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The Summer List
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Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
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Oh hurrah! A new saga from one of my fave writers! This one isnt about famous royals or those in their circle. Rather, its about a poor woman, a mother , a healer/midwife, and an abandoned wife to an abusive man. Alinor meets James, secretly come to ...more
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Oh hurrah! A new saga from one of my fave writers! This one isnt about famous royals or those in their circle. Rather, its about a poor woman, a mother , a healer/midwife, and an abandoned wife to an abusive man. Alinor meets James, secretly come to ...more
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A Few Drops of Blood by Jan Merete Weiss
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I am torn on what to rate this book. I think it's beautifully written -- I think the author's way of describing settings is phenomenal. So much detail that is always all around us, but we often overlook as just part of the background. The characters ...more
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About Face by Donna Leon
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(Part of my going to Amalfi Coast reading binge)
Murder mystery/crime novel set in Venice. Commissario Brunetti (a series) is approached by his wealthy father in law to do some discreet digging about a friend who wants to go into business with him.
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Wabi-Sabi by Francesc Miralles
Wabi-Sabi
by Francesc Miralles (Goodreads Author)
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(I chose this as part f my "get ready for the Amalfi Coast" binge but cannot for the life of me figure out what a story about a Spanish university lecturer going on a wild goose chase in Japan has to do with Italy. Whatever...)
anyway: when Samuel's
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The Ancient Shore by Shirley Hazzard
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(Part of my "read before Amalfi trip" collection)
This was a quick book to breeze through -- a collection of remembrances and observations of Hazzard's time living in Naples, starting in the 1950s. Perhaps my favorite essay was actually written by her
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The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
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Part memoir, part history lesson, part family biography, this book follows famed ceramicist Edmund de Waal's search for his family's past surviving heirloom, a collection of tiny Japanese carvings known as netsuke. His own work is put on hold as he ...more
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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility
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Katey and Eve are roommates in MYC in the late 1930s. On NYE they meet Tinker, a clearly wealthy young man who intrigues thems both. The three become friends, and it seems Katey and Tinker are romantically destined -- until a terrible accident badly ...more
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“There is more to a boy than what his mother sees. There is more to a boy then what his father dreams. Inside every boy lies a heart that beats. And sometimes it screams, refusing to take defeat. And sometimes his father's dreams aren't big enough, and sometimes his mother's vision isn't long enough. And sometimes the boy has to dream his own dreams and break through the clouds with his own sunbeams.”
Ben Behunin, Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

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“She also understood there was a hole in her heart where her son should be, that she was a wicked, selfish woman for wishing him back.”
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