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In My Home Library: Angle of Repose

I first read Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner for an American English class in college.  It is perhaps the novel I read in college that has had the most influence on me. Angle of Repose cuts back and forth between the past in the present as main character Lyman Ward explores his grandparents’ story.  This […]

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In My Home Library: Green Day: American Idiots & The New Punk Explosion

Green Day’s American Idiot is one of my top five favorite albums of all time, so of course I had to read Green Day: American Idiots & The New Punk Explosion by Ben Myers. The book is like a documentary in written form.  It combines information with dialogue to tell the story of the band’s […]

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In My Home Library: The American Heiress

I read The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin earlier this year.  I was attracted to the story for two reasons:  It is set in 1893 and it was written by Goodwin. Goodwin brought to life Victoria (on PBS’ Masterpiece) and her writing for the series is full of smart dialogue and delicious scenes.  I was […]

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In My Home Library: All Quiet on the Western Front

I first read All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque as a teenager.  The novel was given to me by a friend as a gift.  My friend gave me the novel, knowing I had a keen interest in the World War I. The novel is a considered a realistic look at warfare and […]

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In My Home Library: Short Stories by Louisa May Alcott

I first read Short Stories by Louisa May Alcott in a college American Literature course.  Prior to this short story collection, my only encounter with Alcott’s writing had been Little Women and even that was an abridged version published in the 1970s or ‘80s and sold to children. While Little Women is a 19th century […]

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In My Home Library: The Age of Innocence

I first read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton after watching the 1993 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder. I absolutely loved the costumes and the sets.  I was attracted to the story because the struggle Newland Archer endures would never occur in modern society.  Newland falls in love with one woman […]

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In My Home Library: Canada 1911

I first read Canada 1911: The Decisive Election That Shaped the Country by Patrice Dutil and David MacKenzie while researching my WWI Trilogy.  Although 1911 is prior to the Great War, the results of that year’s federal election were felt for years. The federal election of 1911 is one of the dirtiest in Canadian history.  […]

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In My Home Library: World War I in 100 Objects

I first read World War I in 100 Objects by Pete Doyle while I researching and writing my WWI trilogy.  The book was a gift from my husband who felt it might be helpful for my research. As the title indicates, Doyle examines 100 objects that tell the story of the Great War.  Each object […]

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