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Old Border Road: A Novel by Susan Froderberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was shocked to learn that this was Susan Froderberg's firt novel! A thoroughly enjoyable read. Not exactly a page-turner, but I kept going back for more. I felt so close to the main character, Katherine, that at times it felt like I was reading a story about myself.

The story line is not the main force working in this novel, it is the setting. Katherine and her husband are living in what must be one of the most beautiful places, and one of the harshest places on earth. Katherine has not married into an easy life, and over and over I wondered why such an intelligent young woman stuck around her husband and life that she didn't really seem to choose in the first place.

This was a beautiful novel and I look forward to her next one.

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Eating Animals

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is an important book and I would recommend it for anyone who eats animals. What set this book apart from the other 'case for vegetarianism/veganism' books for me was this is from an author I trust. I quite like Jonathan Safran Foer, and I cared what he had to say about a subject that is very important to me. And I think he did a great job!



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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was completely unaware of the controversy surrounding this book when I began it, and when I found out halfway through, it did not bother me at all. I really loved Frey's style of writing, it was so nitty-gritty. Parts of this embellished memoir were downright PAINFUL to read. I was actually glad to hear that he had taken some liberties to embellish parts of the story, and I choose to believe that his experience in the dentist chair was completely fabricated!

This book was very real to me, and I would highly recommend it to anyone with a strong stomach.

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Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reena Hale is a firefighter/arson investigator/cop who happens to have a string of bad luck in relationships, though things are not really how they seem.

Nora Roberts is a guilty pleasure author for me, but I am really impressed with how strong she makes her female protagonists.

A really fun beach read!

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