My Bookshelf

I love to read, and I love to share the books I read. Here are some books that climbed inside me.

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Jill

Miss Pym Disposes

Miss Pym Disposes

Josephine Tey wrote quiet stories, and Miss Pym Disposes is one of my favorite. A girls’ school, a murder, a busybody. But the friendship at the center of this book is deeper, and more frightening than the simple plot might suggest.

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The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

The first book in Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series. Check out the audio version in which a full-character cast includes the author’s dynamic narration. I find the daemon to be one of the most remarkable conceits in literature.

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These Truths

These Truths

An absolutely stunning history of the United States. You know how you feel when you listen to Hamilton? Like you are seeing your country for the first time? Yeah, this book is like that.

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Name All the Animals
Master and Commander

Master and Commander

If I’d pursued a dissertation, it would have involved the Aubrey/Maturin books, with a particular emphasis on his three major female characters. O’Brian is a master of the anti-climax, and this series is superb.

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The Library Book

The Library Book

Initially, Orlean's nonfiction takes us on a search for the arsonist of the Central Library fire in 1986. And then a history of libraries in Los Angeles. And finally an exploration of open spaces in our culture. It is written with so much love and curiosity that I frequently found myself in tears.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is pure pleasure. An updating of Greek myths, the heroes are hilarious, and clever, and in constant peril. I wanted to be these kids, and reading their adventures is the next best thing.

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Fingersmith

Fingersmith

A tautly plotted thriller. Waters explores class and sex in a style uniquely her own.

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