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Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club October Selection

"The Blind Man of Seville" by Robert Wilson

Join us on October 5, 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson.

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You Saw It On "Masterpiece"

The public television series Masterpiece delivers both original shows and literary adaptations to PBS on a regular basis, and, arguably, those shows are some of the most quality programming you can find: compelling acting, excellent writing, sensuous costuming, and lush scenes of the British countryside. Nobody does rolling hillsides like Masterpiece does! Check out the literary origins of these particular shows, which are even better – hard to believe, right? – than their television counterparts.

A Cup of Water Under My Bed

Retro Gay Lit

LGBTQ narratives set in the 'gay times' of yesteryear

Here is your chance to read fiction, biographies and historical selections set in gay times long gone. As you read them, rack up your nostalgia by listening to the lyrics of Fela Kuti and La Sonora Matancera or the sounds of Banjo music and Violin Blues by African American fiddlers. The combination will surely transport you to another time.

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Twisted History

Alternative History Novels

Alternative history fiction posits the question "what if?" about historical details large and small and how one change might have impacted the world. These five alternative history novels feature different time periods and different changes that will have history fans rethinking how they look at the world.  The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

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Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club: May 4 selection

"Missing, Presumed..." by Susie Steiner

Kirkus Reviews said this about Missing, Presumed, which it named one of the best books of 2016:

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #11: Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #7: Read a book published between 1900 and 1950

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot 's 2017 Read Harder hallenge . Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

Before He Finds Her

March Mysteries

March is here and, to my reading pursuits, that means it is time for mysteries! I love reading mysteries in March: maybe it is the alliteration, maybe it is because March is the transitional time between winter and spring, maybe it is needing a thrill after the lovey-dovey books of February have passed, etc. Whatever the reason may be… it is March, and in March, I read mysteries!

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Cozy Mysteries for Bibliophiles

Each of these mysteries features a librarian, bookstore owner or employee, author, or other bookish character or setting along with the usual murder and mayhem.  

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Swamp Justice, Florida-Style

Carl Hiaasen Read-A-Likes

Eco-terrorists are not your average dedicated environmentalists.  In Carl Hiaasen’s novels, they can be downright dangerous and emotionally unstable. They say “write what you know” and Hiaasen knows Florida and the politics of the Sunshine State’s real estate developments. As a longtime investigative reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen spent most of his career in journalism ranting against real estate moguls and politicians responsible for altering the unique landscape of Southern Florida. 

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