FREDERICK PHILIP GROVE – A Search For America

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Acquired via Freecycle for BookCrossing 03 May 2006

Really interesting novel?/memoir? set in 1890s-1920s America, where a young man who has lost his fortune comes to make a name for himself, and ends up mixed up in scams, a book salesman, a hobo and a labourer. Fascinating, if on the long side, and the afterword then casts doubt on the veracity of the whole thing.

Very enjoyable but glad I’ve finally got through it after a good few days of fairly solid reading!

J. G. SIME – Sister Woman

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Acquired via Freecycle for BookCrossing 03 May 2006

An excellent book of short stories, based around women’s experience, and especially immigrant and working women’s experience, in Canada in the early part of the 20th century. A good feminist sensibility and an ear for accent and an eye for detail make these fascinating, educational and a very good read.

Offering on a bookring once a couple of my current rings come back into the fold!

COLIN THUBRON – Among the Russians

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Acquired via Freecycle for BookCrossing 03 May 2006

This was slow, difficult, hard to get through, and a bit depressing, rather like his subject, Russia in the 1980s. I normally love travel writing but, especially for its small size, foundt this really hard going.

Well I seem to know so much about everybody else…

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ELIZABETH FROSTICK & LUCY HARLAND – Take Heart: People, History & Change in Birmingham’s Heartlands

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Bought 01 May 2006 – Kings Heath Church fete

Slightly battered history of Nechells etc with lots of oral history for the 20th century. Quite well written. Not an area I know well, but adds to my local history collection nicely.

ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS – King’s Oak

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Acquired via BookCrossing 22 Apr 2006 – BookRelay

Hm. I do like this author and was pleased to discover her a year or so ago. But as I read more and more of her books, some of them do seem too sunk into the Southern Gothic theme and a bit overblown and turgid. A bit like her descriptions of the South, so it kind of makes sense. I found this a lot to wade through and wasn’t really that engaged with the story – but I didn’t know I was going to feel like this when I requested it on the relay, of course!

I’m going to release this – perhaps at the Salcey Forest OBCZ as it has a nature title and is about a forest!

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