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The Silver Swan (Quirke, #2)
A great mystery read. A while back I read his mystery "Christine Falls"
which I enjoyed. This one was even better -- a very quirky (! Quirke is our pat
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
The Year of Magical Thinking
A tough book to read -- written by Didion after the death of her husband and her daughter.
Didion definitely gets the difficulties of accepting the re
Sep 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1)
Wonderful book, beautifully written about India in the 1800s. Most of it revolves around growing, gathering and processing and transporting opium -- w ...more
Dec 2011
Oct 28, 2011
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
This was yet another book bout the Nazi invasion of Poland and the Holocaust. It was definitely from a different point of view -- that of the zoo keep ...more
May 19, 2009
May 26, 2009
Brokeback Mountain
I saw this in the Library and had to grab it to read as I loved the movie several years ago.

It is a very short story but a heart wrenching account of
Dec 2011
Jan 04, 2012
The Promise of Light: A Novel
Set in Rhode Island USA and the west of Ireland a young mn tries to find himself and his true identity and family and unravel family mysteries. He get ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 02, 2009
Christine Falls (Quirke #1)
Definitely a fascinating book set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s. It was a fascinating mystery -- quirky -- same as the "hero" himself - a patholog ...more
Jun 06, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
The Remains of the Day
What a beautiful and sad book. Written so eloquently and in an understated manner by Ishiguro -- and English writer of Japanese origin. But how he und ...more
Aug 2012
Sep 14, 2012
What a disapointment!! I have enjoyed amny of McEwan's books -- but this one was just pathetic and absurd. A Nobel prize winning physicist dabbling in ...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Every Last One
This w3as a superb book -- well written, powerful. Story kept me in there -- about a woman going along happily, when a devastating event occurs. Then ...more
Nov 2012
Jan 24, 2013
Animal Farm
I read this book years ao when I was a teenager and thought it was about time to re-read it.
Although dated now, it still has a lot of appeal as an all
Sep 2012
Oct 02, 2012
The Girl from the Fiction Department: A Portrait of Sonia Orwell
I would actually give this 0 stars!!

What a poor excuse for a biography! I was interested in reading this to hear about George Orwell 's wife and her r
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
Rhett Butler's People
If you are a "Gone With the Wind" fan, you will love this book. It is a light look at things from Rhett Butler's point of view -- and a little about h ...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
Talkative Man
A good read. I haven't read any of his before -- but he spins a beautifully written tale about fictional Malgundi in India, village life, the trials a ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Sag Harbor
A rather ho hum story of adolescent coming of age. Slightly different in that it is form an African american adolescent boy perspective -- but this is ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
This was just a riveting story which starts with a family secret and follows the entangled lives of 2 families, one of whom for many years does not kn ...more
Sep 2008
Mar 11, 2009
The Kite Runner
Wonderful book -- kept my attention from beginning to end -- although some very difficult pieces to read (about the way children especially were abuse ...more
Oct 2008
Mar 11, 2009
Heart and Soul
Well -- Maeve Binchy's books are really soap operas set in Dublin!!
Light reading -- but easy to get lost in!! She has so many plots going and you jump
Nov 30, 2009
Nov 28, 2009
The Sound and the Fury
I have never read any Faulkner before --.and may not read any more!!
I had a hard time with this book -- found it hard to keep the characters straight
May 2014
May 24, 2014
The Paris Wife
This was the fictionalized account of Hemmingway's first marriage as told in the voice of Hadley, the first wife.

It was interesting to hear about the
Nov 2011
Aug 05, 2011
The Lake of Dreams
Lovely book by the woman who wrote " The Memory Keeper' s Daughter"
A book about love and loss, memories, family dysfunction and reconciliation. It's
Jun 2014
Jun 09, 2014
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #13)
It's an easy read -- same old characters and a simple plot and everything ends happily. This one was spiceed a little by the 2 detectives meeting with ...more
Aug 2013
Sep 02, 2013
Another Franzen book about disfunctional families, love and loss and redemption.

A pretty good read - although I got a little tired of the repetitious
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #6)
Another #1 Ladies' Detective Agency book -- so sweet ansd naive in many ways, wonderful descriptions of Botswana and all ends well!

I took a break from
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
The Grotesque
Well this is another weird one from McGrath. It was very Gothic in style -- overdone and melodramatic -- but still contained many of the deviant chara ...more
May 04, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
The Charming Quirks of Others (Isabel Dalhousie, #7)
Another of Alexander McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club books. Although this did talk about the quirks of many, it was a fairly dull, uninspiring b ...more
Jun 2011
Jul 28, 2011
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
A great book!

It tells the tale of a young woman who learns that she has an elderly great aunt who has spent most her life in a mental hospital. The fa
Jun 14, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency #12)
Another fun book about the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Fun, light, easy to read and all ends well!! Lovely philosophy of life and descriptions of Bots
Apr 06, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Peace Like a River
Not a good book -- too mxed up -- part murder mystery, part family drama and part scenery and landscapes -- but it just dd not blend together. Deepite ...more
Jul 2012
Sep 14, 2012
The Road Home
Not the best ook I have ever read -- but it's an easy read and the story carries you along.
I think that it spoke to me -- because it really focused o
Dec 2012
Jan 24, 2013