No matter what horrible thing they did to her character, she’s still here.

Lepore convincingly makes Wonder Woman the connective tissue between the suffragists and the women’s movement, but the story behind her genesis is just fricken’ amazing and almost unbelievable. William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator and a man Glen Weldon accurately describes as “decidedly skeevy,” was, A, a man, B, married to one woman, sleeping with…

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His head didn’t fall off so he was more patient than he might have been.

Liam squinted at her through his one good eye.  “You didn’t say Donohoe had somebody with him.” “He didn’t.” Liam sighed and shifted carefully in a tentative attempt to sit upright.  His head didn’t fall off so he was more patient than he might have been.  “Look, Prince, you’ve obviously discovered some new evidence that…

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If you ever want to trust a financial institution again don’t read this book.

The very inside story of the colossal mortgage foreclosure fraud scheme of the Oughts in Florida and all around the country, through the eyes of three victims, ordinary mortagers who were illegally foreclosed upon and who became activists in the cause of exposing said fraud. If you ever want to trust a financial institution again…

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“When you grow up in the Delta, everything around you is falling in, and emptying out, and it really affects you. America isn’t supposed to be this way.”

“In twenty-two years,” Grant writes, “I had changed my address eighteen times.” A peripatetic writer whose job had taken him from East Africa to the Sierra Madre, his Manhattan pied-à-terre has become a little claustrophobic, not just to him but to his girlfriend Mariah and his dog Savanna. So when he goes to Mississippi to visit his…

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John le Carré, 1931-2020

I loved everything John le Carré ever wrote, and the precision, the clarity, and the elegance of his prose will always be something for other writers to admire and reach for in their own work. I loved the stories written about the writer, too. My favorite was told by someone who was traveling with him…

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…a proper lady of the house.

In December 2019 I traveled to Egypt to do research for the Eye of Isis novels, set in Alexandria in the time of Cleopatra. Below are photographs of tomb carvings at Al Qarnah, the artisans’ village. Cornrows are not a new thing in fashion.   Tetisheri put her hands on her hips and glared. “I…

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All he could think of was what the salt water was going to do to his freshly-cleaned and only other uniform.

The Bay Rover speeded up.  Forgetting where he was, Liam yelled, “Faster!” “We’re almost up on the step as it is,” Prince yelled back.  “We go any faster we’ll take off, and there’s no room!” Larsgaard looked over his shoulder, saw the Cessna bearing down on his port stern and pointed the bow of the…

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I believe in absolutely nothing except yeast and the inevitability of politicians, so Meroe and I have agreed not to discuss it. Thus we have stayed friends.

The writer of the delightful Phryne Fisher series jumps nine decades into Melbourne’s future, to bring us Corinna Chapman, baker. Corinna lives and bakes in Melbourne, Australia, in one of the truly great buildings of fiction, the Insula, eight stories covered in peacock blue tiles where each apartment is named for a Roman god or…

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