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Branded by the Pink Triangle
One might think that gays have had to hide their sexuality throughout history, but that isn't quite true. Before the Nazis came to power, gay men and ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Nov 28, 2014
The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood
Kien Nguyen isn't much older than my husband, but the horror he lived through in Vietnam as a child is far beyond the scope of any American's imaginat ...more
Apr 04, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story
This book was awful. I was interested in reading about Brooke Astor, as I live in Newport, home of the first Mrs Astor's summer home, and because my h ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
The Astor Orphan: A Memoir
I've always been fascinated by the American aristocracy, especially after living in Newport, RI, for three years. I'd go down to the mansions and tour ...more
Sep 25, 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America
I didn't want to like this book because dammit, why ARE there so many children and adults in the land of plenty, the land of the free and the brave, i ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Jellicoe Road
I'm reading the reviews for this book, and I am nodding along with everyone who loved it. I see what they're saying, and I agree with most of it -- bu ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family
I saw the author talk about his book as a blurb on the BBC World News in America. Fascinated as I am by the Holocaust, I figured it would be a really ...more
Mar 16, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
Before I Go to Sleep
What would you do if you woke up in the morning next to a man you didn't recognize, in a house you didn't know, with zero memory of the days or weeks ...more
Apr 14, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
The Daring Ladies of Lowell
Having lived in Rhode Island for a few years, and traveled about Massachusetts, I am familiar with the sight of old, hulking mills that dot the landsc ...more
May 05, 2014
May 01, 2014
Mr. Emerson's Wife
I was drawn into the story of Lydia (Lidian) Jackson from the very first few pages. It's rare that a book grips me so tightly, so I dove head-first in ...more
Feb 25, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Sheltering Rain
Having read Me Before You as well as The Girl You Left Behind, I decided to read anything else by Jojo Moyes had written that was in my library's coll ...more
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
The Last Nude
I knew absolutely nothing about Tamara de Lempicka before starting this novel, and it wasn't until I was partway into the story that I realized that s ...more
May 08, 2014
May 05, 2014
Remember Me Like This
I'm going to have to give this between 3 and 3.5 stars. The blurb promises that this is a "gripping novel with the pace of a thriller," but it sure do ...more
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 07, 2015
Invisible Tears: The Abuse, The Rebellion, The Survival, Despite All Odds
Invisible Tears is a raw and gritty look at the horrific abuse that Abigail Lawrence was forced to endure as a young girl. It made me so angry to read ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last
It may be that I am not part of the target demographic for this book. I never got into romance novels, let alone the Harlequin books the author devour ...more
Jun 13, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
A God in Ruins
Again, I am in the minority here. I glanced through some reviews of this novel and saw nothing but four stars and five. Personally I can't give it tha ...more
Jun 17, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
Leaving Berlin
A friend of mine lent me this book because she couldn't really make head nor tails of it. Even from the start, I could see why it was such a problem f ...more
Aug 28, 2015
Mar 17, 2015
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I loved this book. I don't know why. I can't put my finger on it. But once I started, I just couldn't put it down. I couldn't stop thinking about it. ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Growing up in the 1980s, I had an inkling of what kinds of things were going on in Iran, thanks to my father's insistence that I watch the national ne ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
Benjamin Franklin's Bastard: A Novel
I began this book with no idea of how historically accurate it was. Then I wandered over to Wikipedia to find out that yes, Benjamin Franklin did inde ...more
Jul 31, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
At the Water's Edge
Because I really enjoyed Water for Elephants, I was excited to see a new novel by Sara Gruen come out. Unfortunately, having just finished At the Wat ...more
May 19, 2015
May 18, 2015
Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece
Sometimes I rate books by how quickly I read them. Granted, I picked this up in Delaware while on vacation, but still, a 400 page book should not take ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
I am rather disappointed in this book. Usually I adore historical fiction, and I don't ask too much of it. But nothing seemed to work properly in this ...more
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 15, 2015
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)
I was going to give this 4 stars because I did enjoy it thoroughly, and then I read the community reviews. I know I'm not supposed to let their opinio ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
It's hard for me to give this book a rating. It is definitely a fascinating book, one that deals with several barely surviving religions in the Middle ...more
Mar 04, 2015
Dec 29, 2014
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
What I'm left with, after reading this biography on Louis Zamperini and his experiences during WWII, is simply HOW. How does one man endure so much, a ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
I cannot tell you how awesome this book is. Yes, it feels a little Harry Potter-ish, what with the kid who doesn't fit in but is finally led to a plac ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
The Nightingale
When we think about Europe during World War II, we think about the Holocaust and the horrors endured by the Jews and the other groups taken prisoner b ...more
Jul 18, 2015
Mar 17, 2015
I picked this book up on a whim, and thought it would be a light and easy read after what I was plodding through for book club, which was Hilary Mante ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
I'm beginning to think that nothing can live up to Moore's book A Dirty Job, which I absolutely adored. I never got into Sacre Bleu, and this book, wh ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 17, 2013