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Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

This won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 and was available as an ebook while I was waiting for some holds to come in.

Published: 1984

Genre: fiction

Length: 291 pages

Setting: London, England, 1980s

Summary: Short version: Two professors have affairs when traveling Continue reading

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The Magus by John Fowles

This was one of Modern Library‚Äôs top 100 novels of the century. It’s also on the BBC’s The Big Read list.

Published: 1965

Genre: fiction

Length: 606 pages

Setting: a small Greek island, 1960s

Summary: Short version: An Englishman gets involved in a fantastical masque in Greece Continue reading

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Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

I saw this book on a Modern Mrs. Darcy post and immediately put it on my TBR list. It’s a book about books, what’s not to love? I was in the mood for some nonfiction and decided to pick it up in the new year.

Subtitle: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 243 pages

Summary: Short version: check out the subtitle Continue reading

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

I put this book on my TBR list to perhaps learn how to find the symbolism in literature, because I’m terrible at seeing the underlying meanings. I chose it now because it gave me an F author, the last letter I need for my alphabet challenge.

Subtitle: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Published: 2003

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 281 pages of text, 314 pages total

Summary: Short version: The title pretty much says it all
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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books that our library had.

Published: 1860

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 645 pages of text, 668 pages total

Setting: various English locations, mid 1800s

Summary: Short version: A mystery because women have vapors instead of talking Continue reading

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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1974

Genre: fiction

Length: 320 pages

Setting: mostly New York City, early 1900s

Summary: Short version: Family life in early 1900s New York City Continue reading

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. It’s the highest on the list I’ve never read and I decided to pick it up. Plus, I was in between library books and this was available from Gutenberg for free for my Kindle.

Published: 1818

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 249 pages

Setting: 1800s England, in and around Bath

Summary: Quick version: Class gets in the way of potential husband Continue reading

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