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2013 Reading

January:
1. The Portable Dorothy Parker
2. The Village, by Marghanita Laski
3. Thank Heaven Fasting, by EM Delafield
4. Trooper to the Southern Cross, by Angela Thirkell
5. Loitering With Intent, by Muriel Spark
6. The Sugar House, by Antonia White
7. Greenery Street, by Denis Mackail
8. Castle Dor, by Sir Arthur Quiller Couch and Daphne Du Maurier
9. Old New York, by Edith Wharton

February:
1. The Sandalwood Tree, by Elle Newmark
2. Aurora Floyd, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
3. Moonraker, by F Tennyson Jesse
4. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach
5. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
6. The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
7. Personality Type, by Lenore Thomson

March:
1. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
2. Quartet in Autumn, by Barbara Pym
3. The Montana Stories, by Katherine Mansfield
4. Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky, by Patrick Hamilton
5. Blood and Beauty, by Sarah Dunant
6. The Persephone Book of Short Stories
7. The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, by Jennifer Cody Epstein

April:
1. Busman's Honeymoon, by Dorothy Sayers
2. The Wild Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly
3. A Half-Forgotten Song, by Katherine Webb
4. The Home-Maker, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
5. Letters From Egypt, by Lucie Duff Gordon
6. Jane Austen's Letters, ed. by Deirdre Le Faye

May:
1. The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald
2. A Spear of Summer Grass, by Deanna Raybourn
3. Celia's House, by DE Stevenson
4. I've Got Your Number, by Sophie Kinsella
5. Midnight in Peking, by Paul French
6. The Doll and Other Stories, by Daphne Du Maurier
7. Katherine, by Anya Seton

June:
1. Forever Amber, by Kathleen Winsor
2. Anne of Avonlea, by LM Montgomery
3: Paris: the Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd
4. No Signposts in the Sea, by Vita Sackville-West

July:
1. Greenbanks, by Dorothy Whipple
2. Poor Caroline, by Winifred Holtby

August:
1. The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks
3. A Country Doctor's Notebook, by Mikhail Bulgakov
4. 22 Things a Woman With Asperger's Wants Her Partner to Know by Rudy Simone
5. Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach
6. Pretending to be Normal, by Liane Holliday Willey
7. The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

September:
1. The Firebird, by Susanna Kearsley
2. Family Roundabout, by Richmal Crompton
3. Emma, by Jane Austen
4. The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton

October:
1. Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternack
2. The Jane Austen Handbook, by Margaret Sullivan
3. The Best of Everything, by Rona Jaffe
4. The Reef, by Edith Wharton
5. The Burning of Bridget Cleary, by Angela Bourke

November
1. Thinking in Pictures, by Temple Grandin
2. Musicophilia, by Oliver Sacks
3. Shadows and Strongholds, by Elizabeth Chadwick
4. Asperger's on the Job, by Rudy Simone
5. Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan

December:
1. Asperger's From the Inside Out, by Michael John Carley
2. Atypical, by Jesse Saperstein
3. Avalon, by Anya Seton
4. The Child's Child, by Barbara Vine

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Review: Forever Amber, by Kathleen Winsor

Pages: 972Originally published: 1944My edition: 2000 (Chicago Review Press)How I acquired my copy: Amazon.com, 2004

Forever Amber takes place in the 1660s, immediately follwing Charles II's ("the Merry Monarch") return of the Stuarts to the English throne. The book features Amber St. Claire, a young woman who starts out as a sixteen-year-old country girl, naieve to the workings of the world. She immediately meets Bruce Carlton, a dashing young Cavalier, with whom she has a passionate love affair in choppy intervals throughout the book. They have two children together, but Bruce won't marry her for the reason he tells his friend Lord Almsbury: that Amber just isn't the kind of woman one marries.

Upon following Bruce to London, he goes to Virginia, leaving her to fend for herself. What follows is a series of affairs and four marriages, with Bruce coming back from America now and then. Amber's marriages are imprudent: her first husband is a gambler, her second is…