If you’ve been with Bas Bleu for awhile, you know our editors read every book we share in our catalog. Notice the initials in parentheses at the end of every book review? That identifies its writer, a reminder that the folks in our editorial office are real, avid readers…just like you! Can you guess which editor reviewed which book?

Which editor recommended The Library of Lost and Found?

When a book inscribed by Martha's deceased grandmother Zelda shows up at the small-town Yorkshire library where she volunteers, Martha, who experienced a troubled youth and tended to find more comfort in books than people, sets off on a journey that propels her deeply into family secrets. A charming read, filled with quirky characters, pleasant grit, and looming questions, The Library of Lost and Found is delightful fare for all who adore books, libraries, and warm, cozy reads.
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Which editor suggested The Weekend?

This beautifully written Australian novel takes place over a Christmas weekend, as three lifelong friends—all women now in their seventies—gather to clean out the beach house of the recently deceased fourth member of their quartet. Brilliantly poignant and subtly funny, The Weekend manages to incisively explore the complexities of aging, grieving, friendship, and love without being maudlin or sentimental.
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How about Poison for Breakfast?

Lemony Snicket returns with a sharply witty, cunningly thoughtful, and elusively mysterious short novel for readers of all ages. Poison for Breakfast begins with Snicket, acting as both the main character and the narrator, discovering a note that reads "You had poison for breakfast." The present action follows him through town as he searches for clues to uncover the origin of the poison. Meanwhile, Snicket's philosophical thoughts become ensnared within flashbacks and interspersed stories, until fiction becomes inseparable from fact. This book is laugh-out-loud clever, desperately somber, and curiously thought-provoking. Set aside an afternoon for this puzzler—I highly recommend reading it in one sitting!
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Who explained the Musical Friends Soft Book?

From a dog playing piano to a cow strumming a guitar, the musical friends in this adorable soft book engage little ones' senses as they flip through the pages. Simply place the attached yellow musical tab on each instrument's metal button to hear it play a classical tune. An enriching little book that is sure to inspire a new generation of composers, this is a must-have for babies and toddlers.
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Who enjoyed Fox and I?

This unique and marvelous memoir about the "uncommon friendship" between a solitary woman (Catherine Raven) and a wild fox (Fox) is a delightful exploration of the natural world. As a biologist, Raven is well aware of the disdain with which science often regards anthropomorphism…but she sees kindness in Fox's eyes and, gradually, a relationship forms between the two. With a refreshing shift in perspective—removing humankind from the center of the universe—Raven awakens a new kind of awareness in the reader. Offbeat and charming, Fox and I will deeply affect anyone who loves animals, nature, and all wild and mysterious things.
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And Agent Sonya?

From 1930 to 1953, Agent Sonya was the Soviet code name for the sharp-witted, courageous, and otherwise unassuming Ursula Kuczynski. Born a German Jew in 1907 Berlin, Ursula belonged to a family of leftist intellectual socialites. Macintyre weaves an enthralling account of Ursula's ascent into communist espionage, following her brief stint in New York, her induction into the Red Army intelligence service as she rooted her family in Shanghai, and, as her status within the service grew, to Poland, Switzerland, and England. From her humble beginnings as a class traitor to a highranking official for the Red Army, Ursula's dedication to the revolution, both homegrown and globally, never wavered, even at the expense of her personal life. This true story is brimming with excitement, danger, romance, and heartbreak. It is wholly unforgettable.
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Which editor was shocked by The Maidens?

Grieving widow Mariana arrives at a British university to comfort her niece after a classmate has been murdered on campus. When she learns that the victim was part of a group known as the Maidens, beautiful favorite students of Greek tragedy professor Edward Fosca, Mariana feels compelled to use her training in group psychotherapy to help solve the case…especially when another Maiden winds up dead. Interwoven with Greek mythology, this brooding, intelligent thriller is as suspenseful as they come, with a jaw-dropping twist you won't see coming!
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Who found an Irish Country Doctor delightful?

Fresh out of medical school, Barry Laverty joins a small practice in Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland, in Patrick Taylor's charming fictional series. After becoming acquainted with local town residents and gaining real-world medical experience, Barry begins to realize that he has much to learn from both his seemingly antiquated boss and the people of Ballybucklebo. Permeated with laugh-out-loud fun and endearing, authentically human moments, An Irish Country Doctor is an absolute joy to read.
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Who was haunted by Mrs. March?

