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A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

jksquires, September 19, 2014

This wonderful book is not only a great historical document, it also memorably entertaining. Credit must be given to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for transcribing Martha Ballard's incredible diary, but also to the spirit of Martha herself who was so devoted to helping women in remote New England. I know of no other book quite like it and it is a significant addition to our history. It documents the life of a brave and remarkable woman who would have been otherwise lost to us.
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life

jksquires, August 22, 2014

I'm reading Life After Life the second time for my book group and I am even more impressed the second time around. I am a devoted reader of Atkinson's Jackson Brodie stories, but Life After Life is at a whole new stratospheric territory in terms of imagination and literary daring. Ursula's births, deaths, and rebirths take us on a fascinating tour of history from the years 1910 until 1947. It's a story of the chaos of life and the ripple effects of every life. Truly an inspired work!
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life

jksquires, August 22, 2014

I'm reading Life After Life the second time for my book group and I am even more impressed the second time around. I am a devoted reader of Atkinson's Jackson Brodie stories, but Life After Life is at a whole new stratospheric territory in terms of imagination and literary daring. Ursula's births, deaths, and rebirths take us on a fascinating tour of history from the years 1910 until 1947. It's a story of the chaos of life and the ripple effects of every life. Truly an inspired work!
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Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories by Stuart Dybek
Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories

jksquires, June 26, 2014

My interest in this book arose from a book review explaining that the title came from a line in The Great Gatsby, which, in my humble opinion, is the great American novel. I'm glad to say I'm happy I followed my instincts and bought this great collection of quirky, lyrically written stories. Dybek truly has a very original voice and I feel like I've discovered a wonderful author. Discoveries made trudging across a Chicago neighborhood during a blizzard or meeting a miniature bride and groom with wedding cake frosting on their feet are but two examples of the treasures in this book.
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Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
Nobody's Fool

jksquires, June 15, 2014

I've read several of Russo's novels, and saw the great Paul Newman made of Nobody's Fool so I decided to plunge into the this one--I'm so glad I did. Russo writes about very ordinary people in a down-at-the-heels town, but that is the charm of this book. The characters are so nuanced and very real. Sully, the lead character is one I will never forget--imperfect, yet trying to redeem himself at the age of 60. His interaction with his 80-year old landlady and former teacher is itself worth the price of the book. Russo is a wonderment.
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