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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
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The Sea Road

The Sea Road - Margaret Elphinstone A fascinating, sometimes dreamlike, sometimes gritty story of Gudrid, who marries in to Erik the Red's family and travels from Iceland to Greenland and off the ends of the earth. The frame story, of her recounting her life to an Icelandic-born monk in Rome, works very well. Gudrid is someone you'd want to know and Elphinstone makes her an inquisitive, chatty storyteller, aware of the ups and downs in her story and ready to have to face them again as she tells them. That leads to a few interesting thoughts on what it means to read a story written down by someone far away and about someone else and what the act of reading does to an individual and to society.