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Next to Love: A Novel

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I liked this book. It was a eye opener about how war negatively affects not only the soldiers, but their friends, family and descendants for generations to come. it started out great, then got a little slow in the middle. It picked up again until the end. it has been compared to Guernsey... but I loved that book and gave it a 5 star rating.
Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

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This is a great book. I loved the self deprecating humor amidst the sadness of the subject matter. It could easily have been a dark book, but it was uplifting and actually fun to read. I wasn't so much into the love story part, but it was part of his experience so was necessary I guess.
A Fine Balance

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This is one of my favorite books. I love the way he writes. This thick book kept me interested the whole time.
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

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I was thrilled when I was picked to receive this book thru librarything early reviewers. It is a book I have wanted to read and a subject I care deeply about. This book is about greed. At all costs all that matters to corporatists is money in their pockets. I cannot imagine anyone with children wanting to hand down the world they are creating to their future generations. It is disheartening. They have the money and the power and that nowadays that means they have the loudest voice. I am saddened and pessimistic that they can be silenced and reason can prevail.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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This is a tough read. It is one you have to concentrate on to keep the names and events straight, also it is tough because it is disheartening. The final chapter left me with some hope however.
The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem

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I liked this book. Budd writes with a dry sense of humor which I enjoy. It got a little slow in places. For some reason I had trouble getting through the Palestine chapter. I don't understand the dynamics there which is my own fault. I recommend it.
You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know

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This book could have been 2 books. I think she could have written one about her family and one about her face blindness. It just felt too jammed with stuff. All of it interesting, but maybe if it was 2 books, it could have gone more in depth about her family weirdness, and then her face blindness and her marriage. I think a lot more could have been written about her unlikely marriage to a Libertarian when she is so obviously a liberal. I am also amazed people (especially her ex husband) never thought there was something wrong when she didn't recognize him or his children over and over. That is just not normal!! I don't know why that never raised eyebrows, let alone red flags. for him.
The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout

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Scout is the antithesis of the yellow lab Marley in "Marley and Me". She is sweet and only runs into a few problems in adolescence. It is good for a dog owner, but kind of is boring in a book. It is a light easy read. And the dog doesn't die so I didn't sob all over the place...
Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle

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I loved this book! I see the word heartwarming over and over to describe it, and that is the word that came to my mind. Instead of making the record of events maudlin, she added a bit of humor to lighten things up at times. I appreciate humor in the middle of chaos and heartbreak. Highly recommended for anyone.
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