Tag Archive: England

Mar 18

Book Review: Silver: Return to Treasure Island

Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion There are two kinds of classic novels. One is the kind you’re hit over the head with in high school, (or forced to read it a few years too early, if you went to an aggressively academic school), and as an adult, if you remember the book …

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Mar 12

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris This book starts out kind of clumsily, with Jack and Grace pretending to be the perfect couple. I think the word “perfect” was used probably a dozen times in the opening scene. But the tension is there from the first moment. Jack is beautiful, Grace is thin, the souffle …

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Dec 16

Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware A lot of books try to say they’re the next Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, but this one really does have some of the elements I loved about those two books. It has a narrator who isn’t entirely reliable, but it doesn’t go as whole-hog …

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May 17

Book Review: H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald It seems like the memoirs that really appeal to me, especially recently, are ones like this: brilliant, well-read women who do interesting things. Helen Macdonald is a falconer, but she’s also an academic with a taste for literature. When Macdonald’s father dies, she sees the book Goshawk by …

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May 17

Book Review: At Home, A Short History of Private Life

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson I have adored quite a few of Bill Bryson’s books, especially In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods, which I found both uproariously funny and full of fascinating anecdotes. I expected to like this one just as much, and got the …

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