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The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
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David Martín is a writer of penny dreadfuls who is offered a huge sum of money to write a book for a French publisher. He can't find any evidence that ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Jun 18, 2009
Anna Karenina
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This is primarily the story of Anna Karenina's troubled affair with Alexey Vronsky. It's also the story of Konstantin Levin's search for love and trut ...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
In the Company of the Courtesan
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Bucino is a dwarf employed by one of the most favored courtesans of Rome, Fiammetta Bianchini. When Rome is sacked by Spaniards and Lutherans in 1527, ...more
Sep 10, 2008
Jun 08, 2008
Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art
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I have mostly been able to follow Christopher Moore into his craziness with success. He makes a joke and I laugh. It might be the weirdest thing ever ...more
Apr 16, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life
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I decided to read this because Thomas Wolfe was from my area and I only had to read one short story of his for an English class. I wanted to see what ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 06, 2007
World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2)
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Set a couple of hundred years after The Pillars of the Earth , World Without End picks up the story of the town of Kingsbridge. I don't want to say t ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Dec 07, 2008
The First Chronicles of Amber (Books 1-5)
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Review of Nine Princes in Amber

This is a tough book to summarize. Let’s just say that Mr. Corey wakes up with amnesia after a nasty car crash and sets
Sep 12, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
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Forget the big, green, shuffling, moaning monster with bolts in his neck that we've all come to associate with Frankenstein. He does not appear in the ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
Survival in Auschwitz
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Primo Levi was a young Jewish man living in Turin, Italy when he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. Due to a combination of luck and calculation, he ...more
May 03, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
The Pilot's Wife
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The Pilot's Wife in a nutshell: Jack Lyons, a commercial pilot, is flying a plane when it explodes. The book follows the grieving process of his widow ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 05, 2007
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
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I adore Neil Gaiman's work, so I jumped at the chance to review this new collection of his nonfiction. I've read bits and pieces of his graduation spe ...more
Aug 06, 2016
May 21, 2016
The History of Love
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Elderly Leo Gursky lost his great love when he was young and he has spent the rest of his life living with what-might-have-beens and watching her and ...more
Jan 22, 2011
Jun 18, 2009
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)
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Deirdre meets Luke at an audition one day. They play some amazing music together, and by the end of the day, Deirdre is more than a little infatuated. ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Dec 03, 2009
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
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There's a lot going on in this book. Basically, Toru Okada has just quit his job in Tokyo and all kinds of strange people enter and leave his life whi ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
The Ruins
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Two American couples, fresh out of college, decide to go to Cancún for a little R&R before starting grad school in the fall. They end up venturing ...more
Oct 23, 2009
Aug 19, 2008
Rose Madder
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Rose Daniels has suffered through fourteen years of an abusive marriage. She finally leaves with nothing but the clothes on her back on the day that s ...more
Oct 16, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
The Places in Between
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Rory Stewart walked through India, Pakistan and Nepal in 2002, a time that was very unstable given the events of 2001 and the subsequent war. He decid ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Jun 15, 2008
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History
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Lewis Buzbee has worked around books his entire life. He worked at the local bookstore through school, and then he worked as a publisher's rep, and I ...more
Mar 08, 2011
Nov 09, 2009
The Fireman
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I try hard to avoid any blurbs or early reviews of books that I'm really anticipating, but somehow things just seep into my consciousness and I'm not ...more
Apr 17, 2016
Apr 08, 2016
The Vision of Emma Blau
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Stefan Blau runs away from his home in Germany when he is a young man. He's always dreamed of living in America. He eventually finds himself in New Ha ...more
May 15, 2010
Dec 07, 2008
The Prisoner of Heaven
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Fermín Romero de Torres is finally getting married. He's got one problem though--he's living under an assumed name. He has absolutely no proof that he ...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
The Zookeeper's Wife
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Jan and Antonina Żabiński were the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo when Germany invaded Poland. Between the bombing, Nazi cruelty, and the Nazi desire to ke ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Jan 11, 2009
The Map of Love
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The Map of Love tells two stories. Primarily, it is about Anna Winterbourne, living in the early 1900s, and her fascination with Egypt. In the present ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Dec 07, 2008
Love in the Time of Cholera
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Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza fall in love when they're very young. Ultimately, Fermina chooses to marry Juvenal Urbino, a wealthy, well-respected ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Apr 30, 2008
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is the story of two girls from very different backgrounds in 1800s China and the deep friendship they share.

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Aug 02, 2009
May 28, 2009
The Last Wife of Henry VIII
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Catherine Parr's mother is a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife. Her life intersects with Henry's in various ways like th ...more
Jul 02, 2009
Dec 07, 2008
The Devil's Dream
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It all starts when Moses Bailey marries young, beautiful Kate Malone. The Baileys are known to be a strict, religious family and the Malones are known ...more
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Jun 01, 2008
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John Bayley meets Anna Stockton when she's in her late teens. He decides right away that he's going to marry her. She looks to be a strong woman who k ...more
Apr 07, 2009
Dec 07, 2008
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
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I checked this out from the library expecting to laugh as much as I had with the other Bill Bryson books I had read. And there were funny parts. To be ...more
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Apr 23, 2007
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Sabriel has just graduated from her boarding school in Ancelstierre when she receives a message from her father letting her know that he's in trouble ...more
May 25, 2009
Aug 04, 2008
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