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Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris

Fantastic historical fiction covering the Act of Oblivion which was to pardon those involved in the murder of King Charles I. Set in 1660 England, America and Europe, this well written tale moves along quickly as one single-minded government servant is obsessed with finding two fugitives not saved by the A of O and on the run in America. Fascinating and fun read with enough facts to satisfy the history buff.

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Sometimes People Die by Simon Stephenson

My medical background fostered my dark humor. This book is written by a physician and is one of the few to accurately portray the feel of a city hospital, this one in London. There is a serial killer on the loose. Not so unusual- Donald Harvey killed at one of my training grounds. Chilling, morbid, but funny.

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The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

National Book Award winner, so clearly a worthy book, but I had to force myself to finish it and the end lost me entirely. Some of the sentences did not even make sense to me. Perhaps I am not intellectual enough to appreciate a scholarly writer, but this was awful.

Please let me know if you found it otherwise.











We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman

Well reviewed, I expected this to be a wry look at a lifelong relationship as one woman faced her demise. Nah. The narrator was unappealing and there was precious little in the way of shared remembrances of happy exploits together. Leave it.

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