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Karen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Four Queens by Nancy Goldstone
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Historical narrative which tells the story of the four daughters of the count of Provence who eventually become the queens of France, Germany, England, and Sicily during the 13th century. Three of these sisters Marguerite, wife of Louis IX of France,...more
Karen rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Winter Study by Nevada Barr
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This is the first book that I have read by Nevada Barr. The most interesting aspects of this book were the information about the Wolves/Moose government study that has been in progress for many years on Isle Royal, and the description of the weather....more
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A New Earth, An Old Deception by Richard Abanes
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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Nineteen Minutes
by Jodi Picoult (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2009
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This is the story of a boy and a girl who do not fit into the typical junior high and high school popular set. The boy is bullied because he refuses to change. The girl does what she has to do to be accepted by the popular crowd. Eventually, the bull...more
Karen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The River King by Alice Hoffman
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A different type of mystery/suspense story. Priviliged students in an exclusive prep school in Massachussets conflict with students from the town and with one boy who does not fit into the expectations of teachers and students at Haddan School. Throu...more
Karen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell
Out of This Furnace
by Thomas Bell
read in April, 2009
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A well-written and researched story about the hardships of living in the steel mill towns of Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. The story develops the lives of 3 generations of an immigrant Slovak family from the 1880's through the 1920's. It r...more
Karen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky
Family Tree
by Barbara Delinsky (Goodreads Author)
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Hugh Clarke and Dana Joseph Clarke have a child with brown skin. Hugh is a member of an old, wealthy, aristocratic family who can trace their lineage back to the pilgrims. Dana's mother died when Dana was 5 and she was raised by her grandmother and g...more
Karen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned about the German occupation of Guernsey Island during WWII. I particularly liked the writing style of this book which was in the form of letters. Using this technique, the author is able to reveal the person...more
Karen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
Burning Bright
by Tracy Chevalier (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2009
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I like Tracy Chevalier's style of writing. I have read a number of her books and enjoyed each one. Burning Bright was another good read. The story of 2 families in London, England during the Georgian period, 1792. One family is from the country and t...more
Karen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Midwives
by Chris Bohjalian (Goodreads Author)
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From beginning to end I was sympathetic towards Sybil and her family. By the end of the book, I still sympathized with Sybil, but I also had a sense of rightness that someone with great passion for his/her work, but not enough knowledge or experience...more
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