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Collection by Marianne Maurer


I love reading and discussing the books I read. If you would like my opinion about the books I posted here, you will find it on my Book Blog "Let's Read": http://momobookblog.blogspot.com/

Marianne Maurer
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story: Richard Bach, Russell Munson. I Love Books, Great Books, Books To Read, My Books, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Fiction, Inspirational Books, Book Authors, Play

Bach, Richard "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

Bach, Richard "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" - 1970 This book was published more than 40 years ago and I remember reading it almost immediately. I was a teenager at the time and was very interested in everything spiritual, anything that contributed to world and inner peace. This book was just the right one. Jonathan Livingston is a seagull who is not happy with his life, with all the other seagulls always fighting. He tries to do something better, he wants to be the best flying seagull. Then…

Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid -- an awkward role in which she is more than a servant, but less than a daughter. I Love Books, My Books, Books To Read, Nobel Prize In Literature, Classic Literature, Book Nooks, Historical Fiction, Book Club Books, Book Art

Buck, Pearl S. "Peony"

Buck, Pearl S. "Peony" - 1948 This book is the reason why I fell in love with Pearl S. Buck. It must have been one of the first "adult" books I read and still, I remember it as if it had been yesterday. Peony is a young servant (almost a slave) in a rich Chinese Jewish household. Her love to the son of the family cannot result in anything as traditional rules don't allow a marriage between them. While we learn about Chinese traditions, the author also tells us about the life of the Kaifeng…

Songs in Ordinary Time By Mary McGarry Morris 752 pages; Penguin Books Songs in Ordinary Time is a masterful epic of the everyday, illuminating the kaleidoscope of lives that tell the compelling story of this unforgettable family. I Love Books, Great Books, Books To Read, My Books, Oprah, Book Nerd, So Little Time, Book Lists, Book Worms

McGarry Morris, Mary "Songs in Ordinary Time"

McGarry Morris, Mary "Songs in Ordinary Time" - 1995 I chose this book because it is on the Oprah list, and have I loved all the novels on that list but one and that was by the only author who declined to be on the list in the first place. Anyway, an American town in 1960, a time I remember a little. Almost anyone in this novel is poor but that's not all. My family was poor when I grew up but there is a huge difference, we had a family. It looks like there is not one normal functioning…

Dickens, Charles "A Tale of Two Cities" - 1859 Two of the most famous quotes in one book, how often do you get that? But is the rest o. Leveled Books, Most Famous Quotes, Rich Family, Book Challenge, Day Book, I Love Reading, Reading Material, Library Books, Book Authors

Dickens, Charles "A Tale of Two Cities"

Dickens, Charles "A Tale of Two Cities" - 1859 Two of the most famous quotes in one book, how often do you get that? But is the rest of the book as good as the beginning and the end? It is. Whatever you look for in a book, "A Tale of Two Cities" has it, history, politics, revolution, love, drama, intrigue, revenge, forgiveness, sacrifice, you name it, it's in it. How often can you say that about a novel? Even though Dickens didn't live during the French Revolution, he captures the spirit of…

Music and Silence -Rose Tremain. A vivid cast of complex characters and an intricately woven web of intertwined tales make this an outstanding book. I Love Books, Great Books, My Books, Books To Read, Reading Club, I Love Reading, Rose Music, Best Authors, Book Writer

Tremain, Rose "Music & Silence"

Tremain, Rose "Music & Silence" - 1999 This can almost be called a saga, so much is in this story of the Danish court in the 17th century. What I love most about historical novels is the background, and I always read more about that afterwards if I didn't know anything, yet. I never take any part of a story like that for granted until I read about it in a reliable source. In this case, I learned facts about the Danish court and king Christian IV that I had never heard of before. Very…

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. "Oh Brave New World. Oh Brave New World that has such people in it! Brave New World Huxley, Brave New World Book, Gif Sur Yvette, Penguin Books Uk, Good Books, My Books, Centre Pompidou Paris, Penguin Modern Classics, Jean Leon

Huxley, Aldous "Brave New World"

