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The Rich Man by Henry Kreisel
The Rich Man
by Henry Kreisel
read in April, 2016
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A Toronto man revisits his mother and sisters in Vienna after being gone for 33 years. He leads them to believe he became wealthy in the new world, but the truth is revealed when his sister is in great need and he must admit he has nothing to give.
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Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
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The first third is a fascinating look at the brutal life of 19th century agrarian China, as a young girl is sold for two bags of seeds, ushered into prostitution and brought to the gold mining world of California and Idaho.

From there it's a pleasant
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Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
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Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Empire Falls
by Richard Russo
read in April, 2016
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This is a low four, on Goodreads' narrow 1-5 scale. But it's impossible to give this work less than a four. It just has too many good and admirable things going for it. It cracks open what from the outside would appear to be simple, one-dimensional l ...more
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Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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I was surprised by how well this book was written -- very clear, readable, articulate. Not very airy-fairy or overly flowery. On the heels of reading Eckhart Tolle, basically the same theme: the present is the only reality, and happiness is tied to t ...more
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Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
by Nayomi Munaweera (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2016
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I followed the Sri Lankan civil war during the 90s -- but this is the first book based on it that I've read. Her writing is beautiful, and wonderfully descriptive -- and she dives into the most excruciating and violent aspects of that brutal conflict ...more
Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
"The overall story was good and got much better towards the end. But I had a really hard time telling the characters apart and remembering which story went with who."
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The Plover by Brian  Doyle
The Plover: A Novel
by Brian Doyle (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2016
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Not sure what to say about this book. Mildly kept my interest...a 5 out of 10.
Lots of forgiving for me to get through it -- that many characters talk alike;
various suspensions of belief; the struggle between taking a story literally and
just acceptin
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