Archives for Biography

A Fine Romance by Susan Branch

Happy Thanksgiving! If you have time to curl up with a book over the Thanksgiving holidays, A Fine Romance by Susan Branch tops my list of one of the best books I’ve read in 2016. I have let y’all know how much I love Susan Branch’s books, calendars, notecards, and art work.  This book doesn’t disappoint. A Fine Romance was written first, prior to The Fairy Tale Girl and Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams, but completes the story and is good to read after Martha’s Vineyard, it ties it all together.
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Safari; A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer

  Safari; A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer by Geoffrey Kent is a well written book by the brilliant businessman who with his parents created and built the luxury travel tour company Abercrombie and Kent. I don’t typically review travel books on the blog, but this one I really want to share with you.  If you are a an armchair traveler, you will enjoy the stories.  If you are looking for an adventure and inspiration to get out to somewhere new this book will do that for you.
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A Moment in Connemara; An Irish Love Story by Annie Quinn

  A Moment in Connemara is a love story set between the United States and Ireland.  The book, written by Annie Quinn is the love story of the author and her second husband Noel Quinn.  The book was inspired by her journal writings and her decision to write the story for Noel’s family so they would know more about him and his life between Ireland and the States.
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As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis De Voto by Joan Reardon

Have you had a book that you keep intending to read, maybe even started it, stopped, re-started and then forgot what was happening, so you go back a chapter?  As Always, Julia is one of those books for me.  This book took me a long time to read and not because I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it, but I would read and then needed to get to a book club book.  Life just sometimes gets in the way.  I finally am a bit ahead in my book club reading, so I dove back in and was determined to get it finished.
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Crazy for the Storm ~ By Norman Ollestad

  Reviewing and writing about biographies or memoirs is a bit hard for me.  They are such personal stories and  I feel like I am being critical of the author and their story. Crazy for the Storm unfolds in the 1970’s. The author tells his own personal story of a tragic plane crash in the mountains of Southern California.  Weaving the story between past and present.  He guides us through his childhood and how he fought to save his own life after the horrific crash.
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