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Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
3.83
it was ok
What a waste of a perfectly fantastic topic! It was too, too 21st. century with the detailed sexual events, overly angst-ridden uncertainties, and the ...more
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Mar 19, 2012
 
Cartwheel
3.24
it was ok
I received this book from Random House as an ARC.
I do recognize the brilliance and skill of the author as being worth five stars, but I cannot applau
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Sep 03, 2013
 
Seventeenth Summer
3.10
it was amazing
Whenver there is a fallish type of day in August, as today is, I am reminded of this book that I first experienced when I was entering eighth grade; i ...more
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Aug 12, 2011
 
The Sandcastle
3.76
liked it
This is really more worthy of a 3 1/2 star rating, in my opinion.
In the very simple lives of ordinary people, with mundane English village lifestyles
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Jul 11, 2009
 
The Underground Railroad
4.03
really liked it
Oh, my. What did I just read. I finished the book not even ten minutes ago, and I am flooded with thoughts and emotions. First of all, I grew up on th ...more
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May 09, 2017
 
Summer in a Garden: Calvin, a Study of Character
3.71
really liked it
This is written in two sections: one was a study of the author's garden broken down into weekly development in 1870, and the other was a tribute in me ...more
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Jul 01, 2016
 
A Spacious Vision
5.00
it was amazing
I have had this book for a long time and went back to it after another re-reading Hardy's Return of the Native. Of course, with any reading of Hardy y ...more
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Jan 15, 2016
 
Wessex Tales
3.89
it was amazing
Sometimes I tire of reading a short story anthology because you get into a story, and then it ends, and then you have to meet a new set of characters, ...more
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Nov 01, 2010
 
The Nightingale
4.54
liked it
I think the writer has great skills, but I felt this was too contrived, especially in the beginning chapters. I do love reading topics like this and i ...more
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Apr 03, 2017
 
Truth Like the Sun
3.34
it was ok
I received this advance copy free through Goodreads, and I plodded through it, but it might be the fault of my reading style rather than the author's ...more
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Nov 22, 2012
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.39
it was amazing
It was amazing. I grew to admire the author so much for the skill she used to write this, considering that she had been very ill during the research a ...more
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Apr 27, 2015
 
Thornfield Hall
2.20
it was ok
I am at a loss to really explain the value of this book. First of all, the author has imagined a plot which could have been a different story complete ...more
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Dec 26, 2011
 
Leafy Rivers
3.57
really liked it
This is my third book I read by Jessamyn West. This was published in the late 1960's, so it delicately covers the crises in a marriage where the husba ...more
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Jul 26, 2013
 
So Big
4.00
liked it
I had read this decades ago and decided to re-read it as a companion for another book our book club will be reading in the months ahead.
Ferber's stre
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Jan 31, 2017
 
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
3.70
really liked it
It is amazing what an author's tone can do to influence the reader, especially when the book is a researched biography. Both Bly and Bisland were trav ...more
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Jun 25, 2013
 
Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery (Images of America: Kentucky)
3.50
liked it
All of these Arcadia Publishing books are a quick, nostalgic read for readers connected to a similar geographical or cultural background.
For me, thes
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Mar 17, 2014
 
And the Mountains Echoed
4.03
it was amazing
When I read Husseini the first time, I looked forward to his second book. Now this is his third, and I am enamoured, again, of his skill. This is a di ...more
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Mar 12, 2015
 
The Little Paris Bookshop
3.50
liked it
I forgot that I had this book, and just came upon it. I love all things French, but that doesn't make me say that this book was fantastic. It had a bi ...more
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Jul 20, 2016
 
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice
4.37
it was amazing
This is unbelievably great!!! I am not really a political or business reader since I usually examine things as art, but this is an exception for me. T ...more
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Aug 14, 2016
 
F*ck You, I'm Irish: Why We Irish Are Awesome
3.98
really liked it
Please forgive me, but that is the title with a shamrock in place of the asterick as pictured above.
As a third generation Irish person, I was taught
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Jul 29, 2017
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The Life of Irene Nemirovsky: 1903-1942
3.55
really liked it
In recent months I have been reading a lot of the books that I had put on my "to read" shelf and I finally got to this one.
Although its title says th
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Aug 17, 2015
 
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew
3.89
it was amazing
I just love reading Peter Mayle. His humorous enactments of his culinary experiences around France were so much fun to read. I have been reading his b ...more
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Oct 25, 2015
 
Blossoming In Provence
3.83
liked it
OK, so I love this topic, but that did not help me to give it more than three stars.
Espinasse, an American ex-patriot, married to a Frenchman and mot
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Dec 13, 2015
 
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
3.95
it was amazing
Oh, my goodness, what could have been a long, arduous, boring tome about linguistics, turned out to be a fantastic study to help the reader learn and ...more
Sep 06, 2016
Sep 06, 2016
 
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
3.68
liked it
I enjoy reading any memoir like this so I can "walk" along with the author as she lives her ex-pat life in the city, but I think she was a bit too thi ...more
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Jan 25, 2016
 
Wake
3.82
it was amazing
This is a maserfully written tale of a few days after World War I when England was preparing to memorialize the burial of its Unknown Soldier at Westm ...more
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Jan 30, 2014
 
How the Irish Saved Civilization
3.81
really liked it
This is only a few hundred pages, but it is very hard to read -- like studying. I have a minor in philosophy (Aristotle rather than modern "feel good" ...more
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Oct 24, 2016
 
Irish Cincinnati (Images of America: Ohio)
3.00
liked it
I have fun reading all these kinds of books about places where I have lived, but this one has my roots. I was taught well by my parents about their ba ...more
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Jun 18, 2017
 
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times
3.92
it was amazing
Oh my. The author is a university professor, and this very scholarly tome manifests his learning and skills. This is so hard to read, with a display o ...more
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Oct 02, 2017
 
Circling the Sun
3.92
liked it
Beryl Markham, the subject of this attempt at a biography or fiction (I feel it cannot be both), had a five star life, but this book is three stars. I ...more
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Mar 14, 2016
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