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    I just finished a couple of mysteries set in the north of Iceland: Snowblind and Nightblind by Ragnor Jonassen.
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    A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe.

    The year referred to is 1665, with the last great outbreak of the bubonic plague in Great Britain. Defoe was a small boy in that year, but wrote his account in 1722 in the form of a memoir by a London tradesman of the time. Although it is fictionalized, he did much serious research for it, and I understand it is considered fairly accurate.

    Not to belabor the point, but much of this seems relevant to our current situation, with travel restrictions, quarantines, and an ever active rumor mill in both that era and our own. Of course, the people of the 17th and 18th centuries were a long way away from germ theory or a modern understanding of hygiene, but there were attempts to address their situation as rationally as they could with the information they had.
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    Currently not quite halfway through The Great Wide Open, by Douglas Kennedy.

    Tale of a book editor who attended Bowdoin College, transferred to Trinity College in Dublin. Kennedy's a graduate of Bowdoin College

    Have reached the point where the protagonist, while in Dublin pulls out her grandfather's Parker Big Red pen to dash off an aerogramme to her brother in Chile.
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    Just finished The Song of Achilles , by Madeline Miller. A pretty easy read except for all the Greek names, most of which I could not pronounce and quickly gave up trying. It is historical fiction, I think, and was in the time before the Trojan horse which we find out would be done by Achilles son. The author said "like shining scales of a fish" way to many times but I found nothing else annoying. Very good geological descriptions. There was love, hate, wars, loyalty, courage, and anger.
    I got the paperback at Amazon. A definite recommend.
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    Just finished The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. I loved it. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series.
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