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Bone by Bone
I've spent a lot of my reading time over the last few months with this trilogy -- it is well-written, a fascinating story and place. My favorite was t...more
Feb 29, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
The Mind's Eye
Reading this book in my mid-50s, I realize that I'm bringing much of my own life experiences to it and re-acting to the stories instead of considering...more
Nov 10, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
Killing Mr. Watson
A very interesting book -- set in the "frontier/wilderness" area of south Florida around 1900, told from multiple viewpoints. Mr. Watson was an enigma...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 11, 2011
Five Germanys I Have Known
Reading this book was a huge investment of time but it was rewarding. Author was born 1925 in Breslau, Germany (now in Poland) to a Jewish family very...more
May 21, 2014
May 22, 2014
Lost Man's River
This is the second book of an amazing trilogy set in south Florida by an important American author -- the author was so deep into this story that he r...more
Feb 18, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way
This has been my non-fiction book for the last several months. Alice Walker is a good writer even when her subjects veer widely and her take on subjec...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
An Unexpected Guest
I enjoyed this slow paced novel that is "an eventful day in the life of Clare" the American wife of a British diplomat in Paris. I enjoyed the descrip...more
Sep 05, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
The Leaf And The Cloud: A Poem
53 pages . . . one poem, with many parts, lines that had meaning to me (and may have more or different meaning to me when I read them again later).
Apr 14, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
In many ways this was a three star book . . . well-written with two stories being told here, one the story of a 50ish year old professor of German lit...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
The English German Girl
I almost abandoned this book after the first few chapters but decided to skim through to the end. It did get better . . . I liked the chapters in the...more
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
Going Over
Wonderfully told story of difficult lives on opposite edges of the Berlin Wall in 1983. The chapters alternate between 16 year old Ada, who lives in W...more
May 25, 2014
May 25, 2014
Two of Gail Godwin's books from many years ago, Father Melancholy's Daughter and Evensong, count among my favorite all time novels. This one didn't re...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
American Tapestry
According to GoodReads rating, 5 stars stands for amazing, not for perfect, and that is what I give this book that I had a hard time putting down.
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
The Good German
Set in a pivotal time and place in history, Berlin in the summer of 1945, during Potsdam conference, when Russians were turning from allies to Cold Wa...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
Nothing Was the Same
I've long been fascinated by the personal/interior lives of scientists, and this book gives us a glance at two very prominent psychiatrists: Kay Jami...more
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 13, 2011
Life After Life
This is a difficult book to describe. The book stays centered on the main character, Ursula, who is born in 1910 and goes through many versions of lif...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Fighting the Great War: A Global History
After reading several novels set around the World War I time period, I was looking for something that would give me a better understanding of the war...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
Snow Day
I'll be thinking about this book for a while. I complain that there are few mentions of God & faith & their role in modern life in contemporar...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
Stones from the River
A very worthwhile book to read but not the easiest one to get going -- first chapters are slow and always the author is more detailed than I think is...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
A Thread of Grace
A story that won't be easily forgotten. I was reading this over a long holiday weekend and ended up neglecting everything else to finish it. We have n...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
A Dark and Lonely Place
I would say this is more an "almost 3" -- there were 2 distinct stories in this novel and sometimes they didn't connect together very well. Main story...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing
Diane Ackerman writes beautifully -- I've read many of her books and enjoyed them, particularly A Natural History of the Senses and Cultivating Deligh...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #6)
All the books in the series have been enjoyable but this one is my favorite of the moment. More actually happens in this book than usual -- the appear...more
May 28, 2011
May 29, 2011
The Cruellest Month (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #3)
Such a good series! The mystery puzzle in this one wasn't so good -- only a 2 or 3 star but the characters, the psychology behind the actions were a 5...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
Year Zero: A History of 1945
A very readable story about a very broad subject . . . the world as it was changing in 1945. Buruma is an academic and writer who has connections with...more
Jan 02, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The Art Forger
An interesting and enjoyable book about an artist, making her living by copying masterpieces to sell for reproductions, while also creating her own ar...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
A Place of Greater Safety
Three amazing characters center this book -- Camille Desmoulins, Danton, and Robespierre, all big players in the French Revolution, all met their fate...more
Aug 03, 2013
Aug 03, 2013
The Heart of a Distant Forest
A lovely book about a difficult subject . . . the main character, Andrew, has returned to his childhood home, an old house out in the middle Georgia c...more
Oct 04, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
A Man Without Breath (Bernard Gunther, #9)
Probably this book deserved a higher rating than a 3 but the time period and subject are so dark that it is hard to say that I enjoyed the book. It wa...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Fanning the Spark: A Memoir
I've long been aware of Mary Ward Brown, an author born in the same year and state as my mother. But she only wrote short stories, while I prefer nove...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
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