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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger
it was ok
Wow. Cool. Groovy. This is a very poorly written (noun, verb, predicate) expose by a guy who thinks he is too sophisticated for words. In reality he i ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945
it was ok
This is difficult. I love this topic and was quite prepared to love this book. The author was a White Russian whose aristocratic family escaped Stalin ...more
not set
Jul 02, 2013
A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII.
liked it
I love the subject and wish like heck we could do half stars here. The first half of the book was very well done, but in an effort to tell Vera's enti ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
Shooting Gallery (An Art Lover's Mystery, #2)
liked it
Again, really a 2.75, but I am still a sucker for anything to do with art or art history. Now I have narrowed down my issues with this series. When fa ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
Feint of Art (An Art Lover's Mystery, #1)
liked it
Well, it should really have been 2.5 stars for the rating. I am sucker for art-related mysteries so I was keen for a new series. However, there were a ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Land of Careful Shadows (Jimmy Vega Mystery, #1)
it was amazing
Pretty impressive first outing- mystery with a sensitive and deep understanding of Central American immigration issues and racism. Well handled all ar ...more
Jan 22, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
Undercover Girl
really liked it
Despite the corny title and sometimes (not always!) corny writing (it was written in another era), this is a fascinating story of the beginning of the ...more
not set
Oct 11, 2007
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary
really liked it
Devastating. This is a nasty story in many ways. Drunken soldiers, mass rape of women and children. Cruelty. Pettiness. The author several times quote ...more
Oct 10, 2015
Oct 06, 2015
China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation
it was ok
Not as riveting as Wild Swans, mostly because the interviews were so uneven. Some were fascinating and others, minimally interesting. Also, the author ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
it was ok
I really wanted to like this book; I like the author; I like the topic. I don't mind a little philosophy and history in the least, but Gopnik takes it ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
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