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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
Karma for Beginners - Jessica Blank

My initial reaction after reading was "eh", but since some time has passed, I've been able to expand on my reflections. This book is probably very uncomfortable for many readers as the daughter is 14 when the book begins. If she had been 16, it might be more acceptable, but the ending wouldn't have the same meaning. I'm tryingto be purposefully vague so there are no spoilers. 

 

Inserted into this book, I could have been Tess. I would not have made all of the same choices, but a lot of them might have been me.

 

Having admitted that I find the book much more relatable than my first impression, do I alter the rating? I'll have to give that some thought. Maybe 3.5 stars.