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Annexed by Sharon Dogar Published:  2010 by Houghton Mifflin Source:  Purchased Reading Challenge:  A-Z Book Challenge   It takes a lot of guts to write a novel based on a historical figure.  It takes even more guts to write a … Continue reading

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Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman

Unorthodox:  The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman Published:  2012 by Simon & Schuster Source:  Purchased (e-book) I’ve always been interested in other cultures, but since I read Anne Frank:  The Diary of a Young Girl when … Continue reading

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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks Published:  2012 by St. Martin’s Press Source:  Purchased   What did I do on Saturday night?  I read Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.  Now it’s not unusual for me to spend an … Continue reading

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The Betrayal

The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore Published:  2010 by Black Cat Source:  Purchased Reading Challenge:  European Reading Challenge 2012 Last year at the Books on the Nightstand Readers’ Retreat (best weekend ever), one of my new friends highly recommended the novel … Continue reading

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The Sandcastle Girls

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian Published:  2012 by Doubleday Source:  Borrowed from the Library Chris Bohjalian’s newest novel sheds light on a moment in history that has been virtually ignored — the Armenian genocide in 1915.  Referred to in … Continue reading

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The Tea Lords

The Tea Lords by Hella S. Haasse  (translated by Ina Rilke ) Published:  2011 by Portobello Books Source:  Received as giveaway from Iris on Books Once again, I sadly admit that I am not too familiar with Dutch literature, and … Continue reading

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TLC Book Tour — Passing Love

Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett Published:  2012 by Grand Central Publishing Source:  received ARC from author for review   Regular readers of my blog will know that I have a soft spot for books set in Paris.  That influenced … Continue reading

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Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain Published:  2012 by Crown Publishers Source:  Purchased at my local independent bookstore Quiet is a book I wish was available 20 years ago when I … Continue reading

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The Voluntourist

The Voluntourist:  A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem by Ken Budd Published:  2012 by William Morrow Source:  Received ARC from publisher for review Barely a year into his retirement, Ken Budd’s father … Continue reading

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A Blogger Recommended: Raised Right

Raised Right:  How I Untangled My Faith from Politics by Alisa Harris Published:  2011 by WaterBrook Press Source:  Borrowed from the library Recommended by:  Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness The political system in the United States is broken – the extreme … Continue reading

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