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I bought myself a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo many years ago. I have no idea why I did so. (Turns out it was one of those sneaky abridged versions that doesn’t state anywhere obvious that half the book has been cut out, but that is beside the point.) As I clearly haven't… [keep reading]

The Baron in the Trees is the first book I read from my Classics Club list, as chosen for me by the recent spin. The version I read was translated by Archibald Colquhoun. I’d previously read (and been rather bemused and charmed by) If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Calvino (which I never… [keep reading]

I became a Sandra Gulland fan years ago, when I read her Josephine B. trilogy. It remains one of my favorite works of historical fiction. I’ve had Mistress of the Sun on my shelf for a while now and finally decided to pick it up. We first meet Louise de la Vallière — known as… [keep reading]

Desirable Daughters was recommended to me years ago by a bookstore coworker. I finally got around to reading it. Tara Chatterjee is happy enough in her current life. She and her teenage son, Rabi, live in San Francisco, where they moved after Tara’s divorce from the man her father choose for her. Her ex-husband, known… [keep reading]

Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer crossed my path at a library sale. I finally took it off my shelf because, after reading several books that I found merely ok, I wanted to sink myself into something bound to be good. The setting: Zebulon County, in the mountains of Appalachia. Three characters are living out their lives, determinedly walking… [keep reading]