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Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Author: Kate Atkinson
Ruby Lennox begins narrating her own life at the moment of her conception, and from there takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a girl determined to learn more about her family and the secrets it keeps.
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ISBN-13: 9780312150600
ISBN-10: 0312150601
Publication Date: 1/1997
Pages: 333
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 146 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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12 member(s) found this review helpful.
Memorable. Surprises abound. Characters to really care about, to love, and to be appalled by! A true picture of growing up in the 50s, with an abundance of detailed domestic life. Certain passages stay with the reader, like: "I have been to the world's end and back and now I know what I would put in my bottom drawer. I would put my sisters." The bottom drawer, when you read the book, stands for a place for needful things.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A terrific book by hot British writer Kate Atkinson, author of "Case Histories." This one was a Whitbread Book of the Year, and on the NY Times "Notable Books of the Year" list.
Alternating between a first person account of the young life of Ruby Lennox, and a series of chapter-long 'footnotes' that give insight into the backstory of Ruby's extended family, the book is darkly comic, sometimes tragic, wise, and very original.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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A great look at a complex family. This is not your typical dysfunctional family story. This is a perfect book group discussion type book.

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  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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I was so looking forward to reading this book, based on reviews and Kate Atkinson's reputation. I knew it would be different from her other novels, but didn't expect it to be so disconnected. I plodded through 84 pages and just felt like I was obligated to pick it up. When I feel like I 'should' finish a book, and am not reading for enjoyment, it's time to put it down. I found myself a little depressed the week I struggled to read it, not realizing it was this book making me feel so blue. Maybe a good murder mystery will lift my spirits! I hope the next pbs member enjoys it!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This book kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. A good read.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Love this author's quirky, dark sense of humor. Have read most of her Jackson Brodie series but may have liked this one more. You may need a notepad to keep track of the characters in the different generations, though.

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