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Dodie Smiths’ Incipit

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small town on the Pacific Coast about 300 miles north of L.A. It was initially inhabited by the Esselens, a 4,000 year old culture that lived in caves and covered their walls with hand prints. Caves, said … Continue reading

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Dorothy B. Hughes’ Noir

From my bedroom window I could see her standing in the moonlight.  Alone, once again. It had become somewhat of a ritual and I wondered why. Dorothy B. Hughes and I were friends since our days at the University of … Continue reading

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The Face

It was noon on Wednesday, right smack in the middle of the week, right in between here and there when I boarded the train towards Kent. My compartment was full, mainly middle aged women wearing tweed and reading books.  But … Continue reading

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Change the World by Reading

Nancy Drew was my mentor. The 16 year old sleuth was everything I wanted to be—smart, independent, bold, and living life as an adventure. Because of Nancy, it was easy to imagine myself riding around in a blue roadster searching … Continue reading

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A Gentleman in Moscow

When Darwin wrote about the survival of the fittest, he wasn’t talking about working out in the gym. What he meant was:  “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one … Continue reading

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