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A Farewell to Arms
I read this for my contemporary literature class, the theme of which was WWI. I enjoyed the other four books we read for this class so much more than ...more
Sep 2009
Jan 30, 2011
What the Day Owes the Night
A very good book which is reminiscent of And the Mountains Echoedby Khaled Hosseini, because a child is taken away from his impoverished family and se ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
Fascinating read.
Jun 1992
Mar 08, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the writing, and, since I listened to it (twice) on audio, I very much enjoyed the narrator, Richard Morant. I particul ...more
Oct 08, 2012
Dec 09, 2011
Fanny Stevenson: A Romance of Destiny
Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson was a remarkable woman who seemed to live several different lives in one lifespan. She traveled back and forth bet ...more
May 09, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse
This book points out that advancements in fuel efficiency merely increase our desire for it. Example: making cars more fuel efficient and comfortable ...more
Jun 07, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
The Whiskey Rebels
This story is told by two great characters. Captain Ethan Saunders is the post Revolutionary War anti-hero: drunken, irreverent, witty, ruined and hop ...more
Dec 12, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
A Mercy
I listened to this on an audiobook, and that was my problem. It was read by the author and Miss Morrison has a very strange, halting way of speaking, ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
I chose this as my pick for my book club, but all-in-all I was disappointed in it. I love books about the people up in the hills of Appalachia, who, d ...more
May 2010
Jan 09, 2011
Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley
I read this book because, like the author, I have always been amazed that three cousins from the small town of Farraday, Louisiana, could all rise so ...more
Apr 05, 2013
Oct 11, 2012
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
AAUUGGGHHH! Twenty pages left in this book that I am loving, and I left it at work -- with a four day weekend coming up!!! AAUUGGGHHH!!!

Okay, got back
Sep 04, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
The Third Man Factor: The Secret to Survival in Extreme Environments
Shortly after I graduated from college, two friends and I travelled around Europe. After a while, the three of us realized that when we were walking t ...more
Oct 2010
Jan 20, 2011
The Invisible Ones
Stef Penney's first book, The Tenderness of Wolves was a great favorite of mine. There is something about the author's writing that is in sync with my ...more
May 22, 2012
Jul 24, 2011
The Warlord's Son
It took me absolutely forever to get through this book. I actually liked the writing, but I am intrigue-challenged. I could follow and appreciate what ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
The Book Thief
Rereading a third time in May 2013 (audiobook) for my book club. Thoroughly enjoying this yet another time. Yup, I loved it again. Read three times, f ...more
May 13, 2013
Oct 15, 2008
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
First of all, why was so much made of one incident of Mitt Romney possibly bullying a gay student, when Barack Obama admits to flagrant truancy, enthu ...more
May 29, 2012
May 23, 2012
White Truffles in Winter
As the world marches toward the Second World War, the famous chef Auguste Escoffier and his wife, the poet Delfine Defis, are destitute and nearing de ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Nov 03, 2011
Comedy in a Minor Key
Hmmm. My "Hmmm" is because of my contemplation of this being called a black or dark comedy. Now, I did not read it because I expected a humorous look ...more
Jun 2011
Feb 05, 2011
The Round House
I have read many of Louise Erdrich's novels and always come away with a qualified positive feelings. I find there to always be a disjointed feel to he ...more
Dec 13, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
I absolutely loved this book. I listened to the audio book and now that I have finished it, I miss it. The ironic think is that I have never read a St ...more
Dec 24, 2011
Dec 09, 2011
The Ballad of Tom Dooley (Ballad, #9)
Oh, this was a complete disappointment. I have been listening to the audiobooks of Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad books for years. They were among the first ...more
May 22, 2012
Sep 03, 2011
The Idea of Perfection
Socrates said "An unexamined life is not worth living." But, I think there can be two much examination. The two main characters in this novel examine ...more
Jun 03, 2011
May 25, 2011
I reread this (in audiobook form) six months after initially reading it (in print form) in the hopes of attending a discussion on it. I was not able t ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Aug 16, 2013
To the End of the Land
Read half; class canceled until Fall. Will finish later

9/10/12 -- Picking up where I left off. I hope I can remember the first half sufficiently, beca
Sep 18, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
I had a lovely experience with this book, but I must admit that this experience was chiefly due to the fact that I listened to it in audiobook form. T ...more
Mar 2011
Jan 06, 2011
A Long and Happy Life
At the moment that I am writing this review, Reynolds Price has just died. RIP. I read this for my Contemporary Liturature Class that I take every sem ...more
Nov 2010
Jan 22, 2011
The Colour
I am giving this three stars, but after I think about it awhile, I might raise it to four stars. I am a fan of Rose Tremain's novels, and her books th ...more
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
I Curse the River of Time
First of all, I absolutely love the title. Second, I was astonished that the title came from a poem by Chairman Mao, because I didn't know he wrote po ...more
Oct 04, 2012
May 05, 2012
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
This novel is a bit difficult for me to rate. I ended up giving it four stars, but, after a decent beginning, it nosedived for me until it picked up a ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
This is a book translated from the French by French author Paule Constant. I am taking a class and the Institute of Adult Learning at our local Chesap ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Nov 05, 2011