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Debbie rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
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Apparently you either love this book or hate it. I kind of loved it, maybe because I read it on vacation, with plenty of time to ponder the twisted plot threads and themes. There was a lot packed into it--from the history of the comic book industry t...more
Debbie rated a book 4 of 5 stars
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle
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Reading this book was like listening to a Steve Earle song--the use of understatement, quirky characters, the sense of spirituality and humanity. Interesting, thought provoking and entertaining.
Debbie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Playing with Matches by Carolyn Wall
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Carolyn Wall writes beautifully, and I was looking forward to this book after reading Sweeping up Glass. I was somewhat disappointed, finding both the story and the prose less compelling than her earlier novel.
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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain (Goodreads Author)
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"Actually, the title was my favorite part of this book, but I did enjoy it. It reminded me of my one-sided and imagined conversations with my own dog....more "
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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Sarah's Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2011
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Intriguing plot, interesting use of 2 stories, one in 1942 and another in the present day. Fascinating historical information about French complicity in World War II atrocities. Sarah's personal family tragedy was a little too much to take however. I...more
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Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
by Lisa See (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2011
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This book has an interesting historical setting and a well told story. It's the kind of book you will read quickly. It's always good to learn something about historical events, especially through the eyes of another culture. I especially liked the ea...more
Debbie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Mudbound
by Hillary Jordan (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2011
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Well written, intriguing story, but ultimately too depressing and bleak to really be a good experience.
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The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein
The Seamstress
by Sara Tuvel Bernstein
read in July, 2011
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I usually don't care for Holocaust stories, but I found this especially interesting for a number of reasons. It was a personal story, told from one woman's viewpoint. We saw the horrors of the holocaust through her eyes and her experiences, which mad...more
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How It Ended by Jay McInerney
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There's no denying that McInerney is a good storyteller, whose multi-faceted characters are believable and often interesting. And yet it would be nice to see him write about something other than New York in the 80's, men who cheat and do drugs, high...more
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