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Book Reviews


hoofbeats

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015

The Language of HoofbeatsThe Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

good book. Nice story. Heart-warming. A nice change from suspense-driven mystery.
Star, a disturbed foster child falls in love with an needy horse.Together they are saved.
Interesting part of the book is that the foster parents are women. Nothing is made of the same-sex marriage, it just is. I like the main stream quality of a same sex couple.

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a dying language

Posted on: November 16th, 2015

The Man Who Spoke SnakishThe Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wild book, no I mean really wild. This is a dark, musky, eastern european folklore-like bookm, nor surprising since it takes place in Estonia. The last man who speaks snakish is caught in the conflict between Christians and the forest. There are gigolo bears and wise old adders. Strange but appealing.

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Inheritance

Posted on: October 30th, 2015

Orhan's InheritanceOrhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes there are books that tell a story revealing a hidden part of history.

Orhan’s Inheritance is such a book. In 1915, the Turkish government executed more than 1.5 million Armenians and drove many more from the country. The genocide was tied up with WWI and the Young Turk government.

This book is the story of families caught up in the genocide. It is well written and the genocide is not apparent till the end. I was struck by how little I knew. The Armenians were Christian, the Turks Muslim and like many such state crimes, the overt reason was religious, the underlying reason much more complex.

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Meditate on the mystery

Posted on: October 26th, 2015

The First Rule of Ten (A Tenzing Norbu Mystery, #1)The First Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book! Former Buddhist monk, former LAPD detective becomes a private eye and solves a mystery of poisoned land. Suspenseful,but not too violent, good story all tied up in the end. Looking forward to the rest of the series

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Lunch on the go

Posted on: October 24th, 2015

Lunch with BuddhaLunch with Buddha by Roland Merullo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

not quite a five but very enjoyable. Love the Rinpoche. In this trip Otto and the Rinpoche are traveling from Seattle to No. Dakota, 6 years after their original trip and just after the death of Otto’s wife. Lots of lessons to learn. More insight into Otto’s sister now the Rinpoche’s wife and their daughter Shesla.

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Out there

Posted on: July 11th, 2015

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good book, very scientific, very believable. Watney is abandoned on Mars by shopmates who think he is dead. He survives and the story is his survival, He hopes to be found and returned to earth. Truly science fiction.

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Left behind

Posted on: July 11th, 2015

The Girl You Left BehindThe Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

having Just read All the Light you cannot see and The nightengale, i was surprised once again to be thrown into wartime France, this time WWI. very good.

Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait—painted by her artist husband—a dangerous obsession is born, one that will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision.

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Nightingale

Posted on: May 31st, 2015

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seems there are themes to my reading. Franc during WWII again. And again a novel of beauty and depth. Vianne and Isabel, sisters find ways to resist the Nazi occupation and survive the war. This is the women’s side of the war. Women who were left alone when husbands were fighting or captured. Women raising families while German officers billeted in their homes. A picture of grace ad strength.

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Light

Posted on: May 31st, 2015

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marie-Laure , a young blind woman,lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When France is occupied by the Nazis, they leave the city and live with her father’s brother.
The parallel story is about Werner, a German orphan who becomes an expert at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth and then a special assignment to track the resistance.
There lives intersect with intensity. Even in war, people try to be good.
Beautifully written

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Delicious!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2015

Lots of Candles, Plenty of CakeLots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so relieves. Anna Quindlen has written my memoir and I don’t have to. She said everything I wanted to say but didn’t know how. In fact she went a level deeper and explained the meaning of my life to me. I recognized the truth in her words. Great book!
The funniest line she said was in reference to her marriage of 36 years. “We are in a mixed marriage. He is male and I am female.” Now isn’t that true of all of us?

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