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Cover ArtThe monsters of Templeton
by Groff, Lauren.
I loved this book ! Without question , it reminded me of " Sacre Bleu " the same mix of historical fiction , weirdness , and charm ....   posted Aug 16, 2014 at 2:24PM

Cover ArtSculpture
by Opie, Mary Jane.
Far more to this book than first imagined . Nice overview and photos of the " best of the best ." Besides , it's D/K !   posted Aug 16, 2014 at 2:19PM

Cover ArtNo saints around here : a caregiver's days
by Toth, Susan Allen.
Oh , my - complicated feelings about this one . The time must be right to read this . I loved the chapter "unmoored " - fine writing , Susan and the time was probably right for me .   posted Jul 26, 2014 at 3:53PM

Cover ArtSweet tooth : a novel
by McEwan, Ian.
Another successful novel - realistic , interesting and good use of "the situation " . However , I felt the ending was contrived , and therefore - not his best work .   posted Jul 26, 2014 at 3:49PM

Cover ArtCabins of Minnesota
by Ohman, Doug.
This Mn Byways book is a dream come true . It's the diversity of cabins that's so extraordinary ! And - the superlative writing of Bill Holm ....Bravo !   posted Jul 26, 2014 at 3:40PM

Cover ArtSomeone
by McDermott, Alice.
This is my first Alice McDermott novel - really good character development , but rather odd format . I'll read more of her work , though   posted Jul 1, 2014 at 3:07PM

Cover ArtWisconsin : the spirit of America
by Trestrail, Joanne.
I love these "art of the state " books ,and they are really increasing the number available . They are the complete package , in one small , square 95 page book !   posted Jul 1, 2014 at 3:00PM

Cover ArtLives of girls and women
by Munro, Alice, 1931-
I have never read "my personality" on the page before - what a surprise ! Thanks , Alice Monroe . Excellent !   posted Jun 2, 2014 at 3:41PM

Cover ArtThe Bronte sisters : the brief lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
by Reef, Catherine.
I'm surprised this is a children's book , as it would certainly appeal to adults . One of the saddest events,ever - the terrible blight of TB in northern England in the early 19th cent .   posted Jun 2, 2014 at 3:27PM

Cover ArtTrains and lovers
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
I'm sorry - but ho - hum . I keep forgetting that AMCS is a pop fiction writer ....   posted May 19, 2014 at 3:26PM

Cover ArtEiffel Tower
by LeBoutillier, Nate
I loved this book ! Photos and commentary are great !   posted May 19, 2014 at 3:21PM

Cover ArtYour travel guide to Civil War America
by Day, Nancy.
I really enjoyed this book and will read more in the series . Totally different on history !   posted May 19, 2014 at 3:20PM

Cover ArtEiffel Tower
by LeBoutillier, Nate
I loved this book ! Great writing , great photos !   posted May 19, 2014 at 3:12PM

Cover ArtYour travel guide to Civil War America
by Day, Nancy.
I really enjoyed this book and will read more in the series . Totally different take on history !   posted May 19, 2014 at 3:11PM

Cover ArtMy invented country : a nostalgic journey through Chile
by Allende, Isabel.
This was good ! Nice overview of the Allende/Pinochet years . The Chilean people are complicated , Isabel !   posted Apr 23, 2014 at 3:59PM

Cover ArtSacre bleu : a comedy d'art
by Moore, Christopher, 1957-
Well , this was just plain fun ! Crazy , charming - bad to the bone - but a well written , nicely researched book . I'll read more of Christopher Moore's work   posted Apr 4, 2014 at 3:16PM

Cover ArtFine just the way it is : Wyoming stories 3
by Proulx, Annie.
What a writer you are , Annie ! One of the best woman writers , I believe . The story about the couple who loved hiking was one of the saddest , ever ...a masterpiece !   posted Mar 22, 2014 at 3:10PM

Cover ArtTolstoy and the purple chair : my year of magical reading
by Sankovitch, Nina
I have mixed feelings about this book . It reminded me of "Golden Grove " and "Does this church make me look fat ?"   posted Feb 18, 2014 at 4:29PM

Cover ArtThe round house
by Erdrich, Louise.
Louise , your writing about children and teens is beyond outstanding . This may be your masterpiece !   posted Feb 18, 2014 at 4:27PM

