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Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

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The Lost Time Accidents: A Novel
John Wray
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, and What It Means for Your Health, the Law, and Human Nature
Lisa Feldman Barrett

The Collected Stories by Heinrich Böll

The Collected Stories - Heinrich Böll, Leila Vennewitz

A great collection of Heinrich Böll's work, though with so many stories and novellas, it's hard to comment on them here.  His writing style is appealing, mostly clear and to the point, but with enough detail to paint a scene.  The stories focusing on the war and just after seemed best to me; those touching upon religion and/or philosophy did not feel as compelling.