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Sheila works in the academic and corporate accounts department at the City of Books. She enjoys gardening, playing with her cats, and rearranging her book collection every few weeks.

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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
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Do we really need another sweeping historical epic set in 16th-century England? One which possesses at its heart yet another subplot about Henry VIII and his volatile affections? We certainly do if the novel is written by Hilary Mantel. Written in a... (read more)

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan
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This is not my usual fare, and I bought Narrow Road based on a lovely review in the Financial Times. The book surprised me: I started reading it on a warm Saturday afternoon and finished it four hours later realizing that I had read something truly... (read more)

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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Staff Pick
Do we really need another sweeping historical epic set in 16th-century England? One which possesses at its heart yet another subplot about Henry VIII and his volatile affections? We certainly do if the novel is written by Hilary Mantel. Written in a... (read more)

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Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book)
Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book)
by Hilary Mantel
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Would the sequel live up to expectations? Actually, yes. Hilary Mantel's talent for rich detail and sensuous atmosphere is still apparent, and Bring Up the Bodies is, in some ways, a much more gripping, riveting, and textured read than Wolf Hall. For one... (read more)

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
by Jacqueline Kelly
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Much to her mother's dismay, 11-year-old Callie prefers science to needlework and cooking. But such preferences are not quite acceptable in America at the turn of the 20th century. Callie, however, is bound and determined to further her interests. A... (read more)

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Cleopatra: A Life
Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff
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I'm rather sure that all three of Stacy Schiff's previous works have been nominated for some award or another. With a pedigree like that, you know that her latest biography is bound to be a must-read. Stripping away all the previous misconceptions about... (read more)

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The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
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Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for this lyrical little tome, and, in spite of the controversy surrounding the prize and the 2011 shortlist, I believe he deserved the award. It's the kind of book that one races through, stopping every now and then... (read more)

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Mister Pip
Mister Pip
by Lloyd Jones
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One of the best books I read in 2008, Mister Pip is the kind of lyrical and poignant novel one wishes to find every few weeks. An added bonus: it also inspires a desire to reread Dickens's Great Expectations.... (read more)

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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (A Flavia de Luce Mystery)
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (A Flavia de Luce Mystery)
by Alan Bradley
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Flavia de Luce, the intrepid and canny 11-year-old amateur detective, is back in full force! When a TV personality and comedian is electrocuted during a performance, Flavia decides that it's up to her to unmask the murderer. Soon, she's busy cycling... (read more)

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The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
by Gary J. Bass
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One of the Financial Times picks for best political books of the year, The Blood Telegram is a horrifying and shocking story of the birth of Bangladesh and the terrible part that Nixon and Kissinger played in all of it. The worst thing is that one comes... (read more)

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Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
by Susan Hill
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Struck by the sudden realization that she possesses quite a few books she's never read, author Susan Hill decides to take a year off buying books so that she can read, and reread, the many treasures in her possession. Howards End Is on the Landing is the... (read more)

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Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book)
Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book)
by Hilary Mantel
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Would the sequel live up to expectations? Actually, yes. Hilary Mantel's talent for rich detail and sensuous atmosphere is still apparent, and Bring Up the Bodies is, in some ways, a much more gripping, riveting, and textured read than Wolf Hall. For one... (read more)

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The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International)
The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International)
by Julian Barnes
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Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for this lyrical little tome, and, in spite of the controversy surrounding the prize and the 2011 shortlist, I believe he deserved the award. It's the kind of book that one races through, stopping every now and then... (read more)

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The Demon in the Teahouse
The Demon in the Teahouse
by Dorothy Hoobler
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The Demon in the Teahouse is an exciting and thrilling mystery novel set in 18th-century Japan. The authors do a fantastic job with the period details and with layering the intrigue and suspense. Practically unputdownable, this novel is recommended for... (read more)

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Sugar Would Not Eat It
Sugar Would Not Eat It
by Emily Jenkins
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You don't have to be a cat enthusiast to enjoy Sugar Would Not Eat It, a delightful book about a boy, his new kitten, and a slice of chocolate cake. A humorous and charming read. Recommended for children four and up, and for cat lovers everywhere.... (read more)

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Wait for Me!
Wait for Me!
by Deborah Mitford
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Shortlisted as one of the best memoirs of the year in the UK, Wait for Me!, the memoirs of the youngest Mitford sister, is a must-have for any self respecting Anglophile and Mitford addict! Gossipy, witty, and completely beguiling, you'll want to devour... (read more)

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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party
by Ying Chang Compestine
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About a third of the way into the novel, we're treated to a quote from Chairman Mao: "A revolution is not a dinner party... A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another." Truer words were never written... (read more)

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The Ice Princess
The Ice Princess
by Camilla Lackberg
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If you're looking for a well-crafted, suspenseful mystery novel, you'll definitely want to check out Camilla Lackberg's The Ice Princess, the first installment in a series that's been garnering praise from every quarter. Far, far superior, in my humble... (read more)

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Reality Check (10 Edition)
Reality Check (10 Edition)
by Peter Abrahams
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Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for best young adult mystery book, Reality Check is a fast-paced and tightly plotted novel that will keep you glued to the pages till the very end. Although the disappearance of the main character's girlfriend is at the... (read more)

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The Enchantress of Florence
The Enchantress of Florence
by Salman Rushdie
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I'm not much of a Rushdie fan: I've always found him to be far too long-winded for my taste. So it was quite a pleasant surprise for me to find myself enjoying his latest novel so very much. Enchanting, beguiling, and written with exquisite prose, this... (read more)

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