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Above Suspicion - Helen MacInnes
On the big screen, famous spies like James Bond and Jason Bourne battle bad guys from around the world. But in author Helen MacInnes’s classic 1941 spy thriller debut, Above Suspicion, a pair of amateurs are sent into enemy territory to attempt to do the pros’ job for them.

As the end of the school year approaches, Oxford professor Richard Myles and his wife, Frances, are preparing to spend the summer of 1939 vacationing [more...]
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
Even though it won the Booker Prize and was runner-up for the National Book Award—and despite the glowing jacket blurbs calling it “flawless”—Richard Yates’s first novel, Revolutionary Road (1961) is a flawed novel.

In Yates’s attempt to detail the intimate lives of April and Frank Wheeler, it appears to have been his intention to prove that they became superficial characters because they chose to live in the suburbs of 1950s [more...]
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
With its unconventional, non-linear narrative, Slaughterhouse-Five—Kurt Vonnegut’s post-modern experiment in mercurial meta-fiction and darkly humorous comment on the absurdity of war—still manages to provoke, entertain, and disturb, even after nearly 40 years.

The novel opens with a first-person narration, in which Vonnegut explains the incident that led to the writing of the book: the firebombing of Dresden at the end of [more...]
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