The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores

The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores

From a Pulitzer Prize?winning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her?and her career is stalled?when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows the From a Pulitzer Prize?winning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding conn...

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Title:The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores
Author:Diana Marcum
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1503941329
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:238 pages pages

The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores Reviews

  • Francesca
    Jul 27, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

  • Shayna
    Jul 13, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

  • Rebecca
    Jul 17, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

    3.5 ...

    Kindle First Reads - July 2018 ...

  • Carla
    Sep 13, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

  • Sue
    Jul 23, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

  • Jm
    Jul 14, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

    3.5 ...

    Kindle First Reads - July 2018 ...

    Humor, History and Heart I liked Diana's humor, historical research and her example of being able to connect with all kinds of people. Her writing style is playful and she obviously has a big heart. ...

    This was a good book and well written but it didn't have much of a plot. ...

    Loved it! Very engrossing, laugh-out-loud in places. ...

    Positive for the Azorean community in California and the Azores section; did not care about author's personal life/romance/travelogue. ...

    Outstanding work This book is rich and delicious. It makes me want to visit the Azores like the brilliant author. I love how she writes with compassion for those around her and an excellent eye for detail. ...

    This was a fast read. There is no plot, rather a voyage of self discovery, with vignettes from two geographically different, yet connected places and people. The experiences are from real life and are gentle, filled with humour, and are relatable. I found this to be an excelelnt su...

  • Dlmrose
    Jul 06, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

    3.5 ...

  • Sara
    Aug 21, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

    3.5 ...

    Kindle First Reads - July 2018 ...

    Humor, History and Heart I liked Diana's humor, historical research and her example of being able to connect with all kinds of people. Her writing style is playful and she obviously has a big heart. ...

    This was a good book and well written but it didn't have much of a plot. ...

    Loved it! Very engrossing, laugh-out-loud in places. ...

    Positive for the Azorean community in California and the Azores section; did not care about author's personal life/romance/travelogue. ...

  • Booknblues
    Jul 15, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

  • Mandy
    Jul 07, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

  • Heather Kerbow Weikum
    Aug 27, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

  • Christina
    Jul 30, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

    3.5 ...

    Kindle First Reads - July 2018 ...

    Humor, History and Heart I liked Diana's humor, historical research and her example of being able to connect with all kinds of people. Her writing style is playful and she obviously has a big heart. ...

    This was a good book and well written but it didn't have much of a plot. ...

    Loved it! Very engrossing, laugh-out-loud in places. ...

    Positive for the Azorean community in California and the Azores section; did not care about author's personal life/romance/travelogue. ...

    Outstanding work This book is rich and delicious. It makes me want to visit the Azores like the brilliant author. I love how she writes with compassion for those around her and an excellent eye for detail. ...

  • Deborah
    Sep 03, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

  • Lisa
    Jul 07, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

  • Allison
    Jul 31, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

    3.5 ...

    Kindle First Reads - July 2018 ...

    Humor, History and Heart I liked Diana's humor, historical research and her example of being able to connect with all kinds of people. Her writing style is playful and she obviously has a big heart. ...

    This was a good book and well written but it didn't have much of a plot. ...

    Loved it! Very engrossing, laugh-out-loud in places. ...

  • Brian Stankich
    Jul 31, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

    3.5 ...

    Kindle First Reads - July 2018 ...

    Humor, History and Heart I liked Diana's humor, historical research and her example of being able to connect with all kinds of people. Her writing style is playful and she obviously has a big heart. ...

  • Mary L.
    Oct 13, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

  • Calzean
    Jul 02, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

  • Ellen Trautner
    Aug 21, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

  • Karen M
    Aug 03, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

  • Dorie
    Aug 16, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

  • Ann-Marie
    Sep 21, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

  • Wendy Orford
    Jul 30, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

  • Cat Hall
    Aug 03, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

  • Goth Gone Grey
    Jul 01, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

  • Michele Amedee
    Sep 25, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

  • Ieva
    Jul 11, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

  • Tonya
    Jul 19, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

  • Lauren
    Jul 29, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

  • Kristi Kissick
    Aug 31, 2018

    Rather odd None of the other Kindle first books for July appealed, so I defaulted to what I thought would be a charming travelogue about the Azores. This book did not turn out be what I had expected. I think I learned more about California than the Azores. I was reminded of how dif...

