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The Plum Tree
I had a hard time sticking with Ellen Marie Wiseman's tale of a WW II romance between a Jewish Boy and an German girl in the beginning. There was almo ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
The Baker's Daughter
Given the excellent reviews this book has received, I was disappointed. Sarah McCoy's story tracks the life of Elsie (the baker's daughter of the titl ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Flight Behavior
Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible is one of my favorite books ever, so I hold her to a high standard. I really like her development of the lead charac ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 02, 2013
The Prague Cemetery
The work/enjoyment ratio for this book leans way too far toward the work dimension to suit me. Eco, who is Italian, assumes a much greater knowledge o ...more
May 30, 2012
May 30, 2012
Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Leslie Maitland's biography/memoir really operates on 2 levels. First, there's the story of the escape of the her mother and her mother's family from ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
Natchez Burning (Penn Cage, #4)
The latest thriller from Greg Iles is based on a series of Klan-style civil rights murders that actually occurred in Louisiana and southwest Mississip ...more
May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014
Seating Arrangements
I picked this up because I needed something to read on an airplane that wasn't electronic, and because it had some critical acclaim ( the L.A. Times w ...more
Oct 05, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
Mating for Life: A Novel
I received an advance review copy of this book.

Mating for Life is something of an ironic title for this novel, since it's something none of its charac
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
When I was in my thirties I read and loved Anna Quindlen's two collections of columns, Living Out loud and Thinking Out Loud. I felt like she lived at ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
This one's a good read for the political junkie. Alter dissects the 2012 political campaign the detail. He's clearly an Obama fan, but he reports on t ...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
All the Light We Cannot See
Doerr constructs two converging stories in alternating chapters. One line involves a young, blind French girl, Marie Laure, who escapes the Nazi takeo ...more
Dec 02, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
Paul French's true crime story combines the tale of the cold case murder of the teen-age daughter of a former British consul in Peking in 1937 with a ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
David McCullough discusses the impact of Paris on 19th century American art,literature, medicine and creative works in general, in addition to providi ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
WOW! I don't read science fiction, and I particularly dislike time travel, so I expected to trudge through this book so I could not like it for a book ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 03, 2012
Orphan Train
Kline's novel juxtaposes the story of Molly, a contemporary teen-age foster child with that of Vivien, a young girl shipped from New York to the Midwe ...more
Oct 02, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Wow, talk about a book that has generated some reaction! The reviews are pretty entertaining. Here's where I come down: If you take this book as a wel ...more
Oct 23, 2013
Oct 24, 2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
An excellent book on several levels: it's a good biography of Henrietta Lacks and her family, and a readable expanation of the science behind the rese ...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling
I did not find this book useful. Annette Simmons focuses on why story is important and its effectiveness as a tool of influence and persuasion, but no ...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
This unusual book calls for decimal points in scoring. It's really two stories in one. At one level it's an author writing about how he researched and ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
Martin Goldsmith's "The Inextinguishable Symphony is alternately inspiring, horrifying, very moving, and terribly sad. Goldsmith's book is both a biog ...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
The Care and Management of Lies
The focus of this historical novel about a British family in the run-up to and the early years of World War I seems to be how we manage situations ful ...more
Oct 21, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
A Long Time Gone
Karen White writes Southern-themed novels. This one concerns 4 generations of Mississippi women who keep trying to leave but are inevitably drawn back ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Brown's really excellent piece of narrative nonfiction tells the story of the 1936 USA Olympic 8-man crew gold-medal winners. Most of his focus is on ...more
Jun 02, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
The Good Lord Bird
This book - the 2013 National Book Award winner for fiction and this year's Tournament of Books winner - grew on me as I read it. There are several go ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
A very high The Monuments Men were a British/US Army unit who,during World War II, protected European art works, monuments, and archives. Whil ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat traces the development of American religious practice through the 20th and early 21st centuries and argues that ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone, #9)
I am typically a big Steve Berry fan; this book is NOT one of his better efforts. For the first 3/4 of it I was more annoyed with the story than anyth ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
An Officer and a Spy
I'm not really sure why I'm not giving this book a 5. It's a model for what historical fiction should be. The Dreyfus Affair is a shameful episode oin ...more
May 13, 2014
May 14, 2014
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
In "Robert Galbraith's second Cormoran Strike mystery, an author disappears,having written a yet-unpublished book that skewers pretty much everyone he ...more
Oct 09, 2014
Oct 09, 2014
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
Ceramicist Edmund de Waal traces the history of his family through the foil of a collection of small Japanese figurines called netsuke - as their owne ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
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