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Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #1)
I picked up this book based on the cover recommendations of authors including Diana Gabaldon and Margaret George, and was not disappointed. This is a ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Oh, if only I weren't a cynical skeptic. It would be so uplifting to be able to read a novel like this, the "true" story of a four year old pastor's s ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 29, 2011
Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal
Whoa - this book gives a whole new meaning to the term TMI. From spilling the beans about her own sex life as a widow, to printing email correspondenc ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
I loved this book the same way I enjoyed "The Other Boleyn Girl." Neither one will win a prize for outstanding literature, but both were completely en ...more
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Jul 12, 2009
She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems
This collection of poems celebrating womanhood has surprised me, since I am not particularly enamoured of either the Kennedys or of the artform of poe ...more
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Apr 15, 2011
A House in the Sky
4.5 stars. I read the Daily Mail each morning with my coffee - it's my celeb tabloid and Anglophilia fix- and it was on that addictive website that I ...more
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Oct 14, 2013
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
This book provided some helpful advice for disciplining my two little ones, ages 4 and 2. Although we have always in our home used a straight-forward ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen
This has become a dependable cookbook for fast, healthy weeknight meals. This cookbook is not a lot of fuss - no strange or expensive ingredients. The ...more
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Feb 01, 2014
The Hypnotist's Love Story
Liane Moriarty, author of What Alice Forgot, packs a lot of thoughtful punch in her chick lit offerings. Although I didn't like this book quite as muc ...more
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Jun 01, 2014
Love in Mid Air
When adultery is addressed in popular culture, it's often the story of the bored middle aged man who leaves his wife and kids for the peppy twenty-som ...more
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Jun 22, 2014
Leaving Time
2.5 stars. Unfortunately, this book was a flop for me, and I write that with a lot of respect for Jodi Picoult's talent and for the enormous amount of ...more
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Apr 25, 2015
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
4.5 stars. This was my book club's February pick, in honor of Valentine's Day. With the exception of parenting books which I enjoy reading (because le ...more
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Jan 28, 2015
The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life
The hook of this book is that you can prepare delicious, healthy meals even with a baby in the house if you plan in advance and prepare elements of th ...more
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Aug 13, 2014
Shadow Baby
Clara is an isolated, rather awkward eleven year old living in the foothills of the Adirondacks who loves stories, reading and words. She befriends an ...more
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Jul 03, 2014
Secrets of the Lighthouse
This is a Gothic romance that reminded me of the Victoria Holt novels I used to read as a teenager. A beautiful young woman arrives at a house on the ...more
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Aug 31, 2014
The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
For some reason, this was an especially creepy book to read on a family vacation to Disney World (and I'll admit - an odd choice for leisure reading). ...more
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Feb 14, 2014
The Bungalow
In this escapist novel, Anne Calloway leaves her devoted fiance and privileged Seattle upbringing behind, and searches for a higher purpose in her lif ...more
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May 27, 2013
Sarah's Key
This is a difficult book to review, because it is really two books in one. The historical section of the book, told through the eyes of a young French ...more
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Mar 22, 2010
The Fault in Our Stars
This is one of those rare finds that I will keep on the bookshelf in my bedroom and read year after year. Insightful, witty, hip and deeply moving, Gr ...more
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Nov 26, 2012
Year of Wonders
Having read a book by this author before that I enjoyed very much (People of the Book), I was excited to read this novel based on the authentic "plagu ...more
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Mar 08, 2010
The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow
"It is not an easy thing, to tell the story of a difficult life," begins Chiger in this memoir, as she describes how her family survived the Holocaust ...more
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Jul 12, 2012
No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids
Wanna make a parent cry? Tell him or her this factoid from "No Regrets Parenting": There are only 940 Saturdays between a child's birth and her leavin ...more
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Apr 07, 2012
Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins at the Family Table
Part memoir, part family recipe collection, Dinner, A Love Story is a charming read that gently encourages families to make a home cooked family dinne ...more
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Nov 01, 2013
Cleopatra: A Life
I have always found that biographies can either be dry and dull, or absorbing and rich. I have attempted to read biographies about Cleopatra before, b ...more
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Sep 10, 2011
The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen
The title of this book indicates that this is not your traditional biography of a famous historical figure. This is the story of the "creation" of the ...more
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Apr 28, 2013
Me Before You
It isn't often that you read a story quite unlike anything you've read before, one that makes you reevaluate your assumptions about right and wrong. M ...more
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Jan 17, 2013
Wife 22
This is a charming offering of chick lit, kind of like a "Bridget Jones grows up" story if you can imagine a middle aged Bridget coping with the natur ...more
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Dec 28, 2012
Time of My Life
The style of this book reminds me of the work of Emily Griffin - chick lit that has more depth to it and characters that really seem to come to life. ...more
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May 02, 2009
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
One of the best parenting books I have read, this was written by a child psychologist who wanted to address some of the particular social and developm ...more
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Aug 21, 2013
French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters
Having just read the best-selling French parenting book "Bringing up Bebe," I launched into a more focused examination of French gastronomie and its i ...more
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May 11, 2012
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