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Literary Frenemies - An Ian Rankin Reading List

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In The Path Of The Pope
I’m not a Catholic, but I am fascinated by the Roman Catholic Church. So much history. Such an enigmatic power structure. So much clout – it’s estimated that almost 1.3 billion of the world’s 7.4 billion inhabitants are Catholics. My task of making recommendations is easy, because there are many books that will feed the curiosity of students of Roman Catholicism read full post >
Emma Donoghue Reading List
Emma Donoghue likes to get beneath the surfaces of women’s lives to see what lies beneath. Her writing is vivid, suspenseful and at times disturbing, but you will never be bored reading an Emma Donoghue books. read full post >
Books About People, Horses, and Obsession
When I was a little girl, I was horse crazy. I read every book about horses I could get my hands on, and longed to have a horse of my own, which would have been a fairy tale come true. Alas - the fairy tale did not pan out, but I did live the horsing life through the books. read full post >
A Practical & Proper Reading List from Scottish Writers
I once heard Alexander McCall Smith’s hometown of Edinburgh called a “hotbed of genius,” and I’m a believer. The capital of Scotland is the home of all kinds of geniuses, but I’m most interested in the writing kind. read full post >
The Humanitarian Impulse & Its Costs
I am fascinated by what makes humanitarians like Brilliant tick and their will to help the world’s oppressed... read full post >
Tracy Kidder Reading List
Tracy Kidder is one of the best nonfiction writers working today. When I read a book by Kidder I almost forget he’s there, as if I’m experiencing the story firsthand. I came across this quote by Kidder that may explain that feeling: "In fiction, believability may have nothing to do with reality or even plausibility. It has everything to do with those things in nonfiction. I think that the nonfiction writer's fundamental job is to make what is true believable." read full post >
A Russian Reading List with a Nod to Amor Towles
Rules of Civility is a romance, both between a man and a woman and between an author and a time and place – Manhattan in the 1930s, right before World War II, where the glamorous people of that era dwelled. read full post >
All Ann Patchett Reading List
Ann Patchett’s memorable body of work could fill up at least a couple of Bookmarks lists. Fiction and nonfiction – she excels at both. Here are five Ann Patchett books that have won readers’ hearts: read full post >
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