Cover ArtI remember nothing : and other reflections
by Ephron, Nora.
Oh , my - this is my first reading of Nora's work . I felt her first story was very weak , but this was her last book - and her writing showed enormous courage an grace . She will be missed .   posted Feb 18, 2014 at 4:25PM

Cover ArtWinter's tales
by Dinesen, Isak, 1885-1962
Impressed with her work - "The sailor boy's tale ," The fish ", and " Peter and Anna ?" are superb !   posted Feb 18, 2014 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtThe diving bell and the butterfly
by Bauby, Jean-Dominique, 1952-1997.
I have never seen a book and movie work so well together - stunning ! Beyond superlatives ! Merci beaucoup , Jean Do !   posted Feb 18, 2014 at 4:16PM

Cover ArtEdible schoolyard : a universal idea
by Waters, Alice.
Such an impressive resource ! I really want to read it from cover to cover !   posted Feb 13, 2014 at 3:02PM

Cover ArtMaryland : the spirit of America
by Wanning, Esther
These books are so interesting and just the right length - more , more !   posted Feb 13, 2014 at 2:59PM

Cover ArtThe Thames : a photographic journey from source to sea
by Pratt, Derek
I think I loved this more than anything I've read in a long time . It is absolutely captivating !   posted Feb 13, 2014 at 2:49PM

Cover ArtJunk box jewelry : 25 DIY low cost (or no cost) jewelry projects
by Drew, Sarah, 1974-
Loved this book ! I even copied a few designs - they were that good !Yes , I mean photocopied !   posted Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45PM

Cover ArtGood things from tag sales and flea markets
This is a nice Martha Stewart book - probably too ambitious for me - but very original !   posted Feb 13, 2014 at 2:43PM

Cover ArtDeath in summer
by Trevor, William, 1928-
William Trevor is a master of fiction - and he is now 86 years old ! This is a nice companion to "Love and summer ".   posted Feb 13, 2014 at 2:33PM

Cover ArtNoche buena : Hispanic American Christmas stories
How sad there's no cover image - it was the best part of this book ! A lovely painting that showed the great diversity of the Hispanic Americas ! The stories were good - I really liked the Cuban and Puerto Rican stories .   posted Jan 9, 2014 at 2:11PM

Cover ArtFirst family : Abigail and John
by Ellis, Joseph J.
Well - I must say this was very good - abit repetitive with vocabulary but well written and researched , of course   posted Nov 14, 2013 at 2:24PM

Cover ArtThe Thames : a photographic journey from source to sea
by Pratt, Derek
Oh , my - I truly loved this book ! The photos were great (learned alot from them )and the text was definitive and helpful   posted Nov 14, 2013 at 2:21PM

Cover ArtThe queen of the big time : a novel
by Trigiani, Adriana.
This is not as interesting as "The shoemaker's wife" - lectures abit much and falls into the "pop" fiction category - I did like it , though   posted Nov 14, 2013 at 2:16PM

Cover ArtI'm new at being old
by Fischer, Lucy Rose.
This is clever , colorful and honest ! It would make a great gift to the right person . I liked it !   posted Oct 20, 2013 at 2:57PM

Cover ArtFrancesco's Italy
by Da Mosto, Francesco.
This is a rather "posh" book , but the writing is rather non "posh" - Photos and text suit each other perfectly !   posted Oct 15, 2013 at 3:19PM

Cover ArtThe grandpas' book : for the grandpa who's best at everything
by Gribble, John
This is enjoyable - the first of these I've really read . Is it English or American or alittle of both ?   posted Oct 12, 2013 at 1:04PM

Cover ArtIowa : the spirit of America
by Landau, Diana, 1950-
Oh , my - we need 50 of these great little books ! "Art of the state " are winners !   posted Oct 4, 2013 at 2:08PM

Cover ArtThe light between oceans : a novel
by Stedman, M. L.
M.L. Stedman is a very good writer and this is a very good novel - but not great . It tends to be long -winded and maudlin . At the same time , it's fascinating on many levels . I enjoyed it !   posted Oct 4, 2013 at 2:04PM

Cover ArtThe majesty of Mughal decoration : the art and architecture of Islamic India
by Michell, George.
What a lovely work - I did not cover it adequately and will return to it , again   posted Sep 16, 2013 at 2:29PM

