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Tripping the Prom Queen by Susan Shapiro Barash
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Einstein by Walter Isaacson
Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2016
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I enjoyed the first part of this book and the insight it provided on his creative mindset and early family life. I got completely bogged down in the middle pages in the technical description of his work and relativity. I just had to quit. Would possi ...more
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In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
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The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Round House
by Louise Erdrich
read in January, 2014
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Engrossing, captivating tale that is a great glimpse into native American life in modern US. I thought the characters were beautiful depicted and drew the reader into their world, which one did not always want to share.
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Snobs by Julian Fellowes
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Citizens of London by Lynne Olson
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I really loved Citizens of London! I learned much about the relations of the US and Britain at the outset of World War II and gained a lot of perspective on the different points of view held by the British and US on when we should have become partici ...more
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The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart
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I expected to enjoy this book- and I did!- but there was one thing about it that put me off a little. The sadness of the loss of their son and the resulting distance between Balthazar and his wife seemed an odd background for the whimsy and near sill ...more
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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
Nightwoods
by Charles Frazier
read in February, 2013
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Terrific characters, absorbing story-line, human strength in hardship and deep personal disappointment, harsh events that cannot destroy love of living-- these are the threads of Nightwoods.
The setting was one I know-- deep woods in the mountains of
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Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Girls #2)
by Lisa See (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2012
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On a political level, I learned a lot-- about the circumstances and pressures operating in Communist China, about the deprivations of the people, their losses and their struggles... On a personal level, it was an intimate insight into the lives of Pe ...more
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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The Buddha in the Attic
by Julie Otsuka
read in November, 2012
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Not my favorite---sad, grim, detached, non-edifying. Will grant that I read it at a busy, distracted time and might have enjoyed more at another time.
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