Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)

How do you review a book when you don’t want your audience to know the most important parts of the story before they read it?  Because this is what Rebecca has done to me.  It isn't technically a mystery, but the spoilers would be so catastrophic it might as well be.  Dammit, book, you’re so … Continue reading Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)

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Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond (William Dalrymple and Anita Anand)

I almost bought this book in England last summer, but it only came in hardcover and my suitcase was getting too fat as it was.  Turns out my local library had it for free.  Which makes this the first time I’ve checked out a book from the gemology section. If you didn’t already know, the … Continue reading Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond (William Dalrymple and Anita Anand)

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

I read Geraldine Brooks’ novel Caleb’s Crossing a few months ago, and loved it. After that, I discovered Brooks had a number of other novels, most of which sounded equally fascinating, and decided to start with Year of Wonders. It’s also set in the 17th century, but that wasn’t the reason. Rather, Year of Wonders … Continue reading Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)