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This sweeping historical novel did for Paris what Rutherfurd previously did for London and New York. As I read, I was quite absorbed in the intertwine ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Every now and then, a book really sticks with me and helps to either alter my perspective or puts into eloquence things I've been thinking. Some of th ...more
Jan 28, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain
There's some real responsibility in being the first review! Kate has brought an insider's perspective as a former Miss America to something some of us ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
We Are Not Ourselves
How much did I not need to read this book? How much am I depressed beyond measure? It's a tribute to the author's skill that I stayed with it, even wh ...more
Sep 05, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did! I'm a runner, have no knowledge of 'crew' and probably shared the prejudice that it was a sport for the ...more
Jan 2015
Dec 28, 2014
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
Spent two weeks on service missions in Appalachia years ago and it changed my perspective about many things:poverty in America, what surface mining do ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Finally, something more in depth about The Lusitania. As always, Larson does not disappoint. One does spend time wondering if more efficiency in lower ...more
Mar 21, 2015
Mar 19, 2015
Palace of Treason
Galloping spy tale with very strong women characters (I'm casting the movie in my mind while reading) and a funny conceit of 'recipes' at the end of e ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
The endurance of these explorers in the face of the pseudo-scientific idiocy and ego which backed their expedition and led to many of the trials they ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
The Girl on the Train
This would make a terrific Hitchcock movie, and I can see it becoming this year's Gone Girl. No spoilers here: a tale of a woman who, awash in her own ...more
Feb 14, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
Station Eleven
I resisted this one for a little while because the brief descriptions I'd read did not sound like something I would enjoy. Snowstorms mean buying book ...more
Feb 17, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
Dear Committee Members
A one sitting fast read...and I admit, I laughed aloud. Might be too inside baseball for those out of academe but rang so absurdly true. The old joke ...more
Aug 23, 2015
Aug 24, 2015
The Goldfinch
Picked up on a recommendation by Niki Gamache and very glad I did. Absorbing, beautifully written, and couldn't put it down. There were times when I w ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
Among the Ten Thousand Things
Finished quickly...certainly kept my attention. Beautifully drawn impact of a father's infidelity, a girlfriend's decision to share, and the two child ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Aug 02, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
Lovely, lyrical, and ultimately satisfying book about the paths of a young German boy and a blind French girl during WWII. It's much more than that so ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
This my second Kean book...enjoyable foray into neuroscience from individual 'tales' of researchers and unfortunates. Much of this I probably had stud ...more
Nov 06, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
This book made me reasonably cranky throughout. One can admire Robert Ames in terms of his willingness to learn and embrace Arabic culture and then ge ...more
Dec 24, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
The Green Road
So beautifully written...a Man Booker Prize winner, but the Irish sadness of it all!
Jun 07, 2015
Jun 07, 2015
Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
I just loved two of his books about seafaring and most memorably, RI way-back-when, so I look forward to this one.
Not quite as impressive as Mayflower
Jun 04, 2013
May 17, 2013
A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
An interesting treatise in psychological history. Intrigued by the premise that mental illness can bring with it some characteristics that enhance lea ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
A God in Ruins
Perfection in a novel, which is more a 'companion piece' to Atkinson's Life After Life than it is a sequel. Just loved it! Available on Lois' Pay It F ...more
Jun 21, 2015
Jun 07, 2015
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
I'd heard things about the wit of this author handling the all too familiar and sad story of her parents' decline. She's a cartoonist, so much of this ...more
Apr 06, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
Winter's Tale
Started out beautifully, but then life intervened for me and I had to leave it for quite a time. It's lyrical, fascinating and covered a part of the c ...more
Mar 03, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Should be required reading for medical ethicists, physicians, doctors, disaster planners, and anyone ever entering a hospital. I followed this in the ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
Newtown: An American Tragedy
The cover is an almost exact duplicate of the truly excellent Columbine, so one could be forgiven for thinking it might measure up. It does not, perha ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 30, 2013
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
One of the issues I had with the first half of this book was how big the story was in terms of the number of women, active in the Resistance, who were ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
A very quick read, despite its density of Russian names :). As a very young girl I was fascinated by Nicholas and Alexandra and the haunting tragedy o ...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
A fast and largely fun read. Enjoyed his comparison of New Orleans hospitality and NYC "hospitality." Although I am sure I will never be the kind of p ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2012
Circling the Sun
Picked this up against my better judgment based on reviews. As I suspected, Out of Africa and Isak Dineson's works eclipsed this so thoroughly that it ...more
Aug 13, 2015
Aug 10, 2015
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Didn't quite manage to finish it before seeing "Lincoln" but was glad that I had picked it up. Goodwin made it fresh, even though much of the story ha ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 09, 2012
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