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Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
I'm supposed to be finished with all things Franklin and working on the next book, but I couldn't resist. When people used to ask me what kind of hist...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
The Signature of All Things
This book is the perfect example of why I write longer and longer historical notes at the end of my historical fiction -- I want to know if this woman...more
Nov 2013
Oct 23, 2013
Life After Life
Fascinating. A what if book about those roads not taken, or maybe better said, the mistakes not made . . .
Aug 06, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
This is a book to read while kayaking through the mangroves in Florida, which is not literally but figeratively what I did -- I'm only a passenger in...more
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May 07, 2012
Eva and Henry: A Cape Cod Marriage
Escaping from the world of research for my own historical fiction often finds me reading books set in modern day as a change of pace -- I couldn't res...more
May 24, 2014
May 24, 2014
Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
I used to be all alone out here in the 18th century -- so glad to have company such as this. A masterful work -- couldn't put it down and have pondere...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
The Paris Wife
I must now re-read my favorite Hemingway, "A Moveable Feast," and hear the story from his side. As I read this book I kept defining and redefining my...more
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Mar 30, 2011
Beautiful Ruins
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Sep 02, 2012
Shooting the Sun
How do I review a book that frustrated me all the way through and then came up with this amazing end? I was further frustrated to read in the Note at...more
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
How could this book not be great? Great subject great writer. Not to overuse the word, but since finishing I've been pondering greatness -- what compr...more
Sep 22, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
I so enjoy a novel that carries me into the world of another art form, in this case fine art photography. The photography isn't just THERE, though, it...more
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1
Mark Twain proudly announces that he's writing a new kind of autobiography where he will skip from age to age and subject to subject following whateve...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
The Whistling Season
I so wanted to give this five stars, but I just couldn't quite believe the ending. I have one more Ivan Doig on my shelf and will be going through ser...more
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
Daughter of Silence
Three stars with qualifier -- a masterful twist at the end, but the author just didn't build enough of a case for the relationship between the protago...more
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Nov 27, 2010
Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel
I'd always been curious about Buddhism and thought this might be a cheaty way to take a peek, especially since I enjoyed the author's other work. It w...more
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 14, 2010
The Nashville Chronicles: The Making of Robert Altman's Masterpiece
I became hooked on Altman once I realized he directed conversations the way I believe people actually talk -- by interruption. But how he ever got thi...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
The Waterfall
I may give this five stars later -- Im still trying to wrap my brain around it, and that act alone must either add or subtract a star depending how ti...more
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Sep 26, 2011
Remarkable Creatures
This is the first book I can remember reading where I liked reading about what happened to the things (fossils) more than I liked reading what happene...more
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Jan 25, 2011
The Goldfinch
Like Theo, I had to download an image of The Goldfinch to my desktop and check in with the little bird from time to time. Like Theo, I so want to cut...more
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Dec 18, 2013
The Scapegoat
An oldie but goodie. She takes no easy exits and confirms a favorite theory of mine -- no one is either all black or all white.
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Jul 31, 2011
A World Away
Stewart O'Nan has never written a book I didn't like, every one "a world away" from all the others. He manages to write about large problems without k...more
Jan 11, 2014
Dec 28, 2013
Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)
This isn't my usual type of reading so I had to wince through all the gore -- but even through my newly contorted features I know a good job when I se...more
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
Yes, we're all someone. This has become so evident to me in writing about the unrecorded women of history. And men.
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Nov 16, 2013
Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #3)
An historical marker - mystery-in-the-making - the political incorrectness alone marks it place in time, but Sayers's talent is already evident on eve...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
A Gate at the Stairs
Hard to do stars on this one. I see the good in it but I can't think of a single character I liked. I need to like someone.
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 19, 2010
Every now and then I need a happy, peaceful book. Thanks for this one.
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Dewey Defeats Truman
Clever,moving, entertaining, an intriguing look back. Even a little mystery thrown in.
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Jun 21, 2010
The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers
Bernstein wrote this novel at age 96. That alone has inspired me for life.
Apr 24, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
The Odds: A Love Story
I keep waiting for this man to write a book I don't like. Although each one is nothing like the one before, I'm still waiting! Love them all. Lovely b...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
Love Bomb
Oh, I laughed at this one. Moving and fun -- just what I needed.
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Oct 26, 2012
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