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Reading and writing historical fiction is my passion, though I'm also drawn to memoirs, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, literary classics -- anything with a compelling story. I only review books I enjoyed reading, hence the abundance of 4- and 5-star ratings!

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Book Recommendation: Travels with Charley in Search of America

Steinbeck’s ability to create a sense of place and tell an entertaining story has always impressed me. This nonfiction account of his cross-country road trip in 1960 did not disappoint in that respect. It also gave me a new perspective of Steinbeck as a man and of the era during which he lived. 

He was 58 when he and his dog, Charley, set out in a modern, fully-stocked camper truck for a months

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Average rating: 4.22 · 1,467 ratings · 261 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
All Different Kinds of Free

4.19 avg rating — 1,372 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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Peculiar Savage Beauty

4.53 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 2018 — 5 editions
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Words: Essays on Writing, R...

4.71 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2020 — 4 editions
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Dirt Music by Tim Winton
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The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
"I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I've always loved dictionaries so reading about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary sounded like such a fascinating backdrop for a novel.

This story is about the contribution of women to the project in a time" Read more of this review »
Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
"Fascinating account and insider view of George and Martha Washington, slavery, and Ona Judge, a Black enslaved woman who escaped from a powerful and famous family. The book is fascinating historical nonfiction, but I read it with the speed of a novel" Read more of this review »
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Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
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Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates
"This is my first Joyce Carol Oates book, so I don’t really have any frame of reference for comparison to other works. What I will say is that parts of this book were brilliant: the portrayal of the woman who, through domestic duties and child rearing" Read more of this review »
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Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
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The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero
" Madeline wrote: "In that vein of a good book to read with teens about WWII, I recently read We Are Not Free and completely loved it." Thanks, Madeline ...more "
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I'd classify this as historical fantasy fiction, which is not my typical reading but I was drawn in by the concept. For young readers, this introduces a horrific event in world history --the Holocaust -- in a somewhat gentle way. The story is filled ...more
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The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane
The Lost Words
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I purchased this book a few months ago and it is gorgeous. Words, artwork, concept, all of it. It is also BIG, which I didn't notice when I bought it online (about 11" x 15"). A fun read and a lovely focal piece on my bookshelf, facing out. ...more
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“A book is like the best friend you can imagine. Once you read a book, it stays with you forever.”
Jessica McCann, All Different Kinds of Free

“I had no vote in the making of such a law, and I have no intention of abiding by it, either.”
Jessica McCann, All Different Kinds of Free

“But our tiny home is so much more than its four ramshackle walls and lopsided roof would have you believe. Inside, it’s big, full of love. It’s a hospital where my babies can be born. It’s a schoolhouse where my children can learn. It’s a mansion where my husband and I can enjoy the riches of our life together.”
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