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The Beau and Bluestocking
3.82
really liked it
A stellar read. Written in 1975, ACL's ability to capture and cultivate characters that are compelling and charming was irrisistable - again. I reread ...more
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Jul 11, 2009
 
Spencerville
3.64
did not like it
One of my favorite authors. How this same DeMille could write Cathedral is a critics question. I felt I was reading a very bad romance with a tiny bit ...more
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Sep 22, 2010
 
The Surrendered
3.65
really liked it
This is my first Chang-Rae Lee reading and at first I thought it would definitely be a five. The book is so dark (which didn't bother me) and gave me ...more
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Apr 19, 2012
 
Morgan's Run
3.93
it was amazing
Just reread this and upped the star count. Colleen McCullough is a master of in depth researching for her historical novels. Reading the facts of the ...more
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Jul 07, 2009
 
The land breakers
4.28
it was amazing
This is probably my 4th reading since it was published in 1964 and, like a dear old friend it enriches me with each reading. The feel for the land and ...more
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Jul 07, 2009
 
Agnes Grey
3.66
really liked it
I loved this book - the insight that Anne Bronte had at 23 was incredible. Even more so considering that she was educated at home, had little to do wi ...more
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Nov 26, 2012
 
Cleopatra: A Life
3.62
really liked it
As with most straight histories, I found I needed to set it down and pick it up later, but Schiff has done an amazing job of uncovering centuries of f ...more
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Jan 30, 2011
 
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
4.27
liked it
This is really a 3.5 for me - I particularly loved personal history points of view from most of the participants of the first world war. I think I fou ...more
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Dec 20, 2011
 
Lummox
3.95
really liked it
A classic. This was written by a woman about women trying to survive in the early 1900's. Difficult to see the amount of work required to barely live ...more
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Oct 29, 2009
 
For My Great Folly
3.88
liked it
Amazing, the difference between use of language in a 1942 historical novel - compared to so many "supposed" historical novels of today. Lots of histor ...more
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Nov 04, 2010
 
Nora:  A Biography of Nora Joyce
4.00
I've heard so much about James Joyce's works, but have never read them. they sounded far too difficult to even try. This biography of his wife, Nora, ...more
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Nov 14, 2011
 
The Zookeeper's Wife
3.44
liked it
This would have easily rated four stars without the constant asides that Diane Ackerman delved into for page upon page. These asides had to do with he ...more
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Jan 27, 2011
 
The Fireflower
3.68
really liked it
Hate to give anything with a cover that looks like this a four, but sometimes reading trashy books is emotion over mind. Feeding emotion is sometimes ...more
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Jan 19, 2010
 
Parrot and Olivier in America
3.42
really liked it
What did I think? I thought, this book is far to erudite for me and there is no way that I can be drawn into a story based on the life of Toquerville. ...more
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Jan 19, 2011
 
Gone for Soldiers: A Novel of the Mexican War
4.12
really liked it
I knew little to nothing about the Mexican American war - actually the great land grab by the US. The soldiers within this historical novel were the s ...more
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Aug 06, 2012
 
Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, #15)
3.89
really liked it
Oh, that Elizabeth George. It's just that when one writes 700 page books they aren't published every year and I already want the next one. This myster ...more
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Mar 10, 2010
 
In My Wildest Dreams
4.20
really liked it
The sultry cover has little to do with the 400 pages of small print within. It's about the best wrapup of the last two years of the Napolianic wars th ...more
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Feb 11, 2010
 
The Homecoming (The Daughters of Mannerling, #6)
3.81
it was ok
I know this was better than a two, but have decided a trilogy of a family is enough. With over 30 in this series - the story seems to repeat itself, o ...more
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Sep 12, 2011
 
The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor
3.40
liked it

I tried to imagine myself as this little girl - then the captivating creature she became and realized there was no way to understand Elizabeth. Her in
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Sep 01, 2012
 
Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn
3.74
did not like it
As someone else said - too many words - too much putting every thought that passed through their minds - over and over and over......
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May 18, 2011
 
His Lordship's Swan
3.43
did not like it
Extremely boring. I'm going to have to go out for new books or find myself reviewing the telephone book.
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Nov 03, 2009
 
The Flowers of the Field
3.85
liked it
Enormous epic of WWI. I must admit I skipped most of the horribly graphic French disaster. My grandfather was gassed in that war and took three long a ...more
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Feb 11, 2011
 
Family Man
3.95
it was ok
Trash, but I read it.
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Oct 18, 2012
 
The Mercy Seller (Illuminator, #2)
3.90
really liked it
The continuation of the Lollards by Ms Vantrease. Following the illuminator into Prague (then part of Bohemia) and the granddaughter, through Europe, ...more
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Jul 21, 2012
 
Lincoln
4.18
really liked it
This would make a marvelous text book for an advanced history class, but so many things about Lincoln - I didn't realize that he was such an astute po ...more
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Dec 19, 2012
 
The Hearts of Horses
3.91
really liked it
A beautifully gently written novel of a young woman who broke horses in 1917. Based on facts, I learned that young women often used methods more like ...more
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May 15, 2012
 
The Master of all Desires
3.97
really liked it
A very strange historical novel, using Nostradamas as the vehicle to tie Mary, queen of Scots, the French Court and many of the predictions made by No ...more
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Jan 16, 2011
 
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
4.02
really liked it
A fast, but informative and interesting read. The last of the Civil War - and then the days leading up to Lncoln's assasination. Using journals and wr ...more
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Sep 21, 2012
 
Year of Wonders
4.00
really liked it
This book reminded me of one written by the Bronte sisters. Dark, dark dark. Of course the truth behind the story - losing 2/3 of a village to plauge ...more
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Aug 13, 2012
 
Mistress Of Nothing
3.57
really liked it
Excellent semi-biographical story of an aristocratic English woman who spends seven years in Egypt due to consumption. There she becomes fascinated wi ...more
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May 05, 2011
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