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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah (Goodreads Author)
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The Syrian Jewelry Box by Carina Sue Burns
The Syrian Jewelry Box
by Carina Sue Burns (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2015
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Want to read a fabulous coming of age story? This is an amazing adventure with Carina through the Middle East with her family. One of my favorite parts...

"I took a deep breath. “Mom, I need to ask you something.” My lips quivered.
She looked surprise
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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 August, 2015
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Beautifully written. Could not put this book down. The ending, unanswered questions...
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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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Did I like this book? YES! Was it a favorite that I will reread? no. Does is talk about longing, growing up, choices, regrets, grief, among other things? Yes. Would I recommend it? YES.
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To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal
To Be Sung Underwater
by Tom McNeal
read in June, 2015
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I liked this love story of regret and longing. Was it good, yes. Did I like it? Yes. Does is make me ponder? yes.

You'll have to judge for yourself if you give it more than 3 stars. Maybe.
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We Lived in a Little Cabin in the Yard by Belinda Hurmence
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I liked this collection of interviews of former slaves because it was written in their own words. It fascinates me that slaves lived through their experiences and continued to live after they were freed albeit in poverty and without equal rights. I f ...more
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Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong
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Fascinating dense read. I like this quote from the NYTIMES review, "If the Taliban or Islamic State marauders cite their faith as justification for their killing, that is, Armstrong says, a sign not that they’ve spent too much time with the Quran, bu ...more
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A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
A House in the Sky
by Amanda Lindhout (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Fascinating read. Well written. That this foolish woman, full of adventure and wanderlust put herself in the position to be abused and harmed by religious crazy people makes sense given her chaotic childhood. This book is a page turner that I couldn' ...more
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The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev
The Island on Bird Street
by Uri Orlev
read in July, 2014
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Sweet story of a boys survival in the ghetto of Warsaw at the end of WW!!. Loved the way the boy thought things through and was innovative and smart. I like the way he listened to what his Father told him and then stayed the course. I'll keep this bo ...more
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Marilyn Monroe
“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
Marilyn Monroe

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

Emily Dickinson
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
Emily Dickinson

C.S. Lewis
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
C.S. Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell
“Loyalty and obedience to wisdom and justice are fine; but it is still finer to defy arbitrary power, unjustly and cruelly used--not on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of others more helpless.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

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