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    Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding | Book Review

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    Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding Genres: British Literature, Fiction Original Publication Date: 1996 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon Bridget Jones’s Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanently doomed quest for self-improvement. Bridget resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult and learn to program the VCR. With a blend of flighty charm, existential gloom, and endearing self-deprecation, Bridget Jones’s Diary has touched a raw nerve…

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    Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Robert Specht | Book Review

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    Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Robert Specht, Anne Hobbs Purdy Genres: Adventure, Memoir, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 1976 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads In the unusual memoir Tisha, Anne Hobbs came to teach in harsh and beautiful Alaska in 1927. Running a ramshackle schoolhouse would expose her to more than just the elements. After she allowed Native American children into her class and fell in love with a half-Inuit man, she would learn the meanings of prejudice and perseverance, irrational hatred, and unconditional love. “People get as mean as the weather,” she discovered, but they were also capable of…

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    A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith | Book Review

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    A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith Genres: American Literature, Fiction Original Publication Date: 1943 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Goodreads, Amazon A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century. From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior—such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce—no one,…

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    Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp | Book Review

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    Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp Genres: Memoir Original Publication Date: 1996 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as “liquid armor,” a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it. Drinking: A Love Story is a book about alcoholism and about one woman’s fight…

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    Heronfield by Dorothy Balchin (2012) | Book Review

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    Heronfield by Dorinda Balchin Genres: British Literature, Fiction, History Original Publication Date: 2012 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon Heronfield. Amidst the bombs and bullets, the fear and confusion, it is sometimes the battles within our hearts that leave the deepest scars. Experience a sweeping saga set in war-torn Europe during the desperate years of the Second World War. At its heart is a cast of characters who draw us into their lives from the defeat of Dunkirk to the final victory: Tony, a young man barely in his twenties who experiences the horror of Britain’s first defeat and offers his unique…