The list author says: "I find out about these books from all manner of sources except from people telling me about 'this awesome book!' -- those referrals almost never work out. If you have read 3-5 books per week for years as I have, then you know exactly what I mean. These are all genuine treasures and most of them were written some time back."
"[AN ISOLATED KINGDOM] This is really three [sequential] books, paginated as a single edition -- I'm astounded as to how few people have heard about this semi-gothic masterpiece. See my full review for details. A bildungsroman."
"[SCANDAL!!!] O'Hara is not much read these days but, I can assure you, his stories are as fresh and relevant as the day they were first published. This one will quickly secure your enthusiasm for O'Hara. Scandal in Gibbsville, PA."
"[OUTBACK AUSTRALIAN MYSTERY] A worthwhile poisoning mystery set in Australia -- Upfield is my all-time favorite mystery author and his fictional detective character, the half-Aboriginal Napoleon Bonaparte, [Bony to his friends] is timeless."
"[PARENTS CAN'T UNDERSTAND THEIR KIDS] Turgenev is huge in Russia but not much read in the U.S. We read this and discover that life is pretty much the same all over the world and it really hasn't changed much over time."
"[ASTOUNDING CHILDREN'S STORIES] This diminutive work was written by a young French girl and it really bowled me over -- I've never read anything like it and the stories could only have come from the mind of a child."