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Nicholas and Alexandra

On completion: I very highly recommend this book to those interested in Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov, to anyone interested in Russian
Mar 14, 2011
Aug 14, 2010
An Officer and a Spy
Who should read this book?

- All who love spy novels
- All who love mysteries and thrillers
- All who are interested in the Dreyfus affair
- All who are i
Aug 03, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
I don't know if this should have 4 or 5 stars. Amazing literature - no. Amazing subject matter - yes. I do believe the author's message is correct. An ...more
Nov 11, 2008
Oct 07, 2008
Chronicle in Stone
REVISED REVIEW! I was tired last night......

I loved this book. Why? Well, what I loved most was the writing style. I scarcely realized I was learning
Jan 09, 2012
Nov 18, 2008
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
On completion:

Never was I bored when I listened to this book. Never was I confused by the facts. The balance between historical detail and personal fa
Jun 2012
Apr 26, 2012
Portrait of a Turkish Family

I am making a bet with myself. Here it is. Let's see if I am proven correct! I think I will end up giving this book four or five stars
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
East of Eden
Although I do like Steinbeck’s strong, simple style of writing, this book let me down. With this book Steinbeck is delivering a message to his readers ...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
I see now that this is the first book of a series:

This book is fun. You are told astounding stories about the
Sep 16, 2012
Mar 20, 2009
Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life
I have long wanted to read a book on Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977). I had discovered that there was a lot more to this man than I had previously known. ...more
May 05, 2015
Apr 28, 2015
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulou ...more
Nov 24, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
A House in the Sky: A Memoir
Through A House in the Sky you vicariously experience being a hostage.

Please start by carefully reading the GR book description. It is accurate and to
Sep 17, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
ETA: I adored this book when I read it, but now my perspectives are a bit changed....... I am currently reading American Prometheus by Kai Bird. It is ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

This is a four star book. Recently another GR friend rated this with three stars, and to be honest, I was flabbergasted. "HOW CAN YOU NOT
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 09, 2010
The Life of Elizabeth I
OK, here is my advice: if you want to read about the Tudors read this author; read Alison Weir. Read her non-fiction books. They are better than her b ...more
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
I will tell you why I had trouble with this book.The primary reason is that the author flips back and forth between two different time threads. One th ...more
May 13, 2014
Jun 01, 2013
John Adams
I haven’t read a book this good in years!

I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn’t enjoy this book.

This is a book about a man, John Adams, but it is also
Feb 12, 2013
Dec 24, 2012
A Three Dog Life
Before reading:
Maybe what happens in this book is difficult, but I have the feeling it will have a hopeful message. I need to read something with dogs
Aug 28, 2012
Nov 24, 2009
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
I totally, TOTALLY loved this book!!!!! I know I tshould think a bit before I write something, but I am carried away by my emotions. I love the family ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2008
Pope Joan

In conclusion, having completed this novel, having struggled through to the end, I can say I did not like it. I didn't like it from the
Jul 10, 2011
Dec 12, 2009
Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
I really enjoyed this book, even if it was a challenging read. Challenging because there was so much information which was new to me.

I learned about
Jan 22, 2015
Aug 04, 2014
This turned out to be totally fantastic. What I think the author did so amazingly was take an episode of Margaret Mead's life and turn it into her own ...more
Dec 28, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
Not Even My Name: A True Story

This book gets 5 stars. I don't care if at points the text seemed a little simplistic. I don't care at all. I don't give a hoot. The mes
Nov 19, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
We Die Alone
Are you depressed? Are you sick of people? Have you just read a book that has put you in the dumps? Then you must read We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Es ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Nov 16, 2008
The start is superb! Candace Thaxton does the narration of the audiobook. Her tone perfectly expresses how Typhoid Mary views what is happening to her ...more
Jun 03, 2013
Mar 23, 2013
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children

Having completed the book, here are my thoughts. Everybody should read this book. When you say millions of AIDS orphans, it doesn't really
Mar 06, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Too long ; needs better editing. For example, the time spent on the raft is just too long and drawn out.

I have a very hard time believing some of the
Jul 17, 2012
Nov 23, 2010
Remarkable Creatures
Finished: I am glad that is over! I think I chuckled maybe once. The prose was stilted. I have never run into such a bunch of miserable souls. A huge ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
Madame Picasso
WOW, this is MUCH better than I thought in the beginning. There is romance from the beginning. How this was presented put me off; I didn't believe it. ...more
Sep 24, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary
I think everybody should read this book. When I began it I warned others that it is about rape in wartime. And that is true. Any subject in a good aut ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Jan 20, 2010
Clara's War
I am listening to the audiobook narrated by Rula Lenska and her tone is perfect for the author who is 81 when she writes the book. It is based on a di ...more
Dec 13, 2013
Oct 23, 2011
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