Cover ArtThe little prince
by Saint-Exupery, Antoine de, 1900-1944
Enchanting - may be the best word for this - the story , as well as the art . Always a pleasure to reread a great children's book   posted Sep 16, 2013 at 2:24PM

Cover ArtPontoon : a Lake Wobegon novel
by Keillor, Garrison.
Garrison , you have redeemed yourself with me ! What a splendid LW novel - the timing for me was perfect to read this book - I really liked it! Thanks ....   posted Sep 9, 2013 at 3:32PM

Cover ArtGoldengrove : a novel
by Prose, Francine, 1947-
Well , I truly like Francine Prose as a novelist - however , I didn't like this particular novel - that much .Her character development of teens and young adults remains unsurpassed , however   posted Aug 27, 2013 at 4:28PM

Cover ArtWilderness : a novel
by Weller, Lance
I certainly agree - this is an outstanding first novel . However , Lance Weller - it surpasses "Cold Mountain" and "Andersonville" in suffering and gore . What noble characters , stunning descriptive narrative - absolutely , I would read it again   posted Aug 21, 2013 at 11:04AM

Cover ArtThe beginner's goodbye : a novel
by Tyler, Anne.
Well , I truly wish I had liked this book better than I did . Your early work was so wonderful ( Homesick Restaurant , Searching for Caleb )However , I will never stop reading your work   posted Aug 21, 2013 at 10:58AM

Cover ArtThe widower's tale
by Glass, Julia, 1956-
Holy cow ! This one had a moving , dynamic plot ! I really liked this book - You touched all the bases with this one , Julia   posted Aug 3, 2013 at 11:07AM

Cover ArtBackroads of North Carolina : your guide to great day trips & weekend getaways
by Adams, Kevin, 1961-
This is a wonderful book ! Thoughtful and humorous - great photos and interesting comments and suggestions   posted Jul 25, 2013 at 2:15PM

Cover ArtEiffel's tower : and the World's Fair where Buffalo Bill beguiled Paris, the art
by Jonnes, Jill, 1952-
Bravo ,Jill Jonnes ! What an accomplishment ! You covered all the bases and gave life to these extraordinary people . No question , I'll read more of your work   posted Jul 17, 2013 at 1:13PM

Cover ArtThe dog who came in from the cold
by McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
A couple of good passages does not make a good read - I'm sorry , AMCS - a novelist is not your strong suite . Essayist , yes ... your writing about Berthea's dinner conversation and the Scottish Highlands was good   posted Jun 28, 2013 at 2:00PM

Cover ArtBags in bloom : create 20 unique flower purses with simple embroidery stitches a
by Cariello, Susan
Oh , my - these are all superb ! Again , I can only admire right now ...   posted Jun 17, 2013 at 11:30AM

Cover ArtCustomizing cool clothes : from dull to divine in 30 projects
by Haxell, Kate
Well , what lovely , fun "remakes" . (Sigh...) at this point , I can only admire   posted Jun 17, 2013 at 11:26AM

Cover ArtThe pocket Louvre
by Mignot, Claude.
This is outstanding ! Concise , brief ,covers everything .   posted Jun 17, 2013 at 11:22AM

Cover ArtThe shoemaker's wife : a novel
by Trigiani, Adriana.
Humm - this book was good , but entirely too long . Adriana reminds me of James Mitchener.. All encompassing , extra large in scope !   posted Jun 10, 2013 at 11:12AM

Cover ArtNoah's compass : a novel
by Tyler, Anne.
My dear Anne - you are such a good writer - your approach to your characters has changed , however . Gone are your funky , odd ball folks (Searching for Caleb , Accidental tourist ) and now we have us ordinary folk . Regardless , this was a good book   posted May 29, 2013 at 12:17PM

Cover ArtThe enchantress of Florence : a novel
by Rushdie, Salman.
My first Salman Rushdie novel - a book for guys , in spite of it's name . Compelling , but violent :somewhat historical , but bawdy ;irreverent and long on elaborate vocabulary   posted May 20, 2013 at 2:45PM

Cover ArtEaster : a spring celebration of traditional crafts and recipes
by Evelegh, Tessa.
So English , so different and colorful ! Fun to look at , a challenge to make   posted Apr 24, 2013 at 3:43PM

Cover ArtNew Mexico : the spirit of America
by Bix, Cynthia Overbeck.
What a wonderful little book - nicely edited , great photos and stories , and best of all , the art !   posted Apr 24, 2013 at 3:39PM

