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Jennifer Barnes's The Naturals

So . . . perhaps you read our Exploring the Fjord Side post and thought, “That Scandinavian crime fiction sure sounds bleak. I don’t know that I want to read something that snowy and brooding.” 534 more words

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Oddly-Specific Genres: Exploring the Fjord Side

Happy New Year and welcome to the first installment of our new monthly series, Oddly-Specific Genres!

Last year, we hosted the 2016 Library Challenge, which was pretty intense. 1,467 more words

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Abahn Sabana David

There is existential foreboding in Marguerite Duras’ “Abahan Sabina David.” Written in the 1970s, it was first translated into English in 2016 and published by Open Letter at the University of Rochester. 312 more words

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The Whale

In the New York Times Book Review Zadie Smith revealed that her father gave her a copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses before he passed away. He confessed he never read it. 536 more words

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Beasts of No Nation

I did not see the film, so I cannot compare it with the novel. The book is gripping, particularly because the author had no actual experience with the subject. 336 more words

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Not Christmas Reading

Bored of Christmas? Had it up to here with left over turkey and reheated sprouts?  Overdosed on sugar and fed up of books with Christmas trees and tinsel in them?   827 more words

Cozy Crime

My Name is Lucy Barton

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize this year, Elizabeth Strout’s daughter-mother novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, was favorably mentioned in the New York Times’  744 more words

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