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A really lovely book, a bit challenging to read because of the language of 1925 when it was written. The book is infused with sadness and regret but also compassion as it follows a woman and her husband she never loved into a journey into China and a cholera outbreak he is working to overcome.
Title
the Painted Veil
Author
W. Somerset Maugham
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This is a great introduction to the novels of Richard Ford, (I've a few of his other books at home, but as yet haven't read). I picked this one as I was curious about the title, and as someone who loved visiting Canada, was even more intrigued. But its the opening passage, in which our narrator tells us about his parents robbing a bank and the murders that followed. Its already got you. The tale is told to us by our narrator, 15 year old Dell Parsons. His twin sister, Berner flees from the family after Mom and Dad are arrested and its left to poor Dell to fend for himself. Raised in Montana in a place called Great Falls, (makes me suspect Ford purposely chose this town) its not long before Dell follows Berner's lead and leaves town too. He ends up in a small underdeveloped town in Saskatchewan, and finds himself with a rather brutish assortment of characters including Arthur, a well known local with connections and his sidekick Charles Quarters, who makes Dell feel uneasy in his presence. The book is an epic and in two parts. The first a look back from an older version of Dell which focusses on his parents and leading up to the bank robbery, while part two is more about the ways Dell comes to terms with his life and trying to make good decisions. Its a nice way to end the summer adult book reading programme. Finding and discovering some great voices, incredible prose and enlightening images.
Title
Canada
Author
Richard Ford
ISBN
9780061692048
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Title
Honor Thyself
Author
Danielle Steel
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Title
Happy Birthday
Author
Danielle Steel
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Title
It had to be you
Author
Cecily Von Ziegesar
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Title
44 Charles Street
Author
Danielle Steel
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Having read most of his short stories and novels, I feel very at home with Salter, who was a huge discovery for me this year, and one of the hightlights of doing the summer reading programme. This is one of his finest novels, (his short stories though are spectacular). In this tender and exquisitely written novel sees a couple's marriage go through highs and lows and how it has an impact on their children. A life shared but not spared. At first small divisions appear in their relationship, countless gatherings, dinner parties, travels and self discovery. While one partner's passions and joys rise, the other seems to falter. A memorable book but a tad too depressing for some I suspect, but I love this style and prose. As close to a feeling as William Maxwell but not quite the master's hand.
Title
Light Years
Author
James Salter
ISBN
0679740732
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With almost no action in the first half of the book, Russo skillfully weaves many story lines together in a really well-written account of small town life.
Title
Empire Falls
Author
Richard Russo
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While I did learn a few new investment ideas from this book and it is a easy book to read, I cannot label it as the "Smartest" Investment book. In my humble opinion, I still reserve that honor to Professor Ben Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" which is a more difficult read and very useful and informative and educational book on investing for me.
Title
The Smartest Investment Book You'll ever read
Author
Daniel R. Solin
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12 year old prodigy T. S Spivet lives in near Butte, Montana, his mother who he refers to as Dr Clair is an entomologist and his father spends his time watching old westerns in the family 'set' ing room', while his 16 year old sister Gracie is going through the throws of boys and teenage angst. T.S gets a call one night from the Smithsonian and is invited to give a lecture there, and to collect a prestigious Award. The caller believing T. S to be an adult. At first T. S declines the invitation but after mulling it over with the floorboards and various objects he decides to go and more importantly travel there by freight car, hobo style. Half way into the book you encounter more about his families past and his mother's youth writing a journal and having some research herself on a family ancestor. The book is enjoyable and whimsical enough and the added addition of side notes, background information, sketches and charts along and down the sides of the book's pages and margins is extremely helpful to understanding the characters and relationships more, as well as divulging more on his departed brother Layton's death by gun shot.
Title
The Selected Works of T. S Spivet
Author
Reif Larsen
ISBN
978159420217952795
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