Category Archives: WWII

OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

Reading a long book is a commitment; reading a series of long books is a SERIOUS commitment, not to be undertaken lightly.  You don’t want to start something that you can’t finish.  And I have a constant pile of shorter … Continue reading

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LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain

If you are a Paula McLain fan like me, you already know that she is brilliant at capturing the voices and lives of strong women in history. You’ve read Circling the Sun (about Beryl Clutterbuck—later Markham) and The Paris Wife … Continue reading

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LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson

The idea of immortality is, to say the least, not new. To consider some popular media examples: in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, an arrogant weatherman, is forced to live the same day over and over until … Continue reading

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THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie Otsuka

I know you’re not supposed to put the word “very” in front of “unique,” but in the case of THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC, it applies.  This PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel is the first and probably only book you’ll ever read … Continue reading

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UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand

My dad (who gave me this book) likes to say, “Nothing is ever as good as it seems or as bad as it seems.”  Fortunately he never says this when I’m celebrating something; he saves it for low moments.  I … Continue reading

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