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Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger
Eternal on the Water

rusty97015, September 28, 2012

This novel was so beautifully written, the characters became part of my network of friends, New Hampshire became my second home, and I felt as if I had kayaked the Allagash River.

This novel is meant for the biologist and the romantic amongst us. As a biologist, it touched my inquisitive nerves... and, as a romantic, it touched my heart. And, yes, there were times when I found myself with tears streaming down my face at the sweet and poignant moments.

The love between Mary and Cobb, their Yeti Love, is what so many of us dream of, yet fail to achieve.... that's not to say that the loves of our lives are not fulfilling, but there is something so special between Mary and Cobb, the reader can't help but feel as if their's is a unique, 1 in 6 Billion, love.

I am recommending this book to all my friends, especially the biologists and the self-proclaimed naturalists in my sphere.
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Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Special Topics in Calamity Physics

rusty97015, June 30, 2010

Ugh. I hate writing negatively about a book. But, this is one of the rare books where I feel compelled to do so. The topic (teen-angst-ridden-girl) is a rich field to be mined. But, for the love of all that is bibliographically holy, this book is dripping with excessive adjectives. Sometimes, I only need to know that the car is blue. I don't need to know that it is the azure blue of Meditteranean coastal waters on a mid-afternoon in Spain five days after a lunar eclipse (alright, she didn't actually write that, but this is similar to the type of descriptions on page after page). Seriously, if you want a heavy read, this book is for you. Otherwise, go for something more fun. On the bright side, this is the first book in many years that gave me the freedom to stop reading half-way through without finishing.
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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife

rusty97015, January 1, 2010

I tend not to read too many fiction novels because I don't suspend disbelief so easily. But, this is one book with which I suspended disbelief and thoroughly enjoyed the very touching storyline. The book came highly recommended by a friend and I am glad I read it.
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Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and Journey to the Ends of the Earth by Dan Glick
Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and Journey to the Ends of the Earth

rusty97015, September 23, 2008

For those of us who wished we could take our children around the world - or wish our parents had taken us - this is a true-life story of a single father lovingly trying to instill into his two children an appreciation for other cultures and their environmental roots. Along the way, he battles his emotions over the break-up of his marriage, the loss of his brother to cancer, and the trials of raising two adolescent children who are intimately linked to the conveniences of modern Western culture. The love of the father for his children is evident and is inspiring.
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rusty97015, July 12, 2008

Is it possible to enjoy a book with such a difficult premise? We can read about murder. We can read about rape. But, if you are like me, pedophilia has been beyond where I want to go. But, I did. And, I'm grateful. "Edinburgh", by Alexander Chee, is about more than a despicable act. It is about the transformation of a man. No child should have to go through what Fee goes through in this story. But, children do. And, this novel puts a face on it and gives us hope and beauty. It teaches us what we already know - that a person can be more than a victim.
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