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The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians
  • Author(s): Eimear McBride
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man – a well-regarded actor in his own right. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he...

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The Letter Writer

The Letter Writer
  • Author(s): Dan Fesperman
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1940s

The first thing Woodrow Cain sees when he steps off the train in New York City on February 9, 1942, is smoke from an ocean liner in flames in the harbor. It’s the Normandie, and word on the street...

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The Liberation

The Liberation
  • Author(s): Kate Furnivall
  • Location(s): Naples
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1945

The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy’s population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her father is dead, her mother has...

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The Librarian of Basra

The Librarian of Basra
  • Author(s): Jeanette Winter
  • Location(s): Basra
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Early 2000s

This is the true story of Alia Baker, written for children, who saved the books from the main library in Basra when war broke out in 2003. Told for children it conveys the value of books and reading, set,...

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The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq
  • Author(s): Jeanette Winter
  • Location(s): Basra
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

“In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was ‘Read.'”* –Alia Muhammad Baker Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books....

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The Library Book

The Library Book
  • Author(s): Susan Orlean
  • Location(s): Los Angeles
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Looking back to 1980s

After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library,...

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The Library of Musical Instruments

The Library of Musical Instruments
  • Author(s): Jung-hyuk Kim
  • Location(s): South Korea
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): early 2000s

The second short-story collection by Kim Jung-hyuk, the author of Penguin News, features a total of eight short stories, including Syncopation D which won the 2nd Kim You-jeong Literary Award in 2008. They represent the many sounds sampled by...

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The Library of Unrequited Love

The Library of Unrequited Love
  • Author(s): Sophie Divry
  • Location(s): France
  • Genre(s): Novella
  • Era(s): Moden

One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight. She begins to talk to him, a one-way conversation full of sharp insight and quiet outrage. As she rails against snobbish senior colleagues, an ungrateful and...

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The Lies You Told

The Lies You Told
  • Author(s): Harriet Tyce
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Sadie has moved back to London so her daughter can attend the exclusive school her domineering father has secured her a place at. It’s highly sought-after and highly competitive – just like the other mothers, Sadie soon discovers. While...

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The Life of an Unknown Man

The Life of an Unknown Man
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine, Geoffrey Strachan (Translator)
  • Location(s): Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Contemporary, World War 2

A deeply moving meditation on memory, history, love, and art by the author of “Dreams of My Russian Summers”. In “The Life of an Unknown Man”, Andreï Makine explores what truly matters in life through the prism of Russia’s...

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