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Books Worth Reading

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. A murder mystery set on a restored Southern plantation in Louisiana.

England: travel books to read before you go. << This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s England guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.

A Room with a View (1986) E.M. Forster's turn-of-the-century novel about Edwardian manners is expertly adapted for the screen. Lucy (Helena Bonham Carter) travels to Florence with her chaperone (Maggie Smith) in tow. There, Lucy meets and falls for a fellow countryman's moody son (Julian Sands). But like any proper Englishwoman of that era, she must fight her feelings … and it's a losing battle. Merchant-Ivory's first big hit won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

Wench - Dolen Perkins-Valdez Historical fiction

Silver Sparrow - Tayari Jones Favorite read of 2011

The Personal History of Rachel Dupree - Ann Weisgarber A rare story of an African-American family of settlers in early 20th century South Dakota. Viola Davis has bought the options to the book & plans to bring it to HBO.

Pavilion of Women - Pearl S. Buck - (Edited by @Rowsbelle to add: Read ALL of Buck.)