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A Guide to The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series

A Guide to The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series

…guide Tears of the Giraffe In the second book, Precious Ramotswe tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 percent), she also fi…

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Author Spotlight: Susan Minot

…n l987. The novel was followed by Lust & Other Stories, a collection about wayward artists and journalists living in New York City, particularly about the relations between men and women in their twenties and thirties having difficulty coming together and difficulty breaking apart. Her third book, Folly, set in the twenties and thirties in Boston, is a novel about a woman from a stifling Brahmin background whose choice of a husband is the determin…

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The Third Rail and Michael Harvey's Chicago

…or out-of-town businessmen looking for a shot of ouzo, a leg of lamb, or a wayward belly dancer” and where Kelly finds Mayor John Wilson right about to bite into a helping of saganaki. It isn’t long before Kelly’s leads in the case take him to Bucktown, a neighborhood he says “got its name from the goats Polish immigrants used to tie up in their front yards. Today the goats are gone, replaced by angst-ridden hipsters, spiked goths, and dewy-eyed e…

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Five Great Mysteries With Female Protagonists

…is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors. Reading Group Guide | Excerpt | Buy the Book Hotwire Written by Alex Kava A thrilling addition to Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell series! On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, two teenagers are seemingly electrocuted…

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The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories by Nikolai Leskov

…ed characters that include serfs, princes, military officers, Gypsy girls, wayward monks, horse dealers, nomadic Tartars, and, above all, the ubiquitous figure of the garrulous, enthralling, not entirely trustworthy storyteller. In stories long considered classics, Leskov takes the speech patterns of oral storytelling and spins them in new and startlingly modern ways, presenting seemingly artless yarns that are in fact highly sophisticated. It is…

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Media Center: ‘Leaving the Sea’ by Ben Marcus

Media Center: ‘Leaving the Sea’ by Ben Marcus

…ure sketched in light. But it’s not all macabre corporeality. A story of a wayward creative writing professor who conducts a cruise ship workshop is a downright hilarious and ingenious work of wry metafiction. Recommended especially for fans of speculative fiction that stays grounded in emotional honesty, like that of Donald Barthelme, Blake Butler, and Curtis White.” —Diego Baez, in a starred review for BOOKLIST “Boundary-pushing fiction. Fifteen…

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Recipe by the Book: Granny’s Irish Soda Bread

…nto the sink, the weight of it reminding her, as it always does, of a baby, a newborn, the packed, damp warmth of it. (p. 3) And so, in a few short sentences, we bear witness to a woman’s inner life; it’s how we enter the story of her family—her soon-to-disappear husband and their grown-up but wayward children. The following recipe for Irish soda bread is as much a part of Maggie O’Farrell’s family tradition as it is for her main character. It was…

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7 Fantasy Novels for People Who Don’t Read Fantasy

…r classes are drenched in sin and soot. Thomas Argyle is the only son of a wayward aristocrat. Charlie Cooper is his best friend. When Thomas finds himself under the bootheel of a sadistic head boy in the treacherous halls of their elite boarding school, he and Charlie begin to question the rules of their society. Then the boys meet Livia, the daughter of a wealthy and powerful family. She leads them to a secret laboratory where they learn that sm…

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7 Books Set on Campus

…r classes are drenched in sin and soot. Thomas Argyle is the only son of a wayward aristocrat. Charlie Cooper is his best friend. When Thomas finds himself under the boot heel of a sadistic headboy in the treacherous halls of their elite boarding school, he and Charlie begin to question the rules of their society. Then the boys meet Livia, the daughter of a wealthy and powerful family. She leads them to a secret laboratory where they learn that sm…

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Claire Dederer’s Favorite Mothers in Literature

…thers from literature—whether fiction or memoir—follow in Anna’s wavering, wayward footsteps. Rachel Cusk has given us a career’s worth of ambivalent, brainy, questioning mothers who make me feel less alone, from her novel Arlington Park to her current trilogy (Outline, Transit, and Kudos)—to her underappreciated and even occasionally reviled memoir of motherhood, A Life’s Work. I think, generally speaking, if your portrait of motherhood is revile…

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