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Peek Inside a Book - Inside the Empire

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees
by Bob Klapisch and Paul Solotaroff


It Begins: LOCKED AND LOADED: WELCOME TO THE BRONX POWER STATION
The General Manager Meetings each fall are baseball's version of a buddies' fishing junket to Belize. 

On Page 56: But now they were back, riding the star-child wave of Jeter, Pettitte, and Mo. That year they won the EAstern Division, beat the Orioles for the pennant (with a little divine intervention from a teenage fan name Jeffrey Maier), and stunned the lordly Braves in the World Series. It was bedlam the next morning in the Canyon of Heroes: seemingly half the city's census turned up on the Lower Broadway to throw kisses and confetti at the Yanks. even the Mets bent a knee in praise, buying an ad in the Daily News to congratulate the team and George himself. 

Verdict: I'm about half way through an…

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 22

Currently Reading:

Title: A Scot in the Dark
Author: Sarah MacLean
Date Started: April 19
Goodreads Summary: 
Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren 
Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate...until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted Duke 
The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to Town
Warnick arrives in London with a single go…

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 15

Currently Reading:

Title: Orphan Train
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Date Started: April 8
Goodreads Summary: 
A captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York C…

Peek Inside a Book - Orphan Train

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline




It Begins: Prologue
I believe in ghosts. 

On Page 56: The Milwaukee Train, 1929
Turning, I catch Dutchy looking at me.  "You're hair is pretty." I squint at him in the gloom to see if he's teasing, and he looks back at me sleepily. "That's not what you said a few days ago." "I said you'll have a hard time."
(this is really page 57 in my edition because page 56 is blank)

Verdict: This is our April book club selection.  I'm about half way through and I'm really enjoying the stories.

Little Thoughts on Book Club Selections

I started going to a book club meeting at my local library. I never knew they had one and had been going sporadically to one held by a meetup group I'm a part of. Here's what we've been reading:
Title: Clock Dance Author: Anne Tyler Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Review: Beautifully written but slow moving.  The story is broken into 2 parts, I liked the first part more than the second part. The second part, which was the core part of the novel just seemed implausible. 
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Title: The Girl with Seven Names: Escape From North Korea Author: Hyeonseo Lee Rating: 5 stars
Review: I really liked this book, it was an incredible story. There was a lot of discussion on how she didn't really want to leave North Korea, but due to a stupid teenage mistake she because a North Korean defector. Even with that we all had to agree, she is amazing for what she was able to do survive. 
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Title: Brave New World Author: Aldous Huxley Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Review: This was my first time reading this novel (no I …

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 8

Currently Reading:

Title: Orphan Train
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Date Started: April 8
Goodreads Summary: 
A captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York…