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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
Prose’s book combines two of my favorite things—historical fiction is probably my favorite genre and I love the epistolary format, which lends an imme...more
May 25, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
An Unexpected Guest
*** ½
I wish I knew French, as a lot of the dialogue is in French, but even without, I moved through this novel quickly and gained a greater understan...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
The Orenda
Boyden’s novel about the French and Huron alliance in 17th century North America in their war with the British supported Iroquois, is as beautiful as...more
Jul 16, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
Obsession (Year of Fire #1)
This is not a love story, but more of a lust story, to the point where all the detailed sex scenes became boring. I don’t think I’m a prude, I just pr...more
Dec 06, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, #3)
I do enjoy this series, set in post WW I England. In this, the 3rd book, there is growth in Maisie Dobb’s character as she begins to wean herself fro...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
A Moveable Feast
Hemingway gives us clues at the beginning of the book about how to approach this fictional memoir when he describes how he overcame ‘writer’s block’—...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
Holy Fools
Joanne Harris can spin a tale! I was totally captivated by this magical, medieval story that follows two adversaries who both love and vie with each o...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
The Metropolis Case
I was excited when I learned that I’d won this book on First Reads, with the promise of a dramatic and intriguing theme in “Tristan and Isolde” and th...more
Jan 15, 2011
Dec 17, 2010
The Girl with No Shadow (Chocolat, #2)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and being reintroduced to Vianne, Anouk and Roux from “Chocolat,” as well as the new darker character Zozie who despite...more
Feb 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Provence A-Z
A good book to expose one to French culture. I was especially attracted to the sections on food--the "Liste des 13 desserts" made me salivate. I like...more
Oct 2007
Jan 25, 2011
Jean Rhys: The Complete Novels (Voyage in the Dark, Quartet, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie, Good Morning, Midnight, Wide Sargasso Sea)
I read this anthology of Jean Rhys’ semi-autobiographical works back in the 80s, then reread her best known novel “Wide Sargasso Sea,” when my local b...more
Aug 1985
Apr 26, 2011
The Statement
A quick read and interesting book in that its told from the perspective of the villain Brossard. He’s made just likeable enough you find yourself root...more
Aug 2007
Feb 01, 2009
The Boss Dog
One word sticks in my memory about this novella of an American mother who travels to France with her two young daughters, meeting a very special dog t...more
Jun 2001
Nov 11, 2010
Wandering Star
This is a story about survival under the harshest of circumstances. We follow Esther from her childhood in Nice during the end of World War II and the...more
Feb 09, 2010
Oct 11, 2009
Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)
It took me a while to read this book, but not because I didn’t find it interesting. I was distracted by my first cross-country train trip from Seattle...more
Feb 24, 2011
May 01, 2010
Blackberry Wine
**spoiler alert** This is the fifth Joanne Harris novel I’ve read and what I love about her style of writing is the subtle magic that you’re never qui...more
Jul 23, 2011
Feb 11, 2009
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I know I’m probably in the minority, but I wasn’t real crazy about this book. The first thing that makes me love a book is story—I love a good story....more
Apr 17, 2010
Oct 11, 2009
This historical fiction of the painter Vincent Van Gogh is told from the perspective of Rachel, the prostitute to whom Vincent gifted the lobe of his...more
Jun 27, 2011
Apr 09, 2010
Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
When our reading group discussed this book, it provoked a lively discussion. We were all reminded of various things we liked (or didn’t like) about th...more
Oct 1996
Apr 23, 2009
The Painted Girls
I thought I’d be reading an historical novel about art and dance in 19th century Paris. But what kept me turning the pages, was the darker side of lif...more
Feb 04, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
I am having too much fun opening up boxes of books in storage and being reminded of ones I read years ago. I was introduced to this book while a stude...more
Oct 1987
Nov 04, 2010
The Paris Wife
I know it’s historical fiction, but McLain’s book reads like a memoir--—it’s as real as A Moveable Feast. She writes vividly and puts us smack dab in...more
Jan 12, 2013
Dec 17, 2012
The Man Who Planted Trees
This is a lovely allegory of a man who refused to give up hope. Elzeard Bouffier continuously planted acorns to replenish a landscape devastated by wa...more
Jan 1997
Dec 16, 2010
The Artist
This book is sort of a morality tale in not putting off your life’s dreams. I found it at a used book sale at the library in Wenatchee, Wa back in 199...more
May 1992
Nov 26, 2010
Le Divorce
I really enjoyed this witty modern comedy of manners. It reminded me of a Neil Simon play—could envision the characters as they interact. I also liked...more
Jul 2000
Jan 27, 2009
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
An intense thriller set in 18th century France about a vampire-like killer who preyed on young virgins. It's been a while since I read this, but I rem...more
Aug 1998
Mar 01, 2011
The Pleasing Hour
Although King kept my attention with her story, I found some of the transitions awkward and the relationships between the characters somewhat unclear....more
May 2004
Feb 04, 2009
. Overall, it was an excellent read, especially the war sections.
Jan 1999
Jan 25, 2009
Five Quarters of the Orange
This is a tightly written book that had me hooked from the first page with its intensity and multi-layered plot. It’s a sensual story of tragedy, rev...more
Jan 2005
Feb 11, 2009
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