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Thank You , JeevesAuthor: P.G. WodehousePublished: 1934Type: FictionFinished: July 29, 2020 Rating: ★★★★ Image from Amazon I adore P.G. Wodehouse’s stories, especially the Jeeves and Wooster series. But it is difficult to convey the joy I find in reading his books. Quoting individual snippets that are hilarious in context may sometimes fall flat on their …

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The Girl With Seven Names: Escape from North KoreaAuthor: Hyeonseo Lee with David JohnPublished: 2015Type: BiographyFinished: July 27, 2020 Rating: ★★★★ Image from Amazon I know it’s a cliché to say “it’s too unrealistic to be fiction”; and yet it is a true story. Just before turning 18 and becoming an adult in North Korea, …

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The Warmth Of Other SunsAuthor: Isabel WilkersonCopyright: 2010Type: Non-FictionFinished: July 4, 2020 Rating: ★★★★★ Image from Amazon Between 1915 and 1970 over 6 million Black southerners escaped Jim Crow by uprooting their lives and moving north and west.  “They fled as if under a spell or a high fever. ‘They left as though they were …

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Reality Is Not What It Seems Author: Carlo RovelliCopyright: 2014Type Non Fiction – PhysicsFinished: June 20, 2020 Rating: ★★★ Image From Amazon Carlo Rovelli is a physicist who tries to explain the current state of physics to the layman. In the first part of the book, Rovelli explains the history of physics starting with the …

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Rhino RanchAuthor: Larry McMurtryCopyright: 2009Type: FictionFinished: April 28, 2020 Rating: Image from Amazon Ironically my longest write up of the Duane Moore series is for the shortest volume. This final novel of the Thalia/Duane Moore trilogy is a study of the tension between the small town of Thalia and outsiders. Duane is pulled back into …

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When The Light GoesAuthor: Larry McMurtryCopyright: 2007Type: FictionFinished: April 27, 2020 Rating: ★★★ Image from Amazon Years or even decades pass between the Thalia stories of “The Last Picture Show”, “Texasville”, and “Duane’s Depressed” but only 2 weeks have passed between the previous events and “When The Light Goes”. (However, the books were published 8 …

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Duane’s DepressedAuthor: Larry McMurtryCopyright: 1999Type: FictionFinished: April 23, 2020 Rating: ★★★ Image from Amazon The novel opens a few years after the end of “Texasville” when Duane is 62. He comes home one afternoon, puts his pickup key in an old cracked cup and starts to walk everywhere. Everywhere. This is beyond strange in a …

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