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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
really liked it
A great story of grit and determination in a part of the world that I know nothing about, except what I have read in the press. I hope some of our nat ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Dec 16, 2008
Let the Great World Spin
it was amazing
I confess to being a total sucker for the poignancy of Irish authors. So, naturally I loved the first story of the Irish brothers. But as each chapter ...more
Sep 11, 2010
Jun 30, 2010
Douglass' Women
liked it
I liked the premise of the story and enjoyed learning about an important historical figure and period from a very different perspective than anything ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
it was ok
This is a frightening portrait of the treatment of a privileged woman in a very different world from mine. I wondered how much of this treatment was d ...more
Nov 20, 2014
Dec 08, 2014
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom #1)
it was amazing
Updike's ability to delve into the minds of his seemingly average characters through writing that I can only describe as "raw" is absolutely mesmerizi ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Jan 28, 2015
Alice's Piano
really liked it
An inspiring story of how the power of music affected an individual as well as an entire concentration camp. Alice was blessed with talent, focus, gri ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #1)
it was amazing
Like the fourth in the series (I started out of order...), this book was impossible to put down. Caro has emphasized in recent interviews that his int ...more
Aug 13, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
Evolution's Workshop: God & Science on the Galápagos Islands
really liked it
An amazing look to how the Galapagos were ignored/discovered/exploited/preserved. It is part science, part sociology, part anthropology as it explains ...more
May 15, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
it was ok
I'm not into self-help books, but was feeling a bit nostalgic as I contemplate my upcoming birthday of a certain number... So I had been intrigued by ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
really liked it
A charming story, charmingly told - sort of a modern-day Jane Austen tale. I loved the author's witty, dry, very British sense of humor. Major Pettigr ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
it was amazing
This book opened my eyes to the inner machinations of politics and society in Germany leading up to and throughout WWII, something that was lacking in ...more
May 04, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
really liked it
This terrific read, taken with a grain of salt, provides revealing insight into how political compaigns are run and strategies are formulated (or not) ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird
it was amazing
I never read this book as a youngster and see it as something one can re-read over the years. Scout is at once young and old for her years. I think a ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Jan 05, 2011
Little Bee
really liked it
I loved the shift in the story back and forth between the two main characters - their speech patterns and their perspectives enriched the story greatl ...more
Jun 10, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
An Object of Beauty
really liked it
Steve Martin's portrait (no pun intended) of the art scene was piercing, highly entertaining and very informative. I found myself chuckling throughout ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
The Passage of Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #4)
it was amazing
I found this book to be a complete page turner - if I had been able to shut out the world, I would have read it straight through! Caro's prodigious re ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Dec 16, 2012
The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court
it was amazing
Jeffrey Toobin paints compelling portraits of the current and recently retired justices on the Supreme Court, both in terms of their personal stories ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
it was amazing
Excellent perspective on dealing with end-of-life issues and helping loved ones make the most of their time. The questions Gawande recommends for disc ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades, #1-3)
liked it

The book was built up in my mind to be complete junk, but I actually found it rather engaging. Yes, there's a lot of sex (some of which was way beyond
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
A Tale for the Time Being
liked it
I seem to be on a roll for reading books that embed a story within a story. In this case, there were really three stories, and the book is worth readi ...more
May 04, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
liked it
An allegorical story of marital, family and societal relationships set vividly in Brazil. Amado's cynicism about the upper class and sympathy for the ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
The Goldfinch
it was amazing
The story, the characters, the writing - fantastic on all counts! I never stopped liking and rooting for the protagonist, Theo, even though if someone ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2013
A Hologram for the King
liked it
A modern-day variation on Waiting for Godot. The description of Saudi Arabia - the place and the culture - was fascinating. The story was compelling e ...more
Oct 25, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
The Hakawati
really liked it
A book about so many things: the art of story telling, the diaspora of the Muslim world, families. Despite the myriad of story lines changing all the ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
My Beloved World
really liked it
Inspiring, beautifully written. Justice Sotomayor did not grow up with material wealth, but she had a very strong family and a firm sense of self, not ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
The Light Between Oceans
it was amazing
This book has it all - a compelling story, substantial characters, beautiful writing. The reader has a sense very quickly of the primary moral dilemma ...more
May 30, 2014
May 21, 2014
The House at Tyneford
liked it
A very enjoyable read, although a number of the characters were somehow not as developed as I wanted...I note in particular the relationship between E ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
My Life in France
really liked it
An exquisite look at post-war France, its food and its people. You feel like you are there with Julia exploring all the country had to offer. What an ...more
Sep 2009
Aug 24, 2009
The Language of Flowers
really liked it
This book is about the strength and the fragility of human connections. I didn't always understand what drove the main character towards and away from ...more
Jun 11, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
The Queen Mother: The Official Biography
really liked it
I knew the Queen Mother was beloved by the British people, especially those who remember WWII. Now I understand why. Given her birth in 1900 and her d ...more
May 22, 2010
May 23, 2010
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