Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wilson, A. Scott Berg

This is a very long, sometimes tedious book, with excessive detail and description. However, in outlining the life of Woodrow Wilson from early childhood until his death, it is a monumental achievement. Unlike many biographies today which often go off … Continue reading

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The Tulip Eaters, Antoinette van Heugten

In 1980, in Houston, Texas, Nora, a pediatric surgeon who is a single mother, returns home to find her own mother, Anneke, murdered, with her hair brutally cut from her head, and her daughter Rose, 6 months old, missing. On … Continue reading

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Blood and Beauty, The Borgias, Sarah Dunant

From the moment, in 1492, when Rodrigo Borgia becomes Pope Alexander VI, after the death of Innocent the VIII, intrigue and his personal quest for power begins. The corruption and greed of the church, its members and followers, is exposed … Continue reading

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We Are Water, Wally Lamb

Regardless of whether or not the reader likes the story or the subject matter of this book, from the first page to the last, the reader will appreciate Lamb’s way with words. It is remarkably easy to read, and the … Continue reading

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Brainwashed

I have not posted my opinions in a long time. It felt futile, but now, I feel as if I have to make a stand about the current state of affairs with the political polls which are supposed to so … Continue reading

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The Paris Architect, Charles Balfoure

From the first word heard on this audio, I was a prisoner. I think the story held me more rapt than the reader; it moved along quickly, and totally consumed me. I never turned it off, until the end. It … Continue reading

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Five Quarters of the Orange, Joanne Harris

Throughout the story, my opinion of several characters wavered back and forth between positive and negative emotions. Often, the characters seemed so manipulative, so immature, so cruel and mindless, that it seemed there was no room for kindness or compassion … Continue reading

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My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, Ari Shavit

If I could give this book ten stars, I would. It is the most even handed, well researched presentation of the history of Israel and its conflicts, successes, failures, hopes and dreams that I have come across. It must be … Continue reading

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The House Girl, Tara Conklin

The book concentrates on a case about reparations for the ancestors of slaves. This is an investigation into the lost hopes and dreams of nameless thousands of people and the consideration of whether or not they are entitled to any … Continue reading

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The Watcher in the Shadows, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Although the book was designed for an age group of 8 and up, I am not sure what makes it only part of the youth genre. Except for a few parts of the narrative, which felt a bit immature or … Continue reading

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