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January 10, 2012

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Housekeeping Author: Marilynne Robinson Genre: Aunts Release Date: 2005 Pages: 219

I was fortunate enough to read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson this year. Blown away by her brilliance, I then set out to read Housekeeping – the only other work of fiction Robinson has written.

Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly. First they are under the care of their competent grandmother

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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — Femmes @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Jane Austen Book Club Author: Karen Joy Fowler Genre: General Fiction Release Date: 2004 Pages: 288

This delicious book is a witty comedy of contemporary manners, as well as a charming homage to the art of novel-writing. Brought together by a shared love of Jane Austen, five women and one man meet monthly to discuss her six novels. As the six characters go in search of the author – each has their own “private Austen” – they

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Cooking for Mr Latte by Amanda Hesser

Filed under: Book Reviews,Cookery — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Cooking for Mr. Latte Author: Amanda Hesser Genre: Cooking Publisher: W. W. Norton Release Date: 2004 Pages: 336

Unlike many foodie memoirs that add recipes on to the end of each chapter, Amanda Hesser – one of the food writers at the New York Times – understands the many meanings of food. Cooking for Mr Latte, subtitled A Food Lover’s Courtship, with Recipes, incorporates food as seduction and comfort, a means of binding together families

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Pinhead Duffy by Helena Close

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction,Irish — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Pinhead Duffy Author: Helena Close Genre: Fiction Publisher: Blackstaff Press Release Date: 2005 Pages: 250

Set in 1970s Limerick, Pinhead Duffy tells the story of four young men at a turning point in their lives. It is the last summer between primary and secondary school and the four boys – Sean, Dodge, Eyebrows and Pinhead – are looking forward to a good one.

At thirteen they are beginning to notice girls and Pinhead, the leader of their gang

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Soft Target by Stephen Leather

Filed under: Book Reviews,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Soft Target Author: Stephen Leather Genre: Fiction Publisher: Coronet Release Date: 2005 Pages: 520

Although I have not read Hard Landing by Stephen Leather, the prequel to Soft Target, the name Stephen Leather rang a bell with me. So when this book arrived, I settled down to what I imagined would be a good read. Luckily I was not disappointed.

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd is an undercover cop, working ostensibly as a hired killer. Larry Hendrickson

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The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: The bone people Author: Keri Hulme Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Group USA Release Date: 1988 Pages: 450

The Bone People was one of the books that I considered picking for my last, pre-New Zealand, bookclub. Instead, due to the lack of Kiwi books available in Irish bookshops, we ended up with The Colour. Rose Tremain’s novel wasn’t bad – particularly in its evocation of the landscape and weather of New Zealand – but, having read

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The Sea by John Banville

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Thriller — The Artist @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Sea Author: John Banville Genre: Fiction Publisher: Vintage Release Date: 2006 Pages: 195

One of the first things that strikes the reader upon starting The Sea is the sense of familiarity on encountering its protagonist Max Morden. John Banville’s characters are certainly distinct from one another but occupy the same Venn diagram of self-satisfied, unfulfilled smugness as each other. Their morality is in a constant state of dishabille

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The Book of Evidence by John Banville

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Thriller — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Book of Evidence Author: John Banville Genre: Detective and mystery stories Publisher: Pan Macmillan Release Date: 1998 Pages: 219

While many book lovers know who John Banville is, quite a lot haven’t read any of his work. The reasons are possibly that Banville has a weighty literary rep that inspires awe and fear in equal measures. My first introduction to him is The Book of Evidence and based on this, his back catalogue beckons.

For a writer of literary fiction, it’s

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Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Three Weeks with My Brother Author: Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks Genre: Biography Publisher: Sphere Pages: 384

Nicholas Sparks is probably best known for his books The Notebook and Message in a Bottle. In January 2003, Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the world. Always close from early childhood, this trip was another milestone in the brothers’ lives as, by their early thirties, they were the only two surviving members

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Company of Three by Jennifer MacCann

Filed under: Book Reviews,Chick-Lit — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Company of Three Author: Jennifer MacCann Genre: Domestic fiction Release Date: 2005-01-01 Pages: 380

In this novel of first love, Anna's dull little life turns upside-down when the beautiful, witty Angela takes her under her wing and the gorgeous Marcus stumbles into her life.

Three young people are sharing a house in Dublin. Anna is a junior editor in a publishing house. Working for a woman who has no taste in literature, Anna’s life is a

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