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The Painted Girls

The Painted Girls Cathy Marie Buchanan 2013, Riverhead Books   Ballet, artists, personal anguish and a tale of enduring love between sisters. The Painted Girls is a tale about young girls coming of age in the harsh world of late … Continue reading

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The Last Runaway

The Last Runaway Tracy Chevalier 2013, Penguin Group   Self-Discovery, new friends, and adventures await our main Character in nineteenth-century America. Chevalier takes the reader on a long trip from England through eastern America and finally to the Ohio Valley … Continue reading

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The Racketeer

The Racketeer John Grisham 2012, Doubleday   What a romp! This book is just fun to read. As I worked through each plot deception, the story became more fun rather than too complex. Once again Grisham shows why he is … Continue reading

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Blenheim Palace Re-visited

I was fortunate enough to visit Blenheim Palace earlier this spring. A few years ago, I read a book about Alva and Consuelo Vanderbilt. When visiting the palace, I was intrigued again (I don’t think re-intrigued is a word), by … Continue reading

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The Storyteller

The Storyteller Jodi Picoult 2013, Atria   Picoult scores again with her latest book, The Storyteller. Picoult has a knack for taking an issue and twisting it so that the reader becomes emotionally involved in an issue that is more … Continue reading

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The Art Forger

The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro 2012, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Follow Clair Roth as she struggles to maintain a life within the Art world. First as an accomplished artist who makes bad decisions, then as a copyist who makes … Continue reading

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Mistress of the Art of Death

Mistress of the Art of Death Ariana Franklin 2008, Berkley Books This book follows the adventures of Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar, a woman practicing medicine in the late 12th century. Adelia hails from the great medical schools of Salerno, … Continue reading

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