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Nancy-jo rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
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this book reminds us that complex interior lives can thrive in conditions of appalling exterior circumstances. The dark years of the Cultural Revolution are the setting for this adolescent years of two exiled teenagers, and a grand story of friendshi...more
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"I totally respect attachment to a good story, and that goes to the author's ability to write a gripping tale. nj "
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"Sidney wrote: "Only mildly scary parts. Mostly it's a feel-good read that inspired me to want to eat at home and grow my own food. I will send it to y...more "
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
" Whereas "Omnivore's Dilemma" scares the heck out of you, this book gives you hope, and great recipes as well. A great read, and more crucial food info as well as a map for your food culture. "
Nancy-jo rated a book 5 of 5 stars
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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I'm re-reading after some years because this is a new translation, much admired, and that was a good excuse to go back to it.
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The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst
The Spies of Warsaw (Night Soldiers, #10)
by Alan Furst
recommended to Nancy-jo by: I have read all 9 of Furst's books
read in May, 2008
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This is not a spy novel, but a novel of espionage and the politics of war, or in this instance, of preparation for war. Mercier is a military attache assigned to Warsaw; he collects information from the Poles and the Germans and from an insignificant...more
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