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Saint Joan of Arc by Vita Sackville-West
Saint Joan of Arc
by Vita Sackville-West
read in July, 2015
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Joan of Arc is one of the few saints that most people have heard about, but may not know much about except that she was burned at the stake as a heretic. The poet and novelist Vita (Victoria) Sackville-West, a published poet at 14, writes with style ...more
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
"Wow.

I read this trilogy in rapid fire-- three books, three days-- and I can't quite distinguish them now.

I do believe this novel is my favorite. It was the only mystery, and I was led to believe it was a mystery series. That is not quite true. Yes..." Read more of this review »
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Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Cannery Row
by John Steinbeck
read in July, 2015
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Treasure Planet by Hal Colebatch
Treasure Planet
by Hal Colebatch
read in April, 2015
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Thoroughly delightful science fiction version of "Treasure Island." A great way to introduce young people to the classics, who would not read the original because it is "Old." Lots of fun.

While I have read other Larry Niven books, this is the first I
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Tremendous job by the author in bringing to a new generation the story of this amazing man. My Dad is a WWII Pacific War aviator, flying off a carrier. Until reading in this book about how many planes were simply lost in the Pacific Ocean, it never o ...more
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The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough
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Very well written and interesting book about early Rome.
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Australia's Secret War by Hal G.P. Colebatch
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Co-winner of the 2014 Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian History.
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Helen Simonson
“You are a wise man, Major, and I will consider your advice with great care--and humility." He finished his tea and rose from the table to go to his room. "But I must ask you, do you really understand what it means to be in love with an unsuitable woman?"

"My dear boy," said the Major. "Is there really any other kind?”
Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Edgar Allan Poe
“It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Helen Simonson
“It surprised him that his grief was sharper than in the past few days. He had forgotten that grief does not decline in a straight line or along a slow curve like a graph in a child's math book. Instead, it was almost as if his body contained a big pile of garden rubbish full both of heavy lumps of dirt and of sharp thorny brush that would stab him when he least expected it.”
Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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