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The Red Tent
Friends have been recommending this book to me for months so I finally sat down and read it. A fascinating read! It tells the story of Dinah from the ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 20, 2008
Suite Française
I had a hard time getting through this book because I was only able to sit down with it for a few minute at a time. Maybe that's why it was hard for m ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 20, 2008
The Book Thief
This book may seem like just another WWII horror story but it is so much more. Narrated by death himself (sans sickle), the story follows a little Ger ...more
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Aug 27, 2008
The Lifeboat
I was really excited about this book and it was pretty riveting for the first half or so. However, I started losing my connection with the main charac ...more
Aug 2012
Sep 06, 2012
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True
I have a hard time picking out good books just by browsing at the library but this time I hit a home run. I'm not ashamed to say that it was just the ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 05, 2010
Sarah's Key
A fantastic holocaust book that tells parallel stories of a Jewish girl in Paris during the french Jewish round-up in 1942 and an american journalist ...more
Dec 25, 2010
Dec 25, 2010
Caleb's Crossing
Wow. What an incredible book. It was equal parts educational classic, spiritual exploration and crossing of cultures. I just loved every minute of it. ...more
Jan 2012
Dec 23, 2011
The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd nailed this historical fiction about slavery, race relations, women's rights and friendship. Along the lines of "The Secret Life of Bees ...more
Jun 2015
Jul 14, 2015
City of Thieves
The story line, character development and writing of this book were fantastic. Unfortunately it was extremely vulgar, which is why i demoted it to 3 s ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 19, 2008
The Sandcastle Girls
Wow, I enjoyed this book much more than The Law of Similars (the first book of Bohjalian's that I read). First of all, I adore a good historical ficti ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 06, 2012
The Shoemaker's Wife
What a wonderful love story! This epic tale spans decades and follows the lives of two young Italians and their forced emigration to America. Their pa ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 22, 2012
A Lantern in Her Hand
I am normally bored to tears by frontier fiction. It's not that I don't admire the pioneers and what they went through, I generally just don't enjoy r ...more
Jun 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Told through letters to and from the protagonist (named favorite :), this adorable story takes place in Britain, right after WWII. Juliet' ...more
Apr 2010
Jan 13, 2010
Johnny Tremain
I LOVE this book. I read as a kid cause my mom told me to and enjoyed it somewhat, but rereading it as an adult taught me so much more. Awesome.
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Oct 17, 2009
Number the Stars
Another fave from my childhood.
not set
Oct 17, 2009
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
This was a great look into 19th century China including the status of women and the horrifically fascinating world of footbinding. It is the story of ...more
Sep 2009
Feb 21, 2008
This was a harrowing, yet eye-opening, look at the sex slave trade in India and surrounding areas. It follows the life of a young girl sold as a sex s ...more
May 2008
Feb 20, 2008
Snow Falling on Cedars
Set in NW coast, 1950's/60's. A white reporter covers the trial of a Japanese man arrested for murder. He has to deal with feelings for the accused ma ...more
Oct 2007
Feb 20, 2008
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