Book Reviews: Part Five

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July 8, 2016 by jacklovelace

Our Souls at Night: A novel
Our Souls at Night: A novel
by Kent Haruf
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.63
108 used & new from $5.22

3.0 out of 5 stars Until the homestretch, August 21, 2015
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I love Haruf. I’ve read all the books and seen all the plays made from the books.
I also loved this book for the first three quarters but I was not fond of the ending.
I don’t like to give away plot detail so I’ll just say I didn’t find it believable. I can handle
the sadness, it is inevitable, but the character approaches used to reach end just don’t
work for me by the final section.
Haruf was a wonderful writer.

The Fateful Lightning: A Novel of the Civil War
The Fateful Lightning: A Novel of the Civil War
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful blend, July 16, 2015
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Shaara does a really good of job blending characters and history. It makes the confusing clear and the story relate to us in human terms.
I enjoyed the whole series.

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
by William Deresiewicz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.35
158 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Can be applied to all schools., July 16, 2015
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One of the things I like about the book is how it offers insights that apply to higher education beyond the Ivy League schools.
Plenty of food for thought for all.

Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir
Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir
by Michael White
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.97
56 used & new from $5.56

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3.0 out of 5 stars Vermeer to the max, July 6, 2015
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The setup is fun quirky. Troubled man finds himself by viewing Vermeer paintings around the world.
He writes well and Vermeer fans will be intrigued. However his Vermeer obsession gets almost uncomfortable at times in a depth that is beyond general interest. A slight book that really is a three star ok.

The Day of the Triffids
The Day of the Triffids
by John Wyndham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holds up terrific, June 26, 2015
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This book really holds up well. The premise and then journey of the lead character is fascinating. It doesn’t feel compelled to offer up huge
amounts of gore and shock and the payoff is an intelligent thriller. So much better than the movie I remember that was made from it.

Indigo Slam: An Elvis Cole Novel
Indigo Slam: An Elvis Cole Novel
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Elvis, June 26, 2015
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Crais writes well and tells a good story. I’ve always held him at arm’s length since Elvis is a little too jokey for me, but I got caught up in the
characters and while it gets a little bit of a stretch down the stretch, I’m glad I spent time with it.

When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944
When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944
by Ronald C. Rosbottom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $28.00
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, not great, June 26, 2015
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It is a period that fascinates me and the author does provide insights that are enjoyable. But the book is written in more of a scholarly fashion and
becomes a bit of a grind at times. If the period interests you, you might give it a try, but I wouldn’t go out of my way.

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film
by Patton Oswalt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.00
121 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky book that is enjoyable, June 26, 2015
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An interesting book. It really isn’t about all the movies he saw, although there are nicely done tidbits about some of the movies that he uses to riff on.
It is more stories about his life in comedy and what it means to him. He writes well with nice humor. There is a hilarious section involving Jerry Lewis.
It is a quirky book that you can breeze through quickly and enjoy.

I'll Have What She's Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting
I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting
by Rebecca Harrington
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.70
103 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Too slight for a book, May 11, 2015
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Mildly amusing. While we are interested in celebrity diets and eating habits, the topic is really too slight for an actual book. Her
approach is to share as much about their workouts as what it is like to eat the food. The book is a reach and she didn’t even maximize what she had to work with.

The Paris Winter
The Paris Winter
by Imogen Robertson
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done Paris set mystery, January 30, 2015
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A really good period piece mystery. She blends the scenes of turn of the century Paris into the story without reaching. And the story is
a good one with twists and turns.

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