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Terri

Boyds, MD, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 272 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2018
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  • My Reading Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Pat Conroy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (150)

    Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

    Howard says: "Conroy shares his storytelling"
    "Intimate discussion by favorite writer"
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    I felt like I was sitting across from Pat Conroy at his kitchen table learning about his tortured life as a child and the importance of his mother instilling a love of reading. This book took me on his journey from child reader to adult writer. There are so many books that he raves about that I now want to read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Alcott: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elise Hooper
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man's profession.

    Terri says: "Must read if you loved Little Women"
    "Must read if you loved Little Women"
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    This is a great novel relying on a lot of historical facts about the famous Alcott sisters. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is wonderful. You learn a lot about young women artists in 19th century America who went abroad to develop their skills.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Stars Are Fire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Suzanne Elise Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (501)

    In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast, from Bar Harbor to Kittery, and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort.

    Sara says: "Disaster Strikes In 1947"
    "Enthralling"
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    This is a beautiful book. I could not stop listening. It was so harrowing at times due to the horrific relationship between Grace and her husband but you couldn't help but be proud of the young woman's strength.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miller's Valley: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (755)

    As a young girl in Miller's Valley, an ordinary farming town that may be facing its final days, Mimi is observing adults, selling corn, growing up and changing, and watching the world around her change, too. As the years go by, the unthinkable starts to seem inevitable. Anna Quindlen's novel takes us through the changing eras of Mimi and her family, as secrets are revealed, and the heartbreaks of growing up and falling in love with the wrong man are overcome.

    Taryn says: "Quietly engaging"
    "Vintage Quindlen"
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    I have read every book that Anna Quindlen wrote including the compendium of her New York Times columns about life as a thirty-something young mom. This is classic Anna. She draws us in with bittersweet story of the youngest daughter who will lose so much in her life yet always remain steady in knowing what is most important - family. I loved it. I sat listening to the final 30 minutes with tears streaming down my face.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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