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13, rue Therese
13, rue Therese
Author: Elena Mauli Shapiro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 10/24/2019


Interesting novel based on an imagined history of contents of a box of mementos/photographs. Includes pictures of the box's contents, which were found by the author.


14 (Threshold, Bk 1)
14 (Threshold, Bk 1)
Author: Peter Clines
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 4/18/2019


Weird things happen in a building in L.A. and tenants band together to try to figure out what is going on. I thought based on the blurbs/cover that this was a mystery, but it is more of a science fiction story, so not my cup of tea. I will admit I read all of it because it was well-written, entertaining and fast moving, and I wanted to find out how it ended. Reminds me in some ways of Stephen King's tales.


22 Britannia Road
22 Britannia Road
Author: Amanda Hodgkinson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 7/31/2015


Novel about a Polish couple during and after WWII. The man escapes to serve in the British military, and the woman subsists/hides in woods until the end of the war. They are reunited in England and try to make a new life for themselves.


The Abominable: A Novel
The Abominable: A Novel
Author: Dan Simmons
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 11/7/2019


Story of 5 people who try to find the remains of a climber on Mt. Everest. A very 'cold' story; keeps your attention throughout. Participants face dangers from intense cold, hurricane force winds, snow blindness, irritated Governments (Nepal, Tibet), other climbers, and a threat of 'yetis' intimidating locals and sherpas.


A.D. 30: A Novel
A.D. 30: A Novel
Author: Ted Dekker
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/30/2019


Interesting tale of a desert slave woman who eventually meets Jesus.


A.D. 33: A Novel
A.D. 33: A Novel
Author: Ted Dekker
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/30/2019


Continuation of the story started in A.D. 30. Good story, but somewhat repetitive.


The Alphabet House
The Alphabet House
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen, Steve Schein (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 6/14/2018


Story of British pilots in WWII shot down over Germany who escape death by hopping a train full of mental patient SS officers and assuming the identities of two of them. Nazi doctors treated mental illnesses with sleeping pills and electroshock treatments. Good action thriller, but this book gave me nightmares.


The Angel's Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 2)
Review Date: 8/2/2018


Not really much connection to first book (Shadow of the Wind). This was more far-fetched, but fast moving/easy to read.


The Angels Weep (Ballantyne, Bk 3)
The Angels Weep (Ballantyne, Bk 3)
Author: Wilbur Smith
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 11/12/2018


1875 part continues saga; later section 1977 with great-grand children of original characters. Native uprisings, gold, building of empire. Smith is a great adventure writer.


Anthony Adverse
Anthony Adverse
Author: Hervey Allen
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/17/2018


Huge novel about a man's life in late 1700's - early 1800's and his adventures in France, Cuba, Africa, New Orleans, and Mexico.


Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries
Review Date: 3/30/2018


Fascinating account of epidemic of sleeping sickness/form of encephalitis that occurred around the same time as 1918 flu. Exact cause unknown; no cure. Thousands of people had sore throats or fevers, fell asleep, and slept for days or weeks or longer. About 1/3 never woke up/died. Another 1/3 got well/long recovery and lead fairly normal lives. Others needed lifelong care, were institutionalized, mainly in mental institutions, as there was no other place for them. Dr. who 'found' some decades later and his story became book/movie 'Awakenings'. Very sad; terrifying that there is no prevention/cure, and very little known about this disease to this day.


Auto-da-Fe
Auto-da-Fe
Author: Elias Canetti
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 2/3/2016


Very strange story about a man with 25,000 books.


Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
Author: Peter Evans, Ava Gardner
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 7/21/2015


Partial autobiography/as-told-to book about her life and career. Started as a way to make money to pay the bills, the project was abruptly ended by Ava. Although he comes off well, it is suggested that Frank Sinatra paid Ava an amount equal to what she hoped to earn from the book to stop writing it. Interesting tales about various Hollywood stars, directors, and others that she worked with and/or dated.


An Available Man: A Novel
An Available Man: A Novel
Author: Hilma Wolitzer
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/27/2015


Well written story of a man moving on after his wife dies, dealing with the dating scene and previous girlfriend.


Back to Wando Passo
Back to Wando Passo
Author: David Payne
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 6/27/2014


This book alternates chapters about a current day family living in SC plantation and previous occupants who lived there before and during the War Between the States. Love triangles in each era mirror each other to some extent. Held my interest during most of the book; some of the voodoo references/action hard to follow/swallow. Not a great book, but I enjoyed the story for the most part.


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie, Ina Rilke (Translator)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 53
Review Date: 12/29/2015


Bought this book at a library sale; didn't realize I'd read it already; different cover. I remember it as an enjoyable story set in China.


Be Frank with Me
Be Frank with Me
Author: Julia Claiborne Johnson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/31/2018


Story of an editor's assistant who moves temporarily to L.A. to work for a reclusive author while she finishes long-awaited 2nd novel. Author has a quirky, genius son (Frank) who is fascinated with old movies.


Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)
Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)
Author: Jess Walter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 137
Review Date: 2/3/2016


Romantic tale that takes place in remote village in Italy during filming of 'Cleopatra' and follows story of the characters to present day.


Bellman & Black
Bellman & Black
Author: Diane Setterfield
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 6/12/2018


Very strange tale.


Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
Author: Dave Barry
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 5/30/2019


Typically ridiculous Dave Barry book, this one about Florida and the often crazy residents, roadside attractions, and myths.


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