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Katherine by Anya Seton

This is a BBC’s The Big Read book. I’m slowly reading myself through the list, and chose this book because it gave me a K title.

Published: 1954

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 640 pages

Setting: medieval England, 1366-1396

Summary: Short version: Katherine’s life as the Duke of Lancaster’s mistress in 14th century England Continue reading

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The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

I was looking for an E author to fill a slot in my alphabet reading challenge. This looked like an interesting option from the library shelves.

Published: 2019

Genre: thriller

Length: 393 pages

Setting: the U.S., Japan, and Paris, present day

Summary: Short version: It’s kill or be killed for all the characters Continue reading

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The Emissary by Yoko Tawada

I heard about this on episode 187 of What Should I Read Next and was intrigued by the idea of post-apocalyptic Japanese science fiction. Since I’m trying to add more countries to my reading list, and it got me a T author, I decided to read it before the end of the year.

Published: 2014 in Japan, 2018 in the U.S.

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 138 pages

Setting: a near future Japan

Summary: Short version: Yoshiro is raising his great-grandson in a post-apocalyptic Japan Continue reading

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

This is Kingsolver’s newest book that I finally got around to because it gave me a U title. Since there were quite a few in the library system, I recommended it as this November’s book club choice.

Published: 2018

Genre: fiction

Length: 461 pages

Setting: Vineland, New Jersey, present day and 1880s

Summary: Short version: The story of two families, separated in time, trying to survive personal catastrophes Continue reading

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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlan

I hope all my American readers had a lovely Thanksgiving. It was a long day here with the in-laws, which means I’m ready to curl up with a book. I already finished this book, but perhaps you might like it. While I tell myself saw Anna Quindlan discussed somewhere and thought she sounded like an interesting author, really I just picked up one of her books because she’s a Q author.

Subtitle: A Memoir of a Woman’s Life

Published: 2012

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 182 pages

Font: Granjon

Summary: Short version: A collection of essays focused on families, friendships, and growing older Continue reading

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Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis

I was in the mood to read another Pulitzer Prize winner. I picked this one because it got me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.

Published: 1924

Genre: literature

Length: 430 pages

Setting: various locations (some fictional) in the Midwest and Northeast U.S. and a Caribbean island, early to mid 1900s

Summary: Short version: Dr. Arrowsmith tries to find a medical career he enjoys Continue reading

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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

This was our September book club choice.

Subtitle: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Published: 2016

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 261 pages

Setting: mostly around Middleton, Ohio, 1980s-present

Summary: Short version: Vance’s hillbilly life and how he got out Continue reading

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