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Between Sky and Sea by Herz Bergner introduction by Arnold Zable

Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

Treasures of time by Penelope Lively

Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language by Robert McCrum

  • Roddy Parr by Peter Rose A witty and moving novel of a famous writer and his protégé. Roddy Parr takes us into the luminous circle of a literary giant. It is a world of family intrigues, importunate fans — and dark secrets

Brooklyn: Colm Tóibín's quiet intensity brings the past to life - read the review from Guardian here ||
Mathew Kneale When we wer Romans
|| || Mathew Kneale When we wer Romans || When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale - Matthew Kneale's nine-year-old hero Lawrence is affecting in his very ordinariness. A devotee of Tintin, Lego and Hotwheels, he is infatuated with Roman history and space, and is selfish and painfully courageous in turn. The entire novel consists of Lawrence's misspelt, erratically punctuated chronicle of a trip to Rome with a pest of a younger sister and a mother who is convinced that the children's absent father is in pursuit. This is a daring, artistically satisfying and at times wearying experiment. read more of the review from the Guardian here

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The unforgettable story of Sofia, a courageous young woman struggling to take care of her poverty-stricken family in Mozambique. This is the third novel about Sofia, which began with a terrible landmine accident in Secrets in the Fire, and continued into her teenage years in Playing with Fire. More here
song.jpgThe Songwriter by Beatrice Colin
With its mongrel origins, its polyrhythms and celebration of innovation, jazz was, in musical terms, a revolution. Jazz was born and reached maturity during an especially turbulent era in American history, and it’s tempting to link the sound and the fury. But, as Beatrice Colin shows in her second novel, The Songwriter, there was quite some distance separating the musical revolutionaries and their bomb-throwing counterparts. More of this review here
A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates ...ranks as one of Oates’ stronger works, a brief excursion into the kind of suburban horror that lies beneath the most bucolic of beach towns, here, New Jersey’s Bayhead Harbor, a wealthy enclave of old and new money sunning themselves and getting tipsy in lavish yachts, trailed by housekeepers and nannies. The nanny in question here is Katya Spivak, of South Jersey, a pretty 16-year-old from a low-class family of gamblers and thieves.
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The Women in Black

The Essence of the Thing
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33reasons.jpgA Truth Universally Acknowledged 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen

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New fiction in March

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Life in seven mistakes
Going Bovine
The secret diaries of Charlotte Bronte
Tudor stories for girls by Alison Prince
Lady Macbeth's daughter by Lisa Klein
Staff at OLMC love reading. Here are some books enjoyed by teachers this year.

The Millennium TrilogynovelsStieg LarssonThe Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl Who Played with FireThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
December 2009: Christopher Hitchens on Stieg Larsson | vanityfair.com
just about to start reading Wolf Hall

Thomas Cromwell, the chief minister to Henry VIII who oversaw the break with Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries, was widely hated in his lifetime, and he makes a surprising fictional hero now. Geoffrey Elton used to argue that he founded modern government, but later historians have pared back his role, and one recent biographer, Robert Hutchinson, portrayed him as a corrupt proto-Stalinist. He's a sideshow to Wolsey in Shakespeare and Fletcher's Henry VIII, a villain who hounds Thomas More to his death in Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons.
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