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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
The Sunday Philosophy Club - Alexander McCall Smith I've enjoyed each of the books in this series. Isabel Dalhousie is a smart, strong, and good-hearted character. As in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books, the main character concerns herself with everyday mysteries that usually revolve around what it means to be human, to be ethical, to be kind. In case that sounds boring, McCall Smith said "Kindness needn't be dull ... it can also be elevating and moving."

Like his Isabel, McCall Smith was the editor of an ethics journal, so his depiction of Isabel's work ring true. Throw in some mystery, some romance, and some great descriptions of Edinburgh and its people, and you have a perfect concoction for a Sunday afternoon.