing to the neophyte doctor. An elixir for anyone with a heavy heart, it's reminiscent of, but much lighter than, A.J. Cronin's The Green Years. It would be the perfect prelude to viewing James Harriet's All Creatures Great & Small. PBS "Masterpiece Theatre" will be starting a new production of that series January "21
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MysteryAnthony HorowitzThe Word Is MurderGary ChicoineHorowitz is an accomplished British screenwriter (Foyle's War & other British series) and a novelist. This is the first book (copyright 2018) I've read by him and, as an inveterate reader of mysteries, I was immediately immersed. His construct is quite novel (no pun intended) -- he is both the real life author, narrator, and one of two main characters in the book as he accompanies a disgraced (?) detective through present day London on the path to solving the murder while Horowitz (ala Dr. Watson style) takes notes to write a book about the detective and his investigatory methods. Very engaging. Highly recommended.
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HistoryThomas E. RicksFirst PrinciplesDavid SchraffenbergerAbout the educational background of Washington, Adams, Jefferson & Madison. Relevant because we're still living in the house they designed...
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HistoryTed WidmerLincoln on the VergeNancy McRaeLincoln's 13 day circuitous journey from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration while Jefferson Davis was being inaugurated as president of the Confederacy.
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Historical Fiction, MysteryWilliam Kent Krueger Ordinary GraceBarb Blokland This takes place in 1961, in Minnesota. It’s a mystery about 5 deaths (1 is a murder), but a really beautiful story about forgiveness and family.
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Energy, Science, AutobiographicalWilliam Kamkwamba and Bryan MealerThe Boy Who Harnessed the WindMike WeiselWonderful true story about a young African boy who designs and builds a windmill to provide power to his small village
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PoliticsKwame Anthony AppiahThe lies that bind; 2018Jan de VriesIdentities are lies that bind.
More in this Google doc.
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PoliticsFrancis Fukuyama The end of historyJan de VriesAn interesting amalgam of world history, philosophy, psychology and political analysis. More in this Google doc.
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PoliticsKurt AndersenFantasylandJan de VriesLiving in fantasy land is the strength and weakness of America. More extensive review in this Google doc.
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Victorian era novelGeorge EliotMiddlemarchNori GearyCenturies change, but genius endures. No genius has seen deeper into human nature than George Eliot in her masterpiece Middlemarch. Eliot’s irony is gentler than Jane Austen’s, and thus less humorous, but more thought provoking. Her final evaluation of the worth of average lives is optimistic and encouraging. A tonic for present times.
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Historical FictionSue Monk KiddThe Secret Life of BeesDonna JohnsonThis is an intriguing story of a young woman's journey to adulthood. The story is relevant to today as it touches on racial prejudice and inequality.
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HistoryTom BrokawThe Greatest GenerationBetsy HarperI've always wanted to read this book because my father was in WWII but he never talked about his experiences. He came home from the war and started a family with my mother, had a good job and contributed to his community. This is similar to the men (and women) that Tom Brokaw interviewed and wrote about in his book. The stories have similarities of growing up poor during the depression and enlisting in the armed forces at a young age and persevering through war and how that war shaped their lives. The book also highlights racism that occurred not only for African Americans but Japanese/Asians and Native Americans. It's a book that tells how my parents' generation shaped America for my generation (Baby Boomers).
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MysteryLaurie R. KingThe GameNancy McRaeThis is the 7th book in the series featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes. In this mystery, Mary and husband are dispatched to India to locate a missing English spy who was the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's Kim. Always entertaining, but not a fast moving thriller. One should start with the first book, "The Beekeeper's Apprentice", available at Brownell.
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EnvironmentHeather HansmanDown River Into the Future of Water in the WestNancy McRaeThe author rafted down the Green River to the Colorado to explore the viewpoints of farmers, ranchers, cities, and recreational users of its water. Very informative.