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These are books I found recommended by friends, reviews seemed interesting, found at garage sales, or the title caught my eye while browsing at the library. I have just joined a book club, so those selections will be included as well.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: The kitchen boy /
The kitchen boy
Alexander, Robert, 1952-
This was a interesting twist on the typical 'what might have happened' to the Tsar & his family. However, I got a bit bored by the middle of the book....
Adult Fiction ALEXANDER
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Cover Art: How Nancy Drew saved my life /
How Nancy Drew saved my life
Baratz-Logsted, Lauren.
boring chick lit
Adult Fiction BARATZ
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Cover Art: The tyrant's daughter /
The tyrant's daughter
Carleson, J. C.
This book was interesting at first, as it described the cultural shock of moving to the US from the girl's perspective. But then the book quickly wrapped up with the mother's negotiating behind the scenes with various governments & agencies.
Teen Fiction CARLESO
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Cover Art: The glimmer palace /
The glimmer palace
Colin, Beatrice
Mesmerizing glimpse into life in Berlin early 1900 thru WWII.
Adult Fiction COLIN
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Cover Art: FBI girl : how I learned to crack my father's code /
FBI girl : how I learned to crack my father's code
Conlon-McIvor, Maura.
Just OK. Seemed like a nice trip down memory lane
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 C75825
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Cover Art: The red tent /
The red tent
Diamant, Anita
Wonderfully written! It really did seem as if we were listening to Dinah remembering the events of her life. The author also did a great job of putting biblical events into the context of the culture of the time.
Adult Fiction
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Cover Art: Almond eyes, lotus feet : Indian traditions in beauty and health /
Almond eyes, lotus feet : Indian traditions in beauty and health
Dwivedi, Sharada
Delightful! I thoroughly enjoyed this peek into the past in India
Adult Nonfiction Book 646.72095 D
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Cover Art: The 19th wife : a novel /
The 19th wife : a novel
Ebershoff, David
It was very good, but the intertwining of 3 story lines with 3 writing styles didn't work for me. There were so many voices in each story that it was distracting. It wasn't totally clear to me what was fact & what was fiction
Adult Fiction EBERSHO
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Cover Art: Bluebird : women and the new psychology of happiness /
Bluebird : women and the new psychology of happiness
Gore, Ariel, 1970-
This book got great reviews, so I had high hopes. Unfortunately, I didn't agree with those reviewers :-( Maybe it was because I'm not a bra-burning feminist, or a single, lesbian mother who grew up on the west coast? I guess I should have known when I learned that she publishes a magazine called Hip Mama... I picked up a copy & immediately found it a total waste of paper. IMHO, that is. Others must like it, as it has been successful for 17 years.
Adult Nonfiction Book 305.42 G 2010
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Cover Art: Infidel /
Infidel
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan, 1969-
Wow. I learned so much from reading this book. The author does a wonderful job of explaining in a matter-of-fact tone what life is like as a girl and a woman in the Islamic culture. How the belief & values have a completely different base than Christianity, Judaism, or any western countries. How actions have consequences and affects on people's lives that we in the western world might not expect.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 H618
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Cover Art: Galway Bay /
Galway Bay
Kelly, Mary Pat
The idea of this book intrigued me, as my g-g-grandmother immigrated from Galway. However, I was not prepared for a 550 page long "sweeping family saga"! As one Amazon reviewer wrote: "Galway Bay is many stories - a love story, a story of the history of Ireland and the Great Starvation, a story of courage, faith, devotion, family, community and the undying spirit of a land and it's people." The detail & history of the 'before times' & the 'great starvation' was overwhelming. I personally felt it was too much for me! Beautifully written, I would have been happier if it were broken up into a series of books rather than one large one. Especially since once they arrive in the US, there seemed to be fewer details. It would be nice if there were a TOC, to show that there was a glossary of Irish terms at the back of the book! It would also be nice to have an appendix which listed what parts & people in the story are actually true.
