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  • Aug 29, 2010
People of the Book: A Novel
Traces the trail that one particular book left in history, from the middle ages forward.
See the full review, "The illuminated Haggadah".
The Book of Lies
We all know the Superman stories, but most of us don't realize that they were created back in the '30's by a teenager, Jerry Siegal, who had just lost his father to murder. Thriller writer Brad Meltzer has been fascinated by this footnote to history, and in The Book of Lies, he weaves a legend of his own around the true story
See the full review, "The ultimate villain vs the ultimate hero".
The Book of Unholy Mischief: A Novel
Chef Ferraro is one of the Guardians, a network of educated men who are living and dying to preserve priceless knowledge that church and government are eager to obliterate. Together, Ferraro and Luciano undertake the perilous task of preserving this knowledge and denying it to the autocrats.
See the full review, "Transformations".
Ignoring her own better judgment, Meggie does the impossible, reading herself into Inkworld, where her mother has been stranded.
A magical place where the written word, properly wielded, can be the most powerful force of all.
Thursday Next: First Among Sequels
Set in a world where books are more fun than television, more serious than the CIA, and more important than proper diet and exercise
Lost in a Good Book: A Thursday Next Novel
Follow Thursday's riotous foray into such reading material as Kafka's The Trial, Dickens' Great Expectations, Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, and Poe's The Raven.
The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel
Thursday Next once again does battle with philistine bibliophobes, taking a furlough from her duties as a SpecOps Literary Detective to vacation in the Well of Lost Plots, the 26 noisome sub-basements of the Great Library
The Shadow of the Wind
Protagonist Daniel literally loses himself in a good book, in Barcelona.
The Angel's Game
An aspiring author finds he has sold his soul in this Great Expectations-like novel.
See the full review, "Great expectations".
The Savage Garden
Cambridge student Adam Strickland travels to Italy to study a 17th century garden, and uncovers more than one deadly mystery in the process.
See the full review, "Metamorphosis".
Mister Pip
The only white man on an island near Papua, New Guinea is asked to teach school in an impoverished village. Another book where Great Expectations plays a major role.
See the full review, "Popeye".

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August 04, 2011
This would make a really fun poll- books about books! Love the creativity here, Linda. Excellent job. :)
August 30, 2010
I'll add that one, Paul. Thanks.
August 29, 2010
An interesting list, Linda. I also thought of Markus Zusak's THE BOOK THIEF.
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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