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Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
3.62
it was amazing
I'm supposed to be finished with all things Franklin and working on the next book, but I couldn't resist. When people used to ask me what kind of hist ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.32
it was amazing
I finished this book weeks ago but the characters are still traveling with me.
not set
Apr 25, 2015
 
A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War
3.87
liked it
This was a fascinating book, but I can't say I fell in love with Clara. She seemed a bit less self-serving than I'd imagined and a little more out for ...more
Aug 11, 2015
Aug 05, 2015
 
The Signature of All Things
3.82
really liked it
This book is the perfect example of why I write longer and longer historical notes at the end of my historical fiction -- I want to know if this woman ...more
Nov 2013
Oct 23, 2013
 
Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2)
3.31
"I was a first time writer, so I did as I was told," Lee said of her editor's advice to shelve this book and try it from a child's point of view. Did ...more
not set
Jul 25, 2015
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
4.38
really liked it
Somehow all my aches and pains went away as I read this book. Or else I was too embarrassed to complain about them . . .
not set
Nov 01, 2014
 
Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe
3.86
it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time -- lyrical, startling, satisfying, but not in the usual way. It's hard to imagine that Dawn Tri ...more
Apr 04, 2016
Apr 02, 2016
 
Life After Life
3.75
really liked it
Fascinating. A what if book about those roads not taken, or maybe better said, the mistakes not made . . .
Aug 06, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
 
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
4.17
liked it
So much I never knew.
Nov 24, 2015
Oct 06, 2015
 
News of the World
4.10
it was amazing
Pitch perfect.
Oct 19, 2016
Oct 13, 2016
 
The Boston Girl
3.80
liked it
A rare second person narrative - I wonder if that's why I felt a little distanced from this tale, since it wasn't being told to me. But a great view o ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2015
 
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
3.87
really liked it
Louisa May Alcott! Who knew!
Jul 12, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
 
The Elephant Whisperer
4.45
really liked it
Everything I never thought I wanted to know about elephants (and many other African animals), only to discover I did.
not set
Nov 01, 2014
 
The Chaperone
3.85
really liked it
One of those books that launched me on a reresearch diversion -- fascinating.
Nov 14, 2017
Nov 10, 2017
 
Gone Girl
4.04
really liked it
I don't usually read thrillers -- I have enough trouble sleeping! And yes, this one cost me a few too many hours. Although I saw the end coming and wa ...more
Oct 06, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.90
liked it
It took me awhile to get into this book, but I'm absolutely loving the second in the series, which made me rethink my thoughts on this first, as these ...more
Dec 07, 2015
Oct 21, 2012
 
The Nashville Chronicles: The Making of Robert Altman's Masterpiece
4.10
really liked it
I became hooked on Altman once I realized he directed conversations the way I believe people actually talk -- by interruption. But how he ever got thi ...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
 
Emma
3.99
it was amazing
Every so often I have to read this author again. Her wit is so delicious, her characters so beautifully flawed, the puzzle pieces so skilfully interlo ...more
Feb 14, 2018
Mar 16, 2016
Mar 09, 2010
 
West with the Night
4.18
really liked it
This is a remarkable book, whether or not she wrote it. I'm glad someone documented this amazing life.
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 11, 2016
 
The Song of Achilles
4.29
really liked it
How fast we forget all we learned in school . . . It was nice to get reacquainted in such a seamless way.
not set
Jul 11, 2012
 
Benjamin Franklin's Bastard
3.78
it was amazing
Five stars, of course!
Sep 22, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
 
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
3.90
really liked it
He never misses.
not set
Sep 05, 2011
 
Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave
3.75
really liked it
Fascinating.
not set
Sep 28, 2015
 
Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
3.69
it was amazing
I discovered this book long after my own, MONTICELLO: A DAUGHTER AND HER FATHER, went off to the publisher and only just got around to reading it. We ...more
not set
Feb 14, 2017
 
Crossing the Water: Eighteen Months on an Island Working With Troubled Boys -- A Teacher's Memoir
3.75
really liked it
This book offers a simple solution that is extremely complex. I'm only glad that Daniel Robb did the work, wrote the book, and saw the simplicity and ...more
Jun 2015
Jun 01, 2015
 
The Paying Guests
3.40
liked it
Love, hate; courage, cowardice; right, wrong; it's all in here wrapped up in a well-told tale that I found difficult to put down in order to do things ...more
Jun 14, 2015
Jun 14, 2015
 
Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth
3.88
it was amazing
I adored this book. I thought I'd read enough of Teddy Roosevelt and FDR and Eleanor to find no big surprises here, but there was new information, and ...more
May 06, 2015
Apr 28, 2015
 
Commonwealth
3.82
really liked it
Ann Patchett is one of my favorite authors.
Sep 29, 2016
Sep 19, 2016
 
The Last Pilot
3.64
liked it
I'm still a little obsessed with the astronauts. If you are too, you'll like this book too.
Aug 28, 2015
Aug 11, 2015
 
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
4.11
really liked it
Louisa May Alcott lead me here. I knew little of anything of these sisters, and now I know a lot more about the Unitarians and Transcendentalists too. ...more
Aug 05, 2015
Jul 12, 2015
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