Throwback Thursday: Charles Dickens, Spy Novelist

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

This post was originally published on January 12, 2012.

Reading Dickens pleases my husband.  He has no idea that the first line of A Tale of Two Cities is, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” yet I could detect his pleasure at seeing me sprawled out on the couch with that heavy volume balanced on my stomach (281).  He bought that volume of four novels for me.  It’s one of those leather-bound books with gold edges from Barnes and Noble.  Each Christmas, my husband gives me one or two of these coveted books.  This year, he bought five of them after paying close attention to a conversation I had with a neighbor about all of the leather books on our shelves.  This neighbor quizzed me on my top five favorite books – Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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