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In Falling Snow
In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl (1990s)
Book tells two stories, one of Iris Crane's past during as a nurse in France during World War 1, and the current story of her relationship with her granddaughter, Grace. I enjoyed the book, but felt it a bit wordy at times. -- Added by kcheesman on 02/22/2014

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An American Tune
An American Tune by Barbara Shoup (1960s)
Not my favorite book, had difficulty getting through her overly detailed writing style. That being said, it is a romp down memory lane for former IU students that lived in Bloomington during this time period. -- Added by kcheesman on 02/16/2014

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Moonrise by Cassandra King (2000s)
Really enjoyed this novel. A well written story of Helen, a single mother, who marries a TV broadcaster very shortly after his wife's death. The story surrounds Helen and her introduction into the long friendships of her new husband and his deceased wife's social circle. A bit of a mystery, with well developed characters, a page turner. -- Added by kcheesman on 02/11/2014

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Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (1940s)
Categorized as a youth book for grades 6 to 8, a very informative historical fiction work. The book tells the story of a Lithuanian family that is deported by the Soviet secret police and ultimately sent to Siberia where they are kept for 15 years. Told from the perspective of the young girl, an artist, that records her surroundings and people through drawings. It is a heart wrenching story of survival during a time of history often forgotten. I enjoyed the book. -- Added by kcheesman on 02/04/2014

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Orphan Train
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (1930s)
Loved this book. Historical fiction. Moves between the story of 2 orphans, Vivian, who was on the orphan train in 1929 and the contemporary story of Molly, from Maine in 2010. Their stories are eventually intertwined and unfold with the telling of each of their stories. I would highly recommend. -- Added by kcheesman on 01/24/2014

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Burial Rites
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Other)
A well written debut novel, Burial Rites is the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, a young woman from Iceland, charged with the murder of 2 men. She is placed on a family farm to await her execution. As she lives with the family, her story unfolds. It was well written, and although the ending is known, you turn each page to get to know Agnes and her motives. I would rate it a 4 of 5. -- Added by kcheesman on 01/22/2014

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84 Charing Cross Road
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (1950s)
This was a fast read, and consisted of a series of letters between Helene Hanff and an English bookseller. The story follows her relationship with the bookseller as she continues to purchase multiple English literature books. She establishes relationships via letters with the proprietor of the shop and multiple staff members. I would rate it a 3 out of 5. -- Added by kcheesman on 01/15/2014

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The Buddha in the Attic
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (1920s)
Many female voices tell the story of Japanese "picture brides" that came to San Francisco to marry and settle in the US. Differentiating between the voices was somewhat confusing, but the resulting stories were compelling and enlightening. I rank it a 3 1/2 out of 5. -- Added by kcheesman on 01/14/2014

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