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Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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** 3 1/2 stars ** To be sure, there are some worthy poetic lines from American nineteenth century transcendentalist philosopher's Ralph Waldo Emerson's classic essay on Nature. In fact, there were certain passages that were sublimely poetic -- such f ...more
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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
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I learned of this book as it was recently featured on PBS's 'The Great American Read' as one of America's top 100 favorite novels. When American actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, described on the program why THINGS FALL APART is her favorite book, it pi ...more
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The Restless Wave by John McCain
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I haven't always agreed with John McCain's politics. In fact, most times, I don't agree with his vision for America, but one thing I have never doubted is the value & content of his character. He has always been in my eyes an American hero who ha ...more
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West with the Night by Beryl Markham
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Beryl Markham's lyrically beautiful memoir, WEST WITH THE NIGHT, speaks so movingly of the wonder that was and I suppose still is in many ways Africa, that it would be unjust not to be humbled. Markham was an English born adventurer; a woman ahead of ...more
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The Restless Wave by John McCain
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I haven't always agreed with John McCain's politics. In fact, most times, I don't agree with his vision for America, but one thing I have never doubted is the value & content of his character. He has always been in my eyes an American hero who ha ...more
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Sisi by Allison Pataki
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The 2nd book of two in Allison Pataki's historical fiction series on Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary, SISI: EMPRESS ON HER OWN, was, in many ways, more compelling than Pataki's first installment, THE ACCIDENTAL PRINCESS. While the first book cov ...more
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Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall
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** 3 1/2 - 4 stars ** To many, including me, Jane Goodall is a heroine for all time. She is the epitome of a compassionate, informed, involved human being, using her tireless efforts to leave this world a better place than before she was a part of it ...more
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The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
The Accidental Empress (Sisi, #1)
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** 3 1/2 - 4 stars ** A historical fiction story about the nineteenth century's Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This book is the first in a two book set on the Empress. Anyone who knows Elizabeth's history knows of her obsessive compulsion ...more
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Jackie, Janet & Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli
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As a Kennedy enthusiast, I've read countless books on JFK and his family through the years. Through that study, I've come to believe that despite their many personal flaws, one of the Kennedys more admirable traits is that, despite their wealth and p ...more
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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THE BELL JAR is an astute treatise on societal expectations and the psyche which was written by the brilliant poet and writer, Sylvia Plath, who died by suicide in 1963. Renowned for it's daring, soulful look into the mind of someone struggling with ...more
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William Shakespeare
“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Robert Frost
“These woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

William Shakespeare
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring barque,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
William Shakespeare, Great Sonnets

Charles William Eliot
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
Charles William Eliot

Robert Frost
“The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost

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Why should major publishing houses determine everything we read? There are a lot of great stories out there, just waiting for readers to find them! Wr ...more
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This is a group for all lovers of Historical Fiction and History to share the wonderful books they've read and to discover new books set in the past.
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