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Free Books

There are some excellent titles in the 27th Street Book Box right now. There’s only one rule – respect others. You’re welcome to take any books you like home. If you happen to have any books at home you think others would enjoy, you can… Read More

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A Coffin for Dimitrios

I choose the books I read in a very disorganized fashion. Recently I felt like reading a spy novel and so I gobbled one up called Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews. I came across this book simply by doing a Google search for spy novels.… Read More

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A fresh coat of paint

I put a fresh coat of paint on the 27th Street Book Box this morning. I kept the original book box and books rock signs and painted the box green. Same great selection of free books.

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The Bird Tribunal

Agnes Ravatn’s 2013 novel, The Bird Tribunal, is driven by the psychological tension between the two protagonists. It isn’t so much about what happens in the novel as it is about what the narrator fears could happen. TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and… Read More

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The Dying Detective

The Dying Detective was written in Swedish and published in 2010. It was translated into English in 2016. This page-turner is quality Nordic crime writing with some underlying character-driven humour. The protagonist is an out-of-shape retired ace-detective who suffers a stroke just before devouring a… Read More

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What Painting Is

I’ve just read a fascinating, eccentric, sometimes frustrating, and very passionate book called What Painting Is by James Elkins. Mr. Elkins is an art critic and historian based at the Art Institute of Chicago. The sub-title of What Painting Is is: How to Think about… Read More

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Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Recently we watched the first two seasons of the British television mysteries Shetland, set on the Shetland Islands. I thought the show was very good, although I found I had to be very attentive because I wasn’t used to the accents, and as well, the… Read More