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Teresa Borden has commented on (38) products.

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Hausfrau

Teresa Borden, April 10, 2015

I read some reviews on Amazon before deciding to read this book and I am glad that I ultimately decided to disregard them. I am so glad that I read this book, even though I feel somewhat sad now at the end. The richness of the inner life of Anna, the main character, and the details of her world relentlessly drew me in, propelled me forward and just would not release me. Every time I put this book down, I found myself thinking about it and yearning for it and I couldn't wait to pick it up again and immerse myself in Anna's world. I only wish it would have never ended. The prose is amazing; I could quote innumerable lines that reverberated in my soul. I would read this book again, which is not something I feel about too many books.
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Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Hausfrau

Teresa Borden, April 10, 2015

I read some reviews on Amazon before deciding to read this book and I am glad that I ultimately decided to disregard them. I am so glad that I read this book, even though I feel somewhat sad now at the end. The richness of the inner life of Anna, the main character, and the details of her world relentlessly drew me in, propelled me forward and just would not release me. Every time I put this book down, I found myself thinking about it and yearning for it and I couldn't wait to pick it up again and immerse myself in Anna's world. I only wish it would have never ended. The prose is amazing; I could quote innumerable lines that reverberated in my soul. I would read this book again, which is not something I feel about too many books.
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An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
An Unnecessary Woman

Teresa Borden, March 3, 2015

I just finished reading this book and I'm still reeling from its impact. I didn't think I'd like it so much when I first began, but I was quickly drawn into Aaliya's life as an older woman beset by memories, a reclusive reader, translator and survivor in Beirut, Lebanon. What really struck me was the juxtaposition of her ironic, literature-bound reflections and her memories of the long-gone people she loved. And the ending, when she confronts her mother and then what happens in her apartment! Amazing. You have to read this book. The prose is fantastic. This is a book I will read again just for the exquisiteness of so many phrases. And, of course, I will have to look up a lot of literary references, though I was surprised at how many I was familiar with. A short read, dense with history and meaning that will cause you to reflect on love, life, literature and the true nature of human connection.
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Away by Amy Bloom
Away

Teresa Borden, April 27, 2013

Fascinating story about Lillian Leyb's journey from Russia,(where she survived the massacre of her husband and family and lost her young daughter,) to New York, then Chicago and Seattle, all the way up into Alaska on a focused quest to find her daughter, who she finds out may still be alive. Amazing evocation of the 20s era across the nation. Bittersweet ending which struck my heart, with love at last perhaps a compensation for her loss.
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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles

Teresa Borden, November 23, 2012

What is most interesting about this story is how relationships unfold for the main character, eleven-(almost twelve)-year-old Julia: with her crush on the cool but reticent skate-boarder guy at the bus stop; with her parents and grandfather; with the piano teacher across the street (and how things evolve between the piano teacher and her father.) And then, things become even more interesting, as we see how her understanding of these relationships and of life in general evolves with, not only the passing of adolescent time, but with the changes everyone is adapting to. This is fiction at its best: believable and heart-wrenching.
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