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E-Book Reader with Novel on Screen

I don't post many negative book reviews. When I'm not connecting with a book, for whatever reason, I stop reading unless I've committed to reviewing it. And I don't feel comfortable judging books that I haven't finished. I liked Mary Louise Kelly's The Bullet and Sherry D. Ficklin's Playing With Fire enough to finish them…

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Cover Locksmith's Secret

In The Locksmith's Secret, Tahlia Newland has woven several narratives into a complex story about the joys and pitfalls of love and the enduring power of the imagination. Writer Prunella Smith, whom readers may remember from Newland's last book, Worlds Within Worlds, has found love with Jamie Claypole, an English transplant to Australia. The two…

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Medusa Gorgon in Apollo Temple

I found the paperbacks in a used bookstore. Their pages were yellowed and they had the distinctive smell of old books. New, they cost $0.60 and $1.25. They were A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales, Nathaniel Hawthorne's adaptations of classical myths for children, and when I was nine years old they were my favorite books…

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Never Let Me Go Cover

I decided to fill in one of the millions of gaps in my education by reading a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. I couldn't work up any enthusiasm for Remains of the Day, the one about the butler, but Never Let Me Go is about clones. Surely, I thought, a novel about clones had to be…

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Worried Young Woman Doing Calculations

There are kids who dream of growing up to be entrepreneurs. They set up lemonade stands at the end of 10K races. They seek out jobs stocking supermarket shelves or hawking mall fashions as soon as they’re old enough to work. I wasn’t one of those kids. I put off getting my first job as…

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