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Catherine rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
The Woman Upstairs
by Claire Messud
read in July, 2014
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Intense story of Nora Eldridge, an unmarried third-grade teacher who realizes as she approaches middle age that her younger aspirations of achieving a successful artistic career along with a perfect home and children are unlikely to be fulfilled. The...more
Catherine rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Coal People by Rick J. Clyne
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My three-star rating comes from averaging the four-star historical content with the two-star analysis, which smacked of privileged white guy. The book opens with the history of coal mining in Colorado and of the company eventually known as CF&I S...more
Catherine rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Handbag Workshop by Anna M. Mazur
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Comprehensive instructions and designs for making a variety of handbags, geared toward those with strong sewing skills. Step-by-step photos are provided, and the paperback version of this book will include patterns (I was reading an ARC electronic ve...more
Catherine rated a book 1 of 5 stars
The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan
The Mill River Redemption: A Novel
by Darcie Chan (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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Mediocre writing, characters, and plot define this poorly paced and predictable novel. The story begins in the 1980s when recently widowed Josie and her two young daughters, Rose and Emily, move to Mill River, Vermont to live with an aunt she barely...more
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Catherine rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Delancey by Molly Wizenberg
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When her husband Brandon said he wanted to open a pizza restaurant, Molly thought it was safe to encourage him because of his history of dreaming out loud. This time he followed through, and this book, her second memoir, is about the process of openi...more
Catherine rated a book 4 of 5 stars
First Governor, First Lady by Joyce B. Lohse
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Biographies of John Routt and Eliza Pickrell Routt, the first governor and first lady of Colorado. Routt was appointed when Colorado was still a territory. After it became a state in 1876, he was elected to two nonconsecutive terms as governor, plus...more
Catherine rated a book 3 of 5 stars
While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
While I Was Gone
by Sue Miller
read in June, 2014
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Jo, a veterinarian with three grown daughters, lives in a New England town with her husband Daniel, a minister. Through her work, Jo becomes reacquainted with a long-ago housemate, which makes her recall the unsolved murder of another of their housem...more
Catherine rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Miner's Cap by Ann N.  Black
The Miner's Cap
by Ann N. Black (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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Excellent YA historical fiction book about the events of 1913-1914 surrounding the coal miner’s strike and Ludlow massacre in southern Colorado, written by a local author. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary I have read books, attended symposia, an...more
Catherine rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Eating Dangerously by Michael Booth
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Food safety book written by two Denver Post reporters who covered the 2011 cantaloupe listeria outbreak. Well written (albeit often repetitive), with good information on safe handling of food, most of which any properly paranoid person will already k...more
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