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The Golden Slipper and Other Problems for Violet Strange
Anna Katharine Green
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott
Skippy Dies
Paul Murray
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
Florence Williams
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson
The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
How To Teach English
Jeremy Harmer
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute The character of Jean Paget is inspiring because she finds a way to make things better for people, be it in a small kampong in Malaysia or an outback town in Australia. She becomes a local hero in both places. I'm mentally subtitling this as "Life of a Pioneer Woman".

It's just too bad the details of life on a ranch did not interest me, so I skimmed through those. Also the part where they were lovey-dovey. And lots of parts narrated by the Noel character. About a third of this book bored me. In the rest of it though I admired Jean's spirit. If it were me I'd be whinging within a few days, then considering suicide. So I'll try to channel her energies when it's my turn to move to a podunk town, which, incidentally, is in Malaysia.