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Through a Glass Darkly (Tamworth Saga #2)
I read this first 20 years ago (yes, I am that old). And I remembered it so fondly because I was in France at the time and this was one of the few nov ...more
Apr 2007
Sep 07, 2007
Fire in the Blood
Fire in the Blood is a short novel by the same woman who wrote Suite Francaise. The novel is set in the years just before WWII in the same area of Fra ...more
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Dark Angels
This was a treat for me... it's a well crafted historical novel set in the reign of Charles II of England. And that has to be one of my favorite perio ...more
Feb 2007
Sep 07, 2007
Shadow Princess (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #3)
I enjoyed this book that tells the story of the daughter of Mumtaz Mahal -- the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built. The period of the Mughal Empir ...more
Aug 05, 2011
Jul 20, 2011
Before Versailles: Before the History You Know... a Novel of Louis XIV
This novel is the fictionalized account of about 6 months of the reign of Louis XIV. It takes place just as Cardinal Mazarin has passed away and and L ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
People of the Book
A fascinating read. Geraldine Brooks uses the mystery of the creation and survival of the real Sarejevo Haggadah as the starting point for imagining t ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior
My mother bought this book in hardcover when it first came out and kept it in the kitchen within arm's reach of the kitchen table. Yes, really! That w ...more
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Oct 08, 2007
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
Definitely a useful work for the Highly Sensitive Person. Focuses primarily on those who are introverted. So it's less useful for the extroverted HSP. ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
This novel is set in Pakistan in the mid-1990s. Given the present unrest in Pakistan it was a timely book for my bookclub to have selected. Reading it ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 10, 2007
This novel is set in the Austro-Hungarian empire and spans the last days of the 19th Century to the early days of World War II. The two friends around ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 26, 2007
Pawn in Frankincense (The Lymond Chronicles, #4)
This is my second time through the Lymond Chronicles. I read them for the first time about a decade previous. Turns out, for me, that's about the perf ...more
Mar 15, 2011
Sep 07, 2007
I think somewhat appropriately, given that the month of March has just ended, I also just finished reading March by Geraldine Brooks. I much prefer he ...more
Apr 2006
Sep 07, 2007
Smilla's Sense of Snow
Smilla is a single, middle-aged scientist living in Denmark. She sees herself as isolated from most of the world around her both because she's half Gr ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 06, 2007
Pope Joan
While I remain fascinated with the historical figure of Pope Joan, I was a bit disappointed with some of the fictionalization of her life. I found the ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 19, 2007
Checkmate (The Lymond Chronicles, #6)
This is the volume where I fall head over heels for Lymond. I wish that Ms. Dunnett had written more about him. I dream of a series, maybe one that fo ...more
Jun 08, 2011
Sep 07, 2007
Slouching Towards Kalamazoo
Hmm. Well it's certainly an erudite book. But I didn't really buy that an 8th grader was quite as sophisticated a thinker as was portrayed. And I foun ...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
Niccolò Rising (The House of Niccolò, #1)
I read this first over a decade ago, right after finishing The Lymond Chronicles by the same author. And back then I never really forgave Nicholas for ...more
Jun 05, 2015
Sep 07, 2007
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This epistolary novel about the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII shows great promise and it's too bad that the author passed away ...more
Jul 21, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)
This is historical chick lit. Now I have to say that I've not read much that would qualify as chick lit. And this may be a good example of the genre. ...more
Apr 12, 2010
Oct 09, 2007
Lonesome Dove
When one of the members of our bookclub insisted that we read this, I was sceptical. I figured this would be such a male oriented book that I wouldn't ...more
Apr 2007
Sep 07, 2007
The Leavenworth Case
A very early mystery, predates Sherlock Holmes, it never quite captured my attention. Part of the reason for that I think is that the style of writing ...more
Sep 26, 2013
Sep 10, 2013
Alif the Unseen
A fun read, set in a modern day unnamed Persian Gulf emirate. The novel deals with the question of the influence of the Internet and social media on c ...more
Oct 05, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Definitely an unusual narrative voice -- that of Enzo the dog. This is an easy read, not overly sophisticated, and the theme of the novel couldn't be ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
Suite Française
Wow! This book is amazingly compelling. The description of the French fleeing Paris ahead of the invading German army and the wide variety of response ...more
Nov 25, 2008
Aug 26, 2008
The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick, #1)
I almost never say this about a book, but "the movie was better." The revisions made to the characters and the plot for the movie improve the story si ...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 23, 2008
The Night Circus
A really fun read. The ending didn't quite live up to the rest of the novel for me, but I would recommend it all the same. It was just perfect for rea ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
I don't read much non-fiction, but this one is well worth the detour into the world of biography/history. Rubinstein des a great job of describing the ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 06, 2007
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
I had been curious about this novel for some time before I actually got around to reading it. I think that I'd been put off by the fact that the centr ...more
Sep 2005
Sep 07, 2007
Gentlemen and Players
This was a really fun read! It's sort of a mystery, sort of a thriller, sort of a standard growing up and finding yourself novel. It's a fun romp thro ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 15, 2007
A Sudden Country
A novel of the Oregon Trail. This is Fisher's first novel, and I wasn't fully swept up the story. The trapper and his backstory I found compelling, bu ...more
Feb 2007
Sep 07, 2007
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