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Barbara Burd rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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I heard that this book was similar to Gone Girl, which I didn't read but saw the movie, so throughout the book I was making comparisons. I'm not sure if this was fair to the author. I read this for a book club which I belong to. The plot is rather si ...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
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Elizabeth Berg has previous,y written much more contemporary novels geared toward women readers. In this historical novel, she uses the first person to write an "autobiography" of George Sand. Berg's significant research is evident throughout this no ...more
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At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
At the Water's Edge
by Sara Gruen (Goodreads Author)
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Water for Elephants set in the Scottish highlands. Green uses the same formula that made Water a bestseller: the very spoiled but redeemable young woman, the abusive husband and the kindhearted too good to be true hero. In spite of this, it is a good ...more
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Amherst by William Nicholson
Amherst
by William Nicholson
read in March, 2015
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Nicholson writes this novel as two parallel stories--one, the affair between Mabel Todd and Austin Dickinson, Emily Dickinson's brother; the other, the story of a young screenwriter named Alice Dickinson, who while no relation to Emily, decides to wr ...more
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The Great Divide by Thomas J. Fleming
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We have a tendency to think of the bitter conflicts between politicians and political parties as something that is a relatively new phenomenon, but Fleming clearly illustrates that bitter feuds and political underhandedness existed from the beginning ...more
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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Lila (Gilead, #3)
by Marilynne Robinson
read in January, 2015
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This is the third of the Gilead trilogy, and for those familiar with the other two books on the series, the characters are familiar and feel like old friends. This novel traces Lila's history and her developing relationship with Preacher Ames. Robins ...more
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High Crime Area by Joyce Carol Oates
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I'm a fan of Joyce Carol Oates, so I picked this up as an advance reading copy. Oates is a master of the psychological drama and, in these short stories, at her best she nails it and at her worst, she widely misses the mark. The stories cover a wide ...more
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The Home Place by Carrie La Seur
The Home Place
by Carrie La Seur (Goodreads Author)
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I picked up an advance reading copy of this book because the cover promotion touted it as exploring the connections between self and place--and with a setting as wide-open and breathtaking as Montana, I was hoping to be captured by how this landscape ...more
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The Hunt Club by Bret Lott
The Hunt Club
by Bret Lott (Goodreads Author)
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I recently attended a reading by Bret Lott and one of the books he chose was The Hunt Club, saying that he chose this in honor of librarians because the book has been challenged and librarians are the stalwarts of freedom to read. I'm not a big myste ...more
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Ann Patchett
“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Leo Tolstoy
“Anything is better than lies and deceit!”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Virginia Woolf
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Dr. Seuss
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Howard Thurman
“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.”
Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

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