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Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South, Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel
CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew Brockington
Country Matters by Michael Korda The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez
The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
Froodle by Antoinette Portis
Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs
House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and Peter Joyce
Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett
Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder
The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army by Enigma Alberti
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan

Miscellaneous
Favorites of the first half of 2018
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 02, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 09, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 16, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 23, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 30, 2018)
June 2018 Sources
June 2018 Summary

Road Essays
Are small towns uhoric or utopic?
An update on the road narrative reading
Road Narrative Spectrum
What isn't a road narrative: towards an ontological understanding of the road's importance

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The Sea Lady: 07/16/18

The Sea Lady

The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble opens with a woman in a sequined dress presenting an award for research on fish. It's some epic talent of hers or cosmic alignment or whatever that makes her appear to be a mermaid in a gown when the award could have gone to any number of other scientific discoveries.

From there the story slowly unfolds to be a mixture of reminiscences of childhood friendships, thoughts on the what-ifs of life and the desire to reconnect with those old friends. Ailsa, now a gender studies expert (though nothing of that informed research seemed to actually make it into the book or Ailsa's character) is now on her way home.

Meanwhile, Humphrey — the fish expert — is also headed home. He's more practical, I guess, and opts for the train. Or maybe that's frumpy? Mind you, all of this takes place in the UK. The UK just isn't big enough to need to fly from place to place unless you're island hopping. But I digress.

All in all this is a very quiet book. You have to be in the right mood for it. If you'd like an American book with a similar emotional impact, I recommend Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins (2017).

Three stars

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