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The Princess Bride
One of the strange things about this book and the movie, is that they are presenting the same story in totally different ways. This makes the movie-bo ...more
Jan 1999
Apr 29, 2010
Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage
I liked this book because I find this time period and the Adamses so fascinating. It was well researched, but I didn't think the book was particularly ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Paris Wife
I didn't like reading this book, not because it wasn't written well, but because it was painful. And it was painful because I knew it really happened. ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life
This book was excellently researched, and I learned a lot. I worry a lot to begin with, but this book gave me reason to worry even more. There are jus ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
A well researched work with a fresh perspective and elegant prose. A great book for anyone looking to beef up their history and dig deeper into the Ci ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Dress Lodger
This book was good, but I was kind of annoyed by the all-too-clever viewpoints and unexpected narrators the author was trying too hard to include. I d ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824
This book taught me a lot about music and the world of Classical/Romantic composers. I didn't have to already know a lot about this era to understand ...more
May 12, 2011
May 14, 2011
The Help
A powerful book that made me wonder where I would have stood on the dangerous issue of integration in Jackson in the 60s. Would I have had the courage ...more
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
For Whom the Bell Tolls
I'd give this a 3.5.

I am really not much of a Hemingway fan, but there were times when I felt pulled into this story. You really can feel that Hemingw
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
The Princes of Ireland (The Dublin Saga, #1)
While plenty of this book is speculation, that is what most of Irish history is. The way Rutherford ties all the families together by geneology, while ...more
Jun 02, 2011
May 27, 2011
Zipporah, Wife of Moses (Canaan, #2)
I really don't think this book was very accurate. Some of the story does follow the biblical tradition, but a good portion of it is purely speculation ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Perhaps not as good as Larson's others, but that is due to subject matter. How can you make diplomacy and the intricacies of foreign relations sound t ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
To read in concert with "What Hath God Wrought" by Daniel Walker Howe. (See article "Vast Designs" by Jill Lepore in The New Yorker.)
not set
Jan 23, 2012
The Last of the Mohicans (The Leatherstocking Tales #2)
This is not what I thought it was going to be, probably because I had seen the movie numerous times before I read the book. Where's the scene of Dunca ...more
Oct 13, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
A more complete and truthful history of Jamestown than any I have read. Very interesting stuff.
Jan 2008
Apr 29, 2010
The Odyssey
It will be a very long time before I convince myself to read Greek poetry again...
Jun 08, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
Madame Bovary
The complete selfishness and conceit of Emma, which brings about the unhappiness and ruin of more than herself, is a common story line, and one I have ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
Gods and Generals
Why isn't this required reading for high school history classes????
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
In a Sunburned Country
Bryson was usually entertaining, though sometimes he went a little too far. He was a little too obsessed with male genitalia, which I did not find amu ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
Gone for Soldiers: A Novel of the Mexican War
I learned so much. So fascinating!
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
Winter Garden
I enjoyed the story told in this book, but the ending was too coincidental. It worked itself out too well, and I thought that that detracted from the ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
Then We Came to the End
Mostly depressing, but in a strange way also uplifting. Somewhere in the middle I forgot that this was a novel and thought he was writing about past e ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
I was really looking forward to this book, but found that it was more about the author attempting to "find herself" among her delusional, childish vie ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Loving Frank
A fast read. Gave life to the characters to the point where you almost sympathize with them.
May 12, 2011
May 14, 2011
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
A great beach book. Not well written, but fun and fast. The prose is rather awkward at times, to the point where I had to reread the same sentence a f ...more
Jan 2009
Apr 29, 2010
Mary of Nazareth
I have read a few of Marek Halter's books previously and liked them okay, but I just couldn't finish this one. It was too fictionalized. I understand ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2011
The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia, #5)
I am soooo sad to have finished this book knowing that I will have to wait at least THREE YEARS until the next one!!!!!!
Aug 06, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
The Art of Fielding
Not a book I would normally have picked up, but I enjoyed it.
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Cutting Season
It was a page turner. 3.5 stars.
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 20, 2012
Loved it. Another wonderfully written piece of non-fiction by Larson. Learned a ton.
Aug 12, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
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