Cover ArtThat old cape magic
by Russo, Richard, 1949-
This is my first Russo book . I liked it alot - but find his constant introspection alittle tedious . Regardless , it's a good read   posted Apr 24, 2013 at 3:35PM

Cover ArtBad dirt : Wyoming stories 2
by Proulx, Annie.
Not much love for the first story - much love for the last . Overall , a high B+ , Annie ! Wyo. will always live in my heart , and I say , thanks , for your help in keeping it there   posted Apr 24, 2013 at 3:29PM

Cover ArtHeart and soul
by Binchy, Maeve.
Well - yes , I'm disappointed - because I thought Maeve Binchy was a literary fiction writer , and I'm wrong - she's a pop fiction writer   posted Apr 3, 2013 at 1:21PM

Cover ArtGeorgia rises : a day in the life of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Lasky, Kathryn.
Well , this is the heighth of simplicity - loved it !   posted Mar 23, 2013 at 3:47PM

Cover ArtA little prairie house : adapted from the Little house books by Laura Ingalls Wi
What a sweet , simple intro to LEW !   posted Mar 23, 2013 at 3:45PM

Cover ArtIn search of Lake Wobegon
by Keillor, Garrison.
Truly , Garrison , I believe this is your best work ! The photos are wonderful , the writing is superb ! Thank you ...   posted Mar 23, 2013 at 3:39PM

Cover ArtThe oysters of Locmariaquer
by Clark, Eleanor, 1913-1996.
This is a remarkable book - all of what it's cracked up to be . This is a literary work , so at times it's a bit of a challenge , but I loved it ! And I'm so pleased that Eleanor received the proper recognition in her lifetime   posted Mar 16, 2013 at 2:56PM

Cover ArtTyrannosaurus dad
by Rosenberg, Liz.
This is a little unnerving , but clever . Nathan liked it !   posted Feb 27, 2013 at 12:42PM

Cover ArtThe plague of doves
by Erdrich, Louise.
In a sense , I believe this is Louise's first mystery . I'm unsettled about this book . I simply could not read the 28 pages about the snakes - as usual , her strength is in character development - excellent , as usual   posted Feb 27, 2013 at 12:38PM

Cover ArtGooseberry Patch Christmas. Book 9
My first experience with Gooseberry Patch books - and I was pleasantly surprised - Very good !   posted Feb 19, 2013 at 3:38PM

Cover ArtChristmas in Minnesota
This book is truly a "gift" - loved it ! The best Mn writers , accompanied by wonderful photos - thanks , Mn Hist Society   posted Feb 19, 2013 at 3:32PM

Cover ArtThe whole world over : a novel
by Glass, Julia, 1956-
Yes , Julia Glass is an extraordinary writer - I truly like her writing style . The book is too long , but it's good to see old characters resurface   posted Feb 8, 2013 at 2:24PM

Cover ArtGuy Noir and the straight skinny
by Keillor, Garrison.
O.K.( see below )but this might be the exception in Garrison's case . Honestly - this reminds me of his comments on Scotch whiskey - cloudy , bitter , judgmental - done the the name of satire . I would not read this ! And returned it with 70 pages read   posted Jan 12, 2013 at 12:48PM

Cover ArtWilliamsburg Christmas : the story of Christmas decoration in the colonial capit
by Oliver, Libbey Hodges.
Well , I'll say exactly the same as I did for the Provence book - lovely book - writing and photographs are charming - highly recommended   posted Jan 9, 2013 at 2:46PM

Cover ArtThanksgiving : an American holiday, an American history
by Appelbaum, Diana Karter.
An interesting book - regardless of the " text book " approach . I'll check this out again   posted Jan 9, 2013 at 2:42PM

Cover ArtThen came you
by Weiner, Jennifer.
As usual , Jennifer provides us with solid characters , and an interesting plot . However , I wish she'd lighten up on the endless detail - enough , already !   posted Jan 9, 2013 at 2:35PM

Cover ArtNightwoods : a novel
by Frazier, Charles, 1950-
Oh , my - once again - snakes , vicious knife wounds , strong women complicated men , and a great story ! Bravo , Charles Frazier !   posted Jan 4, 2013 at 2:44PM

Cover ArtBless me, Ultima
by Anaya, Rudolfo A.
This is an interesting book - although I felt he wrote from the adult experience , rather than the child 's . His writing about the golden carp was inspired   posted Jan 4, 2013 at 2:41PM

