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Beth rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
read in January, 2015
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Utterly captivating! This novel is a ghost-story story, where an orphan can be haunted by Jane Eyre, and a governess can be haunted by The Turn of the Screw.

An old, dying writer tries to tell her life's tale to a young biographer, but the tale is ens
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Beth rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Each of the two stories in this beautiful novel provides depth and resonance for the other. What struck me most vividly was the theme of how children develop their sense of identity within the context of family life, and how fragile that identity can ...more
Beth rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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McLain tries to conjure up the heady days of Hadley Hemingway's life with Ernest. When she allows her imagination free rein, she succeeds in writing some fine, insightful prose. Too much of the time, however, she merely chronicles events, and none of ...more
Beth and 41 other people liked Hadrian's review of Charlie Hebdo:
Charlie Hebdo by Charlie Hebdo
"There have already been multiple passionate statements about the value of Free Speech on here. I'd just first like to say that I agree completely. Charlie Hebdo had the right to be as vulgar or disgusting or blasphemous as they liked, and nothing..." Read more of this review »
Beth and 1 other person liked Michèle's review of The Wind's Twelve Quarters:
The Wind's Twelve Quarters by Ursula K. Le Guin
"I finished this book like you leave a welcoming country, hoping to get back some day. "
Beth rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Wind's Twelve Quarters by Ursula K. Le Guin
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This is a collection of stories from different times in LeGuin's career. Some of them exquisite; all of them are thought-provoking and well worth reading.

The author has written an introduction for each of the stories, in a wry, offhand style that all
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Beth rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
The Wings of the Dove
by Henry James
read in January, 2015
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There is a worthwhile story hidden somewhere in this novel, but it is obscured by the words. And I'm not just referring to James's convoluted sentence structure, although that certainly is denser and more opaque than in his earlier works. Even more d ...more
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“Oh, but my treasure, it is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things.”
M. L. Stedman - The Light Between Oceans

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“My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression.”
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Douglas Adams
“The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.”
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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“What is hard is to keep alive on a world you don't belong to.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Planet of Exile

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