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The Soldier of Raetia (Valerian's Legion, #1)
I finished this book in two days. Am I overly fond of historical fiction; no. Do I pine for Roman tales; not really. Am I keen on war stories; not exa ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
Sliding on the Snow Stone
I was left with much to ponder after reading this, a harrowing but beautiful triumph of the human soul. Stefan’s love for Ukraine and family is his st ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
**spoiler alert** A magnificent journey to the past; Rose captures turn of the century Norway as if having walked the very steps Oleanna and her siste ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Dec 21, 2011
The Pilgrim Glass
Characters enthused with strengths and foibles enrich this story layered with spiritual truths and deep anguish. Julie K. Rose winds the modern French ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 07, 2010
Let Sleeping Gods Lie
Intriguing characters, hypnotic prose, and a tightly woven plot kept this reader turning pages until the last was deliciously inhaled. I rooted for Ni ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Princess Daisy
A lot of blah blah blah after the first third. Having read this previously, ages ago, I skimmed most of the second half, Daisy's life in advertising f ...more
Jun 11, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno
I knew nothing about Joe Bonanno upon starting this book. At the end, I knew of a man dedicated to The Tradition from his Sicilian homeland, and his c ...more
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
The Islandman
Sometimes a book is written for a distinct purpose, as this one was, but another evolves, a great beauty unfolding. The Islandman is such a tale, rega ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
A quick read, especially as the chapters are very short, but handy when perusing during lunch; I never was stuck in the middle of a chapter after the ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
Just Kids
Oh my goodness, where do I start? Do I begin in noting that while reading this I was in the midst of plotting out my indie-publishing path, and the ar ...more
Apr 10, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
Last Night in Twisted River
Hard to say exactly, in that it was wonderful words by John Irving, but so much of his life, I felt like a voyeur, or perhaps somehow cheated, as if h ...more
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Jun 08, 2011
Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock
If you like Yo La Tengo, read this book. If you're into American alternative music, read this book. If you're into indie art in any form, this is a mu ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Don't Mean Nothing
From the beginning to nearly the end, I was mesmerized by these stories and characters linked by three different places in Vietnam. The tales were cha ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
Howards End
**spoiler alert** A curious novel by today's standards, in many different ways; also one of the most true books I have ever read. The Schlegel sisters ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
The Eleventh Question
I started reading this and could not put it down; Arista struggles with bullies and an alcoholic mother, while a young man realizes, but is helpless t ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Allegiance: A Dublin Novella
A heart-stopping tale of loyalty and love; William’s duty is overshadowed by the honesty he encounters in a Dublin pub. Keen descriptions and tight di ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
The Hawkline Monster
Maybe it's my love for Richard Brautigan, or perhaps I prefer short chapters, or tales about strange monsters. All I can say is this book made me laug ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
Black Beauty
This isn't just a story about horses, but the human condition even more relevant today than when it was written. Sewell evokes great suffering alongsi ...more
Mar 31, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
oh my goodness... I read this ages ago, but one of the most informative books about the beginnings of what we know as AIDS. beautifully written, and I ...more
Jan 1988
Feb 20, 2009
Revealing Curiosities: Collected Tales both Peculiar and Grim
Each tale weaves into the brain, but ending aren't expected, and the prose is a mysterious delight. Definitely on the darker side, but sometimes life ...more
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Jul 20, 2012
Nurses in Vietnam: The Forgotten Veterans
An honest, stream-of-consciousness view from nine women who served in Vietnam; I can't remember reading a more touching memoir of sorts. Familiar back ...more
Nov 10, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
Cocoa Almond Darling
Distinctive prose winds several years, needlework, and cocoa almonds within an unusual family. Eclectic characters add to the narrative for an engagin ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
Carrie / 'Salem's Lot / The Shining
well, I didn't read Salem's Lot, but you can't find Carrie alone.

The Shining is good, better than Kubrick's film...
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Jan 24, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I liked this story very much, but thought the ending was rushed, and wished the manner by which it came had been foreshadowed earlier in the story.

Feb 04, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet
After a deep breath taken, I feel grateful for Hughes' poetry, sadness for the course of his life which revealed such depths. The book was full of int ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
The Thorn Birds
one of my favourite books of all time!!!
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Jan 24, 2009
Lonesome Dove
such a fantastic read!!! just loved this book...
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Mar 29, 2009
Willie's Boys: The 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, The Last Negro League World Series, and the Making of a Baseball Legend
While the writing was at times so full of names and characters it became hard to follow, the story was so intriguing, I couldn't stop reading. It wasn ...more
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May 11, 2011
The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder
A winding travel one hundred years in the past leads an unlikely duo to forge new lives in an old world. What I enjoyed most was the building of new i ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
Wait Till Next Year
A fan of Goodwin's, I also love baseball. What touched me most in this memoir was the simplicity of life in the late 40's and early 50's, a time somew ...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
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