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They Were Sisters
I would very rarely rate a book this high--and I'm wondering at myself. I am not likely to re-read this book, and until now, I have only rated re-read ...more
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Jan 24, 2011
River's Edge
River's Edge by Marie Bostwick is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The setting is pre-WWII through the war years in a small New Engla ...more
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Apr 13, 2013
Because of Winn-Dixie
This is one of the best books I've read in some time. Thoroughly engaging from the first sentence. Perhaps it's because I love dogs, and have a strong ...more
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Mar 14, 2014
Jane Austen: A Life
I found myself quite ambivalent as I attempted to rate this book. Shield's writing is dry and repetitive to the extreme. She has so little voice. By t ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
The Women on the Porch
This is an interesting read, but I skipped a lot about all the Greek mythology, as well as strange scenes where Gordon attempted to display the ghosts ...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Gerald and Elizabeth
I enjoyed this book. D. E. Stevenson takes me to a place I want to be and away from my own world. I find her books worthy of study, too, teaching me a ...more
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Dec 16, 2012
Year of Wonders
I think this is an exceptional book. The writing is exceptional, as well as the characterization. The author gives a heroine and good people, as well ...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Miss Buncle Married
Not as good as the first book, Miss Buncle's Book, but still entertaining. I might even read it again, just because it is amusing and takes me to a pl ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Nov 21, 2012
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Mitford Years, #10)
This book, as all of Karon's books, took me to a place, as the title says, somewhere safe with somebody good. It is a comfort read. It is also a book ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 02, 2014
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Greatly enjoyed how it gave a respite from the world, and brought up memories of my childhood, too. ...more
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Mar 02, 2010
I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers
Madigan's writing drew me in on the first page. I didn't want to put the book down. Sometimes I grew tired of Madigan's story, because I wanted to get ...more
Jun 20, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
The Cat's Pajamas
Ray Bradbury was a character writer. He wrote about people, their loves and losses in this life. My two favorite stories in the collection are 'The Ho ...more
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Aug 12, 2012
Losing Battles
As someone said, I lost the battle with 'Losing Battles'. The storyline is good, quite different than I had imagined, however, I found the manner in w ...more
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Jul 12, 2009
Nightingale Wood
I was amazed that I set this book aside. Stella Gibbons is the author of one of my favorite books, 'Cold Comfort Farm', so I was expecting to really e ...more
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Feb 09, 2010
Curious George Rides a Bike
I am rating these children's books according to the favor of my 2 yr-old grandson, and his father, as I saved three of the serious from my son's early ...more
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Jul 12, 2009
Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple, #13)
One of Christie's best, imho. I just read it for the second time, and found it even more fascinating than the first, even though I could recall who di ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency #12)
I greatly enjoyed this new edition of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I love them all. Oddly, I have tried McCall-Smith's other series and n ...more
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Jun 23, 2011
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town, #2)
I soak up Bradbury's prose and imagination. But this time I had to set the book aside because it was so dark, and my mood needed something lighter. I ...more
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Mar 24, 2013
I Still Dream About You
Enjoyed this book more than I have another for quite awhile. Reading it was like hearing someone tell tales. Funny, but much truth in the humor. Perha ...more
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Dec 26, 2010
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #10)
It could have been my mood, but I enjoyed this novel better than any of the others after the first of the series. Why? It seemed to hold together the ...more
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Aug 10, 2010
Roxanna Slade
I found this an enjoyable read, and even one I might re-read. Yet it was an odd book, too. There were, in fact, a couple of plot points I really could ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jennifer Worth was a fantastic writer, had such a good eye and voice, and heart. Read it for the prose, and you'll be ...more
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Jun 23, 2013
New Stories from the South 1992: The Year's Best
One story in here I really like-- A New Pair of Shoes that Fits Good, by Nanci Kincaid. One of the best short stories I've ever read, worth the book.
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Jul 29, 2009
Healing After Loss:: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief
I'm learning that a major part of living life deals with loss. This gentle and wise book helps to navigate the journey.
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Aug 18, 2013
Praying for My Life
Quite a bio, actually. I've read West for over 25 years. Down-to-earth, inspiring, encouraging.
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Jun 18, 2009
The Layman's Parallel Bible –Living Bible, RSV,  KJV
Useful for digging deeper for understanding meanings of passages. Quite fun, actually
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Jun 28, 2009
Simple Abundance:  A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
Get this book, and keep it to dip into-- just open it anywhere.
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Dec 26, 2008
Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The Election that Saved a Nation
I find things I learned in this book helps me to have a bit different view of the country today. I doubt we have ever had since that time such strong ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, #1)
I could not get through this one, however, my mother enjoyed it.
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Jul 12, 2009
The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence, #1)
The first Tommy and Tuppence books. Well worth reading.
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Jun 20, 2009
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