    I really wanted to like this one - it started out strong and the culture and history of the Azores was very interesting. I just could not get on board with Marcum's writing style - the jumping back and forth in narrative was really confusing and I found myself skimming the pages and th...

    I enjoy biographies and learning about other places - traveling without ever leaving my couch. This semi-fiction, semi-autobiographical book seemed a great choice for this month's First Reads selection. The book is filled with her experiences, but more with her longing for more. Mor...

    This was neither a travelogue, nor a history book, nor a "lost my shit and found love in a foreign land" book. And I'm good with that. I was initially concerned that I was reading another version of Eat Pray Love (based on the notes on Amazon) but found that the author was less a lo...

    The author is a journalist, she is in a slump with nothing going right - no permanent job, no love life and no fulfilment. Through her work she meets some of the many emigrants from the Azores who make an annual pilgrimage back to their homes. She decides to visit this set of islands f...

    Sorry but I did not enjoy this book. I continued reading it because I thought something interesting may happen to Diana on her Azores adventure but it didn't. I found the book rather rambling and difficult to keep up with the different people mentioned. Having said all of that and as a...

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The book overall is in chronological order (I think), but wow do the stories bounce around within certain time periods. It is very inconsistent and annoying with peppering of history about the islands/people/California to the point yo...

    In the Top Five of My Favorite Books Ever! I am a voracious reader and generally choose detective/sleuth, action-packed adventure stories but, agreeing with other reviewers of this book, it was the only one of the July free reads that remotely appealed to me, perhaps because of my l...

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from California, Marcum let go of everything to go alone to the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal to explore the California-Azores connection. Although not Azorean herself, she felt a special connection on her first visit and took a year-long ...

    I rarely give 5-star reviews, but this beautiful?and beautifully written?memoir most definitely deserves one. Kudos to journalist Diana Marcum for combining the depth and breadth of excellent reporting with the singsongy lyricism of a veteran novelist. I enjoyed every word and have...

    Sort of a travel book, sort of memoirs, sort of educational about Azorean immigrants and the California drought. I liked it! I feel like I learned a lot, both about California and the Azores and the people who are kind of caught in between. Marcum met some Azoran dairy farmers in C...

    What a fun book! Reading The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum , I longed to visit the Azores, she made them sound so appealing. I couldn't help but google images from the islands and they are as beautiful as she described. Marcum i...

    Saudade As a collector of words, saudade, loosely and inadequately translated to heartfelt longing, spoke to my soul, as did this entire novel. A newspaper reporter explores the lives and stories of Portuguese emigrants and immigrants between the Azores islands and Central Valle...

    Being the child of immigrants is a strange experience to navigate. I always feel equal parts American and Portuguese, but also not really fully one or the other. To my Portuguese family, I will always be the American cousin, albeit one with a decent grasp of Portuguese and a passable a...

    This was a very slow memoir. I did enjoy the story, but I wouldn?t call it a page turner. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes, she can write. She was a journalist in California. While doing research for an article about the many people who migrated to California from the Az...

    The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores ???? By Diana Mercum 2018 Little A Books Diana Marcums life changes when she discovers a group of immigrants from the Azorean Islands living in the Central Valley of California. They migrated to N...

    This is a beautiful, moving love story between a woman and a string of islands. It speaks to the part of my heart that longs to just go. It reminds me that I am my only obstacle. This book is a must read for those with this internal calling. Enjoy the journey! ...

    This was a book of memories. Some were humdrum, some extremely interesting, some amusing. No plot to speak of but you kept coming back for the next great turn of phrase or piece of wisdom uttered by one of the characters in the book. ...

    I once lived in the Acores. When I say the cover of this book I knew where the picture was taken. I lived there. I was a Military wife at Lakes Field. I too fell in love with this mystical place. The people are amazing. I spent 2 years there (December 1992-Feb-1995). An adventure I ...

    Wonderful read. This book is a joy to read. Several times I caught myself laughing out loud. It?s a interesting story about an island culture and the people that live there: Their quirks and customs, and their stories. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. It taught me about an area of the world I knew nothing about, so much so that I've added it to my "travel list". At times, some of her stories seemed to drag out but otherwise, no complaints! ...

    This is a well written book that makes me homesick for a place I have never been, and miss people I don't know. ...

    3.5 ...

    Kindle First Reads - July 2018 ...

    Humor, History and Heart I liked Diana's humor, historical research and her example of being able to connect with all kinds of people. Her writing style is playful and she obviously has a big heart. ...

    This was a good book and well written but it didn't have much of a plot. ...