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The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Katherine Streeter, Sarah Vowell
The Age of Edison
Ernest Freeberg
Tales of the Alhambra
Washington Irving
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey
Alison Gernsheim
The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser
Frederic E. Rusch, Keith Newlin
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships
Peter Hurd, N.C. Wyeth
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion, Vol 1
Haruo Suda Katsuji Saito, Takanori Endo, Daisaku Ikeda
Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Jon Winokur
Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland


Drood - Dan Simmons Wilkie Collins as narrator of the last 15 or so years of Charles Dickens life. Some wonderful research is included to give details about both famous authors. At times the book can drag. It does go off on a Drood like tanget (I didn't care for it and had to remind myself, that is sort of the point of the book). The book could have been tightened up some, it's been many years since I've read the Wilkie Collins in my collection, perhaps the writing style and "issues" were choices made based on Collins writing. I'm going to have to dig through some boxes and dust those off now...