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A treasury of wisdom, love, friendship, and survival

Red Rock Bookworm
The list author says: "As my screen name implies I am a BOOKWORM. I am enamored
with the writers eloquence as he/she takes me on a vicarious
journeys of imagination, adventure and pleasure.

As once observed by the King of Imagination, Walt Disney,
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's
loot on Treasure Island"

I invite you to explore and enjoy my favorite "treasures"."
Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)
Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)
"Quiet lives and lifelong friendships are the basis of this beautiful and moving book."
I Know This Much Is True (Oprah's Book Club)
I Know This Much Is True (Oprah's Book Club)
"Sad a moving tale of identical twin brothers, one a paranoid schizophrenic, and their love/hate relationship."
The Last Summer: A Novel
The Last Summer: A Novel
"Fans of nostalgia will love this murder mystery that evokes small town life, old fashion values, historical scenery & a touch of suspense"
Evening Class
Evening Class
"Classic Binchy. This story of individuals who come together at an evening class about Italy will gladden even the hardest heart"
She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club)
She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club)
"You will find yourself caught up in this haunting story as you follow Dolores, the outsider, from age 4 to 40.  You'll laugh, you'll cry and you will definitely enjoy this offering by Wally Lamb"
The Copper Beech
The Copper Beech
"Go behind the closed doors of this Irish village as you learn what happens to each student after they carve their initials into the Copper Beech."
A Woman of Substance
A Woman of Substance
"The unforgettable story of Emma Harte, poor girl who follows her dream, overcomes obstacles and parlays a small local shop into a major department store empire."
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
"Mesmerizing work full of wisdom about life, the search for maternal love, and the women who touch our lives and are in truth our "real mothers"."
Women of the Silk: A Novel
Women of the Silk: A Novel
"Warm and beautiful novel that follows the silk factory "sisterhood" of several young women, brought together by circumstance, as they work to achieve their dreams in in the midst of political and social upheaval in China, circa 1919 -1938."
Prodigal Summer: A Novel
Prodigal Summer: A Novel
"Three protagonists with interwoven stories seek to escape the entanglements in their lives and to solve their individual problems by looking to nature for the answers."
The Girls: A Novel
The Girls: A Novel
"Born to a teenaged mother and raised by a nurse who was there when they were delivered, this is the story of the fascinating relationship between conjoined twin girls, who are not eligible for separation surgery. Funny, heartwarming & heartbreaking, but definitely not to be missed."
Wanderers Eastward, Wanderers West
Wanderers Eastward, Wanderers West
"Trauma and triumph in an historical setting.  Not as well known as her, Forever Amber, this saga is set in post Civil War New York and Montana and follows the lives of many members of an extended family.  A 900+ page celebration!"
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
"This book is NOT for young adults only.  Death is the narrator of this vivid, compassionate and beautiful story that should be a MUST READ on everyones list."
The Passion of Artemisia: A Novel
The Passion of Artemisia: A Novel
"From a life that began with cruel rape, torture and betrayl, Artemisia becomes the 1st woman to paint large religious & historical paintings. Some of this story is based on fact, other parts invented by the author...but it all makes you want to learn more about the REAL Artemisia Gentileschi. (You may also want to try Alexandra LaPierre's version - Artemisia) Both books are great!"
Artemisia: A Novel
Artemisia: A Novel
"A more accurate look at this magnificent painter and the world in which she lived. The mostly true story of a woman whose talent is largly forgotten."
All Is Vanity (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
All Is Vanity (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
"A dark satire on our materialistic world and a cautionary tale that exhorts us to choose our friends wisely."
The Language of Threads: A Novel
The Language of Threads: A Novel
"If you loved Women of the Silk you can now learn what happened to Pei after she leaves the silk house for a new life in the Hong Kong home of British ex-patriate Mrs. Finch. All struggle to survive with the onslaught war and the Japanese occupation."
The Robber Bride
The Robber Bride
""The Robber Bride" offers us the opportunity to follow the lives of three women friends through three decades and to vicariously experience the plethora of destructive deeds heaped upon each of them by "the villainess" of the piece who systematically befriends and betrays each of them."
Caught In The Light
Caught In The Light
"This is a novel of love, loss, deception and amateur detection. Part ghost story, part historical mystery with a visit to the magical beginnings of early photography thrown in for good measure."
The Blind Assassin: A Novel
The Blind Assassin: A Novel
"Iris, nearing the end of her life is intent on "setting the record straight" about her life, and that of her sister Laura. This novel within a novel weaves together three amazing stories and the discloses the real secrets of the Chase family"
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel
"Move over Harry Potter and make room for two magicians who begin as teacher and pupil and then become rivels in this epic tale of 19th century England. Anyone who likes fantasy will read this book, or ought to. Worth every minute you spend on its 846 pages. A warm fire and some hot cocoa and cookies would add to the ambiance."
The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind
"Lovers of the Gothic romance and heavy, sensual imagery will be handsomely rewarded by this action-filled plot, as a sensitive and loving young boy comes of age while trying to unravel the mysteries associated with the elusive writer Julian Carax."
The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals: A Novel
The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals: A Novel
"Moving from 17th century Haarlem in the Netherlands to 20th century Harlen in NY and linked by a set of diaries presumed to have been written by Hals, this fantastic blending of fact and fiction will capture your imagination."
As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel
As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel
"If you never heard of Peter Bruegel, your not alone.  Before selecting this book from Amazon I was ignorant of this artist, his "politically subversive" works and the life he lives in the Spanish ruled low countries of the 16th century. Historical fiction buffs, this one is a winner!"
The Crazyladies of Pearl Street: A Novel
The Crazyladies of Pearl Street: A Novel
"Set in Albany, New York in the years prior to and following WWII this story is a retrospective look at a simpler time when most people were "poor financially" but "rich in spirit"."
Heart of the Matter
Heart of the Matter
"Through her characters, author Emily Giffin reinforces the life lesson that most of us have learned the hard way......that surface impression most often belies reality."
The Bells: A Novel
The Bells: A Novel
"Harvell has given us not only a story of a man consumed by two loves, he has resurrected for his readers a long forgotten piece of opera/church history - the practice of castrating young boys in order to preserve their exquisite and sweetly angelic voices."
The Widower's Tale: A Novel
The Widower's Tale: A Novel
"The story takes place over the course of one year and manages to squeeze in every topic from gay marriage and ecological activism (read eco-terrorism if you are more moderate than liberal) to the plight of the both the uninsured and the undocumented."