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Keeping the House by Ellen Baker
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Dec 28, 2007

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Read in December, 2007

I liked this book.

It is sort of a cross between "How to Make and American Quilt" and "Drowning Ruth." As in "How to Make and American Quilt," there are intermittent quilting scenes where one of the story-lines unfolds. And it is like "Drowning Ruth" somewhat because it is post Great War and that influences much of what happens, but mostly because I spent a good deal of my reading time trying to figure out where, exactly, in Wisconsin that book was set.

I can imagine Oprah taking a shine to this book, even though it isn't really a downer. While I wouldn't quite call it a romance, there are love connections, almost loves, love disasters nearly averted and horrible love disasters. I wouldn't recommend it to many men.
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