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As the Romans Do: An American Family's Italian Odyssey
As the Romans Do: An American Family's Italian Odyssey
Author: Alan Epstein
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/4/2008


An American family moves to Rome and settles in. This book introduces us to Rome and Romans as the author describes their lives and adjustments as they make the city their home.


Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel
Review Date: 1/24/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Palestinian Christian's autobiographic account of his life in historic times, the creation of the state of Israel, detailing the impact on his family, his village, and his career.


City Walks: Paris: 50 Adventures on Foot
City Walks: Paris: 50 Adventures on Foot
Author: Christina Henry de Tessan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/8/2007


This "book", a collection of 50 cards with hour long walks, is a wonderful way to explore Paris. In my experience, it works best with a guide book in figuring out where to start, but you can then leave the heavy book in your room and go forth to explore with just a few light weight cards.


Emotionally Weird
Emotionally Weird
Author: Kate Atkinson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/2/2007


Set in Dundee, Scotland, in the early 70s, this is a complex multi-layered story about students in a college writing class and one student's quest to learn about her birth family. Atkinson writes well and the story is interwoven, yet compelling.


Here and Nowhere Else : Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family (Concord Library Book)
Review Date: 7/12/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Jane Brox returns to her family's farm in Massachusetts to farm and to write, craafting a wonderful book about land, labor, and love. Brox interweaves her descriptions with local history and geography. This is regional nature wriating at its best.


How Reading Changed My Life (Library of Contemporary Thought)
How Reading Changed My Life (Library of Contemporary Thought)
Author: Anna Quindlen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/2/2007
Helpful Score: 2


The author describes her "bookwormy" childhood and how it formed her life. In addition to imparting her enthusiasm for reading, Quindlen includes several lists of books for various considerations (ie, classics, book clubs, etc).


Light on Snow
Light on Snow
Author: Anita Shreve
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/2/2007
Helpful Score: 6


A father and daughter go walking in the woods just before Christmas and find a newborn wrapped in a sleeping bag. One of Shreve's best, this book deals with love, loss, and family responsibility.


Off-Season : Discovering America on Winter's Shore
Off-Season : Discovering America on Winter's Shore
Author: Ken McAlpine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/29/2007


The author moseys up the Atlantic coast in the off-season, looking for the "local" experience and the flavor of living in small coastal towns. He finds small adventures, colorful people, and, of course, some sense of himself.


The Piano Shop on the Left Bank : Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
Review Date: 9/18/2009
Helpful Score: 1


Thad Carhard is an American living in Paris. Walking his daughter to school, he passes a piano shop every day. He goes in, hoping to buy a piano, and learns, after several visits, that he has to be recommended to the shop by a former customer before they will talk to him. He finds his recommendation, and the rest of the book discusses his new life in music in Paris. The New York Times concluded its review of the book by saying that Carhard describes life in Paris from a French point of view "Like them, in their different ways, he doesn't look at the French; he stands beside them to look in the same direction. What he tries to capture is not the sight of them but what they see." This is truly a lovely book.


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Author: Annie Dillard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/2/2007


Classic journal of the author's year living in a cabin in the woods, describing Dillard's close-up observations of nature, science, and religion.


A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River (Galaxy Books)
Review Date: 3/4/2008


Classic book on midwestern conservation.


Swimming at Suppertime: Seasons of Delight on the Wrong Side of Buzzards Bay
Review Date: 7/2/2007


Superb book of essays about year-round life in a resort area. Wasserman is a wise observer and writes beautifully and poignantly.


Walking to Canterbury : A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England
Review Date: 9/2/2007


Ellis follows the medieval pilgrim route from London to Canterbury in the proscribed six traditional days. His knowlege of history and Chaucer is impressive and adds to his tale. However, he subustitutes his own [considerable] spiritiality for the religious faith that motivates pilgrims and rather misses the meaning of the pilgrimage.


The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness
Review Date: 3/4/2008


Mitchell's discussion of gardens expands his thinking about landscapes in Eastern Massachusetts to the old world of gardening in Italy and some history of garden design. While very personal in his approach, interweaving history with details from his own life, the book is still quite abstract.


Writing a Woman's Life
Writing a Woman's Life
Author: Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/2/2007
Helpful Score: 4


Feminist look at biography for women. Heilbrun has much to say about the living of women's lives and the ways in which society values and evaluates women and their changing roles. A thoughtful and insightful book that leads to thoughts of one's own life.


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