Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

8/10 As I approached the half-way mark of this novel I was already drafting my review… This book is magical. It would say. This is one of the best novels I’ve read all year. And while this is all true, I will be upfront and qualify these statements and say that the last half drags …

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The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Racquet Club the Summer Before Last by Peter L. Harmon

8/10 This was a surprisingly good read, although it was short. The title might be longer than the book itself, but the story is sweet and perfect for summer. The plot revolves around the diverse cast of misfits who are working and swimming at the Yellow County Swim and Racquet Club, as they struggle to …