Cover ArtMennonite in a little black dress : a memoir of going home
by Janzen, Rhoda
What a surprise ! Loved this book - I hope , at some point , she will try fiction - she has a wry sense of humor   posted Dec 5, 2012 at 3:26PM

Cover ArtCanary island song
by Gunn, Robin Jones, 1955-
Well , see the above - I must admit that I'm never going to be happy with this kind of fiction . One problem is that I'm looking for different things - character development of the Islanos ?   posted Nov 20, 2012 at 2:41PM

Cover ArtDebbie Mumm's home comings : creating memorable year-round celebrations with qui
by Mumm, Debbie.
These quilts are pretty - unfortunately , at this point , I can only admire them ...   posted Nov 5, 2012 at 4:07PM

Cover ArtThe night Abraham called to the stars : poems
by Bly, Robert.
This man is a poet par excellence ! Loved it - especially "So it be ; Amen" and " Testifying to the night " . Bravo , Robert Bly !   posted Nov 5, 2012 at 4:02PM

Cover ArtI see you everywhere
by Glass, Julia, 1956-
Somber , compared to "5 Junes" , but I liked it . Julia always develops interesting characters : however , her work tends to fade away , like a wisp of smoke .....   posted Nov 5, 2012 at 3:53PM

Cover ArtDesigns on the heart : the homemade art of Grandma Moses
by Marling, Karal Ann.
This is positively charming and very well written . Unfortunately , I'll have to come back to it later...   posted Oct 1, 2012 at 3:58PM

Cover ArtLove me
by Keillor, Garrison.
O.K. , I really liked this book . GK goes to the heart of the matter at least one time per page , and his kind , funny probing satire really hits the mark ...   posted Oct 1, 2012 at 3:52PM

Cover ArtThe survivor
by Gray, Shelley Shepard
Oh my - I'm sorry , but Beauty the buggy horse plods along . There is slight insight into the life , beliefs and customs of the Amish people . Although , I must say ,this is good for young , married , church-going women   posted Sep 20, 2012 at 2:14PM

Cover ArtColors of Provence : traditions, recipes and home decorations from the south of
by Biehn, Michel.
Oh my ! What a lovely book ! The writing , the photographs are charming - I can't recommend this enough ....   posted Sep 8, 2012 at 3:48PM

Cover ArtLadder of years
by Tyler, Anne.
I'm sorry , but I don't agree with the critics on this one . It's good - just not a masterpiece . Other works of hers have far more interesting characters .   posted Sep 8, 2012 at 3:44PM

Cover ArtMy new American life
by Prose, Francine, 1947-
Well - a new writer has appeared on the horizon . Francine Prose is highly skilled at social satire ! Loved this book , and will read more of her work   posted Sep 4, 2012 at 3:09PM

Cover ArtToot & Puddle : how does your garden grow?
by Marsh, Laura F.
I liked this - fun for little gardeners !   posted Sep 4, 2012 at 3:04PM

Cover ArtToot & Puddle : you are my sunshine
by Hobbie, Holly.
Art work is marvelous - story is slightly odd - will try more . Thank you , Holly Hobbie !   posted Jul 28, 2012 at 2:49PM

Cover ArtThe photograph
by Lively, Penelope, 1933-
Bravo , Penelope ! The only possible comment is - lacrimae rerum - such is this veil of tears called life......   posted Jul 28, 2012 at 2:44PM

Cover ArtAndersonville
by Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977.
Well - at 760 pages - it's an investment of time , but worth every moment ! No question , it's brutal ,tragic , heroic and masterfully written .   posted Jul 20, 2012 at 12:22PM

Cover ArtWhat Mr Darwin saw
by Manning, Mick
Another lively , charming work - however , this one is strangely graphic - 8 year olds would love it !   posted Jun 29, 2012 at 3:25PM

Cover ArtCharles Dickens : scenes from an extraordinary life
by Manning, Mick
The story is so lively ! The art work is so charming !   posted Jun 29, 2012 at 3:16PM

Cover ArtConfessions of a former child : a therapist's memoir
by Tomasulo, Daniel J.
I liked this ! He used an interesting format , and painted a nice portrait of his "inner" child .   posted Jun 11, 2012 at 2:20PM

