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Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
What a waste of a perfectly fantastic topic! It was too, too 21st. century with the detailed sexual events, overly angst-ridden uncertainties, and the ...more
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Mar 19, 2012
I received this book from Random House as an ARC.
I do recognize the brilliance and skill of the author as being worth five stars, but I cannot applau
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Sep 03, 2013
Wessex Tales
Sometimes I tire of reading a short story anthology because you get into a story, and then it ends, and then you have to meet a new set of characters, ...more
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Nov 01, 2010
Leafy Rivers
This is my third book I read by Jessamyn West. This was published in the late 1960's, so it delicately covers the crises in a marriage where the husba ...more
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Jul 26, 2013
Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery (Images of America: Kentucky)
All of these Arcadia Publishing books are a quick, nostalgic read for readers connected to a similar geographical or cultural background.
For me, thes
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Mar 17, 2014
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Here I go again.
I received this free book from Random House, and I found it less than great.
I get annoyed by this genre for several reasons: I applau
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Jan 22, 2014
This is a maserfully written tale of a few days after World War I when England was preparing to memorialize the burial of its Unknown Soldier at Westm ...more
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Jan 30, 2014
Little Failure
It is always hard to give a fair evaluation while avoiding any of my own tastes, since I do not always share opinions of those like Shteyngart.
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Feb 10, 2014
The Paris Wife
From what I can tell, this is really very true to the events surrounding Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway during their first marriage to each ot ...more
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Apr 04, 2012
Dream When You're Feeling Blue
For most of the book, I felt the author had a good grasp of what it might have been like in the 1940's in wartime Chicago, my favorite city in the who ...more
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Dec 09, 2011
The Great White Bear: A Natural and Unnatural History of the Polar Bear
What a wonderful book written by a gifted and imaginative writer. It is a study of the polar bears of the arctic, but it is also partly imaginative an ...more
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Mar 31, 2011
Picnics of Provence: French Country-Style Picnics to Enjoy at Home or Abroad
It's little, it's cute, and something that a francophile would enjoy to just curl up with and revisit any former favorite spots in Provence by taking ...more
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Mar 04, 2013
Jane Austen: A Life
As one who does not enjoy other readers reliance on "fictional biograghy" or things like that, I admired the scholarship which Ms.Tomalin put into the ...more
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Oct 03, 2012
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
What a wonderful time I had reading this. Michael Palin utilizes that Oxbridge background from his own education and his father's profession, and just ...more
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Jun 11, 2012
The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici
This is a very interesting fictional-biography of the life of Catherine deMedici from her stormy childhood in Florence to her decades in France where ...more
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Jan 14, 2010
Once Upon a River
I loved the language and setting, but did not like the author's repeated analogy between the main character and Annie Oakley, the female gunslinger. I ...more
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Nov 28, 2013
The Forgotten Garden
Well, my friends on Goodreads will probably protest, but I grew weary of this book about half way through, but I stuck it out. I was unable to sustain ...more
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Sep 08, 2011
A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan (A 1000-MILE ADVENTURE, #1)
This is beautifully written by a woman who didn't need to make this trek because she had lost her way in life; instead, she discovered what a great ad ...more
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May 28, 2011
Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne
The life of this Janpanese princess makes that of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, sound like a picnic and not torture at all. Masako, a brilliantly ...more
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Oct 11, 2011
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
Sometimes, it seems, that artistry and intelligence suffer by today's preference for "action" as in blood, gore, and violence, so this rendition of Ja ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 10, 2010
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
I am a scrupulous critic of things I read, and I often find myself struggling to finish something and just be done with it. Now I have rated this book ...more
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Jun 29, 2013
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar
I really wanted to like this book, and I stuck with it until the last 100 pages (there are 496), but it became tiring due to his didacticism. Ars grat ...more
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May 15, 2011
Making Piece: a Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie
This writer is a very articulate, over-analytical, self-indulgent widow examining the sudden loss of her husband, from whom she was soon to be divorce ...more
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Jan 24, 2013
Time Change
I was very fascinated by this Sarah Lawrence graduate when she gave up her NYC socialite lifestyle to marry the widowed ruler of Sikkim. This is her a ...more
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Jul 05, 2009
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School
I had so much fun reading this. I term myself a devout Francophile, so anything, well-written, about that culture can captivate me. I was not as inter ...more
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Mar 22, 2013
Little Altars Everywhere
Rebecca Wells presents these anecdotal chapters using the voices of the children of one of the ya-yas in this the earlier before the Divine Secrets of ...more
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Oct 16, 2011
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns
This is hard to do: first of all I thought it was great in the beginning, and I marveled at the fabulous writing, rampant with perfect imagery and fig ...more
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Mar 14, 2014
The Lost King of France: How DNA Solved the Mystery of the Murdered Son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
I usually never enter a book I am currently reading, but this one was on my "ro read" shelf, and I just had to get to it, being one who loves "la bell ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Oct 08, 2009
Teacher Man: A Memoir
I have read books by (the late)Frank and Malachy McCourt and liked them. This one has the same angst: the remnants of his terribly impoverished childh ...more
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Nov 12, 2011
Thornfield Hall: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story
I am at a loss to really explain the value of this book. First of all, the author has imagined a plot which could have been a different story complete ...more
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Dec 26, 2011
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