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I’ve been checking out Good Reads, the site for books and readers—not quite sure whether I want to join or not. (Any suggestions out there?) But I’ve found more books for my reading list.

Matthew Pearl’s latest, The Technologists, was just published in February. Not a literary theme this time (The Poe Shadow and The Last Dickens), but still historical: the beginnings of MIT and its rivalry with Harvard.

In an interview on Good Reads, Pearl also mentioned that he contributed a short story to the collection Sherlock Holmes in America. So that’s now on my list, too.

For some reason, when I think of Matthew Pearl, I also think of Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist. Perhaps that’s because they both write historical fiction—and I don’t tend to read all that many male authors (Dickens is the notable exception). But Carr hasn’t published a new book since The Italian Secretary in 2005. At first, I thought I’d found another Holmes book for my list; then I realized I’d already read it.

In progress

English Country House Mysteries (anthology)
A Fountain Filled with Blood (mystery)
Our Mutual Friend
How Georgia Became O’Keefe
The collected short stories of Flannery O’Connor