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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson
Death of a Red Heroine
Qiu Xiaolong
Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee
James Tate
Fire Logic: An Elemental Logic Novel
Laurie J. Marks
The Ghost Soldiers
James Tate
Emma Tupper's Diary
Peter Dickinson
Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs
No Voice Unheard, Davida Gypsy Breier, Diane Leigh, Marilee Geyer
Twin Spica: Volume 12
Kou Yaginuma
Horse of a Different Color: Stories
Howard Waldrop

Compton MacKenzie: A Life

Compton MacKenzie: A Life - B Burn MacKenzie's last few years were given a bit short shrift compared to all the time spent on the early years, but maybe the early years were just more interesting? He came from a fascinating family whose portraiture here certainly added to the book. MacKenzie was a multifaceted person and best known to me as the author of Whiskey Galore (aka Tight Little Island) and it was fun to read about that (and see which people he immortalized in the story). He apparently put most people he knew in one novel or the other, making the novels must-reads for his friends and enemies. As a writer who survived World War One (he served as the head of British Intelligence in Greece), he had to change his art as the world had changed. He succeeded with his mysteries and comic novels but not so much with his more serious work.