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The History of Bees – Maja Lunde

From the publisher, “England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper … Continue reading

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The Doomed City – Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky (Translated by Andrew Bromfield)

  In the 1970s the Strugatsky brothers’ science-fiction novels were wildly popular in the USSR.  This novel was their favorite, but was so politically risky that it was kept secret and only published in the late 1980s, sixteen years after … Continue reading

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Paint Your Wife – Lloyd Jones

It all began when the men went off to war. Alma was one of the few males left in town. He was the teacher in the tiny school, wore an old straw hat and carried his tin case of pencils … Continue reading

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The Novel Habits of Happiness: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (10) – Alexander McCall Smith

Isabel’s life is slightly off center. First, Cat, her niece has a new man in her life who seems too good to be true. Second, old enemies have appeared in Edinburgh, and may be moving there. And third, a young boy seems … Continue reading

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Hold Me Like A Breath – Tiffany Schmidt

Legal organ transplants are reserved for only the healthiest people.  Those that do not make the long government wait lists turn to the underground organ transplant “families”.  Penelope is the daughter of one of the mafia type families who obtain … Continue reading

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The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan

Callanish was busy, performing at least two Restings a week.  She looked young, far from death.  People liked that.  She prepared the dead, said the words, and slipped them into the sea. Legally, all damplings had to be interred in … Continue reading

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