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The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Katherine Streeter, Sarah Vowell
The Age of Edison
Ernest Freeberg
Tales of the Alhambra
Washington Irving
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey
Alison Gernsheim
The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser
Frederic E. Rusch, Keith Newlin
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships
Peter Hurd, N.C. Wyeth
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion, Vol 1
Haruo Suda Katsuji Saito, Takanori Endo, Daisaku Ikeda
Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Jon Winokur
Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland

Stealing Athena

Stealing Athena - Karen Essex Historical fiction completely based on actual events, alternating between early 1800's and ancient Greece. Uneven. I'm sure the research was impeccable, the author never seemed to stop cramming the facts in, regardless of the pacing of the story. Sometimes the writing was lovely and the main storyline is compelling. As difficult as the first 3/4 of the book was to get through I couldn't put it down at the end (though I skimmed the Greek parts as they slowed the narrative down). Would like to be able to give this more than three stars, just can't.