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The Little Bride
Stories of early American pioneers creating new lives in the wild lands of the mid-Western plains are not new literary territory. Yet, the desolate en ...more
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Oct 26, 2011
A Spoonful of Poison (Agatha Raisin,  #19)
Have you ever read a book that was so bad it was good? That was my first impression of this MC Beaton book. I had no idea that she was such a popular ...more
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Sep 06, 2009
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
Appropriate sub-title: 'hemorrhoidal old man, stuck on non-stop Greyhound bus with a broken toilet, shares his view of small-town America as he rides ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
This morning I finished reading what is now one of my favorite books of all time. The book is: DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT: An African Childhoo ...more
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
Little Gale Gumbo
To escape an abusive marriage that threatens her two teenage daughters, Camille Bergeron flees her beloved New Orleans and lands on a small island off ...more
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Oct 17, 2011
A Tiger's Heart
Ms. Balmore has created a unique Civil War novel, one which is told from the perspective of a Southern woman who will never be confused with the stere ...more
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Jan 19, 2011
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
I'm about 100 pages into GAME CHANGE and can't put it down. It reads like a fast-paced, juicy gossip, back-stabbing, high-stakes thriller. What makes ...more
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Jan 16, 2010
Sonata for Miriam
Written by Linda Olsson, whose debut novel ASTRID AND VERONIKA is one of the most beautifully written books I've read in ages and made me an instant f ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale
the best 'doggie' book I've read, will make you smile and cry, in a good way!
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Oct 29, 2008
Death Comes to Pemberley
I love audio books for long road trips, and murder mysteries in particular. If you are a fan of PD James and / or Jane Austen you will enjoy Death Com ...more
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
As I've spent the summer baking bread, I wanted to love his chapter on learning to bake bread. Instead, it seemed that Mr. Pollan wrote the chapter wh ...more
Aug 24, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
My a friend recommended this book because I'm currently editing my first children's chapter book. Listening to it in the car as I drove around town al ...more
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1)
I'm reading this frist in the tea shop cozy mystery series by Laura Childs. It's been ages since I've read a cozy mystery, this one was given to me by ...more
Sep 03, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
Sharing one's battle with depression takes courage. Especially when you are a public figure, and most especially when so many in the Christian communi ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
The Heavenly Village
One of the best books I've read this year. I cried through the last few chapters...happy tears. Just beautifully written, with a positive message abou ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Her Fearful Symmetry
I wanted to love this book given that I never read The Time Travelers Wife and wanted to catch the excitement that this author has generated. Unfortun ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
The Dreamer
I loved this book! With each new Cynthia Rylant book I read, I am more convinced that she is one of the best authors for children ever. THE DREAMER te ...more
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Nov 13, 2012
The Next Best Thing

Halfway through this book I planned to give it three stars because I wasn't in love with Ruth, and found her too self-absorbed to root for. However,
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin, #2)
It's official. I've become a M.C. Beaton fan. The Vicious Vet is the fourth Agatha Raisin novel that I've read and if I could get my hands on the rest ...more
Dec 23, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you enjoy classic women's literature and a trip down memory lane with your favorite books, you will LOVE this, don't walk to your favori ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
Anita Brookner has one of the most compelling voices in English literature...and to plumbing the depths of the solitary soul.

This is her most recent
Sep 06, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

An encouraging book for every creative writer, artist, or anyone who wants to be more creative...whether you are just starting out, or in the golden
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses, #5)
My first historical romance in years. Ms. James does a very good job at capturing the era as well as crafting intelligent conversation. I enjoyed it e ...more
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Aug 24, 2009
The Snow Child
Beautifully and skillfully written. I loved this book, the story was told with sensitivity without being overly maudlin. And written by a long-time re ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
Water for Elephants
One of my favorite books of the year. Though it involves an unlikely cast of characters and setting, the story is so compelling you will find yourself ...more
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Jul 06, 2009
The Blue Hill Meadows
Cynthia Rylant is becoming one of my favorite authors. The Blue Hill Meadows is a gentle, sweet story of a close knit family through the seasons. I im ...more
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May 22, 2012
Stranger in My Arms
I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas' historical romance, but this one drove me crazy. The heroine was by turns manipulative and selfish. I just could not ...more
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Sep 06, 2012
Olive Kitteridge
Incredibly sad, funny, compassionate. It accomplishes what we find so difficult in real life: showing how very complex each person is, our conflicting ...more
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Jul 09, 2009
All in a Day
Cynthia Rylant is one of my favorite children's book author. This delightful picture book is as lovely and inspiring as a poem as it describes the mag ...more
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Oct 29, 2012
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering
Quiet, gentle, a nice addition to devotional time...and yes, it is written by a Buddhist monk....but I've found certain universal truths transcend rel ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
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