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A Book to Read and Love: Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Glimpses of the Moon: The business of marriage.

Questions I pondered while reading Glimpses of the Moon: Why is so much work put into avoiding work?
Where does one find friends such as these?
My thoughts about Glimpses of the Moon: The trials, tribulations, and drama of the well-to-do are so entertaining, perhaps this is why we have the Kardashians.
I think I would rather have a job.
I think I would have rather stayed single.




A Book to Read and Love: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Marriage Plot: Marriage isn't always the right answer.

Questions I pondered while reading The Marriage Plot: Can travel provide a spiritual perspective?
Do I have the patience to love someone who is severely ill?
My thoughts about The Marriage Plot: College wasn't much more fun than high school.
I will pass on hospital volunteering.
Mental illness impacts everyone.



A Book to Read and Love: The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The DaVinci Code: A murder leaves clues to the location of the Holy Grail.

Questions I pondered while reading The DaVinci Code: Are conspiracies really that prevalent?
Should worship be painful?
My thoughts about The DaVinci Code:
Things I love:
Mysteries
Alternative Histories
Conspiracy Theories
Especially when they go over the top



A Book to Read and Love: Seize The Day by Saul Bellow - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Seize the Day: Dreams, disillusionment, debt and a day of reckoning.

Questions I pondered while reading Seize the Day:
Is it possible to spend too much time in your own head?
How appropriate is tough love?
My thoughts about Seize the Day: Tommy is a sad, little, man.
I suppose I should have felt bad but didn't.
Tommy is a great example of what not to do.




A Book to Read and Love: Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Le Pere Goriot: The repercussions of social climbing.

Questions I pondered while reading Le Pere Goriot: How would I choose to obtain my social status?
Does greed cause a lack of empathy?
My thoughts about Le Pere Goriot: You can give your children too much.
Perhaps more people should get a job.
Some souls are shockingly awful.





A Book to Read and Love: Emma by Jane Austen - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Emma: A meddling matchmaker matures and marries.

Questions I pondered while reading Emma: Is unsolicited advice ever appreciated?
How hard is humble pie to swallow?
My thoughts about Emma: Personal object lesson.
My way isn't the only way.
No one really wants advice.




A Book to Read and Love: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Alias Grace: What murder?  Oh, that murder!  Yeah,  I don't remember anything about it.

Questions I pondered while reading Alias Grace: Are women still locked into the roles of the good, the bad and the crazy?
Why is ethnicity bashing the go-to method of demeaning someone?
My thoughts about Alias Grace: Ambiguity
Did she?
Victim or criminal?


A Book to Read and Love: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Pictures of Dorian Gray: A beautiful painting turns ugly.

Questions I pondered while reading The Picture of Dorian Gray: Is it true that pretty is as pretty does?
Do hedonism and self-indulgence always lead to ruin?
My thoughts about The Picture of Dorian Gray: I want all my wrongs transferred to a painting.
I wonder if I would miss them?



A Book to Read and Love:The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Black Dahlia: A former boxer gets bashed about in the search for the Black Dahlia killer.

Questions I pondered while reading The Black Dahlia: Does everyone have a secret agenda?
Is obsession ever helpful?
My thoughts about The Black Dahlia: Noir, tough guys and a murder solved.
Buck up!  It's a marathon to the end.

Such a fun piece of brain candy.



A Book to Read and Love: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book All the Light We Cannot See: WWII by sound.

Questions I pondered while reading All the Light We Cannot See: How do you know if you are doing the right thing?
How do you find the right path when you have lost your way?
My thoughts about All the Light We Cannot See: Unable to put down.
Went through it faster than a box of caramels.
A book to read over and over again.








A Book to Read and Love: Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Allan Quatermain: The ultimate Bro's trip to Africa.




A Book to Read and Love: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Summary & Review

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A short summary of Frankenstein: Science re-creates life.  It goes awry.

Questions I pondered while reading Frankenstein: Does "can" always mean "should"?
Should science and morality ever be separate?


My thoughts about Frankenstein: Scientific irresponsibility at it's finest.
I always felt sorry for the monster.
Never abandon what you build.



A Book to Read and Love: Dracula by Bram Stoker - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Dracula: A Transylvanian vampire in London.

Questions I pondered while reading Dracula: If Helsing and the boys are good and Dracula is evil, what does that make Renfeld?
Do women really need to be under the influence of a vampire to be sexual?
My Thoughts about Dracula: Grand-daddy of the vampire tale.
Cultural and genre references abound.
Victorian men were quite histrionic.