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Adult Winter Reading Program: 1920s Titles

Longbourn by Jo Baker (1920s)
A fun book if you enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice mini-series. It hints at the girls stories in the original storyline, but concentrated on the lives of the servants. -- Added by arose on 01/22/2014

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Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks (1920s)
I was skeptical about this Wodehouse homage because Wodehouse is, well, sacred. But by jingo, he nailed it! -- Added by wyperson on 01/19/2014

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The Bloody Tower
The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn (1920s)
Nice English Mystery -- Added by kayhulse on 01/15/2014

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The Buddha in the Attic
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (1920s)
Many female voices tell the story of Japanese "picture brides" that came to San Francisco to marry and settle in the US. Differentiating between the voices was somewhat confusing, but the resulting stories were compelling and enlightening. I rank it a 3 1/2 out of 5. -- Added by kcheesman on 01/14/2014

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The Prodigal Girl
The Prodigal Girl by Grace Livingston Hill (1920s)
I'd forgotten how well Grace Livingston Hill could write. This is funny and sad at the same time. It's definately something I see happening today. Glad the ending was happy. -- Added by Roundaboutgirl on 01/14/2014

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Whiskey River
Whiskey River by Loren D. Estleman (1920s)
One of a series about Detroit. Not nearly as good as the "Amos walker" series by estleman but ok if you like the author. -- Added by Ecseitziii on 01/13/2014

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Cocaine Blues
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (1920s)
Greenwood creates a charming character in Phryne Fisher and her adventures are fun to read even if the mystery isn't too taxing in this first volume. One interesting aspect of Phryne's character is she is neither a razor-sharp intellect (aka Maise Dobbs), nor is she a female would-be detective who stumbles into solutions(aka Agatha Raisin). She is an intelligent, courageous, and unflappable independent woman who takes nothing for granted. While it is true Phryne is part of the dilettante silver spoon detective set (like Lord Peter Whimsy)you get the feeling that the inevitable market crash is not going to find Phryne with her knickers down. -- Added by on 01/13/2014

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The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (1920s)
This is an amazing story about love and heartbreak. Enter into the world of Ernest Hemingway and his wonderful first wife. -- Added by capinto on 01/13/2014

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Proof of Guilt
Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd (1920s)
Great mystery to listen to during treadmill workouts! -- Added by WILLWEP on 01/13/2014

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The Maid's Version
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell (1920s)
I know this is supposed to be a best-selling book, but to me it was a confusing collection of "biographies". The basic plot deals with who was responsible for a tragic event in the 1920's. Then it hops back & forth through the 20's to the 60's. I think it is riding on the success of the author's popular book, "Winter's Bone". -- Added by jkot43 on 01/12/2014

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Round the Bend
Round the Bend by Nevil Shute (1920s)
"Round The Bend", by Nevil Shute (British novelist and aeronautical engineer), was written in 1951, but begins in the 1920's and continues into the next decade. Many of Nevil Shute's books concern the aviation industry, and this book tells the story of a young British man who learns to fly airplanes, and builds an air transport company from scratch. The book also tackles racism and a new religion developing around an aircraft mechanic. The book was quite interesting because the pilots fly throughout the world, especially in Europe and Asia. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/10/2014

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