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The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

The heroic efforts of a small group of French librarians to resist the closing of the American Library of Paris during WWII is contrasted with a coming of age tale of a Montana girl in the 1980s and tied together with themes of friendship, loyalty, guilt and betrayal. A satisfying and substantial read.

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Four Lost Cities by Annalee Newitz

Why did people build the way they did? What were their daily lives like, how did it affect the structure of their communities and why did they leave? This is a careful look at domestic spaces, streets and gathering places and the remnants left by ordinary folk. It is enlightening and entertaining, two essential factors in nonfiction narrative.

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

The much-admired author gives us entry into the chamber of his literary wisdom, both in reading and writing. With a breezy tone he walks us through the tricks of the trade, useful to enjoying literature and vital to creating it
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Cathedral by Ben Hopkins

A weighty multi-generational epic of 13th century Germany played out upon the backdrop of a massive cathedral and the machinations behind its construction. Plenty of blood and thunder along with some insightful commentary on the human condition.

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Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

This fascinating book within a book (literally) will please fans of the author and also anyone who loves a substantial whodunit. Plenty of inside information about books, writers and publishing.

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The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams

A circus tent of wordplay and bizarre lexicography, this tale of two toilers in the trenches of dictionary-making is funny, creative and often amazes with the facility displayed by the author in making the English language fresh.

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