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The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City) by Armistead Maupin
The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City)

James Phillips, February 3, 2014

They say that all good things must come to an end, and this is a fitting end to Maupin's "Tales of the City" series. All the familiar characters are here in one form or another. And not only do we get to catch up with what they're doing now (2012, that is), for the first time we get to see Anna's backstory of growing up in a brothel in Nevada between the Wars. Touching, funny, and nearly impossible to put down, Maupin winds up his tales with love and humor. And if you've ever wondered what Burning Man is like, this is one of the best accounts I've ever read.
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Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1)

James Phillips, February 13, 2013

For those who devoured the Alexia Taraboti series, welcome to The Parasol Protectorate: the Previous Generation. Occurring some 20 years before the previous series, it's still Victorian England, complete with vampires, werewolves, and steampunk. Our guide is 14-year-old Sophronia, who unexpectedly finds herself shipped off to finishing school��"which turns out rather differently from what she expected. Along the way, we meet a few younger versions of old friends from the original series, as well as many new ones. Adventures happen in the delightful Miss Carriger's combination of wit, erudition, and fashion.
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The Cranford Chronicles (Vintage Classics) by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Cranford Chronicles (Vintage Classics)

James Phillips, March 7, 2012

Having come to Cranford by way of the BBC series, I was delighted to discover that the adaptation was a deft weaving of these three novellas. It was somewhat like reading Jane Austen 30 years on: the women are all spinsters or widows and doing quite well without having to rely on men, thank you. A contemporary of Mr Dickens, Mrs Gaskell does for the country what he did for the city...only funnier and terser.
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Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography by Elisabeth Sladen
Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography

James Phillips, January 3, 2012

Completed a few months before her untimely death, this is the well-told story of one of the staples of the Whoniverse. Beyond her role as the fan-favorite companion to multiple Doctors, Lis reveals a love of theatre and life. We learn about her early days on-stage and how she almost inadvertently falls into the role of Sarah Jane Smith. Witty, gossipy, and just plain fun, it was like sitting in a comfy chair while Lis spun tales of theatre and television in the UK in the late 20th century.
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