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The White Masai

by Corinne Hofmann
Friday, December 12, 2008

I read this book when I returned from Africa last year and it was so good, I reread it. Corinne met a Masai on a trip to Africa and immediately knew she had to marry him. She closed up her life in Switzerland, moved into a mud hut with him and tried to make a go of it but eventually he because so jealous and sure that she was cheating on him, that she had to give up. The cultures were just too different. It gives a true picture of how the native Masai live and how someone like us finds it very hard to accept. I recommend it.

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The Kitchen Boy

by Robert Alexander
Friday, December 12, 2008

This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read in a long time. Using the facts of the Romanovs' imprisonment and eventual execution, Robert Alexander weaves a tale of mystery and intrigue. Even though you know the fate of the Romanovs, he manages to write the book in such a suspenseful way that you can't put it down. I highly recommend this book. In addition, check out this great website for the book. Hope someone makes this one into a movie.

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Bel Canto

by Ann Patchett
Friday, December 12, 2008

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the premise, the setting, the characters, and the "musical" allusions. A terrorist group takes over a private party in a vice-president's home in South-America. An American Opera singer is featured as the entertainer. What happens is extraordinary--the electric mix of guest, dignitaries, servants, terrorist all find that they are witnesses to an amazing musical talent. The music binds them and their lives together as they are held hostage in this house. People fall in love, make friendships; and it all comes to a shocking end.

Margaret, Reference

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

An interesting look at a life style that is so different from my own. As a teenager, Valerie Danby-Smith gets a job working for Ernest Hemingway during his years in Spain and Cuba (about 1959-1961). Her relationship with the Hemingways is what this book is all about. She does have a lot of insight and revelations about the years spent with them and tells her story in a interesting way. I didn't care for all the name dropping but it was probably necessary to tell the story of their lives. After Ernest death, Valerie marries Gregory, his son. This was one roller-coaster of a marriage and a tragic story itself. It was brave of her to tell it.

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Traveler (Audiobook)

by Ron McLarty
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

McLarty is able to bring his boyhood hometown of East Providence, RI to life as the main character Jono Reilly, goes back there when he gets notice that his first childhood love, Marie D'Agostino, has died suddenly. 40 years previously she had been shot in the back while walking through a field with Jono. It was a mystery. A motive was never determined and her assailant has never been found. He reopens the investigation with the help of a retired cop. McLarty's characters and settings are vivid and engaging.

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