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Jean rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
by Christopher Scotton (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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A new book by a first-time author who was "discovered" by a big publishing house. I can see why - it's a great book. A combination of To Kill a Mockingbird, Stand By Me, and Deliverance, with a bit of Silent Spring thrown in.

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Jean rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
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Intriguing story, with lots of plot twists - a made-for-the-movies book. I listened on Audible, and I had trouble with the narrator, who sounded like a British guy trying to sound American.
The story is about a Pinkerton agent named Frederick Chase w
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Jean rated a book 3 of 5 stars
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
An Officer and a Spy
by Robert Harris
read in January, 2015
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A fictionalized account of the Dreyfus Affair, through the viewpoint of one of the participants. The true story is the charge of spying against Major Dreyfus, a Jewish member of the French Army (1890s France). He is sent to Devil's Island, but later, ...more
Jean rated a book 4 of 5 stars
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
by Alan Bradley (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Another fun Flavia de Luce mystery. I enjoyed the change of venue (a girl's school in Canada, where Flavia was "banished.") Of course, all the usual elements were present - the chemistry, a mystery with some twists, and strange characters. I missed F ...more
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Jean rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian
by Andy Weir (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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A made-for-the movies book. I see it's on the bestseller list, which shows the low level of taste of the American reading public. It's about a guy who gets stranded on Mars, while the rest of his mission gets off. A lot of it is full of technical stu ...more
Jean rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
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Lots of interesting stuff about how computers came to be, how the world wide web was created, and the difference between Apple and Microsoft. I've been around computers since the early 1980s, so lots of brought back memories (TRASH 80 by Radio Shack, ...more
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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
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I get philosophical this time of year, with my birthday (December) and the end of the year, and Atul Gawande's book "Being Mortal" was difficult to read but important to think about. The book seems to be divided into two sections - one about growing ...more
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Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead
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This is a true story of what happened in France during World War II. The Vichy government enabled the Germans to carry out their "Final Solution" to the Jewish problem, but many Jews were saved by the heroic actions of French people, including many i ...more
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Francis Bacon
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
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Bill Bryson
“It was the kind of pure, undiffused light that can only come from a really hot blue sky, the kind that makes even a concrete highway painful to behold and turns every distant reflective surface into a little glint of flame. Do you know how sometimes on very fine days the sun will shine with a particular intensity that makes the most mundane objects in the landscape glow with an unusual radiance, so that buildings and structures you normally pass without a glance suddenly become arresting, even beautiful? Well, they seem to have that light in Australia nearly all the time.”
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Harriet Beecher Stowe
“The longest way must have its close - the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin

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“The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet black bough.”
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