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Old Friends

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On one hand, bittersweet story of two men who become roomates and, eventually, friends, at a retirement home. On the other hand, an indictment of the way we treat the elderly in the U.S. Highly recommended, along with his other books.
A Stranger's Love

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I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't.
Where the Red Fern Grows

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Brutal at times, but beautifully written. The author obviously loved the Ozarks where he grew up and where the book takes place.
Cry, the Beloved Country

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An early anti-apartheid novel. A good book, especially if you are interested in the subject.
The Passage (Abridged): A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)

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Naturally, I finished this while we were on vacation at our place in Arkansas where it is darker than the inside of an Angus cow. Then we sat out around a campfire a couple nights. Luckily, the Smokes haven't made it to the Ozarks yet.
Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago

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Alex Kotlowitz loves Chicago. You will too after reading this book.
Shardik

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Felt like I had to finish it, but, frankly, I'd lost all interest long before the end. Watership Down and The Plague Dogs are much better.
The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

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Quammen's books are always interesting and surprising.
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

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A great biography. I've never been much of a fan of biographies. Isaacson is a master of the form though.
Collapse

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I liked about the first 2/3 of this book. The last third draaaagggged.
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