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Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wow! Amazing book. So glad it was on the list! See my review here: https://carolhomeschool2.blogspot.com/2019/12/122-half-of-yellow-sun.html
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Skellig
David Almond
I just finished listening to the author reading the book. Exquisite story! I wish I had known about this book when my kids were young. It would have been an excellent read aloud. Loved.
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Henry V
William Shakespeare
If the opening drama of the Henriad locates its emotional center in the quiet monologues of Richard II, the closing play finds its motive force in the stirring rhetoric Henry V declaims to rally his troops as they prepare to battle the French at Agincourt. Throughout, the patriotic pulse of Henry V ...show more
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Eloise
Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight
Incorrigible, imperious, inexhaustible, yet totally irresistible six-year-old Eloise is a child no parent would want to have in the house, but most grown-ups will enjoy introducing to youngsters at storytime, if only to commune with their own faraway childhoods (not for nothing did Kay Thompson subt...show more
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Les Misérables
Victor Hugo
Best book of all time, IMHO! It is a story of Law versus Grace. Love and redemption.
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne
Kept me engaged the whole time.
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
Was able to travel to the exact meadow in England where Watership Down stemmed from (It is right near Highclere Castle of Downton Abbey fame.) It was magical to imagine talking rabbits.
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The Uncommon Reader
Alan Bennett
What a delightful READ! Being an avid reader, I loved this hysterical gem.
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Betsy-Tacy
Maud Hart Lovelace
Maud Hart Lovelace’s 1940s series, which chronicles the lifelong friendship of Betsy, a resourceful storyteller, and Tacy, the very bashful girl who moves in next door the summer before they enter the first grade, is set in friendly Minnesota. As they follow Betsy and Tacy and their friend Tib up an...show more
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The Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov wrote more than a dozen plays, but the last four are his most accomplished and most performed, and the quartet—because of their original realization by Konstantin Stanislavski under the auspices of the Moscow Art Theater—are seminal works in theatrical history. Deeply humanistic, Chekhov’s f...show more
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The Seagull
Anton Chekhov
“Why do you always wear black?” a schoolteacher asks a young woman at the start of The Seagull. “I’m in mourning for my life,” she replies. It’s true that Chekhov’s plays are filled with unhappy people, and if you suffer through a bad production, you might think there is not much more to them than m...show more
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Uncle Vanya
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov wrote more than a dozen plays, but the last four are his most accomplished and most performed, and the quartet—because of their original realization by Konstantin Stanislavski under the auspices of the Moscow Art Theater—are seminal works in theatrical history. In each of these works, subtex...show more
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Three Sisters
Anton Chekhov
It’s true that Chekhov’s plays are filled with unhappy people, and if you suffer through a bad production, you might think there is not much more to them than miserable Russians moping on country estates, moaning about failed affairs and thwarted ambitions. Then again, an inept production of Oedipus...show more
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The Way of All Flesh
Samuel Butler
loved it!
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The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
In the pages of this classic adventure tale you’ll meet one of the greatest heroes in American literature, Nathaniel Bumppo, a rugged scout and woodsman who goes by any number of nicknames, among them Natty, Leatherstocking, Pathfinder, Deerslayer, and Hawkeye. The Last of the Mohicans is the second...show more
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The Mezzanine
Nicholson Baker
It was very Proustian in a modern sort of way. I found it much easier than Proust and could muse with him on the change from glass delivery milk to cartons!
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Growing Up
Russell Baker
In 1979, New York Times reporter and commentator Russell Baker won the Pulitzer Prize for his “Observer” column; three years later he won another for this autobiographical book. As the title suggests, Growing Up focuses on his childhood, Depression-era years spent in Virginia, New Jersey, and Baltim...show more
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The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene
Beautiful writing. God's grace and glory and power. Loved it.
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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Roz Chast
Loved it. So good for anyone involved in end-of-life care of parents.
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A Month in the Country
J. L. Carr
Beautifully written book. Loved it!
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