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Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Atkinson has another top notch novel that, true to character, develops the storyline in unconventional ways. She tells the story of a woman who, during WWII, transcribes conversations from a bugged apartment for the British secret service. The story unfolds through both the transcripts and inner thoughts of the main character. Listening to the story on an audiobook compliments Atkinson’s choice to include the transcriptions which, though often mundane, act as a clever device to move the story.

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Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang: Fifty Makers, Shakers and Heartbreakers from the Victoria Era by Kirsty Stonell Walker

With illustrations by Kingsley Nebechi this slim volume will excite the reader who likes their history in limited doses with lots of illustrations. Here you will find a host of women you have never heard of who, nonetheless, made history. Sit down for a few minutes or an hour, plenty to engage you. Love this illustrator! 

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Passing by Nella Larsen

Larsen, a rediscovered novelist of the Harlem Renaissance period, penned a novella that deftly explores the shifting lines of identity. Passing is a multi-layered look at racial, class, and sexual identity, remarkably contemporary given it was written over 90 years ago. The novel is a masterpiece, tightly constructed with a visual narrative that brings tone and nuance to the period. Larsen’s own history seems likely to have influenced this novel’s storyline and sensibilities. 

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Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin

Filled with a naturalist’s eye for detail, this novel delivers on suspense, character development, and a clever plot line. The main character, on the run from the drug cartel, has a back story that hounds his consciousness. As his reality seems to shift to the surreal, the natural world around him takes center stage.  

 

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