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The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage during the Great War
Icame away from this reading thinking that perhaps Harding would be reevaluated as a president and perhaps gain credibility for the positive things he...more
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Jan 02, 2013
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
This is really a 3.5 for me - I particularly loved personal history points of view from most of the participants of the first world war. I think I fou...more
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Dec 20, 2011
Cleopatra: A Life
As with most straight histories, I found I needed to set it down and pick it up later, but Schiff has done an amazing job of uncovering centuries of f...more
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Jan 30, 2011
The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women
Definitely a history book - so be prepared for a lot of facts, dates, etc. that wouldn't be in historical fiction. I have read another book from a man...more
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Jun 09, 2013
For My Great Folly
Amazing, the difference between use of language in a 1942 historical novel - compared to so many "supposed" historical novels of today. Lots of histor...more
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Nov 04, 2010
Nora:  A Biography of Nora Joyce
I've heard so much about James Joyce's works, but have never read them. they sounded far too difficult to even try. This biography of his wife, Nora,...more
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Nov 14, 2011
The Zookeeper's Wife
This would have easily rated four stars without the constant asides that Diane Ackerman delved into for page upon page. These asides had to do with he...more
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Jan 27, 2011
Parrot and Olivier in America
What did I think? I thought, this book is far to erudite for me and there is no way that I can be drawn into a story based on the life of Toquerville....more
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Jan 19, 2011
Gone For Soldiers
I knew little to nothing about the Mexican American war - actually the great land grab by the US. The soldiers within this historical novel were the s...more
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Aug 06, 2012
Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, #15)
Oh, that Elizabeth George. It's just that when one writes 700 page books they aren't published every year and I already want the next one. This myster...more
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Mar 10, 2010
The Homecoming (The Daughters of Mannerling #6)
I know this was better than a two, but have decided a trilogy of a family is enough. With over 30 in this series - the story seems to repeat itself, o...more
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Sep 12, 2011
In My Wildest Dreams
The sultry cover has little to do with the 400 pages of small print within. It's about the best wrapup of the last two years of the Napolianic wars th...more
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Feb 11, 2010
The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor

I tried to imagine myself as this little girl - then the captivating creature she became and realized there was no way to understand Elizabeth. Her in...more
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Sep 01, 2012
The Flowers Of The Field
Enormous epic of WWI. I must admit I skipped most of the horribly graphic French disaster. My grandfather was gassed in that war and took three long a...more
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Feb 11, 2011
The Surrendered
This is my first Chang-Rae Lee reading and at first I thought it would definitely be a five. The book is so dark (which didn't bother me) and gave me...more
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Apr 19, 2012
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family
I picked this up just because I come from a family of sisters. This bi ographical portrait of a family containing 6 beautiful, brilliant, upper class...more
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Nov 01, 2012
The Mercy Seller (Illuminator, #2)
The continuation of the Lollards by Ms Vantrease. Following the illuminator into Prague (then part of Bohemia) and the granddaughter, through Europe,...more
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Jul 21, 2012
This would make a marvelous text book for an advanced history class, but so many things about Lincoln - I didn't realize that he was such an astute po...more
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Dec 19, 2012
The Hearts of Horses
A beautifully gently written novel of a young woman who broke horses in 1917. Based on facts, I learned that young women often used methods more like...more
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May 15, 2012
The Master of all Desires
A very strange historical novel, using Nostradamas as the vehicle to tie Mary, queen of Scots, the French Court and many of the predictions made by No...more
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Jan 16, 2011
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
A fast, but informative and interesting read. The last of the Civil War - and then the days leading up to Lncoln's assasination. Using journals and wr...more
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Sep 21, 2012
Year of Wonders
This book reminded me of one written by the Bronte sisters. Dark, dark dark. Of course the truth behind the story - losing 2/3 of a village to plauge...more
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Aug 13, 2012
Mistress Of Nothing
Excellent semi-biographical story of an aristocratic English woman who spends seven years in Egypt due to consumption. There she becomes fascinated wi...more
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May 05, 2011
The Walking Drum
A definite departure from his usual Western themed novels. I wish L'Amour had written this in two or three volumes because the information carried in...more
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Nov 16, 2009
Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages
Second reading - amazing read. The lives of the outstanding literary giants of the time and there romantic relationships. Since it is biographical, fu...more
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Sep 05, 2012
Defend and Betray (William Monk, #3)
Anne Perry, an amazing slueth through William Monk and the Pitts. This 3rd book in the Monk series is the best so far. Perry paints a horrifying and b...more
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Aug 06, 2010
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
Too bad Bertie, Victoria's heir, didn't have longer to live and reign. It almost looks possible that if he had lived his charm and diplomatic ability...more
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Jul 13, 2011
Caesar's Women (Masters of Rome, #4)
This is the first of Colleen McCullough Roman series I've been able to finish. But oh how fascinating it was. The names are so closely linked that kee...more
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Nov 14, 2009
The White Tiger
Not a book I would ever have chosen, but it was a gift. I knew that India was not a place I ever wanted to travel to and this book more than confirmed...more
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Dec 31, 2009
The History of Love
This is an out of the ordinary book - filled with quotes I wish were there for me to grab at the perfect moment for shocking impact. The characters ar...more
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Sep 18, 2011
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