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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.32
I loved this book. At 749 pages, it is a daunting read, but well worth it.

Goodwin is a master of portraying history in a most engaging way. It's a tr
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Jun 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.96
I might actually give the book one and a half stars. There was an occasional witty or funny moment, and there were elements to the writing I liked (th ...more
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
 
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
4.20
I have always been fascinated by the Lewis and Clark expedition. Ten or twelve years ago I asked my brother-in-law for a recommendation of a good book ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
 
Healer
3.49
I almost don't know what to say about this book. (I'm in a list phase in my life right now).

1. Good writing - I wanted to keep reading, but at the sa
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Jan 28, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
Looking Back: A Book of Memories
4.15
Straight from the front jacket cover flap:

I would like to introduce you to this book. It has no plot. It is about moments, memories, fragments, falseh
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May 20, 2012
May 23, 2012
 
The Female Brain
3.79
A friend of mine recommended this book. She said she got it to learn about what her teenage daughter was going through, and found it was more help for ...more
May 02, 2009
May 02, 2009
 
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
3.68
I liked this book a lot. Connie Goodwin, a graduate student in history (colonial, I think) at Harvard discovers some family roots that go back to the ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
 
Room
3.96
I did not want to like this book. In fact, I wouldn't have read it if it hadn't been chosen for my book group.

I don't know if I liked it so much as t
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Aug 15, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.01
I kept wavering between giving this book three or four stars. I felt the writing was excellent. I'm still digesting the story. (I'm also still trying ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
3.53
This is the reason I belong to a book group (or two). I would never in a million years have picked this book to read on my own, but I liked it so much ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.28
Excellent book. I was engrossed in the story, and in fact was on the edge of my seat as I read about the races--even when I knew which team would win. ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
 
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
4.08
Perhaps it deserves one and a half stars. I heard a lot of hype about this book, and it did not live up to its reputation. I liked the premise and pri ...more
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.71
I'm giving it a reserved three stars. I spent the first half despairing over words I didn't understand, and had to have a dictionary next to me. The s ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 01, 2010
 
Whistling Past the Graveyard
4.04
To be honest, I might have rated it higher had I read it rather than listened to it. Sometimes the reader's various character voices were distracting, ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
 
The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1)
3.91
This book would have rated higher, but the language was so bad in parts that it was hard on me. The bad language didn't seem gratuitous, but it was st ...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
 
Sixteen Brides
3.74
Sixteen women head to Nebraska to homestead, not knowing they were actually brought there to be brides (most of them are Civil War widows).

Six of them
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Nov 05, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.24
Thank heavens this was chosen for my book group to read. It's been much too long since I've read it. I forgot the wit, charm, and many life lessons wo ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
 
The Light Between Oceans
3.95
Actually, as I was reading the book I probably would have given it four stars. The fifth star has come since I finished the book and keep ruminating o ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
 
Jubilee Trail
4.12
When I was young, I loved this book to pieces. The five stars are a tribute to having read this book so many times and still loving it each time. I ju ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
 
A Season of Gifts (A Long Way from Chicago, #3)
3.94
A companion book to A Long Way from Chicago and A Year down Yonder. I loved the lesson taught by the book and brought out in the last chapter. It's a ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
 
Massacre at Bear River: First, Worst, Forgotten
3.00
Interesting, factual study of the Massacre at Bear River. I enjoyed learning the historical aspects. Most of my reading on these topics is fiction, an ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
My Name is Mary Sutter
3.79
I really liked this book. I got right into it and didn't want to put it down. It is the story of Mary Sutter, a midwife from Albany, New York who goes ...more
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
 
The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
4.21
It wasn't my favorite when I read it 30 years ago, and it didn't really move up much in my estimation this time around. My book group discussion impro ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
 
A Long Way from Chicago (A Long Way from Chicago, #1)
3.90
I'm feeling generous with my ratings today. I enjoyed this book just as much this time around as the last time I read it. Richard Peck has a great tal ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
 
Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project
4.45
The information deserves four stars, the writing three. Irena Sendler saved 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during WWII.
Jun 19, 2015
Jun 19, 2015
 
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
3.94
I enjoyed learning more about the French Revolution (so gruesome, but not depicted in a gruesome manner) and also about wax modeling.
May 30, 2013
Jun 05, 2013
 
Between Shades of Gray
4.33
I liked this better than I thought I would. I thought it would be terribly depressing, but somehow it wasn't.
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
 
The Rent Collector
4.24
I would never have read this if it weren't chosen for my book group. Turns out I liked it a lot.
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
 
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen
3.67
This is a great book. I love the southern flavor, the story is very good, and the theme is great.
May 19, 2009
May 19, 2009
 
 Exodus
4.32
Excellent. Just as good as it was the first time I read it, about 25 years ago.
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
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