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Jean rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Gift of Rain by Twan Eng Tan
The Gift of Rain
by Twan Eng Tan
read in September, 2014
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What a lovely, lyical novel this is. It's the story of Philip Huttan, half-Chinese and half-British, and his life on the lsland of Penang, off the coast of Malaya. The novel starts a little slowly, as Philip talks to a visitor, Michiko, about their s...more
Jean rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
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Louise Penny has constructed an unusual mystery, the 10th in her Inspector Gamache series set in the area around Quebec, Canada. The Inspector has retired to the little village of Three Pines, among his friends. The mystery in this case isn't a dead...more
Jean rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen
Evergreen
by Rebecca Rasmussen (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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This novel could have been titled “Life in the Minnesota Woods.” It’s about a woman who goes to the woods to live with her new husband, in 1938. He takes off for Germany because his father is ill. Noting the date, you can imagine that it takes him a...more
Jean rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
The Care and Management of Lies
by Jacqueline Winspear (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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I have been studying the history of World War I so I hoped this book would provide some additional insights into what went on during the war. Well, I was only mildly pleased.

First, I didn’t get the title. Were all the main characters supposed to be...more
Jean rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Beautiful American by Jeanne MacKin
The Beautiful American
by Jeanne MacKin
read in August, 2014
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The Beautiful American is the story of a real person in a fictional novel. The Beautiful American is Lee Miller, an American surrealist photographer who lived in Paris before World War II, then the U.S., then England. The story is told from the point...more
Jean rated a book 5 of 5 stars
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
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Ben Macintyre writes history that reads like spy novels. A Spy Among Friends is another winner in his string. I enjoyed reading the book, but I warn you it's deeply troubling to read about this man Kim Philby.

Much has been written about Kim Philby,...more
Jean rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Finding Me by Michelle Knight
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A sad and terrifying story of the first captive of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kept 3 women captive for over 11 years. This is an "as told to" story. It is light reading on one hand - only 243 pages, with most of them being her life before he...more
Jean rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
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A good book that tells the story of the Americans (both women and men, white and black) who went to work at Oak Ridge during World War II, to develop the material for the atomic bombs that ended the war. The most interesting part of the book was the...more
Jean rated a book 5 of 5 stars
My Family and Other Hazards by June Melby
My Family and Other Hazards: A Memoir
by June Melby (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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A trip back in time, for those of us who remember the good old days of summer. June Melby is a bit younger than we were, but she writes an engaging, funny, bittersweet story of her family's summer business - a Tom Thumb miniature golf business in upp...more
Jean rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols
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Humans love water and water is good for us. That's about it. Lots of personal stories of people in water, fishing in water, boating in water, etc. And lots of statistics. Pretty basic.

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** People love living by water. Lots of statistics a...more
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