Chapter Ten

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“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe can be found in many published editions, but can also be read online at Project Guttenberg. “True!” is the first line of “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Nicole’s dissertation on Twentieth Century American Poets included the work of Adrienne Rich, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath.

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“A place is not really a place without a bookstore” is a variation on a line from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. It is spoken here by Nicole and later, by Lambiase.

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“A priceless Stradivarius doesn’t vanish…” The book that is being discussed in the Chief’s Choice Book Club is my invention. However, An Equal Music by Vikram Seth is about a violinist and one of my favorite novels. It would not be an appropriate selection for Chief’s Choice.

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Our Town by Thornton Wilder

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The books that  Ismay teaches:

Every Year

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Some Years

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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“My favorite kind of character is a woman in a faraway place…” Several readers have written to ask for examples of the books Ismay reads for pleasure: Beautiful Ruins by Jess WalterThe Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, The English Patient by Michael OndaatjePortrait of a Lady by Henry James, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertWhere’d You Go Bernadette by Maria SempleOut of Africa by Isak DinisenUnder the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, A Passage to India by E.M. Forster, Le Divorce by Diane Johnson to name a few.

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