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1,000 Places to See Before You Die
I have been fortunate in my life to have traveled many places in the world (all continents except Antarctica) so I read this much-hyped book with pen ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 01, 2010
The Power and the Glory
Even though the reader knows what is going to happen to a flawed "whiskey priest" on the run in a Mexican state (1930s) that has outlawed religion, by ...more
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Jan 15, 2009
A Sudden Country
I am through and through a Westerner. This fabulous novel captures the grandeur and ferocity of the West's landscapes and reminds us of the courage an ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 18, 2009
Men We Reaped: A Memoir
I found SALVAGE THE BONES painful to read, and hoped some of the worst parts of those characters' lives were pure fiction. Now, having read Ward's dev ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 31, 2013
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
This is a fascinating book with a cast of thousands that is sometimes hard to keep track of—and I am impressed that the author was able to keep all th ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 18, 2012
Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the Brontë Sisters
As a Bronte lover, I was attracted to this rich piece of historical fiction. After I finished reading it, I went to my other Bronte books: why hadn't ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 16, 2010
The Last Nude
I confess that prior to this novel, I had not heard of the Polish art deco artist, Tamta de Lempicka. I do know about and enjoy details of the Lost Ge ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Life Without Summer
I slogged through the first 50 pages and decided to finish the book to give it a chance. What I’d felt in those first pages still resonated after I re ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 09, 2010
Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life
In the prologue of this well-researched and fascinating book, readers learn this about Clover Adams:
*her good friend, Henry James, said she was “a per
Mar 2012
Mar 07, 2012
The Other
I slogged through this book, wishing the author had given me more white space on the pages, and that so much of it wasn't flashback retelling. I didn' ...more
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Jan 17, 2009
Boxers & Saints Boxed Set
Like many other readers, I had little knowledge of the Boxer Rebellion before reading these books. Yang has taken an important event in Chinese histor ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 20, 2013
Love and Summer
As usual, Trevor brings to life a small Irish town where life is played out in small gestures behind which are hidden stories and secrets. This 82 yea ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 23, 2009
Flutter: The Story of Four Sisters and an Incredible Journey
When nine-year-old Maple ‘s little sister is born prematurely, she and her older sister go on a journey to find the Wise Woman of the Mountains in hop ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 20, 2012
Lamb to the slaughter and other stories (Penguin 60s)
My son found this slim paperback in a used bookstore in Wellington, New Zealand, and all four of us ended up reading it while traveling. Dahl's short ...more
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Jan 04, 2009
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Berry leads readers through a romp of a VIctorian mystery, starring seven proper young women at a boarding school whose headmistress and her brother d ...more
Oct 2014
Nov 15, 2014
Sepulchre (Languedoc, #2)
A Great Audio Book

Since I listened to snippets of this book over a couple of weeks commuting here and there,I can't testify to the writing as much as
not set
Nov 20, 2008
A Bird On Water Street
Jack loves his home. Why would anyone want to live anywhere other than Coppertown, a safe, warm place where he is surrounded by family and friends? Su ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 22, 2014

This beautifully written and heartfelt book gives us a protagonist who is strong, funny, aware of his vulnerability, smart, supported by a great famil
May 2012
May 06, 2012
Belle Cora
Margulies uses a real-life 19th century San Francisco madam to show western frontier life and history, but most importantly, how one innocent child's ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 15, 2014
The Girls of Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg has been told numerous times, but never through the viewpoints of three young women: Grace, a free slave, and Tillie, white a ...more
Sep 2014
Oct 12, 2014
Gentlemen and Players
I listened to the first half of this on audiobook, and had trouble differentiating between the two narrators. Frustrated and tired of the younger (evi ...more
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Feb 02, 2009
Descent: A Novel
This is the third book I've read recently about a child gone missing, and each has been devastating in its own way. With multiple viewpoints, Johnston ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 15, 2014
I expect this book to show up on Newbery lists later this year. Ehrlich gives us a credible and memorable protagonist in 11-year-old Chirp, whose happ ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 16, 2014
Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit
Kadir Nelson is one of my favorite illustrators, and as an Obama supporter, I gave this book for Christmas gifts. Of course, given the rush publishing ...more
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Jan 04, 2009
Bellman and Black: A Ghost Story
Ravens (rooks) form an ominous background to this tale of businessman William Bookman’s life. The story begins with young William killing one of the b ...more
May 2014
May 17, 2014
The Impossible Knife of Memory
After years of home schooling while traveling with Andy, her truck driver father, Hayley and her dad settle in to make a life in her father's home tow ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 25, 2014
The Last Days of California
This is not your usual road trip novel. Jess, age 14, travels with her parents and older sister, Elise, from Alabama to California to join a large gro ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 06, 2014
Dickens created Miss Havisham. Frame creates her back story and reasons why acted so oddly in GREAT EXPECTATIONS. The premise is interesting, and it' ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 27, 2014
Jacob Have I Loved
Sara Louise is a prickly, difficult character, and not the easiest person with whom to identify, but Paterson's writing kept me involved. I loved lear ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery
13-year-old Moxie Fleece is smart, funny and determined to solve the (real-life) heist of famous artwork from Boston's Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 28, 2014
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