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TagsFiction (1,285), given away (799), British (763), 20th Century (497), 20th century (377), American (358), Historical Fiction (188), Virago Modern Classic; given away (165), Nonfiction (154), Literary Criticism (150) — see all tags

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About meI'm a recently retired professor of 16th and 17th British literature, particularly drama. I read a lot of fiction--historical novels set in many places and time periods, contemporary British fiction, classics, and more. Fiction has kept me sane in the midst of reading stacks of freshman essays!

I have started to write a historical novel, something I've wanted to do for a long, long time.

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Best of 2015 (so far):
Galore by Michael Crummey
The Vizard Mask by Diana Norman
The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
The Green Road by Anne Enright
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
Stoner by John Williams
Cold Mountain by Charles Fraser
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Fever by Mary Beth Keane

Best of 2014:
History of the Rain by Niall Williams
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (reread)
Restoration by Rose Tremain (reread)
Territorial Rights by Muriel Spark
Welding with Children by Tim Gautreaux
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith
Astray by Emma Donoghue
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn

Best of 2013 (in order):
Transatlantic by Colm McCann
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
Merivel: A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
Honour by Elif Safak
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
The Cooked Seed: A Memoir by Anchee Min
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Best of 2012:
The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly by Mary Ladd Gavell
NW by Zadie Smith
The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Imagined Lives by John Banville, Tracy Chevaliler, Julian Fellowes, Alexander McCall Smith, Terry Pratchett, Sarah Singleton, Joanna Trollope, and Minette Walters
Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Five Bells by Gail Jones
The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope

Best of 2011:
There but for the by Ali Smith
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
Coventry by Helen Humphreys
The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit by Michael Zadoorian
The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys
An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym
A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
Partitions by Amit Majmudar
Detroit Tales by Jim Ray Daniels
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark
Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durow
Elizabeth I: A Novel by Margaret George
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
Wait for Me! Memoirs of Deborah Devonshire
All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
Best Re-reads: The Hours by Michael Cunningham, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Best of 2010:
Don't Cry: Stories by Mary Gaitskill
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Serious Men by Manu Joseph
Miss Buncle's Book by D. E. Stevenson
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
Solar by Ian McEwan

Best of 2009:
The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys
The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
The Autobiography of Henry VIII, with Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell
Regeneration by Pat Barker
No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

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About my libraryMost of the books in my LT catalogue are for my leisure reading. I have barely begun to add scholarly books related to my research and teaching.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Anglophiles, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Audiobooksshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Nadeem Aslam, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Pat Barker, Geraldine Brooks, Michael Crummey, E. L. Doctorow, Roddy Doyle, Theodore Dreiser, George Eliot, Sebastian Faulks, E. M. Forster, Diana Norman, Jane Gardam, Elizabeth Gaskell, Stephen Greenblatt, Kate Grenville, Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney, Edward Hirsch, Helen Humphreys, Henry James, Ha Jin, Ben Jonson, Galway Kinnell, Karleen Koen, Milan Kundera, Hari Kunzru, Jhumpa Lahiri, D. H. Lawrence, Chang-Rae Lee, Hilary Mantel, Christopher Marlowe, John Marston, Valerie Martin, Ian McEwan, Thomas Middleton, Lorrie Moore, Jude Morgan, Maggie O'Farrell, Barbara Pym, Michèle Roberts, Salman Rushdie, Simon Schama, Rachel Seiffert, Vikram Seth, William Shakespeare, Joan Silber, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Muriel Spark, David Starkey, D. E. Stevenson, Tom Stoppard, Elizabeth Taylor, Rose Tremain, Anthony Trollope, John Webster, Alison Weir, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, August Wilson, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsBest Books of the 21st Century (So Far), Best Early Modern Plays Not By Shakespeare, Best Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Top Five Books of 2014

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Real nameDeborah

LocationChambersburg, PA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJun 17, 2007

Currently readingThe Widow's War: A Novel by Sally Gunning
A God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
Academy Street: A Novel by Mary Costello

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