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Old 11-05-2020, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I'm reading: America's First Daughter. It's about Thomas Jefferson's daughter Patsy and how important she was to his presidency and life.

https://historicalnovelsociety.org/r...irst-daughter/
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Old 11-06-2020, 06:01 AM
 
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Just finished "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ordinary-grace

This was a four star read for me.

Thanks for the recommendation!
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Old 11-06-2020, 06:24 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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Just finished "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ordinary-grace

This was a four star read for me.

Thanks for the recommendation!
I agree! What a wonderful book.
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Old 11-06-2020, 07:18 AM
 
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(Thinking I may re-read Ordinary Grace as cannot remember it but know I read it. I am one who never re-reads books but in this case I doubt it will too familiar!). I definitely preferred This Tender Land.

I finished Olive, Again and am really conflicted about it. It WAS a very good read; but there was so much sadness in it. Also, the stories were less related to each other- other than the setting ( and often Olive herself).
After the first half I enjoyed it a lot more, and probably would recommend it but there was certainly some pretty bizarre things thrown in that I still cannot quite reconcile.
I just started Hamnet. It's taking a bit to get into it but I think I got there. ( at about 10 or 15%).
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Old 11-06-2020, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Speaking of William Kent Krueger, I'm re-reading IRON LAKE. Great book.

https://williamkentkrueger.com/cork-...ies/iron-lake/
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Old 11-06-2020, 05:28 PM
 
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Speaking of William Kent Krueger, I'm re-reading IRON LAKE. Great book.

https://williamkentkrueger.com/cork-...ies/iron-lake/

Good to know- thanks for the recommendation. I have not heard of this book and will add it to my ever growing to read list!!
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Old 11-07-2020, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Oldham
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Turnstone by Graham Hurley. First in the Joe Faraday series.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Thanks, I've put it on my list. I did a quick review of it and noticed that the hardcopy version has 1136 pages. I've noticed that well written historical books usually have a lot of pages.
You know, come to think of it, it WAS a long book, but it was so enjoyable and interesting I didn't really notice that.

I don't recall even skimming parts of it, which to be honest, I sometimes do with some very technical or detailed books involving history.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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This book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson represents a fresh approach both to Churchill and history writing. The book was weighted about one third towards the well-known speeches and political/military leadership of Winston Churchill, two-thirds to his somewhat raucous and disorderly family life. Little known is the disastrous marriage and financial dissipation of his son and daughter-in-law, the latter of whom ultimately married W. Averill Harriman.

My one quibble was insufficient coverage of his brilliant wife, Clementine Churchill. I wanted to learn more about her. The book was recommended by my late mother-in-law's husband, and a worthy referral. I recommend this book.
I enjoyed this book but like you, I also became a lot more curious about Clementine, so I ordered a biography on her - I think it's called "Clemmie." Anyway, I haven't read it yet but I intend to!
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:31 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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i think im going to be doing alot of reading now that i have vowed to turn off the news for the next few years . My support will go to books .
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