Cover ArtO pioneers!
by Cather, Willa, 1873-1947
Oh , I was certain that "My Antonia" was Cather's best - probably so - but this truly was good . The white mulberry tree chapter was an excellent example of Cather's best writing .   posted Jun 2, 2012 at 2:29PM

Cover ArtFantastic Mr. Fox
by Dahl, Roald
This book is so Roald Dahl - funny , fast paced , charming . Good and bad are clearly defined . , the movie is even more so !   posted May 29, 2012 at 3:56PM

Cover ArtA Victorian scrapbook
by Hart, Cynthia.
I was truly surprised by this book ! The photographs were wonderful - but the text was great ! Interesting and fun !   posted May 25, 2012 at 1:56PM

Cover ArtConsequences
by Lively, Penelope, 1933-
What a splendid book ! Penelope gets better and better - loved it !   posted May 25, 2012 at 1:51PM

Cover ArtThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Shaffer, Mary Ann.
This was endearing , poignant , fun - perhaps silly at times - but I really liked it . Sorry we won't have more from Mary Ann Shaffer .   posted May 12, 2012 at 3:44PM

Cover ArtFamily album
by Lively, Penelope, 1933-
Well , I'm getting to know PL's writing style - she's far more than an accomplished writer . This was not my favorite family , however .   posted Apr 16, 2012 at 3:02PM

Cover ArtKeepsakes & other stories
by Hassler, Jon.
I love Jon Hassler . These are charming early stories , with the exception of one . He left a great legacy .   posted Apr 16, 2012 at 2:56PM

Cover ArtLouis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall : an artist's country estate
by Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney.
This is a great photographic account of LCT's masterpieces - sublime workmanship and originality - however , Laurelton Hall was just plain wretched excess on all accounts !   posted Apr 16, 2012 at 2:49PM

Cover ArtTraveling with pomegranates : a mother-daughter story
by Kidd, Sue Monk.
This book perplexes me abit - the tone is sadder than warranted , I believe . Lighten up , ladies , and you'll have a lovely book ....   posted Apr 5, 2012 at 3:09PM

Cover ArtSister Wendy's American collection
by Beckett, Wendy.
This was an absolute pleasure ! Thank you , Sister Wendy !   posted Mar 15, 2012 at 2:11PM

Cover ArtByzantine art
by Bayet, Ch. 1849-1918
Oh my - this deserved more time than I gave it . There are 2 "Christ Pantocrator" pieces that are magnificent ! I'll checkn this out again   posted Mar 15, 2012 at 2:06PM

Cover ArtDuane's depressed : a novel
by McMurtry, Larry.
It was important to read this , as it helped me understand Mr. Proust's tome . The book plodes along , ultimately showing some good character development . Too long , but a good effort , Larry   posted Mar 15, 2012 at 2:00PM

Cover ArtMaking it up
by Lively, Penelope, 1933-
What a surprise Penelope Lively ! You are a very talented writer , indeed ! Truly enjoyed this and I'll keep looking for more of your work .   posted Mar 3, 2012 at 3:47PM

Cover ArtAn object of beauty
by Martin, Steve, 1945-
Well - this is an interesting, skillfull work. I loved several of the plot resolutions ( eg the ISG theft ) As a novelist, you are turning into a contender, Steve Martin!   posted Jan 23, 2012 at 2:11PM

Cover ArtCleopatra: A Life
by Schiff, Stacy
Well, this is my first Stacy Schiff biography. Meticulous, fascinating, long - can't wait to finish the second half!   posted Jan 14, 2012 at 11:48AM

Cover ArtClara and Mr. Tiffany : a novel
by Vreeland, Susan.
Wow ! Another great book , Susan ! Your character development is wonderful , regardless of the time period. Lengthy , detailed - I really enjoyed it !   posted Dec 26, 2011 at 3:49PM

Cover ArtRise and shine : a novel /
by Quindlen, Anna.
AQ is one of the top novelists writing today . Expert Character development , plot moves along nicely . Not surprised - I really liked this book !   posted Dec 12, 2011 at 2:54PM

Cover ArtRemembrance of things past /
by Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922.
First graphic novel I've ever read . Enjoyed it ! Wonderful art - the story is an interesting intro to Proust   posted Nov 26, 2011 at 11:34AM

