Jean Wilson Murray

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Surviving both the Andes Mountains and the Amazon River isn’t an easy task even in modern times. Isabel Godin des Odonais did it in 1769. She began her journey with all her worldly possessions and 39 other people; she ended up finishing it alone, with nothing. This is quite a story. It began with a […]
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Life in the Treetops by Margaret Lowman
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Margaret Lowman climbs trees for a living. She has been studying the canopy (the highest level of trees) for her working career as a biologist. Life in the Treetops is her first book that recounts her work up to 1999.

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The Discovery of Jeanne Baret by Glynis Ridley
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The title of this book has a double meaning and Jeanne Baret has an intriguing story. The "discovery" could refer to her discovery of the bougainvillea plant (among many others) or it could mean the "discovery" that she was a woman hiding her identit ...more
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Chrysalis by Kim Todd
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Maria Sibylla Merian broke out of the mold of 17th-century women's "place" and she may have been the first ecologist. She studied plants and insects and their interactions and she combined art and science by her innovative illustrations. She was the ...more
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The Complete Writings of Emily Carr by Emily Carr
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To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
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Have you ever fallen in love with a book the minute you started reading it? I fell in love with this one that way. I was pulled in by the story - An expedition through Alaska in 1885 by an Army Colonel and two soldiers, to track the Wolverine River. ...more
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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
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A modern-day retelling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew by Anne Tyler. Sounds like a win-win. Except that the play was never my favorite. It was too contrived for my taste - you could tell what was coming from the beginning. "Bad girl gets taken ...more
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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley (Goodreads Author)
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Want a great book for reading on a plane or the beach this summer? Beware - you won't want to stop reading.
The story starts with a plane crash. A small plane takes off from Martha's Vineyard to New York. At 18 minutes into the flight, it crashes. Th
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The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
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A wonderful coming-of-age book. The Lombards are a family (actually two families) who jointly own an apple business in Wisconsin. The story is told through the eyes of Frankie (Mary Frances), the daughter of Jim and Nellie Lombard. She grows up lovin ...more
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Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
Underground Airlines
by Ben H. Winters (Goodreads Author)
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After reading - and very much enjoying - Ben Winters' "Last Policeman" trilogy, I couldn't wait to read Underground Airlines. Winters has not lost his touch. This book was exciting from beginning to end.

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“The longest way must have its close - the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.”
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“Stories never really end...even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.”
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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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Ezra Pound
“The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet black bough.”
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