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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women, #1)
really liked it
A fascinating look at life among the Cheyenne Indians in 1874 from the perspective of a white woman who is part of a US govt. program to assimilate th ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 20, 2008
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family
it was amazing
This "Saga of the Mitford Family" was better than a good novel. You couldn't make this up. An eccentric, aristocratic English family (father was in th ...more
May 2011
May 30, 2011
Wait for Me!
liked it
Wait for Me, a Memoir by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire.

Having just read Mary Lovell's "The Sisters", I found the first part of this repetitiv
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Jun 13, 2011
Stet: An Editor's Life
it was amazing
Diana Athill is a splendid writer herself and has written several best selling and award winning memoirs since publishing Stet in 2000. Here she tells ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 30, 2011
Enemy Women
it was amazing
The best novel I have read in a very long time - Missouri during the Civil War, fascinating history, beautifully written. The role of rogue militias, ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 11, 2011
Letters from Yellowstone
it was amazing
In 1898 A.(Alexandria) E. Bertram, a medical student from Cornell, has the opportunity to follow her real passion, botany, and join, as a last minute ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 12, 2009
Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth
really liked it
An excellent biographer - looking forward to reading whatever else she has written.
Nov 2011
Nov 19, 2011
The Distant Land of My Father
really liked it
This novel begins with the glamorous life of wealthy expatriates in 1930s Shanghai. Narrated by Anna, beginning at age 5, it is the story of her relat ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 12, 2010
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
really liked it
A fascinating, readable account of the Supreme Court and its inner workings. Profiles of the justices and accounts of cases dealing with affirmative a ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
it was amazing
An excellent book - I remember the years of FDR's presidency and now have a much better understanding of them. So well written and hard to put down.
Jan 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter
it was amazing

Harold Pinter was a great (Nobel Prize winning) playwright and political activist and this is a marvelous portrait of him. When he and Antonia Fraser,
Jan 2011
Jan 11, 2011
The Paris Wife
really liked it
The story of Elizabeth Hadley Hemingway, told in the first person. The story opens in Chicago in 1920 when Hadley and Ernest meet and fall quickly in ...more
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Mar 29, 2011
A Three Dog Life
it was amazing
In these poignant essays Thomas describes the five years following her husband's brain injury which necessitated his being institutionalized. How thei ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 26, 2008
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
it was amazing
When a friend brought me this book, I asked "Won't it be depressing?" Six hundred pages about racial discrimination - not my idea of summer reading. B ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 03, 2011
The Tale of Murasaki
really liked it
I was enthralled with this picture of 11th century Japan, a fictional memoir of Murasaki Shikibu, authhor of Tale of Genji, the world's first novel. B ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 28, 2008
The Uncommon Reader
it was amazing
A delightful afternoon's read. Queen Elizabeth follows her corgi's to a bookmobile parked around the side of the palace. She enters to apologize for t ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 21, 2008
The Postmistress
liked it

I'm certainly glad I read this. The section where Frankie, the "radio gal", was riding trains in France and Germany interviewing Jewish refugees hopin
Mar 2011
Mar 03, 2011
Eat, Pray, Love
it was ok
Not my cup of tea, and I would have left her at the ashram if I hadn't been reading it for my book group. Although reasonably well written and interes ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 28, 2008
Somewhere Towards the End
really liked it
Diana Athill is such a superb writer that you can appreciate this memoir about advanced old age for that reason alone.. Her insights are compelling an ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 10, 2011
The Bookseller of Kabul
liked it
An account of domestic life in the tragic country of Afghanistan, written by a Norwegian woman journalist who lived with a middle class family for a f ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 11, 2008
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
really liked it
I was sorry to finish this book, just when I was getting to know the characters better. All the familiar village types are here - the eccentric neighb ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 01, 2010
Free for All: Joe Papp, the Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told
it was amazing
For anyone who loves the theater, this is such a treat. An oral history was the perfect vehicle - all of these actors, directors, playwrights, etc. ar ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 12, 2010
Let the Great World Spin
it was amazing

This is a brilliant book. It circles around a high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, an event which touches the liv
Apr 2012
May 26, 2012
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
liked it
This was interesting, but I didn't especially like it, I suppose because none of the characters were that engaging. Having liked "Snow Flower and the ...more
Sep 2011
Oct 03, 2011
liked it
At first I was fascinated by this true account - the parallel stories of the inventor, Marconi, and the "kind-hearted" Dr. Crippen, an unlikely murder ...more
May 2009
May 15, 2009
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes
it was amazing
Bittman, a food writer for the NY Times, quotes a UN report that livestock production is responsible for one fifth of the world's greenhouse gasses -m ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 07, 2009
The Spectator Bird
liked it
This is the story of two people, after many years of marriage, facing old age and its infirmities. Joe Allston, a retired literary agent living in the ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 20, 2009
Resilience: The New Afterword
really liked it
Elizabeth Edwards writes of her struggle to survive the death of her 16 year old son, then her breast cancer, her husbands unfaithfulness, the recurre ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 23, 2011
Crossing to Safety
it was amazing
This is about the friendship and love of two couples you would love to know. They are intelligent and civilized - good and honorable people, well mean ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 08, 2009
The Invention of Air
really liked it
More interesting than Priestley's life or scientific experiments were his ideas about multidisciplinary thinking. He refused to compartmentalize scien ...more
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Apr 17, 2010
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