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Early August 2015

The first week of August has flown by – early mornings and late evenings darker than a month ago – rushing toward fall –

I have neglected posting things to the website – and in the thick of family at the cottage forgotten to send a review to the newspaper – determined to be more attentive and disciplined for the rest of the summer, so here goes

New in the past few weeks –

The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Louis de Bernieres

From the author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – one of the best books you’ll ever read – is a new novel – wonderful in every way. The story of an English family and their circle before, during and after the First World War. An especially brilliant picture of a young pilot’s experience during the war and his life during peace time.


The Woman in the Photograph by Dana Gynther

A rather racy novel about Lee Miller and Man Ray and their circle  in Paris in the years leading up to the Second World War – and Lee Miller’s war time life – fascinating woman!


Villa America by Liza Klaussmann

Her first book Tigers in Red Weather was one of the best almost a bit too trashy novels we all read a couple of summers ago. This is a step up and very good. The story of Gerald and Sara Murphy and their friends the Fitzgeralds and Hemingways in the south of France.


Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor

Historical fiction about Emily Dickinson and her maid.


The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

St. Thomas in the 1800s, again based on real history, and the ancestors of Camille Pizzarro.


News From Berlin by Otto De Kat

A novel set in Europe during the Second World War and the difficult decision of a Dutch diplomat.


June by Gerbrand Bakker

A new novel from the Dutch author of The Twin (winner of the IMPAC award) and Detour. There is something so sparse and wonderful about the books by this writer who makes you feel so apprehensive about what is to come – seductively delicious to read.



The Boston Girl by Ainita Diamant

Now in paperback the most recent novel from the author of The Red Tent takes place in the early 1900s in America.


If only we all had more time to read!! 

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