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Case Histories

Atkinson, Kate
I like this book very much. There is a lot of sly humor, and some very sad parts. A good mixture. Let me just say I have never thought much of the idea of retiring in another country, though. Everyone in books seems to want to go live in France, or Costa Rica, or Alaska, for cryin' out loud. I am not one of them. Maybe it's the airplane thing, I don't know. I like how the story may be continued a bit in another book, I'll have to get them and see.

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He lit a new cigarette from the stub of the old one because he had run out of matches, and faced with a choice between chain-smoking or abstinence, he'd taken the former option because it felt like there was enough abstinence in his life already. -- pg. 45

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(He always carried tissues, half the people he met seemed to end up in tears). -- pg. 153

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4/2018

One Good Turn

Atkinson, Kate
Great book, surprise ending. It took me until page 317 until I realized who Julia was. And I just read the previous book in April!

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You had to hand it to the Welrod. When they said "silenced", they meant silenced. -- pg. 370

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6/2018

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Atkinson, Kate
Juliet gets a job in a spy organization in WWII London. I love the writing, the story was OK, but I didn't care for the ending. I should probably read the ending over again to see it grows on me.

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11/2018

When Will There Be Good News?

Atkinson, Kate
I finished this morning, now I've nothing to read. Lots of twists and turns. I read the large print edition. It is SO MUCH easier than the paperbacks. I was worth driving to the library three cities away to borrow it. Thank goodness for the county library system!

I was reading page 198 when I said out loud, "Who the hell is Tessa?" Well, now we know.

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Louise was sure that buried deep inside her, lurking in the murky labyrinth of her heart, there was an incredibly well-behaved person wondering when she would ever be let out. Patrick probably wondered the same thing. -- pg. 321

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6/2018

Pride And Prejudice

Austen, Jane
Only took me two weeks to wade through this! I like to see Robert B. Parker take a crack a re-writing this. I finally got excited about the story in the last seventy-five pages, and actually laughed out loud a couple times!

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11/2008

The Night Gardener

Auxier, Jonathan
Molly and her brother Kip, possibly orphans from Ireland, go to work at a very spooky house (on an island!) out in the English country. There's this tree...

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10/2015

Red Queen

Aveyard, Victoria
OK story. Poor girl gets picked to join the power elite, but I forget why. Oh, yeah, she develops a super power. Everyone betrays everyone else, pretty much, and things go to heck, just in time for the next book, or the movie.

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3/2016

Nothing But The Truth

Avi, No First Name
A student acts up in homeroom during the national anthem. Story is told from several points of view. Just what IS the truth?

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8/2015

Wolf Rider

Avi, No First Name
Andy gets a weird phone call from someone he doesn\\\'t know who says he (Zeke) has killed a college girl. Andy tries to do the right thing, but everyone thinks he either crazy or making it up. I found this book very upsetting, but then I may be coming down with something.

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12/2012

The Search For Delicious

Babbit, Natalie
A very enjoyable little read about a young boy who is tasked by the king to poll the each person in the kingdom as to what they think is delicious. Mayhem ensues!

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10/2013

Ship Breaker

Bacigalupi, Paolo
I read this last year and forgot to enter it, I guess. I had to look up the circulation history to find the date. I enjoyed reading this dystopian story.

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2/2012

The Drowned Cities

Bacigalupi, Paolo
A companion to Ship Breaker (which I read, but doesn't seem to be on this list! YET!!), we find out what happens to Tool, and meet a couple of new characters. There's a lot of blood and violence. A lot! But it's a well-written story and I enjoyed reading it.

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10/2013

A Man Called Ove

Backman, Fredrik
You wouldn't think a book about a crabby old man trying to killing himself after his wife dies would be funny, would you? But I found a lot of humor in this book, and a very high weeping-to-pages ratio. Five stars!

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7/2016

Beartown

Backman, Fredrik
In Beartown, hockey is everything. This story was very emotional reading for me.

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Ramona refuses to let anyone say that he died; she says he left her, because that's how she sees it. Like a betrayal. -- pg. 105

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Ramona pours herself a glass of whiskey. Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day. -- pg. 109

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12/2017

Britt-Marie Was Here

Backman, Fredrik
Britt-Marie goes to a small village for a job managing a recreational center. I'm not sure how far she got at the end, it's up to her.

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4/2017

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry

Backman, Fredrik
I'm not sure I got everything out of this story that the author intended, but it was a pretty darn good read. Now I gotta get the sequel.

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The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people you left behind want to stop living. -- pg. 220

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"There are seven books, Dad. And eight films," says Elsa carefully. -- pg. 360

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12/2016

Mi Moto Fidel

Baker, Christopher P.
Motocycling and sex in Cuba. Non-fiction. Interesting takes on Castro and communism.

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5/2001

Deliver Us From Evil

Baldacci, David
Some guy from one secret group is sent to kill a former KGB mass murderer, and some woman from another secret group is sent to kill the same former KGB mass murderer.

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Wings -- Too many places to list...

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10/2016

Major

Balf, Todd
Biography of the the great bicycle champion Major Taylor.

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6/2012

Super-Cannes

Ballard, J. G.
Paul, recovering from an airplane accident, moves to the super business park of Eden-Olympus when his physician wife accepts a job there. She is replacing a, as it happens, former lover who killed several people there, and was in turn, shot to death. Paul is intrigued by the mystery of why this happened.

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1/2013
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