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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1920s Titles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1920s)
This is Agatha Christie's first mystery. It introduces Hercule Poirot. This book was OK. It was hard to solve the case. As M. Poirot discussed the solution, he into the uced a new fact that help to solve the case. Somewhat unfair to the reader. -- Added by thewritejim on 03/09/2014

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DRY MANHATTAN
DRY MANHATTAN by Michael A. LERNER (1920s)
I knew Prohibition was a failure (hint hint to our current drug czars), but this book was a mostly hilarious look at just how much it flopped in NYC- pretty much everyone, included schoolchildren, got in on harassing prohibition agents during useless raids. And some clubowners even made raids part of their stage acts. -- Added by sg0307 on 03/07/2014

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One Summer
One Summer by Bill Bryson (1920s)
Recommend. Very insightful, very pithy writing style. Some laugh out loud phrasing. Plus, interesting subject! -- Added by Ecseitziii on 03/03/2014

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
Gatsby is just too weird for me. -- Added by Jean F on 03/03/2014

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Summer Lightning
Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse (1920s)
Another fun, sharp Wodehouse farce set in Blandings Castle. -- Added by Grier on 03/03/2014

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
Did not enjoy this -- Added by jsa on 03/02/2014

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
Boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets girl, wants girl, girl wants high life, boy spends life acquiring high life by possibly shady means, girl marries rich, "appropriate" man, "appropriate" man is a player, girl seduced by first boy, emotions, chaos ensue, boy protects girl, girl bolts when it hits the fan, heartsick boy suffers fate meant for "appropriate" man, man and girl flee unscathed, deserve each other, karma is a witch! All told by insider narrator through beautifully textured backdrop of the excesses of high society in the 1920's. Richly layered and timeless themes. -- Added by passionack on 03/01/2014

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Orphan Train
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (1920s)
I enjoyed learning about a piece of history I had never heard about. My heart went out to the orphans on the train and wished I could go back in time to take some of them in. The relationship between Vivian and Molly was delightful. And the author did a good job linking their two stories together. -- Added by Kristine on 02/28/2014

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The Aviator's Wife
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (1920s)
a very interesting book. I found the story fascinating -- Added by books on 02/28/2014

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The Painted Veil
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (1920s)
This is an excellent book set in a British colony in China which deals with a young, unfaithful wife of a disillusioned bacteriologist, and how her sense of importance and entitlement brings destruction on them both. -- Added by Lmclevine on 02/26/2014

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Hunting Shadows
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd (1920s)
Love the work of this mother-son duo whose two series are set in post WWI England. This is the latest installment in the Ian Rutledge series. No need to start at the beginning. Just know that Rutledge is a Scotland Yard inspector whose PTSD works to his advantage in solving cases often involving other shell-shocked veterans. -- Added by wyperson on 02/25/2014

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Ginger Pye
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (1920s)
Good childrens book. -- Added by ozreader on 02/21/2014

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Middlesex
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (1920s)
it starts in 1922 and follows the history of Callie, also known as Cal, great Detroit based story that has huge amounts of local history built in -- Added by myrweleen on 02/21/2014

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
Not a bad book, though it was hard to understand it was also very sad. -- Added by c317s on 02/19/2014

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Lick Creek
Lick Creek by Brad Kessler (1920s)
This book was set in West Virginia in the late 1920's.The author's descriptive style totally transports the reader into that era. The story is engrossing and easily captivates the reader with the development of the character interactions and the storyline. I would heartily recommend this book. -- Added by booklover14 on 02/16/2014

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