Mrs. March is the insecure wife of up-and-coming author George March in this mind-bending psychological thriller. At the suggestion that the main character in George's most recent bestseller—an ugly, pitiable prostitute—is based on Mrs. March, the seemingly composed woman begins to unravel. And her suspicions that George may have committed an unforgivable crime exacerbate her paranoia….Mrs. March is the definition of the character you love to hate, and one who fully immerses the reader in her delusion. You won't want to put Mrs. March down, if only to stay in her head a little longer.
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Which editor wrote about The All-Night Sun?

A lonely young professor with a tragic past, Lauren develops a close friendship with her student, Siri. Risking her job, Lauren travels to Siri's home in Sweden, where she becomes drawn to Siri's brooding brother and discovers her new friend has her own demons. The trip culminates in an all-night Midsommer's Eve celebration, with life-altering consequences for both women. Steeped in Swedish folklore, this lyrical and darkly compelling meditation on grief and human connection is as dazzling as the titular "all-night sun."
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Who was charmed by Bird Cottage?

Eva Meijer blends fact with fiction in this gracious interpretation of a bird researcher's life. Naturalist Len Howard published Birds as Individuals in 1952 and Living with Birds in 1956. Her work was focused on individual avian intelligence, and was inspired by the birds living in and around her home in the English countryside, the aptly named Bird Cottage. Although the greatest depth of her research occurred there, her time as a musician with London's Queen's Hall Orchestra was a turning point in her youth, as she realized her true calling lay outside the city all along. Real notes from the Bird Cottage studies are interwoven with fictionalized accounts of Len's experiences in and outside of London, giving a full view of the often tenuous balance between city life and the natural world that surrounds us.
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Which editor tried out The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes?

Don't let the monochromatic cover fool you…this cookbook—loaded with lavish photographs—is a showstopper! My household has been obsessed with Sam Sifton's "no-recipe recipes" in The New York Times for years. My husband loves the way these lists of ingredients (to choose from/switch up/add to) and chatty descriptions of what you might do with them allow him to improvise in the kitchen, making each dish his own. And I love eating the always delicious results! In this must-have kitchen bible, Sifton helps you stock your pantry like a professional chef and then encourages you to get creative! Savory French toast with cherry tomatoes and basil; speedy fish chowder; pizza without a crust; instant ramen, back-of-the-fridge-style; fettuccine with ricotta and a fistful of mint; rotisserie chicken panzanella; chorizo nachos; meat sauce and eggs; strawberry sundaes with hot fudge…prepare for endless gastronomical celebrations!
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Who adored The Short Story of the Novel?

From The Tale of Genji to My Brilliant Friend, The Short Story of the Novel deconstructs sixtyseven groundbreaking novels to present significant genres, themes, and techniques from the past 500 years of literature. Full-color illustrations accompany lively recaps of the novels, along with fascinating explanations of why each is important. Whether you nod enthusiastically as Oxford don Henry Russell extols the virtues of your favorite book or simply discover lots of titles to add to your "to read" list, the path to comprehensive literary enrichment sits within the binds of this imminently browsable guide. Gift this book to a reader you know, or, better yet, an aspiring writer—they'll love it so much they may feature you in their upcoming bestseller!
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What about Don't Tickle the Crocodile?

A playful and exciting way to exercise curiosity, Don't Tickle the Crocodile is a multisensory adventure! Flip through the pages to find a crocodile who growls, a flamingo who screeches, a rhino who squeaks, and a leopard who roars when little readers tickle (tap) the furry part of the page. The rousing last page showcases a finale of jungle voices and a catchy jingle, guaranteed to make all those in ear shot smile and laugh. For babies and toddlers.
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Lastly, who was wonderstruck by A Brush with Birds?

Looking for a superlative gift for a birdwatcher, naturalist, artist, and/or lover of fascinating memoirs? Voilà: A Brush with Birds! This gorgeously produced 8¾"x 11½" hardcover is a treasure trove of inspiring, humorous, and fascinating stories about the extraordinary people, places, and wildlife that artist/ scientist Richard Weatherly has encountered throughout his career. And Weatherly's highly detailed illustrations? Exquisite! Share this joyful experience of a book with your loved ones and add a beautiful dose of awe and wonder to every day they peruse it!
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