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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Bookwomyn, February 21, 2015

Once in a while one comes across a book so wonderful that one is saddened by turning the last page. So it was for me with "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena." I did not allow myself to read this book during the day so that I would hop into bed early in anticipation of another hour - or more - with the people in the story. While the setting does not seem to be one that anyone would want to visit, the story is so compelling and the lives lived so vivid that the reader feels she is a kindly aunt or grandmother sitting beside the characters as they tell of their hardships. I wanted to hold and comfort them and make it alright. Of course these stories were lived by so many in so many countries that I weep just thinking about them. We are so blessed to live in a peaceful country - untouched in our times by war and true hardship -the very least we can do is to try to understand what it must be like for those who have lived in a war-torn country and reading this book has helped me do that. Thank you Mr. Marra.
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Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Nora Webster

Bookwomyn, December 2, 2014

Just in time for holiday giving - a new book from Colm Toibin! I know I'd be happy to find among my gifts - except I already have it and have read it. Although - it's good enough to read twice. Buy one for yourself while you're at it. You'll want to loan it to family and friends. If you have not read Toibin yet you are in for a treat. "Brooklyn" is a good one too!
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove

Bookwomyn, October 7, 2014

I totally agree with the other reviewer's comments and pray that Mr. Backman writes many more books. I so enjoyed the book that I will be giving it to unsuspecting people for Christmas and other occasions. The story is so simple, sweet and charming ... I cried one moment, scolded him another for being such a scrooge and totally loved him the next. I hope that the book was based on a character that the author knew and wish that I could have known this person as well. I can't imagine that such a person could have been dreamed up!
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The Dismal Science by Peter Mountford
The Dismal Science

Bookwomyn, March 20, 2014

Excellent! A very different plot! (And a nice change from murder mysteries.) A peek into the workings of the World Bank. A realistic peek into the mind of a man who faces huge changes in his life because of a snap decision. Lessons to be learned!
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The Goldfinch (Large Print) by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch (Large Print)

Bookwomyn, January 9, 2014

What an amazing book! I resisted starting this book because as a 'woman of a certain age,' what interest could a young boy's tale be to me? Wow was I wrong. My interest was peaked from the first page. I loved Tartt's "The Secret History" and the reviews of this new book were favorable so I thought I should at least try it. I am so very glad that I did. Highly recommended.
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