Book mentions in this thread

  • Votes: 13

    Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

    by Mark Z. Danielewski

    A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries. A first novel. Original.
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    Love in a Cold Climate

    by Nancy Mitford

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    The Eyre Affair

    by Jasper Fforde

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    The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

    by Deesha Philyaw

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    A Suitable Boy

    by Vikram Seth

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    The Shipping News

    by E. Annie Proulx

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    The Game of Kings

    by Dorothy Dunnett

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    Pride and Prejudice

    by Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.Page 2 of a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra (11 June 1799) in which she first mentions Pride and Prejudice, using its working title First Impressions.Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books." It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.
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    I Capture The Castle

    by Dodie Smith

    'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer's block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time.
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    The Franchise Affair

    by Josephine Tey

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    Her Body and Other Parties

    by Carmen Maria Machado

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    A Discovery of Witches (Movie Tie-In)

    by Deborah Harkness

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    The Players Come Again (Kate Fansler Novels)

    by Amanda Cross

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    Pachinko

    by Min Jin Lee

    * The million-copy bestseller* * National Book Award finalist * * One of the New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2017 * * Selected for Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf book club * 'This is a captivating book ... Min Jin Lee's novel takes us through four generations and each character's search for identity and success. It's a powerful story about resilience and compassion' BARACK OBAMA. Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife. Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja's salvation is just the beginning of her story. Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinkois an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.
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    The Night Circus

    by Erin Morgenstern

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    Light Thickens (Inspector Roderick Alleyn, 32) (Volume 32)

    by Ngaio Marsh

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    Shards of Honor (2) (Vorkosigan Saga)

    by Lois McMaster Bujold

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    Lies My Teacher Told Me

    by James W. Loewen

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    Wolf Hall

    by Hilary Mantel

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    Possession

    by Katie Lowe

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    There Should Be Flowers

    by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

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    Oscar and Lucinda

    by Peter Carey

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    Gaudy Night

    by Dorothy L. Sayers

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    As I Lay Dying

    by William Faulkner

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    The Quiet Gentleman (Regency Romances, 11)

    by Georgette Heyer

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    An Unexpected Peril (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery)

    by Deanna Raybourn

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    The Witching Hour (Lives of Mayfair Witches)

    by Anne Rice

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    The Way We Live Now (Oxford World's Classics)

    by Anthony Trollope

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    Golden Age Detective Stories

    by Otto Penzler

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    Stealing It

    by Rachel Robinson

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    The Sparrow

    by Mary Doria Russell

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    Relic (Pendergast, Book 1)

    by Douglas Preston

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    The Goldfinch

    by Donna Tartt

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
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    I Want to Thank You

    by Gina Hamadey

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    The Art of Racing in the Rain

    by Garth Stein

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    A God in Ruins

    by Kate Atkinson

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    Angle of Repose

    by Wallace Stegner

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    Gone Girl

    by Gillian Flynn

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    The Dragonfly Sea

    by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

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    My Dark Vanessa

    by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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    The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)

    by Shirley Jackson

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    The Wheel of Fortune, Vol. 1

    by SUSAN HOWATCH

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    Dragonfly

    by Leila Meacham

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    The Year of Magical Thinking

    by Joan Didion

    An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief.
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    Outlander

    by Diana Gabaldon

    THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES. As seen on Amazon Prime TV. What if your future was the past? 1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband’s six-times great-grandfather. Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats. Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives. (Previously published as Cross Stitch)
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    Cry to Heaven

    by Anne Rice