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The Painter by Peter Heller
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There is some very nice writing here about nature and art, but this novel left me cold (I'm thinking now I should have given it one star) because of an unlikable main character and a preposterous story line. We are to believe that this talented artis ...more
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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
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The imagery and slow pace of the story provide a wonderful sense of the pastoral locale of this novel and it is very compelling and quite moving in its first 100 and last 50 pages. But the intervening 300 pages are just way to slow. The characters ru ...more
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Suspicion by Joseph Finder
Suspicion
by Joseph Finder (Goodreads Author)
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Well-structured taut suspenseful story about an innocent man's inadvertent involvement with a murderous Mexican drug cartel. Excellent thriller.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Enjoyable novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose lives cross during the German occupation of France in WW II. It suffers however from a predictable ending and a poorly handled and therefore insufficiently suspenseful climactic confron ...more
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My Promised Land by Ari Shavit
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Fascinating look at the history of Zionism and the state of Israel by a prominent Israeli writer and commentator. It is a tale made more powerful by the author's decision to emphasize the experiences of individuals both Israeli and arab. Shavit pulls ...more
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A Delicate Truth by John le Carré
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Certainly not on a par with his great spy thrillers of he 70's, but le Carre has written a moderately suspenseful tight story about the coverup of a clandestine antiterrorist operation that goes very wrong. As in many of his books, opaque dialogue an ...more
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TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
TransAtlantic
by Colum McCann (Goodreads Author)
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As a followup to the more successful (National Book Award Winner) Let the Great World Spin, this novel uses the same technique of multiple story lines that deal with the overt theme of crossings between Ireland and the US. But whereas the stories int ...more
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In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
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A heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful story of survival during the Cambodian Holocaust under the reign of the Khmer Rouge based on the experiences of the author as a young girl. Beautifully written.
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White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse
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The President's Club by Nancy Gibbs
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A very interesting look at presidential and American history as seen throughout the interactions between presidents and ex-presidents since WWII. As expected some parts are more compelling than others. The gossipy details of the personal and politica ...more
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