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Jocelyn Cordova says that at halfway through The Island under the Sea by Isabel Allende she would give the novel an 8.

Joan Gaylord calls Monument Eternal: the Music of Alice Coltrane by Franya J. Berkman a fresh perspective on "a major musician who stood for too long in the shadow of her husband" and gives it an 8.

Abraham McLaughlin recommends What Is There to Say to What We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell by Suzanne Marrs, writing that "their gentle affection for, and encouragement of, each other is what friendship is all about." He rates the book as an 8.

Andi Diehn gives the annotated version of Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen a 10.

Jolene Miller says she is enjoying Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, the gripping story of one town's quest to build an early Gothic cathedral. She says she read the book after many recommendations from friends.

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