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Isabella d'Este and Francesco Gonzaga by Sarah D.P. Cockram
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After visiting Mantua, I wanted to know more about Isabella and Francesco. We were amazed by the size of their palace and the decor of many rooms. Someone needs to write an exciting historical novel about this 15th century couple. Perhaps someone kn ...more
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Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta by Elena Ferrante
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Book 3 in the Neapolitan novel series continues the story of Elena, a successful novelist, who lives in Florence where she is busy caring for her two children. She rarely sees her friend Lila nor her family in Naples. The turmoil of the 1970s makes ...more
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Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Faithful
by Alice Hoffman (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2017
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After a terrible car crash during their senior year, Shelby, the driver, survives while beautiful Helene is in a coma. The novel shows Shelby's suffering and withdrawal and her slow progress to a normal life. The author's portrayals of the various c ...more
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The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang
The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
by Kao Kalia Yang (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2017
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The poetic language of the book led me to read slowly. I heard the author read a little of it aloud, and the audience burst into applause after a moving passage. Her parents, Hmongs in Laos, escaped and spent years in a Thai camp before emigrating to ...more
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The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
The Women in the Castle
by Jessica Shattuck (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2017
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A story of women who survived WWII and lost their husbands in the resistance in Germany is fascinating. With flashbacks and finally a 50 year leap forward, their family stories emerge. It is an upsetting look at human relationships as well as the af ...more
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Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo
Everybody's Fool (Sully, #2)
by Richard Russo (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2017
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It was a pleasure to return to the characters of Bath, NY whom I met in Nobody's Fool. It is odd how much I enjoy this story when none of the people are ones I would want to know. Russo's writing is funny, wise and exciting.
Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
" This was a wonderful book and your review captured its delights. Hope he has a new book before long. "
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Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf
read in January, 2017
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Haruf's beautiful story telling is very appealing. The simplicity of language and the descriptions of the characters are wonderful. Two neighbors in their 70s who have lost spouses begin spending nights together to avoid loneliness and find they enj ...more
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The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Vegetarian
by Han Kang
read in January, 2017
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The winner of the ManBooker International Award is a short, upsetting novel about a Korean woman who becomes insane and refuses to eat. She is supported by her sister since the rest of the family, including their husbands, leaves her alone. It is wri ...more
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Nicotine by Nell Zink
Nicotine
by Nell Zink
read in January, 2017
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The vivid portraits of the characters kept me involved in an original story. Squatters occupy a house which they name "Nicotine" because smoking is allowed. When the owner dies, his daughter visits and is taken with the house and its unusual residen ...more
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