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Orlando: A Biography
Orlando: A Biography

Review: No lover in the world ever wrote a valentine more exquisite than Virginia Woolf's tribute to her lover Vita Sackville-West.

That tribute was "Orlando: A Biography," a magical-realism tale about a perpetually youthful, charming hero/ine who traverses three centuries and both genders -- and Woolf's writing reaches a new peak as she explores the hauntingly sensuous world of Orlando. It's one of those rare novels that transcends the time in which it was written, even as its hero/ine transcend... Read more

Fevre Dream: A Novel
Fevre Dream: A Novel

Review: The book kind of started off okay, but then veered off into blandness towards the end. The end was fairly cliche and didn't really contribute any new ideas. Overall I would recommend skipping this oen. Read more

and the Storming of the Presidency - Donald Trump
and the Storming of the Presidency - Donald Trump

Review: Without going into much detail, while I follow this sort of thing as best I can, I learned a lot about what went into the campaign. The bottom line is that I learned that Trump's victory was not a fluke. . Read more

How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

Review: Ever since watching the West Wing, I've been interested in the job of White House Chief of Staff. It seems like such a powerful and stressful job. I've really enjoyed this book and learning the inside and behind the scenes stories from the Nixon administration through the Obama administration. A lot of what I read was completely new to me, but I'm not a big presidential history buff.

I think it makes a good contrast between the "good" Chiefs and the "not so good" Chiefs. It shows how one ... Read more

Book One of The Legends of the First Empire - Age of Myth
Book One of The Legends of the First Empire - Age of Myth

Review: Wonderful story and wonderful writing. The story and read flowed effortlessly. There were twists turns and surprises around every corner. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read fantasy novels. Read more

The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi
The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

Review: The forty rules introduced are timeless and universal in their application. I learned about spirituality, human relations development, and Sufism. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in spirituality, religion, and the topic of 'love'. Read more

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club)
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club)

Review: I really enjoyed this storyline. Blending so many of the characters we some way or another grew up with, and making it a wonderful story. I enjoyed Holmes eccentricity as well as the sarcastic humor throughout. Read more

Wild Seed
Wild Seed

Review: Unpredictable and provocative, this is a look at the intersection of gender, race, and power across time and continents. Like life, this novel is neither a dystopia nor a utopia as it explores questions of what it means to be human in a world of extraordinary possibilities. Read more

Box Me Up and Ship Me Home - If I Die in a Combat Zone
Box Me Up and Ship Me Home - If I Die in a Combat Zone

Review: I think this is an average book, although quite honest from the Author. I have heard a lot of Tim O'Brien but this is the first book I read of his. It is much more an anti-war book then a war book. In this account anyway, I find the Author's arrogance towards other soldiers who he calls GI's although I hadn't heard that term in reference to someone in the Army since WWII. I might not have heard it due to where I served in the Marines, small, remote areas in and near the DMZ. And my experience do... Read more

Love and Ruin: A Novel
Love and Ruin: A Novel

Review: This was one of the best books I have read this year, couldn't put it down. Martha Gellhorn was one amazing woman who I knew very little about and loved learning of her gutsy, brave and independent life. Paula McLain is a wonderful writer who gives so much depth to her characters that get fully immersed in their lives. Ernest Hemmingway was a dynamic person who must have been so difficult to live with and love, but love him Marty did. Wonderful book. Read more

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