Adult Fiction KELLY
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Cover Art: The secret life of bees /
The secret life of bees
Kidd, Sue Monk.
A charming & believable tale with a surprising ending.
Adult Fiction KIDD
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Cover Art: Still standing : the story of Ssg. John Kriesel /
Still standing : the story of Ssg. John Kriesel
Kriesel, John.
FABULOUS! A must read. A wonderful story about a man who, despite a hellish event, still sees beauty, goodness, kindness and joy in the world. Beautifully written with the no-nonsense detailed speech of a soldier who firmly believes in the 7 Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 K88 2010
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Cover Art: Last of the breed /
Last of the breed
L'Amour, Louis, 1908-1988.
Loved it! L'Amour is such a fabulous story teller! The story is of an American pilot escaping captivity in cold war Russia. He decides to walk to the east coast & cross the Bering Strait. How he survives the brutal Siberian winter without capture makes the book impossible to put down.
Adult Fiction LAMOUR
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Cover Art: Sun storm /
Sun storm
Larsson, Asa, 1966-
Very good! All titles in this series are a must read!
Adult Fiction LARSSON
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Cover Art: The black path /
The black path
Larsson, Asa, 1966-
Wow! Fabulous. I could not put this thriller down. There is so much rich detail - but you never know what is relevent! The author combines a murder mystery with international espionage, mental illness & corporate greed. It was so good I had to go back to read the 1st two books in this series! The translator uses British English, which can be amusing at times.
Adult Fiction LARSSON
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Cover Art: The blood spilt /
The blood spilt
Larsson, Asa, 1966-
Very good! All titles in this series are a must read!
Adult Fiction LARSSON
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Cover Art: Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world /
Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world
Myron, Vicki.
Charming tale (pun accidental!) about a small town librarian. A pleasant, quick read about community & relationships.
Adult Nonfiction Book 636.8092 M
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Cover Art: Pioneer girl : a novel /
Pioneer girl : a novel
Nguyen, Bich Minh.
To my surprise, I loved this book. I was impressed with how the author described the sights, sounds & smells of a scene. She'd leave me with impressions of what was going on, without actually describing what was going on as she told the story.
Adult Fiction NGUYEN
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Cover Art: True grit /
True grit
Portis, Charles.
This is such a great story! To quote another reviewer, "This is a gripping book about the single-minded pursuit of justice in the 1870s, written in the amazing voice of a deadpan, plain-speaking prose of a woman looking back at the events some 30-40 years later."
Adult Fiction PORTIS
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Cover Art: You're on your own (but I'm here if you need me) : mentoring your child during t
You're on your own (but I'm here if you need me) : mentoring your child during t
Savage, Marjorie.
Very good! Practical advice that covers any parent/child relationship and can be applied to children younger than college age.
Adult Nonfiction Book 378.198 S
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Cover Art: Shanghai girls : a novel /
Shanghai girls : a novel
See, Lisa.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book - at first. Shanghai is not a city who's history is well known to me & I was fascinated by the description of life through the eyes of Pearl. But part way thru the book I tired of her and her attitude towards life. I could barely finish reading the book. However, our book club had a great conversation, as we'd all reacted differently to the sisters. Very thought provoking!
Adult Fiction SEE
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Cover Art: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society /
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Shaffer, Mary Ann
Fabulous! I truly enjoyed seeing post WWII Guernsey through the 'letters' of Juliet & the literary society.
Adult Fiction SHAFFER
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Cover Art: You're not you /
You're not you
Wildgen, Michelle.
Very well written. Interesting perspective on end of life care & on growing up. A little more focus on their sex life than I care for, butotherwise quite good.
Adult Fiction WILDGEN
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Cover Art: The ten-year nap /
The ten-year nap
Wolitzer, Meg.
I could not get interested in this book, so did not finish reading it.
Adult Fiction WOLITZE
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