Midnight’s Children: by Salman Rushdie

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I call it quits. ’50 Books You Have to Read!’ (paraphrasing from Buzzfeed) ‘Modern Library 100 Best Novels': Amazon. Wait, what’s this? “If beating around the bush was a crime; then, Salman Rushdie would be charged with aggravated assault and attempt to murder of that bush.” A reader named Shayantani … Continue reading

Resistance; A Woman’s Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France: by Agnes Humbert, translated by Barbara Mellor

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I haven’t had anything to read in weeks which is torture – actually – bad example. What this woman went through was torture, and shed light on the little known perils of labor camps and political prisoners during WWII. Agnes was 43 years old in 1949, a respected art historian, … Continue reading

To Your Scattered Bodies Go, The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld 1&2): by Philip Jose Farmer

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FINALLY some decent sci-fi after that last debacle! ‘Riverworld’ was a conglomerate of the first two books in the series, and as such my rating is in the middle. ‘To Your Scattered Bodies Go’ is a fascinating idea, although I will tell you right now (starting book five) you aren’t … Continue reading

Front Row, Anna Wintour: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue’s Editor in Chief: by Jerry Oppenheimer

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Nearly 400 pages of scandal, intrigue and cat-fights! Well not quite. After watching The September Issue documentary which went behind the scenes of Vogue magazine for its biggest annual issue, I found myself in the mood to read fashion biographies and memoirs. Turns out those are few and far between … Continue reading

The Dancing Years, Morland Dynasty 33: by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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I’m as happy as England and the rest of the fictional world that WWI is over! Unfortunately, there is aftermath in the form of hunger, strikes, unemployment, and general shell-shock. Nowadays we know what actual shell-shock is, it must have been horrible for the men and women back then to … Continue reading

The Fallen Kings, Morland Dynasty 32: by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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I realized what I was in for at the end of the last book and WWI was still not over, but the end is in sight, and I found myself urging America to hurry up and join the war, since of course we know from history, their numbers turned the … Continue reading