Cover ArtAntiques maul : a trash 'n' treasures mystery /
by Allan, Barbara.
Well - I haven't read "pop" fiction in awhile . O.K. but not great . Poor editing . Sorry , but really not worth the effort .   posted Nov 23, 2011 at 12:06PM

Cover ArtGirl in hyacinth blue /
by Vreeland, Susan.
Reading "Vermeer"by Anthony Bailey was essential to grasping this book, fully . Loved it ! The middle chapters were extraordinary !   posted Nov 14, 2011 at 3:28PM

Cover ArtMaster paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago /
Wonderful paintings , humm - more than one beheading of John the Baptist - regardless , a very nice time frame of the best at the Art Institute / Chicago   posted Oct 26, 2011 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtThe Duluth portfolio /
by Blacklock, Craig.
This is a lovely book , and deserves a second viewing   posted Oct 26, 2011 at 3:56PM

Cover ArtThe antelope wife /
by Erdrich, Louise.
Humm - I liked this book - I just didn't love it . Reminded me of "Tales of Burning Love" ( had a very "desparate" quality to it ). Regardless , LE is still the best fiction writer in the U.S. today   posted Oct 17, 2011 at 3:38PM

Cover ArtGood dog. Stay /
by Quindlen, Anna.
Sweet , Anna - also, as realistic ,and purposeful as anything you've written   posted Oct 11, 2011 at 3:12PM

Cover ArtEvery day in Tuscany : seasons of an Italian life /
by Mayes, Frances.
Frances Mayes writes poetry as prose , no doubt ! And she's in love with Luca Signorelli ! Again , I loved it !   posted Oct 11, 2011 at 3:10PM

Cover ArtVermeer : a view of Delft /
by Bailey, Anthony, 1933-
What an accomplishment ! Of course it reminded me of "Judgement of Paris" . Interesting , skillful !   posted Oct 6, 2011 at 3:15PM

Cover ArtSister Wendy's meditations on the mysteries of our faith /
by Beckett, Wendy.
Lovely little book - if this is the one I've just finished !   posted Oct 3, 2011 at 2:57PM

Cover ArtLove and summer
by Trevor, William, 1928-
What a sad , sweet tale - I loved it ! William Trevor , you are a master , and to think you published this at age 81 !   posted Aug 23, 2011 at 3:22PM

Cover ArtWay off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America
by Geist, William.
Bill Geist - the book's a "fun" read - I enjoyed it !   posted Aug 17, 2011 at 11:38AM

Cover ArtShadow tag
by Erdrich, Louise.
Louise , you did it again - another masterpiece ! You are brilliant writing about children !What a sad true tale - yes , I know it's true . The same , overwhelming sadness as "The Bingo Palace " and "Books and Islands in Objibwe Country" . You are deserving of a Nobel literature prize . I hope I see it in my lifetime .   posted Aug 9, 2011 at 3:56PM

Cover ArtSuper sad true love story
by Shteyngart, Gary, 1972-
Just what I expected - great satire , funny , but oppressive !I'll finish it later .Well, ah - this is not Gary's strongest work, but I'm glad I finished it   posted Aug 9, 2011 at 3:49PM

Cover ArtChurches of Minnesota
by Ohman, Doug.
"Churches" is a gift as well ! Thank you , Doug Ohman and Jon Hassler . These books are a complete pleasure , to be enjoyed always !   posted Jul 28, 2011 at 1:57PM

Cover ArtBarns of Minnesota
by Ohman, Doug.
Well , this book is a gift ! Thank you , Doug Ohman and Will Weaver !   posted Jul 28, 2011 at 1:53PM

Cover ArtUnder the Tuscan sun : at home in Italy
by Mayes, Frances.
Frances Mayes - what a gifted writer ! However , her tack at the end of Tuscan Sun was odd - I preferred "Bella Tuscany " , overall .   posted Jul 28, 2011 at 1:51PM

Cover ArtAt paradise gate : a novel
by Smiley, Jane.
Ah - J.S. is a complex writer . My experience is that her characters are strong and well developed but not especially likeable . I read this book at the right time in my life .   posted Jul 12, 2011 at 2:11PM

Cover ArtMy Antonia
by Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
Superb ! Loved it !   posted Jul 12, 2011 at 2:07PM

Cover ArtThe discomfort zone : a personal history
by Franzen, Jonathan.
This man can write - however , this book starts slowly - ends well. Nice effort !   posted Jul 8, 2011 at 3:24PM

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