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13, rue Therese
13, rue Therese
Author: Elena Mauli Shapiro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 10
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 4.2/5 Stars.
 13
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.


1969: The Year Everything Changed
1969: The Year Everything Changed
Author: Rob Kirkpatrick
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/22/2021


Month by month account of the highlights, and lowlights, of 1969 in the U.S.


22 Britannia Road
22 Britannia Road
Author: Amanda Hodgkinson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 29
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.D., Bk 1)
A.D. 30 (A.D., Bk 1)
Author: Ted Dekker
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 4
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.


Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Author: Ben Macintyre
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 35
Review Date: 5/5/2021


Great, true story of a handsome, charming man who makes his living as a thief who becomes a double agent during WWII.


All That Glitters
All That Glitters
Author: Frances Parkinson Keyes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/17/2021
Helpful Score: 1


Story of various people in government, diplomacy, and the military who have connections in Washington, DC. They include society women, VA horse farm owners, the son and daughter of a Senator, and a journalist. A novel that follows various careers, travels, love affairs, and tragedies. I've just read this book, although had it for years. Have been leaning towards older novels, without today's apparently obligatory extreme violence, sexuality, fantasy, over-the-top characters, etc. This story was a bit old fashioned and slow in spots, but I was always ready to pick it up again and read more. Keyes is now one of my favored authors, and I am ready to read more of her stories.


The Alphabet House
The Alphabet House
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen, Steve Schein (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 8
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.


And Quiet Flows the Don
And Quiet Flows the Don
Author: Mikhail Sholokhov
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/5/2021


Good story of Cossacks during peace, war, and revolution.


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.


Anne of Green Gables (Complete and Unabridged Classics)
Anne of Green Gables (Complete and Unabridged Classics)
Author: L. M. Montgomery
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 9/7/2020


I missed this one as a child; decided to read it after seeing a PBS movie. Engaging and sometimes funny story of an orphan adopted by a brother/sister who live on a farm in Canada.


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.


Anyone Who's Anyone: The Astonishing Celebrity Interviews, 1987-2017
Review Date: 9/20/2021


A sometimes amusing collection of interviews of a wide variety of rich and famous people. Probably would be enjoyed more by someone interested in high fashion/supermodels. Good book if you want to kill an hour or two with an easy read.


Arcadia
Arcadia
Author: Lauren Groff
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 17
Review Date: 9/1/2021


Novel about a man who was raised in a commune. He idealizes his childhood, but in reality lived in harsh conditions with little food and so-so shelter. The second part of the book covers his life 'outside' in the real world. Although not a fan of the hippie lifestyle (which seems uncomfortable and dirty) this was an interesting account of an alternative lifestyle.


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.


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