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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

'The Woman in White'()  

August 7, 2007 The plot of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White pivots on fraud and identity theft — modern problems that turn out not to be so modern after all. Writer Jennifer Egan recommends the thriller, written in 1860.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

'New England White'()  

August 7, 2007 Carter's sprawling, old-fashioned whodunit unravels the murder of a noted Ivy League economist. The book's heroes are an accomplished and well-connected black American couple whose fictional family saga offers a window into a rarely seen part of our culture.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

'Fallen Founder'()  

August 6, 2007 Nancy Isenberg's years of research have yielded a very readable history of Aaron Burr, a complex, elegant man. This biography was selected by Day to Day's Karen Grigsby Bates in her late-summer reading recommendations.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

'Practically Perfect in Every Way'()  

August 6, 2007 In an effort to perfect herself, Jennifer Niesslein decides to follow the advice of several professional advice-givers, and the results are alternatingly hilarious and head-scratching.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

'The Garden of the Finzi-Continis'()  

July 31, 2007 Giorgio Bassani's tragic The Garden of the Finzi-Continis chronicles a wealthy Jewish family's struggle to keep change — and destruction — at bay in Mussolini's Italy. Recommended by author Dalia Sofer.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

'The Unknown Terrorist'()  

July 24, 2007 Richard Flanagan's deeply unsettling new novel features first-class writing, a central character whose past and present will tear your heart in two, and a plot that carries you inexorably along to the last sad and awful climactic scene, recommends Nancy Pearl.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

'Free Food for Millionaires'()  

July 24, 2007 Keeping up with the Joneses isn't always easy — even if you are a fashion-conscious young woman with an Ivy-League degree, a strong sense of entitlement, and "an enviable golf handicap."

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

'Gertrude Bell'()  

July 24, 2007 Nancy Pearl recommends Georgina Howell's riveting biography of Gertrude Bell to biography fans, history buffs, or any reader with an interest in the deep background of events playing out in the Middle East today.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

'Then We Came to the End'()  

July 24, 2007 Joshua Ferris' novel begins just as the economic boom of the 1990s is beginning to head south. Nancy Pearl says the book, which explores the meaning of work and identity, made her "feel good about the state of contemporary fiction."

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

'In the Woods'()  

July 24, 2007 Tana French's intense debut novel is part whodunit, part psychological thriller, and wholly successful, recommends Nancy Pearl. Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox are Dublin police detectives who are called in to investigate the murder of a young girl.

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