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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Brooklyn
by Colm Tóibín
read in March, 2016
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I enjoyed this subtle coming-of-age story of a young Irish girl, Eilis, who immigrates to Brooklyn in the 1950s. Our book group read it on the recommendation of Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club. Will and his mother both liked t ...more
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Fever by Mary Beth Keane
Fever
by Mary Beth Keane (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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A well-written historical fiction account of the life of Mary Mallon, the infamous Typhoid Mary. Keane does a good job of humanizing Mallon, giving her the voice to tell her side of the story. I read a good article from pbs.org called "Typhoid Mary: ...more
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Three Junes by Julia Glass
Three Junes
by Julia Glass (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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2 1/2 stars--I liked it in an okay sort of way. Inside the back jacket it says that "Collies," the first part of Three Junes, won the 1999 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Medal for Best Novella. I would agree with that. I really enjoyed this first pa ...more
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2016
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The book group chose this as a summer read. I read it and finished it because of that. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished it. What I appreciated about it--the focus on the contributions of women during the war and learning more about what th ...more
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A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
A Thread of Grace
by Mary Doria Russell (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2005
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I stayed up until after midnight last night finishing this. I started out listening to it on tape and got half way finished and it was on hold for someone so I had to turn it in and get the book. The narrator did a great job with the Fr
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
"It was the comparisons to All the Light We Cannot See that attracted me to The Nightingale. Though both novels are set during WW2 the similarities for me stopped there. All the Light is a magical novel electric with beautiful resounding prose and..." Read more of this review »
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A Secret Gift by Ted Gup
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I liked the premise of this book and I'm glad to know the story, but it was a bit long and redundant for my taste. Ted Gup is a journalist and has a very journalistic style. The book, in my opinion, would have been better as an article.
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Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
by Nancy Horan
read in February, 2015
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Book group choice. We enjoyed Loving Frank, also by Nancy Horan, and this one didn't disappoint. This genre of historical fiction about real people is becoming my favorite kind of book (The Paris Wife, Loving Frank, etc.). I get absorbed into the lif ...more
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
"The historical fiction sub-genre featuring characters who actually lived has become a favorite of mine (e.g. The Paris Wife, The Aviator's Wife, Loving Frank, Z, etc...) This fictionalized account of the relationship of Scottish writer Robert Loui..." Read more of this review »
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Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
Vanessa and Her Sister
by Priya Parmar (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2015
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I enjoyed this novel as I was reading it, but I like it even more as I continue to reflect on it. Parmar did an excellent job of handling this ensemble of bright, witty, creative characters based on the real people who made up the Bloomsbury Group in ...more
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“That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”
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Robert Louis Stevenson
“The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain common work as it comes certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Berg
“How are poets able to unzip what they see around them, calling forth a truer essence from behind a common fact? Why, reading a verse about a pear, do you see past the fruit in so transcendent a way?”
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“When you are young so many things are difficult to believe, and yet the dullest people will tell you that they are true--such things, for instance, as that the earth goes round the sun, and that it is not flat but round. But the things that seem really likely, like fairy-tales and magic, are, so say the grown-ups, not true at all. Yet they are so easy to believe, especially when you see them happening.”
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