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The Beacon
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I just finished The Beacon. By Susan Hill. Susan Hill always had that talent to get you right inside characters, complex or simple,
Nov 15, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
Clara Callan
My library copy of Clara Callan came with the wavy pages of water damage and the cracked spine of heavy usage. While I read the book I felt I was shar ...more
May 09, 2011
May 09, 2011
The Yiddish Policeman's Union
I just finished The Yiddish Policeman's Union, and I didn't want to let it go. It was slow to start for me, because I resisted being pulled into the c ...more
Nov 06, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
If I were to write a book about my life I would want to write a book that would reveal all the truths I've learned and share out what my life is about ...more
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Oct 30, 2014
How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
How The Light Gets In was a delicious experience, a book that was felt, dreamed, tasted, heard and deeply experienced. I feel that I live partly in Th ...more
Mar 03, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
All Clear
How this book dragged! I stopped reading after Black Out and asked my daughter Sarah Pi whether I should continue. She smiled such a fond smile yes th ...more
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Aug 16, 2012
Bread Givers
Bread Givers is about a family whose father is a scholar and insists that the women of his family support him. This is not unheard of in Jewish life, ...more
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Jul 15, 2012
Among Others
Ever so often a book comes along that treats magic as something real in the world. I read this book as a book in which the magic is real. I accepted t ...more
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May 01, 2011
A Fine and Private Place
**spoiler alert** This book was enjoyable to read and kept me coming back. The story was beautifully plotted, and the characters were interesting for ...more
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
The Frozen Rabbi
I started reading this book because a very well read friend of mine said she liked it. It made me predisposed to like the book and I did enjoy the boo ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Horizon (The Sharing Knife, #4)
I really enjoyed the first three books of this series, as in falling into the book and not coming up for air. But, in this book I felt that the editor ...more
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Mar 24, 2011
Thrones, Dominations (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane #1)
Some high points of this excellent book:
Peter is worried that his playing a detective is just a rich man's game. "When you have seen people die," he s
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
The Forgotten Garden
Ever so often my friend Linda hands me a book to read and when I have time I dip into it so I can report back. I read this book after the Passover sed ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
Riding Lessons (Riding Lessons, #1)
I gave two stars for the excellent horse writing of this book. The sweet musings about how nice it was to trace her horse's cowlick between his front ...more
May 12, 2012
May 12, 2012
A Pigeon and a Boy
**spoiler alert** This book gave instructions for raising homing pigeons that included the dictum that the pigeon must always be taught to love her ho ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 26, 2010
Beguilement (Sharing Knife Series #1)
There are four books in the Sharing Knife series, and I've read 3 of them. I will read the 4th as soon as I can get my hands and eyes on it.

The main t
Mar 13, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
CryoBurn (Vorkosigan Saga, #14)
Bujold is herself like a pair of identical twins who exchange places and peek out at us and each other in mad delight. I think of the one twin as full ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Sometimes I read a book and agree with all sides presented by the Goodreads reviewers. I agreed with the people who felt this book was dear to them, a ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
The Bird Sisters
I finished this book a few weeks ago. At the time I liked the fact that the storytelling jumped from one time into another like stream of consciousnes ...more
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Jun 30, 2012
Wild Abandon
Wild Abandon satisfied me from the beginning as it was right in its tiny, visceral details. All those little moments that rang so true were skillfully ...more
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Dec 10, 2011
The Jewish War
Tova Reich writes books that seem like they are cooked up at a frenetic pace, and I tend to swallow them down fast, intrigued with the wit and the inc ...more
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Mar 05, 2011
Hello to the Cannibals: A Novel
**spoiler alert** I just read the reviews of people on this site, and I am glad to see that I had good company in my annoyance of this book. I spent a ...more
Dec 21, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
LYCANTHROPE The Mystery of Sir William Wolf
This book begins slowly and formally. It reminded me of an old fashioned person welcoming one into a house and slowly and completely introducing every ...more
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Aug 16, 2014
The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5)
This is book number five in the series. It is a wonderful series, and I have highly praised several of the books in it. However, I hope that I don't h ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
A Darker Place
This book was a great read. I had many hours of very happy avid involvement, curled up on my couch and ignoring the world. There are already many revi ...more
Jan 10, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
The Last Universe
This book was a great companion on a bus trip. It is a YA book, so not hard to put down when necessary and then get back into it. Not like the time I ...more
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Aug 15, 2011
Novels by Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night, Murder Must Advertise, the Nine Tailors, Busman's Honeymoon, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness
I found this book on my husband's bookshelf and bent myself to its discipline. It demanded an attention I'm not used to giving most books. I read part ...more
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Jul 10, 2011
My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past
Can you write about your own life without dragging all your people into it? Perhaps that was Jhabvala's motivation....she had the same character sayin ...more
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Aug 16, 2010
The Book of Negroes
**spoiler alert** This book has been heavily reviewed, and many people have mentioned the informational value of the book, its fascinating and stunnin ...more
Oct 20, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
Wise Children
Wise Children by Angela Carter is a book written when the author was dying of lung cancer, but it is a boisterous and hilarious read. The narrator is ...more
Sep 11, 2010
Sep 11, 2010
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