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A Book to Read and Love: Marie Antoinette: An Intimate History - Melanie Clegg

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A short summary of Marie Antoinette: The life and times of France's last queen.

Questions to ponder while reading Marie Antoinette: Have you ever wanted to be the queen?
How do revolutions begin?
My thoughts about Marie Antoinette:  A conversational look into a misunderstood queen.
Sympathetic and easy to read.
I love a good history book.

A Book to Read and Love: Dreams, Memories, and Reflections - Carl Jung

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A short summary of Dreams, Memories, and Reflections: The story of Carl Jung.

Questions to ponder while reading Dreams, Memories, and Reflections:
What do you think about when you reflect?
Do you dream?
My thoughts about Dreams, Memories, and Reflections: A must-read if you love psychology, history, or philosophy.
There is so much insight into "where" Dr. Jung came from.
I love that Dr. Jung was a doodler.





A Book to Read and Love: Profiles in Courage - John F. Kennedy

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A short summary of Profiles in Courage: Integrity in politics.

Questions to ponder while reading Profiles in Courage: Do you know where you stand?
Do your choices matter?
My thoughts about Profiles in Courage: An honest look at honest politicians - even if it was ghostwritten.
An important read for US History.
Many relevant takeaways for today's politics.

A Book to Read and Love: Survivors in Mexico - Rebecca West

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A short summary of Survivors in Mexico: Rebecca's observations in Mexico.


Questions to ponder while reading Survivors in Mexico: Is any country easily explained?
Did you find the culture as fascinating as I did?
My thoughts on Survivors in Mexico: Entertaining observations.
Rich in character exploration.
I wish she had gotten to finish the book.

A Book to Read and Love: Unbearable Lightness - Portia de Rossi

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A short summary of Unbearable Lightness: Portia's personal battle with eating disorders.

Questions to ponder while reading Unbearable Lightness: Honestly, how do you feel about yourself?
Do you need help?
My thoughts about Unbearable Lightness: The book made me cry.
Our beauty standards are, I think, too high, especially for entertainers.
I loved the Degeneres family before - I love them more now.

A Book To Read and Love: My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile - Isabel Allende

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A short summary of My Invented  Country: Isabel's memories of Chile.

Questions to ponder while reading My Invented Country: Did you know Chile had its own 9/11?
Where would you go if you had to emigrate?
My thoughts about My Invented Country: One of my favorite storytellers.
I had no idea you should store china on the bottom shelf.
I have a hankering for empanadas now.

Roughing It - Mark Twain - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Roughing It: The biography of a riverman in the West.

Questions to ponder while reading Roughing It: Do you live close to home?
Do you prefer the glitter or the gold?
My thoughts about Roughing It: An entertaining read.
Lots of surprising info.
Twain lived.

Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Me Talk Pretty One Day: Essays on the life of David Sedaris.

Questions to ponder while reading Me Talk Pretty One Day: How is your relationship with your family?
Do you speak French?
My thoughts about Me Talk Pretty One Day: Dysfunction can be so much fun.
It always helps to laugh.
When all else fails, eat candy.

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East - Anthony Shadid - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of House of Stone: Rebuilding a life in Lebanon.

Questions to ponder while reading House of Stone: Where is your home?
Have you ever remodeled?
My thoughts about House of Stone: An amazing journey through the past and present of Lebanon.
I can't imagine rebuilding a house in a war zone.
I think the chaos would have overwhelmed me.

Hitch-22 - Christopher Hitchens - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Hitch-22: The autobiography of a correspondent.


Questions to ponder while reading Hitch-22: How was your education?
How do you feel about religion?
My thoughts about Hitch-22: Great story about a man who lived.
Political and religious opinions abound.
I was sad to learn that he will never write anything else.


A Book To Read and Love: Just Kids by Patti Smith - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Just Kids: Patti's time with Robert Mapplethorpe.

Questions to ponder while reading Just Kids: How much do you need to eat to survive?
How much would you give up to follow your dream?
My thoughts about Just Kids: I am a big, big fan of Patti's
I admire her discipline.
I don't do anchovies.

A Book to Read and Love: Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Alexander Hamilton: The life and times of Alexander Hamilton.

Questions to ponder while reading Alexander Hamilton: Did you realize the Founding Fathers were human?
How do you feel about Thomas Jefferson?
My thoughts about Alexander Hamilton. I love U.S. history.
Alexander Hamilton makes such a great character.
I am glad this became a musical.

A Book to Read and Love: Winter Journal - Paul Auster - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Winter Journal: Paul's 63 Winter season.

Questions to ponder while reading Winter Journal: Have you ever self-reflected about the course of your life?
What do you regret?
My thoughts about Winter Journal: I, too, struggle with demons.
I, too, with some things were different.
I, too, have wanted to throw something at a cabbie.

A Book to Read and Love: Blue Nights - Joan Didion - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Blue Nights: Death, aging, and grief.

Questions to ponder while reading Blue Nights: Has your life turned out the way you imagined it would?
How do you process grief?
My thoughts about Blue Nights: Sequel to The Year of Magical Thinking
Her story will haunt me forever.
 I don't want to be the last one left.


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A Book to Read and Love: Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - William Kuhn - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Reading Jackie: What Jackie O. published.

Questions to ponder while reading Reading Jackie: Can you "know" a person by examining their creations?
Does a book's cover need to be beautiful?

My thoughts about Reading Jackie: I am a total Jackie fan, I love that she loved books.
Interesting look into her interests.
Books forever!

A Book to Read and Love: The Autobiography of Ben Franklin - Ben Franklin - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Autobiography of Ben Franklin: The title says it all.

Questions to ponder while reading The Autobiography of Ben Franklin: Does knowing someone's youth help you understand their adulthood?
Would you live your life over again, unchanged?
My Thoughts about The Autobiography of Ben Franklin: (a review) Reading about the founding fathers is a must.
Explore your interests, use your talents.
I snickered like a 12-year-old when I read about his naughty streak.

A Book to Read and Love: When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book When Breath Becomes Air: My death as a doctor.

Questions to ponder while reading When Breath Becomes Air: Does medical science strive too hard?
What is more important - the quality of life or the quantity of life?

My thoughts about the book When Breath Becomes Air: (a short review) One of the best books from the patient's perspective.
Medicine can't cure everything.
Quality of life is an important consideration in medical decisions.

A Book to Read and Love: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book American Lion: Just Jackson's presidency.

Questions to ponder while reading American Lion: What is your opinion of the Jackson presidency?
Did you realize how large the succession issue was prior to the Emancipation Proclamation?

My thoughts about American Lion: Beefy and full of details.
A good look into a controversial president.
A long look into a controversial president.

A Book to Read and Love: Malcolm X - A Life of Reinvention - Manning Marable - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Malcolm X - A Life Reinvented: A complete biography.

Questions to ponder while reading Malcolm X - A Life Reinvented:
Did you realize Malcolm was so complex?
What do you think about his U.N. argument?
My thoughts about Malcolm X - A Life Reinvented: I had no idea until now.
His life was amazing.
When do we just become humans?

A Book to Read and Love: Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Never Fall Down: A child's survival of the Khmer Rouge.

Questions to ponder while reading Never Fall Down:
Where do these governments come from?
Why would anyone use a child to fight?

My thoughts about Never Fall Down: This story will haunt me forever.
I can't believe anyone survived.
That Arn Chorn-Pond found any hope is amazing.