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Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt
liked it
This book took me months to wade through, while I put it down to read another, went back to it, put it down again to read another, etc. Often it would ...more
Jul 19, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
Doctor Copernicus  (Revolutions Trilogy, #1)
it was ok
This book was a dismal view of life in the Renaissance and Copernicus's personal life. It is fictional, of course, developed from the few known detail ...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens
it was ok
A chronicle of Sofka's first year in her husband's native Athens after moving her family. There's no story to the book, really, but what makes it inte ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
Abide with Me
liked it
It took me a while to get into this book, and once I was into it, there wasn't that much more left. It's not very long; an easy 287-288 pages. What I ...more
Nov 24, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
Hannah Coulter
liked it
This was the first of Berry's Port Williams books for me and I enjoyed it. I think it will appeal to people who also like The Number 1 Ladies Detectiv ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
liked it
An interesting premise; a Harvard doctoral student in colonial American history agrees to spend a summer in her dead grandmother's hidden (by trees an ...more
Nov 15, 2009
Dec 12, 2009
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
liked it
An account of a real whaling ship that was rammed by a sperm whale back in the 1830s. This event inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. While many thin ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
The Catcher in the Rye
really liked it
I was probably 48 years old before I read this book. Somehow I made it through high school and college without doing it then. I really enjoyed it; the ...more
Feb 2007
Jan 03, 2009
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
it was ok
Evidently Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was written as a satire not of Austen, but of the current Austen mania exemplified by the overly serious Ang ...more
Aug 07, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
A Lucky American Childhood
it was ok
A memoir by Paul Engle, who directed the Iowa Writers Workshop for decades and also founded the Iowa International Writers Workshop. This book tells o ...more
Jul 08, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
liked it
This book gave me an increased understanding (starting from pretty much none, I must admit) of not only what an autistic adolescent must go through in ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 24, 2009
Loving Frank
it was ok
I didn't like it a whole lot, but that was partly not being able to accept as plausible a writer's assertions about things she knows nothing about (an ...more
Mar 19, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)
really liked it
Recommended to me more than 30 years ago, this modern classic was far more compelling than I'd anticipated and I admit I should have read it back then ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 12, 2010
Little Bee
really liked it
Wow. This book was heartrending, and made me feel like I never have the right to complain again. And it's beautifully written, in spite of the sad mat ...more
Apr 19, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
The Whistling Season
it was ok
Told from the POV of a 12-year-old boy living in homestead-era Montana, it's the story of a widower with three sons hiring a housekeeper from a newsp ...more
Mar 17, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
it was ok
A humorous, ironic and at times, very illuminating tale of a spinster girls' school teacher in Edinburgh whose efforts to influence her students in or ...more
Nov 17, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
The Glass Castle
really liked it
Wow. This memoir floored me. It's hard to believe two people so totally unfit to have children would have four and then have three turn out so well. I ...more
Dec 02, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
liked it
Another popular history book by Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City. This one chronicles and interweaves Marconi's invention of wireles ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Mar 14, 2009
America America
liked it
This book was very nicely written, though it took almost 200 pages for me to be hooked on it. He gives a lot of background on the main characters and ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Sep 30, 2008
At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, #1)
liked it
I feel, right at first, I should say that I do recommend this book, unless you want a real exciting read. It won't make it on the Oprah list, in my op ...more
Feb 18, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Minerva Reef
really liked it
I read this book since Vai Sikahema, the former BYU and NFL player-turned-sportscaster in Philadelphia recommended it. It's the true story of how his ...more
Nov 22, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1)
did not like it
This was a NYT bestseller? It was probably pretty groundbreaking when it was published, and spawned a lot of crime/science genre TV shows. In fact, th ...more
Sep 17, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
Water for Elephants
liked it
This book did for me, regarding the elderly, what The Memory Keeper's Daughter did regarding people with Down's Syndrome. I guess I am someone who nee ...more
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
it was ok
This book is what the title says it is. A lot of it sounded familiar to me, from things my mom and husband's mom had told me about living during the d ...more
Nov 11, 2008
Nov 13, 2008
The Northern Clemency
liked it
This is a change from my original review. After finishing the book, I didn't like it, but after thinking about it for a couple of days, I've changed m ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe, #1)
really liked it
This book was my introduction to the mystery genre, which I really haven't read since I was a kid reading Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. This is the f ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
it was ok
This book was forgettable enough that I had to get a good way into it before remembering what it was about even though I'd already read it once. It's ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Cutting for Stone
liked it
Wow. really educational about life in Ethiopia following WW II, after the Italian occupation, detailing many aspects of the sad state of the poverty-s ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Mar 26, 2010
One of Ours
liked it
I'm told Willa Cather was kind of a ground-breaker in representing people's every-day lives on the mid-west prairies. This classic is one of those boo ...more
Mar 15, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Digging to America
it was ok
The book is about how two families in Baltimore, who happen to adopt Korean baby girls at the same time, intermingle and affect each other through the ...more
not set
Aug 19, 2008
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