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The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough A wonderful book! Much more than just an illicit affair with a priest, a dramatic saga featuring four strong women in four generations*, and the trials and tribulations of managing an Australian outback station. *Mary Carson, Fiona "Fee" Armstrong Cleary, Meghann "Meggie" Cleary O'Neil, and Justine O'Neil
Short and Tall Tales: Moose County Legends (Cat Who Short Stories), by Lilian Jackson Braun The long awaited book of short stories about Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere" compiled by Ms. Braun's popular amateur sleuth, Jim Qwilleran. I found it entertaining, but not as interesting as the Cat Who books.
Flabbergasted, by Ray Blackston A very entertaining tale of a lonely young man just transferred to a new city across the country. How will he meet girls? Go to church, and so he did. In the process, he not only met the girl of his dreams, but he met the Lord.
A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' story of Survival, by Julie Hedgepeth Williams They were rare because all three of them survived, the mother, father, and baby boy! They had been missionaries in Thailand (then Siam), but the wife became ill and they had to return home, by way of Europe and across the Atlantic. I haven't registered it, as it belongs to a friend and I will give it back to her after I'm finished. It was published by New South Books in Montgomery, Ala, and probably is not well known.
Manor House, by Johannes Meintjes Just finished this book, a wonderful book that will stay with me. The book is about two Cape Dutch Afrikaner (white) families and how their lives are intertwined and affected by a series of tragedies. Featured are the narrator and his friend, a very talented, popular and gregarious artist who returns to the homeplace to restore it, and becomes an impoverished recluse in the process. It was really hard to put this book down; I was fascinated in finding how their lives would unfold and how various issues would be resolved.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, part memoir and part travelogue of buying and restoring an ancient Italian house, and traveling around visiting various Tuscan villages.
Currently reading A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi, another American/Italian memoir, the true story of a middle aged woman who gave up everything for a new life in Italy with the compelling stranger who became her husband.