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Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance by Ekaterina Sedia
Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance

Sarah MacQueen, May 22, 2013

A wonderful collection of Victorian era short stories, displaying rebellion and defiance of societal norms in all ways. After reading this collection I have several new authors whose books I want to try out.
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Back Home. Michelle Magorian
Back Home. Michelle Magorian

Sarah MacQueen, February 23, 2013

Another powerful WWII era story by Michelle Magorian. This one is about a girl who returns to England from having been evacuated to the United States during the war. The England she returns to is still suffering the deprivations brought about by the war, and is nothing like the American culture she has grown accustomed to. Her family are strangers to her, and she to them. Her struggles provide great insight into life in Britain at the time. I stayed up far past my bedtime to finish this book!
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A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

Sarah MacQueen, February 23, 2013

This memoir, written by the redoubtable Lady Trent is an excellent read. Detailing her childhood and early adulthood through her first dragon research expedition, it brings to life the societies and cultures in her European-esque world, as well as providing insight into early dragon research. This fascinating species will be sure to catch your interest with its strange characteristics, abilities, and behaviors.
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Julie of the Wolves (Julie Series) by Jean Craighead George
Julie of the Wolves (Julie Series)

Sarah MacQueen, October 3, 2012

I returned to this childhood favorite of mine in honor of Banned Books Week, and found it a much more complex story than I remembered. Though the writing is obviously aimed at children, the ideas and information are for anyone. Julie runs away to escape an uncomfortable home situation, intending to go to San Fransisco where her pen pal lives. Instead, she gets lost on the tundra. There she finds and befriends a wolf pack for survival. Then, as winter comes she must decide whether to follow the way of the eskimo or accept the world of the white men.
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The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer
The Second Opinion

Sarah MacQueen, August 25, 2012

It was really interesting to read a book written from the point of view of a woman with Asperger's Syndrome. At first I hardly noticed the difference -- it was more in the way other people reacted to the things she said. But as the book progressed, it was more and more clear just how different her way of thinking was.

The suspense and mystery kept me eagerly turning the pages until the very end.
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