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Claire M. Johnson

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Claire M. Johnson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in history.

Armed with a whip and a knife-roll, she worked as a pastry chef for eight years in San Francisco and Oakland during the height of the food revolution. The passion and frenzied pace characterizing the food scene on the West Coast during the 1980s is well documented in Ms. Johnson’s first novel Beat Until Stiff, for which she won the 1999 Malice Domestic Writers Grant.

Ms. Johnson stopped cooking professionally when her children were born and is currently an editor at U.C. Berkeley. She lives in Lafayette, California, with her husband, Mark, two children, Emma and Paul, and numerous animals. Eating at restaurants is still her favorite hobby, with her
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Average rating: 3.12 · 277 ratings · 60 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Beat Until Stiff
3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 176 ratings — published 2002 — 9 editions
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Roux Morgue
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 2008 — 11 editions
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Pen and Prejudice
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Claire M. Claire M. said: " I've been following "Dear Sugar" on the rumpus.net for many months. I can't give you an assessment of her recent success as the author of "Wild" as I haven't read it. All I can say is that "Tiny Beautiful Things" is a wonderful, wonderful book. Sure, ...more "

 

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout
read in November, 2014
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Truly, this is a wonderful writer whose other books I will seek out. I have read several criticisms of the organization and flow of this book, which presents a series of vignettes featuring a small town in Maine. There are several leaps in
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The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
by Lev Grossman (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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We come to the third and final book in the Lev Grossman Magician's trilogy. I almost loved the first book, I didn't like the second book, and the third book leaves me disgruntled.

AS ALWAYS SPOILERS! YOU ARE WARNED!

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There is no disparaging Gr
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Claire M. rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides
read in October, 2014
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There is a recent trend lately whereby in an attempt to boost sales, shameless publishing marketing gurus frame a book as a modern Jane Austen. These books hint that if Jane Austen were alive today, she'd be writing this sort of book. Having written ...more
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Identical by Scott Turow
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Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow knocked my socks off when I first read it. And I wasn't the only one. I've read a couple of his other novels that while I thought they were good,they didn't even remotely compare to the truly great read of Presumed In ...more
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The Suicide Index by Joan Wickersham
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This is a good, no, a great book. A non-fiction account trying to come to terms with the suicide of her father, it's set up like an index. It is one of those books where I would read a paragraph, a sentence, a chapter, and the words were so right, so ...more
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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
An Object of Beauty
by Steve Martin
read in February, 2011
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Given my limited amount of money, I always read a ton of reviews (NOT on amazon) before I buy a book, so it was with some measure of disappointment that I noticed that Steve Martin's latest had a number of very mixed reviews, with the majority of the ...more
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The Tudors by G.J. Meyer
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I was a history major at U.C. Berkeley, and my specific field was English Tudor-era history, so you can imagine that a huge hunk of my bookshelves are devoted to this subject. There is something of an embarrassment of riches on this topic, from J. J. ...more
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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2013
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As a reader I never noticed this distinction, but as a writer it now seems like a no-brainer. There are writers and there are storytellers. I'm more of a storyteller than I am a writer, and while my ego would like to be considered part of that rarefi ...more
Broken Harbour by Tana French
" Liz wrote: "Great review! I totally agree with you - I loved the book but found Jenny as the murderer to be totally underdeveloped. It makes sense, so ...more "
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