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Kathleen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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If there are any parents out there wondering if this is suitable for their kids, they should know that it’s a very sexually explicit book. It is not explicit in a provocative, titillating way, however. It is simply an honest book, written from the po ...more
Kathleen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
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Gene, the narrator of A Separate Peace, is a mere mortal, while his best friend and roommate, Phineas, is something more. Where Gene is ambitious, Finny is enthusiastic. Where Gene is competitive, Finny is a fun-loving. Where Gene is jealous, Finny i ...more
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Des inconnues by Patrick Modiano
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I haven’t read any Modiano for years, not since reading everything he had written up until about 1982. Des Inconnues was written in 1999, so represents a somewhat later period of his writing for me, if not its actual current state.

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Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon
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The issue here is illegal adoption, or more specifically, Italian laws governing adoption. Commissario Brunetti finds himself in the uncomfortable position of representing the law, when he himself is unsure that the law has the moral high ground with ...more
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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
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Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby
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I first read this book 20 years ago, and I knew I would want to read it again. Having just done so, I can say that it was every bit as good the second time around as it was the first.

Newby was a young POW in Italy during WWII. He was able to escape i
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Watermark by Joseph Brodsky
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Poet Joseph Brodsky’s affinity for Venice is not surprising given his origins in St. Petersburg—though he himself denies that this has anything to do with it. He traces his fascination back to a book written by an obscure French author, lent to him b ...more
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A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon
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I see now that there is a pattern to Donna Leon’s series of mysteries set in Venice. Each one centers on a particular problem confronting Italy today; sometimes social, sometimes political, sometimes environmental. In the case of A Noble Radiance it ...more
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Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon
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I wasn’t aware the U.S. had any military bases in Italy until I read this book. How odd. And apparently the life that goes on there is almost hermetically sealed off from that of the country in which it’s located. Even odder. Imagine a middleclass su ...more
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Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon
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Commissario Brunetti is not a religious man, so he is willing to entertain the idea that dying residents of a Venetian nursing home may be under undue pressure to will large sums of money to the religious order that is providing their care. It begins ...more
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Allen Saunders
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
Allen Saunders

Franz Kafka
“Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.”
Franz Kafka

Henry Ward Beecher
“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
Henry Ward Beecher

Leo Tolstoy
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
Leo Tolstoy

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