Susan Recommends

ISBN-13: 9781567924121
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher, 3/2011
Susan says . . . "Calling all lovers of Victorian literature! This epistolary novel features emails between a retired American banker and a high brow Brit from Christie's auction house. Larry the banker has found a treasure trove of letters between his "gggf" (as he refers to his great great grandfather), and is inquiring about their worth. Christie's would love to get their mitts on the letters from Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope and such, but Larry wants to work through his new interest in old books on his own first. The correspondence that ensues is comical, thoughtful and keeps you engaged and entertained."

ISBN-13: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books, 12/2013
Susan says . . . "Short-listed for last year's Man Booker Prize, Ozeki's look at what it means to be human is inventive, enchanting and not to be missed. Parallel stories of a 16 year old girl in Tokyo at the end of her rope and a stymied novelist in western Canada explore themes of time, the meaning of life, loyalty and Buddhism. Ozeki expertly flips you between time periods and locations, leaving you cheering both women on and wanting more."

The Colour of Milk (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062192066
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Published: Ecco Press, 1/2014
Susan says . . . "A sharp contrast to 19th Century England presented by our beloved Jane Austen, this short novel presents a raw, unromanticized look at farm life through the eyes of 15 year old Mary.  Her father is eternally disappointed in the birth of this 4th daughter (with a lame leg no less).  Mary wants nothing more than an education.  Her father's solution - rent her out to the town vicar.  Written in Mary's simple words, this is a refreshing, raw novel that feels much more substantial than its size suggests."