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Robin rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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This is a "Scholastic" book, meaning it's for young readers. Since I read it in Spanish, it was the perfect level for me. Yet, unlike some books for young readers, I didn't get bored.

It's about a rich, landowning family that has to leave Mexico to st
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Robin rated a book 4 of 5 stars
El héroe discreto by Mario Vargas Llosa
El héroe discreto
by Mario Vargas Llosa
read in November, 2014
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This book was good, but not great. I read it because Mario Vargas Llosa is a Nobel Prize winner. Perhaps I'll try some of his other books.

With my level of Spanish, it was easy enough to understand.

It's about a number of good people, and a number of
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Robin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The True Adventures of John Steinbeck Writer by Jackson J. Benson
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. I wanted to learn more about Steinbeck, as he's been one of my favorite authors for 45 years.

The story was fascinating. I enjoyed learning about his early life, his family, his 3 marriages, his philosophi
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Robin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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I loved this book. It is written in a style that I enjoyed. It's about a man who lives alone on an island with a lighthouse. He marries and his wife moves to live in isolation with him. His wife proves unable to have children. When a rowboat washes u ...more
Robin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Cleave by Nikki Gemmell
Cleave
by Nikki Gemmell
read in August, 2014
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I liked this book because it has 2 things I like in a book: location in a foreign culture (Australia and Aborigines) and analyzing of people's personality problems (Snip's inability to trust people, her father's selfishness). It was a good, easy read ...more
Robin rated a book 1 of 5 stars
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Tortilla Flat
by John Steinbeck
read in September, 2014
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I got 1/4 into the book and it wasn't keeping my attention. The characters were ne'er-do-wells, who drank too much, that are so typical to Steinbeck (Cannery Row and East of Eden). I was bored and getting depressed by the story, so I quit.
Robin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Pearl/The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
The Pearl/The Red Pony
by John Steinbeck
read in September, 2014
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These 2 stories are the John Steinbeck I love. Some of his work is depressing and a little dull.

The Pearl is about a man who finds a pearl in Baja, California. As a result of his new-found wealth, he runs into thieves and other troubles, which end up
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Robin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The End of Cheap China by Shaun Rein
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VERY interesting book about China becoming an economic super power. The author seems to be one of the most knowledgeable people in the world about this, since his company, China Market Research Group, researches and advises international companies on ...more
Robin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
I Know This Much Is True
by Wally Lamb
read in August, 2014
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I loved this book. It is about the "healthy" twin's ability to deal with his retarded twin's mental problems as well as his own relationship to his parents and women.
Robin rated a book 5 of 5 stars
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck
read in August, 2014
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This may be my favorite John Steinbeck book. This was the third or fourth time I've read this book and it was just as good as the first time.
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