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Laura rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
by Anna Quindlen
read in December, 2014
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I always enjoy Anna Quindlen's writing, but Still Life with Bread Crumbs had a sort of "chick lit for older ladies" feel to it that disappointed me. The plot was predictable and the characters not too complicated, the good guys and the bad guys easy ...more
Laura rated a book 2 of 5 stars
A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe
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I read an ARC of this book from Bookbrowse.

Amy Scheibe's tale of racial and ethnic discrimination in the upper Midwest of the 1950s is a great read for the last 100 pages - but the first 267 are a slog, poorly paced with wooden characters and little
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Laura rated a book 3 of 5 stars
HHhH by Laurent Binet
HHhH
by Laurent Binet
read in December, 2014
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This unusual book calls for decimal points in scoring. It's really two stories in one. At one level it's an author writing about how he researched and wrorte a book - what he thought about as he wrote, how he researched various issues, why he include ...more
Laura rated a book 4 of 5 stars
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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Doerr constructs two converging stories in alternating chapters. One line involves a young, blind French girl, Marie Laure, who escapes the Nazi takeover of Paris by going with her father to the Brittany coast (Saint-Malo)where they live with the fat ...more
Laura rated a book 3 of 5 stars
China Dolls by Lisa See
China Dolls
by Lisa See (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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I'll call this a 3.5. THe storyline follows three Asian women who meet in 1938 when they all audition to be part of the cast at a Chinese nightclub in San Francisco. They develop a relationship - they call it a friendship but there are times when it ...more
Laura rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins
Supreme Justice
by Max Allan Collins (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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Max Allan Collins' political/detective story revolves around the murders of two conservative Supreme Court justices sometime in the near-future (We are on our second African-American president, and Roe v. Wade has recently been overturned thanks to t ...more
Laura rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Stand Facing the Stove by Anne Mendelson
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This biography of the authors of The Joy of Cooking ( and really, of the cookbook itself)Has much to recommend it, but it is SO LONG and detailed that it really requires some trudging to get through it all. There's a lot of interesting material here ...more
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Laura rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
Glitter and Glue
by Kelly Corrigan (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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Kelly Corrigan's memoir explores the premise that we women all channel our mothers to some extent. She escpaes a somewhat fraught relationship with her own non-fun mother by heading off on a post-college exploration ( Mom says she needs to get a job ...more
Laura rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Target by David Baldacci
The Target (Will Robie, #3)
by David Baldacci (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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I usually like Baldacci - but he needed an editor speaking truth to power on this one. Too many plot lines(the whole Earl Fontaine story was just sort of dropped in and added nothing - it was like he'd written a short story that he wanted to publish ...more
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