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Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books
**spoiler alert** Reading Jackie took me well beyond the headlines and gave me a respectful portrait of a personable intellectual. A woman more than t...more
Jun 24, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
Leaving Atlanta
For me, this is the first story that I can ever remember reading that shared my voice as a child growing up in a major Southern city. It took place at...more
Mar 10, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
The Awakening
A luscious, lyrical account of a woman at the turn of the 20th century Louisiana who realizes she's more than someone's wife and mother. An artist, al...more
Sep 07, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
It took me a while longer to read Wolf Hall than I expected, even though I got the large print, but that certainly didn't take away any of my apprecia...more
Jan 18, 2013
Nov 15, 2012
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition
I felt so much heart in this. Hemingway's passion for Paris and food brought those moments to life. But my goodness, the insight of a great writer's m...more
Feb 03, 2014
May 06, 2012
The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors
There are moments in life that startle you, make you cry, and experience the warmth of human relationships (even relationships with pets). Life, perio...more
Apr 2011
Mar 16, 2011
The Christmas Letters
**spoiler alert** It's been a while since I've read Lee Smith's stories and it felt great to be back. Told in the series of Christmas letters through...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
The Man I Should Have Married
Here, the man who got away (well the one she left) also thought she was the one who got away, which lead to some poignant moments.

Kennedy's husband h...more
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
The Wife
I must admit that at one point I gathered what had happened to piss off Joan Castleman, the narrator, enough for her to leave her award-winning noveli...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey
Just the other day, this little book on Tudor England in the juvenile fiction department of the library called out to me. It’s not a genre I particula...more
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
Pride and Prejudice
Mon Dieu! What a divine book! So luscious in verse, descriptions. Engaging and inspirational with regards to affairs of the heart. Still savoring this...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
Drawing Free
What happens when one mother decides to take off? Drawing Free explores that question with full force. An incredibly talented woman placed her creativ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
For someone who's not a romance novel reader, you'd be surprised to know you'd like this book. That was me. Reluctantly got it on recommendation sever...more
Jun 1995
Mar 12, 2011
Angel's Grace
I really enjoyed this story. This was a poignant tale about a young girl, Grace, who always knew she was different from the rest of her family, but si...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
The Girl in the Blue Beret
**spoiler alert** Interesting story about a newly-retired pilot, Marshall Stone, who returns to France to seek out those who helped him after his plan...more
Feb 02, 2013
Dec 22, 2012
The Year of Magical Thinking
Understanding the subject matter of this book, I can’t say that I expected to fly through it but I did think I’d finish it sooner than I did. I was wr...more
Feb 17, 2013
Nov 21, 2012
Back When We Were Grownups
This was the first Anne Tyler novel I'd read and I really liked it. On many occasions I've read that Tyler's characters are considered "eccentric". I...more
Oct 23, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
**spoiler alert** As soon as I began Bring Up the Bodies, I noticed that it was well to my own advantage that I'd just read the prequel, Wolf Hall. Ot...more
Feb 18, 2013
Nov 14, 2012
Wife 22
For a while now, I've been endulging in historical fiction and classics. It was time to take a trip into the present; with Wife 22, I certainly did. U...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
The Road
At this point, I can’t rate this story about a father and son meandering to the shore in a post-apocalyptic East Coast America, save for a few other s...more
Mar 07, 2013
Aug 24, 2012
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
I absolutely loved this book. So poignant, retrospective and at times quite engaging (I usually talk to the books, so not much surprise there...). The...more
Dec 04, 2013
Dec 02, 2012
Helen Keller in Love: A Novel
**spoiler alert** This is a book I looked forward to reading. However, when I started, I struggled to finish it. Since I rarely like to stop reading a...more
Aug 18, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
The Daughter of Time
Inspector Alan Grant is laid up in the hospital with a busted leg, the result of apprehending a suspect. He is now bored out of his mind. Thankfully,...more
Jan 27, 2013
Dec 09, 2012
As I Lay Dying
I love the way Faulkner uses his words. They give me the feeling of rolling down a hill and back up again, only to know you're going to roll down agai...more
Jul 27, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
Pictures of You
**spoiler alert** Pictures of You was a fine piece that really presented life in its most raw and unpredictable fashion. This book had momentum and te...more
May 29, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
This was an emotive story about Tony who thought, for over sixty years, he'd been going along in life pretty much without a care in the world. One day...more
Jan 05, 2013
Dec 20, 2012
Best Staged Plans
Nice read. Sandra's a home stager, trying to get her husband to sell the family home so they can move on to the next chapter of their lives without wo...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
The Dead and the Beautiful (Nikki Harper Mysteries, #3)
This was such a fun read. I can't wait to read the other two of Nikki Harper's adventures. As a classic film fan, I loved the muse Cheryl Crane had in...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
The Sound and the Fury
After all this time, I finally got to one of Faulkner’s books. I thrive returning to the classics which seem to be wordy to many, but find that they g...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
The Last Letter from Your Lover
I couldn't read anything else for a while after I tore through this one. I was swept up in this story and cried at the end.

For some reason, Emily got...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 22, 2013
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