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The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James

In 19th century high society, much is expected of young ladies and there are few choices for women in general.  They are expected to marry and typically acquiesce to their parent’s wishes.  But American Isabel Archer has a different notion.  … Continue reading

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Fire In The Blood by Irene Nemirovsky

Written in 1941, Fire in the Blood is a novella examining the lives of rural French villagers – contrasting the passions of the young with the notable absence of those same passions in the old.  It was an interesting premise, but … Continue reading

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Middlemarch by George Eliot

George Eliot tackles the timeless problems of life in a small community in her classic novel Middlemarch.  First off, Eliot tackles young romance and the sometimes misguided approach to marriage.  Dorothea becomes enamored of a much older man, Mr. Casaubon, because he … Continue reading

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The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock

The book opens in 1947, when Jim Harrison, a test-pilot for the Air Force, is on his way to breaking the sound barrier.  The novel continues to chronicle Harrison’s life (and more specifically his marriage) with the background of the … Continue reading

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The Master’s Muse by Varley O’Connor

I set aside April to read several books with ballet as a theme.  With this, my third book, I delve into the world of George Balanchine, the “master” of dancer and famed choreographer of the New York City Ballet.  The … Continue reading

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The Custom Of The Country by Edith Wharton

“When The Custom of the Country was first published in 1913, it was her ninth novel, and her audiences were eager to read Wharton’s indictment of the American upper class.  They weren’t to be disappointed.  In this novel, we follow the … Continue reading

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Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

I didn’t realize when I chose this book that the majority of it would take place in the spirit world.  I know I would have passed it by, and that would have been a shame.  Why?  Because this book was … Continue reading

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