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Ellen Brandt rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
Norwegian by Night
by Derek B. Miller (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2015
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Might not be truly worthy of 5 stars, but I really enjoyed this character-driven and Genre-defying (detective story, philosophy, adventure, relationships, aging, thriller..?) book.
It's hard not to fall in love with 82 year Sheldon Horowitz, a former
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Ellen Brandt rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
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One of the core books in grade 6 at my school. A good choice; It's not challenging to read but has much to contemplate. 12 yr old Matt is left alone in a primitive cabin in the Maine Wilderness while his father returns to Quincy, MA to retrieve the r ...more
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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
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I enjoyed the first part; interesting characters in a London world of which I know little; fashion models, paparazzi, aristocracy, a young couple, a down-and-out private detective, but it wasn't until later in the story that it became a suspenseful ' ...more
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Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
Aurora
by Kim Stanley Robinson
read in July, 2015
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Science fiction helps us gain perspective on current scientific, political and social trends by extrapolating their implications into the distant future. Most of the books in this genre that I have recently read either portray a bleak, dystopian futu ...more
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2015
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A middle aged man relives his encounter with supernatural beings that were his childhood neighbors. I had trouble getting into this one until I decided to listen to it as an audiobook (with @neilhimself narrating) and then it was a very good ghost st ...more
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Ellen Brandt rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri
read in July, 2015
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Family bonds, Freedom, Justice, Activism, Tradition, Terrorism, Calcutta, Rhode Island, California. Two brothers, a wife, a daughter, trying in their own way to make sense of it all; living their lives the best they can in a family pulled apart by e ...more
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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The best book I have read in quite awhile! Two young people; a French Girl (blind and lives with her locksmith father) and a German Boy (a genius orphan from a coal mining town) come of age during World War II. Their experiences provide fresh perspec ...more
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“Reading at meals is considered rude in polite society, but if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects.”
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“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
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