Huxley, Aldous "Brave New World" - 1931 I have read several dystopian novels. And there is some truth in all of them. If we consider when the book was written and what was the greatest fear of the time, we recognize the foundation of their subject. And the more time has passed, the better we can judge whether the author was right or not. Interestingly enough, here we are, eighty years later, and we still talk about the same subject, gene manipulation. This book is so up-to-date, it might as…

I love Nelson Mandela. It amazes me how selfless, brave, strong and fearless he is. There needs to be more people like Nelson Mandela in this world. The Long Walk, Nelson Mandela Autobiography, Nelson Mandela Biography, Love Reading, Reading Lists, Books To Read, My Books, Biography Books, Inspirational Books

Mandela, Nelson "Long Walk to Freedom"

Mandela, Nelson "Long Walk to Freedom" - 1994 This has been on my list for a long time but it took another book club to put it on their list until I findally got to touch it. I have always admired Nelson Mandela for how he coped with his life, for his struggle with oppression, for his fight for freedom. I mean, who wouldn't? He is one of the great heroes of our lifetime and the world would be a better place if everyone had just a little bit of Nelson Mandela in them. The book hasn't changed…

East Wind: West Wind is told from the eyes of a traditional Chinese girl, Kwei-lan, married to a Chinese medical doctor, Book Writer, Book Authors, Got Books, Books To Read, East Wind, Classic Literature, American Literature, Historical Fiction, So Little Time

Buck, Pearl S. "East Wind: West Wind"

Buck, Pearl S. "East Wind: West Wind" - 1930 This was one of my first Pearl S. Buck novels. I came to adore her, read a lot of her books during my teenage years, probably because they were easy to read, yet so informative. I still love them and still read a book of hers from time to time. I love the way Pearl S. Buck can explain the life in China, life in China during her lifetime, of course, I am well aware that it has changed a lot again. She has a wonderful way of explaining the Chinese…

Read "Home" by Toni Morrison available from Rakuten Kobo. The latest novel from Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Mone. Home Toni Morrison, Morrison Homes, New Books, Good Books, Books To Read, Amazing Books, Reading Lists, Book Lists, Book Covers

Morrison, Toni "Home"

Morrison, Toni "Home" - 2012 Toni Morrison is one of my favourite authors. I love her writing so much. She manages to describe anything in a way that you feel you've been there, you know the characters in her book. Like Frank Money, the protagonist in this novel. He has survived the Korean War, well, physically. After a more than difficult childhood, he and his sister don't continue to have an easy adulthood, you find almost any form of abuse and problem in this novel. I know I will still…

I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron phron brought us Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, so is it any surprise this collection of essays about being a woman of a certain age hits you hard in the LOLerbone? Nora Ephron, Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, Reading Lists, Book Lists, Reading Room, Sleepless In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally

Ephron, Nora "I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman"

Ephron, Nora "I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman" - 2006 Nora Ephron. I have loved and admired her during all her creative years. "When Harry Met Sally" is one of my favourite films ever, I love her sense of humour but I had never read any book by her. So, when she sadly passed away earlier this year, I thought it was time to fill this incredible gap. "I Feel About My Neck", the title itself is very promising already. There are so many great thoughts in this book. I…

Vladimir Nabokov Creates a Hand-Drawn Map of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Maps the Wanderings of Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom Around Dublin. Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce, Reading Notes, Romance, Old Maps, Book Worms, Persona, How To Draw Hands, Bloom

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Read "Red River" by Lalita Tademy available from Rakuten Kobo. A heartbreaking and compelling story of a family's experiences of slavery and the American Civil War. From Sam Tademy, t. Great Books, My Books, Books To Read, Read Red, Coloured People, Red River, I Love Reading, Book Nooks, American Civil War

Tademy, Lalita "Red River"

Tademy, Lalita "Red River" - 2007 A couple of years ago, we read Lalita Tademy's account about her ancestors from her mothers side ("Cane River") in the book club. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, a great story about the history of African-Americans since slavery. Well, she's done it again. This time, she tells the story of her father's ancestors, the Tademy family that came all the way from Egypt as free men only to be turned into slaves in the States. The story begins after the Civil War when…

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