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5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Americana, May 8, 2012
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As a seventy year old woman who doesn't own a TV and lives in Maine, it's unlikely that a book about soldiers, football, and high rollers looking for a movie deal set in Texas would compel me to write my first review, but this book did. It's a piece of Americana that tells us about ourselves in the same way that say To Kill a Mockingbird or Death of a Salesman reveals pieces of the puzzle that is America. I somehow feel better for having read this book which is why, I guess, some of us read in the first place.
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Initial post: May 21, 2012 9:15:52 AM PDT
klibrarian says:
Dear Meg;
Inded this why some of us do read! Your review was delightfully honest and insightful!
klibrarian

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:59:36 AM PST
Queequeg says:
As a 60 year old woman, who does own a tv, but reads a tremendous amount, your succinct but heartfelt review touched me. I am going to get the book. Thanks.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 6:18:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2012 6:20:03 PM PST
moviegoer says:
Hello, Meg--I loved your review. I am a lifetime reader. Started when I was nine, I think, and never looked back. I was half-
decided about this book, and your review was the thing that tipped me into buying it. I hope I feel the way you did about it.
(If I do, I'll come back and thank you) Oh, and by the way: how did a seventy year old woman who lives
in Maine and has no television come to find out about this book? I am truly interested.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2012 6:08:08 PM PST
I feel exactly as Meg does...read this book in two days, couldn't put it down. I cared about the characters....except for the football execs in their skyboxes with their very influential friends!

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 2:31:35 PM PST
All reviews at Amazon should be as fine as this one. It is succinct, specific, and it does not proselytize any personal political, theological or moral views, yet it contains everything a reader needs to know about this book.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 10:59:06 AM PST
beejayjr says:
Best. Review. Ever.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 2:16:15 PM PST
Haha...I have the review right below yours, and I prattle on for about 800 words. I think I have legit thoughts and important observations - but what took me 800 words to say, took you just 101.

Lesson learned: Less is More!

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 1:30:48 PM PDT
Judy R says:
Dear Meg, I looked up this book because Katherine Boo (Behind the Beautiful Forevers) recommended it as a "happy diversion". After having read her Beautiful Forevers, I'd follow Ms. Boo anywhere, but your review pushed me over. I'm syncing it onto my Kindle right now! P.S. I'll soon be 68, but don't tell anyone.

Posted on May 12, 2013 7:48:57 PM PDT
Wonderful Meg. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 12:27:27 AM PDT
Sue Hayes says:
Thank you, Meg. I was on the fence about purchasing this, even as the Kindle deal of the day, as I'm on a very strict budget. Your review compelled me to push that BUY button because you put it in the same league with two of my favorite novels and because you took the time to write a heartfelt review about a book that seems a good deal out of your comfort zone. Blessed be.
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