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"A Suitable Boy" - Vikram Seth

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:52:03 GMT

Has anyone read "A Suitable Boy," by Vikram Seth? It's among an elite group of long novels, which I find appealing. I'm contemplating its purchase...

New Leaf Book Club • February 2018 Discussion • Passing by Nella Larsen

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:01:40 GMT

Thread locked until start of discussion on February 15. Image: *Passing* by Nella Larsen is the February selection for the New Leaf Book Club. ---Quote--- An important figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Nella Larsen was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Her fictional portraits of women seeking their identities through a fog of racial confusion were informed by her own Danish-West Indian parentage, and Passing offers fascinating psychological insights into issues of race and gender. ---End Quote--- Kindle ( | Kindle UK ( | Kobo (

Literary A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:41:00 GMT

'After a terrible hurricane levels their Jamaican estate, the Bas-Thorntons decide to send their children back to the safety and comfort of England. On the way their ship is set upon by pirates, and the children are accidentally transferred to the pirate vessel. Jonsen, the well-meaning pirate captain, doesn't know how to dispose of his new cargo, while the children adjust with surprising ease to their new life. As this strange company drifts around the Caribbean, events turn more frightening and the pirates find themselves increasingly incriminated by the children's fates. The most shocking betrayal, however, will take place only after the return to civilization. The swift, almost hallucinatory action of Hughes's novel, together with its provocative insight into the psychology of children, made it a best seller when it was first published in 1929 and has since established it as a classic of twentieth-century literature - an unequaled exploration of the nature, and limits, of innocence.' Goodreads ( This is the MR Literary Club selection for January 2018. Whether you've already read it or would like to, feel free to start or join in the conversation at any time, and guests are always welcome! So, what are your thoughts on it? Attachment 161397 ( 161398 ( 161399 ( 161400 ( 161401 (

Diaries and Letters of Women Writing in 18th or 19th Century

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:40:03 GMT

I would be grateful for recommendations of books of the diaries or letters of women, particularly those written in the 1700s and 1800s. The main aspect of their lives I'm interested in is childbirth and infant mortality. A friend, who is an historian and myself, were talking about this. I'd noticed the very pragmatic way that childbirth is dealt with in novels of this period, and how pregnancy is hardly mentioned - babies are just magically born, with only a slight reference to a "condition". We came to the conclusion that this was a mixture of prudery and the high risk of death to both mother and child during birth and the months and early years following. Anyone who has been round an old churchyard will have seen gravestones on which are carved the names and dates of children who die in close succession. So if you know of any diaries written by women during this period and in ebook format, please tell me. Lots of thanks in advance.

New Leaf Book Club • Vote for February 2018 • A Rainbow of Reading

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:32:22 GMT

Image: Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2018! *All are welcome to vote, but please don't vote unless you plan to participate in the discussion, whatever the selection.* This is a Image: poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? *FAQs ( | Guidelines (")* Or just ask! *Choices:* *Nothing But Blue Skies* by Tom Holt Kindle ( | Kobo ( | OverDrive ( From Amazon: ---Quote--- There are many reasons why British summers are either non-existent or, alternatively, held on a Thursday. Many of these reasons are either scientific, mad, or both-but all of them are wrong, especially the scientific ones. The real reason why it rains perpetually from January 1st to December 31st is, of course, irritable Chinese Water Dragons. Karen is one such legendary creature. Ancient, noble, nearly indestructible and, for a number of wildly improbable reasons, working as a real estate agent, Karen is irritable quite a lot of the time. But now things have changed, and Karen's no longer irritable. She's furious. ---End Quote--- *Fadeout* by Joseph Hansen *Length*: 202 pages. AmazonUS: $7.99 ( | AmazonUK: £3.99 ( | KoboUK: £3.99 ( From Goodreads ( ---Quote--- Dave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlow, Sam Spade and Lew Archer as one of the best fictional PIs in the business. Like them, he was tough, determined, and ruthless when the case demanded it. Unlike them, he was gay. Joseph Hansen's groundbreaking novels follow Brandstetter as he investigates cases in which motives are murky, passions run high, and nothing is ever as simple as it looks. Set in 1970s and 80s California, the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place, with mysteries to match Chandler and Macdonald. In Fadeout, Dave is sent to investigate the death of radio personality Fox Olsen. His car is found crashed in a dry river bed. But there is no body - and as Dave looks deeper into his life, it seems as though he had good reasons to disappear. ---End Quote--- *The Price of Salt* by Patricia Highsmith Kindle: $0.99 ( | Kobo ( ---Quote--- Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, Carol tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany—the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society's confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation. Carol is a brilliantly written story that may surprise Highsmith fans and will delight those discovering her work. ---End Quote--- The novel was also adapted in 2015 for the film Carol (, directed by Todd Haynes. *Passing* by Nella Larsen Ki[...]