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Thunder from the Sea
Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow (1920s)
Great book -- Added by RileyC on 02/13/2014

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
I think I have a higher appreciation for this book now then I did in HS. It was very slow to start up though. 2/3 back story and build up before we get to the "meat" of the book. Over all it was okay. I was disappointed in the ending, and it was sad. -- Added by TruBlu on 02/08/2014

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One Summer
One Summer by Bill Bryson (1920s)
Very interesting...he wove the stories into each other very well. -- Added by Fast reader on 02/06/2014

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The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1920s)
I'm not a huge fan of Hemingway's blunt, simplistic style. This book showed a snapshot of the Lost Generation and the lifestyle that that entailed. -- Added by Shaynie on 02/06/2014

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A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway (1920s)
Aside from being interesting as a biography of one of America's great writers, this was also an insightful follow-up to my recent reading of A Paris Wife- basically, Hadley and Ernest's lives in Paris during the 1920s being told from different perspectives in different works. I did really enjoy the ending of this book as it shows some regrets of Hemingway's Paris days (in particular, the loss of Hadley, his true love), and sheds light on other great artists and writers during this time. (sidebar: A Midnight in Paris is a fun movie to watch after reading these books) -- Added by HaleyJo09 on 02/05/2014

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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
I can't believe I hadn't read this book yet and am afraid the hype from the new movie (which I have yet to see) made me want to read this. I almost gave up on this book about half way through. Mostly because I found the characters shallow and unlikeable. After I got to the midway point, it became much more interesting, almost like it was a different book. The characters had more passion and seemed more real. -- Added by brlhudso on 02/05/2014

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I've never read it, either, but based on your review, I think I will give it a try. Carmel High School is performing The Great Gatsby as a play on February 13-15. CHS always puts on a spectacular show and I am excited to see it! The actors and stage crew have quite a challenge, though. With all the school closings, I would imagine that rehearsals are way behind schedule. -- Nimble Novice on 02/06/2014  
Orphan Train
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (1920s)
Nice story about search for family and some forgotten American history. -- Added by Bernadette on 02/04/2014

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A Very Long Engagement
A Very Long Engagement by S'Bastien Japrisot (1920s)
This was a very engaging book about war world I. It really captured the feeling of the war and all of the people effected by it. -- Added by l3bond on 02/03/2014

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I listened to this as an audiobook a while back and really enjoyed it. The movie is good, too. Not long before I read this book, I had read a novel called "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies set in World War II, and I thought fans of one book might enjoy the other, too. -- ChristyAV on 02/04/2014  
One Summer
One Summer by Bill Bryson (1920s)
With his usual humorous style, Bryson offers an interesting and informative narrative of 1927 America. Charles' Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic, Babe Ruth's 60 home runs, and the invention of television are just a few of the extraordinary events that occurred during that long ago summer. -- Added by LCE on 02/02/2014

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The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (1920s)
The Paris Wife is about the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. The interesting parts were the growth of Hemingway's career, the people they hung out with, Hemingway's affair and deception and dysfunction. I could do without the imagined love-making and conversations, just too imagined for me and some unnecessarily graphic. I guess McLain felt she had to spice it up. -- Added by bookaddict on 02/01/2014

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Such an interesting book - I listened to this one and wondered how much it paralleled the true story. -- Barken on 02/01/2014  
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King (1920s)
Truly disturbing. -- Added by Ben on 01/30/2014

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A Long Way from Chicago
A Long Way from Chicago by Peck, Richard (1920s)
Great for kids and adults. -- Added by Ben on 01/30/2014

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Cold Sassy Tree
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (1920s)
As good as the prequel -- Added by ozgirl on 01/28/2014

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The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (1920s)
Great read. -- Added by ozgirl on 01/24/2014

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The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (1920s)
Great story makes you think. -- Added by ozreader on 01/24/2014

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