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"With a sigh, Father Mikhail dropped onto the rudimentary bench set along the partially-built wall."

City by the Bay: Stories of Novaya Rossiya, by Walter H. Hunt
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"It is astonishing how little attention critics have paid to Story considered in itself."

On Stories and Other Essays on Literature, by C. S. Lewis
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"Brother Cadfael was working in the small kitchen garden by the abbot's fish-ponds when the boy was first brought to him."

One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael series)
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Old 05-06-2020, 10:29 AM
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The City & the City, by China Mieville
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"Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while."

-- This Side of Paradise, by F Scott Fitzgerald
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For about half a league after we came out of the little harbor on Newark Bay at Elizabeth, New Jersey - with its strewn alleys and broken buildings, its pervading aura of collapse, where the mayor himself had met us at the dock and stood before a podium his staff fetched up for him to set his speech on, words to launch us on that Earth Day across the continent as he reminded us of history here, of George Washington on nearly the same date being rowed across to New York City on the last leg of his inaugural journey - and for the half league down the Kill Van Kull (there Henry Hudson lost a sailor to an arrow through the neck), we had to lay in behind a rusting Norwegian freighter heading out to sea with so little cargo that her massive props were no more than half in the water and slapping up a thunderous wake and thrashing such a roil it sent our little teakettle of a boat rolling fore and aft.

--River Horse, by William Least Heat-Moon
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For about half a league after we came out of the little harbor on Newark Bay at Elizabeth, New Jersey - with its strewn alleys and broken buildings, its pervading aura of collapse, where the mayor himself had met us at the dock and stood before a podium his staff fetched up for him to set his speech on, words to launch us on that Earth Day across the continent as he reminded us of history here, of George Washington on nearly the same date being rowed across to New York City on the last leg of his inaugural journey - and for the half league down the Kill Van Kull (there Henry Hudson lost a sailor to an arrow through the neck), we had to lay in behind a rusting Norwegian freighter heading out to sea with so little cargo that her massive props were no more than half in the water and slapping up a thunderous wake and thrashing such a roil it sent our little teakettle of a boat rolling fore and aft.

--River Horse, by William Least Heat-Moon
Wow! Bet he can't say that in one breath at public readings.
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"The debutante ritual flourished roughly from 1780 to 1914--beginning with the first debutante ball in London and ending with the outbreak of World War I."

The Season: A Social History of the Debutante, by Kristen Richardson
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Imagine that a small group of people had invented a fully functioning jet airplane capable of flying long distances at hundreds of miles an hour, decades before the Wright brothers cast their fragile craft into the wind for twelve seconds over North Carolina sand dunes in 1903.

The Friendly Orange Glow by Brian Dear.
The jet in this case being the PLATO system on which we had many of the cyberculture features we're familiar with today in the early 1970s.

My Star Trek preview column from the first online newspaper gets a few lines. And I found that undergrads at the University of Illinois set their class schedules around the Star Trek schedule I put in it.
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The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende.
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Worlds of Tomorrow: The Amazing Universe of Science Fiction Art, by Forrest J. Ackerman with Brad Linaweaver
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Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City, by K. J. Parker
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"The great spaceship plunged through the black starways toward the orbit of the third planet."

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"Ever since Jack Aubrey had been dismissed from the service, ever since his name, with its now meaningless seniority, had been struck off the list of post-captains, it had seemed to him that he was living in a radically different world; everything was perfectly familiar, from the smell of seawater and tarred rigging to the gentle heave of the deck under his feet, but the essence was gone and he was a stranger."

The Letter of Marque by Patrick O'Brian
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"There was a man called Thorvald, who was the father of Eirik the Red."

The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America, translated and with an introduction by Magnus Magnusson and Hermann Palsson.
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"The founders of the United States of America created a document that allowed disparate states to act together cohesively to form a greater union."

Altered States of the Union, edited by Glenn Hauman. (Note that this is an anthology; this sentence is from a story called "Shall Not Perish from This Earth", by Ian Randal Strock.)
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Saint Martin de Porres: Humble Healer, by Elizabeth DeDomenico
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The Long ARM of Gil Hamilton, by Larry Niven
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This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.
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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
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Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, by Clay Shirky.
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Although in my old age I, Allan Quatermain, have taken to writing—after a fashion—never yet have I set down a single word of the tale of my first love and of the adventures that are grouped around her beautiful and tragic history.

Marie, by H Rider Haggard
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"The Catcher in the Rye," J. D. Salinger.

Never read it before now; how did this find a publisher in 1951???!!!???
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