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The Book Thief
Bravo Zusak! A standing ovation, a mighty opus. You stood Death on her head, removing her dark cloak and scythe, clothing her with feeling and letting...more
Mar 29, 2008
Mar 19, 2008
Loving Frank
I like to read first published novels by authors, so when my reading group, comprised primarily of women, chose Loving Frank, I was looking forward t...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better
Old man review. Read at your own risk.

As you get older, the illusion is that time goes by faster. The theory, I think, is that the segment that is pas...more
Aug 2013
Aug 10, 2013
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
SK can't help being SK. That includes profanity and poor taste. Often, it seems like it's trying fine cuisine at Denney's. Every once in a while, you'...more
Sep 14, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
DIRT, by David Vann, made me want to take a shower and an antidepressant. And I'm not a depressive. I needed to wash it off and purge it from my syste...more
May 2012
May 05, 2012
Dead End in Norvelt
DEAD END IN NORVELT is a cornfield plowed under. It is bloody bad. It reminds me of a bomb shelter waiting to be annihilated. And it has about as much...more
Feb 2012
Feb 29, 2012
Return to Sender
Julia Alvarez knows how to characterize the blur in the line between right and wrong. She knows how to make it clear that reality and morality are con...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Story of Edward Sawtelle is a first novel for its author, David Wroblewski. Wroblewski has a great future as a writer, I believe, if he keeps at i...more
Jan 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Blackout (Blackout, #1)
BLACKOUT by Robison Wells reminds me of this old joke.

There are two dyslexics working in a kitchen. One says, "Can you smell gas?" And the other says...more
Oct 2013
Oct 24, 2013
Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law
I read NECESSARY SECRETS as a fluke. It isn't my normal fare.

At the height of the WikiLeaks and Julian Assange news blitz, I had a conversation with m...more
Jan 2011
Mar 26, 2011
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
If you haven't read Cory Doctorow's novel, LITTLE BROTHER, you should. It's fast-paced, entertaining --- as in, gauged for those with mild to serious...more
Aug 2009
Sep 02, 2009
The Attack
**spoiler alert** The protagonist, Amin Jaafari, a doctor, works as a surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. He's an Arab-Israeli citizen, a secular man w...more
Feb 12, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
Notes from a Small Island
I found myself thinking about the taxes paid by the most successful of writers like Bryson while reading this travelogue . Why would I wonder about th...more
Sep 12, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
This is the second time I have read Joe Simpson's Touching the Void. In younger years, when I had more energy and less sense, I probably would have ra...more
Mar 16, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
The Clockwork Three
Every boy or girl, no matter how old, should read this book. I'll try to tell you why.

I believe at some time every child, no matter who or where they...more
Jan 2010
Sep 30, 2010
Okay for Now

I'm not lying.

And I'm no chump in saying so.

Perhaps I should just leave it at that and hope you have the good sense to buy and read the book,...more
Aug 02, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
Miles from Ordinary
Light-years from middling, not just MILES FROM ORDINARY.

That is Carol Lynch Williams's latest novel for youngsters, and it is light-years from middlin...more
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
Beyond Rain of Gold
I picked up BEYOND RAIN OF GOLD mostly because of the illustration on the front of the book jacket (by Steven Yazzie).

That painting shows what I take...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Please Look After Mom

This novel about a Korean family cut and passed through me, stabbing me, penetrating my soul.

Yeah, that's the adjective I want to use, pierci...more
Jun 08, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
Is this book stellar? Cosmic? Heavenly? Is that too cliché of a characterization?

Well, yes and no, I guess. It depends on how literally you take it. A...more
Oct 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
I was reminded to add this to my read shelf today by a goodreads friend who added it to his. I read it long ago, when my wife bought it and read it, n...more
Jan 1993
Aug 24, 2010
Miracle and Other Christmas Stories
I've put the Connie Willis Christmas book away for now, stowed it carefully in my Kindle, and if it gets too crowded there, it'll always be available...more
Dec 2009
Jan 02, 2010
Embrace, Release, Heal: An Empowering Guide to Talking About, Thinking About, and Treating Cancer
I've not directly known cancer's grip on/in my body...yet. Maybe it will come to me --- chances are probably good; but maybe it won't. Nonetheless, li...more
Oct 03, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Maybe I should call this posting "The Third Monday Barnes & Noble Book Club," because it is this name that brings me to the one above. You see, I...more
Sep 2009
Sep 25, 2009
We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream
This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to be more fully informed about those individuals who come across the southern border to the United Stat...more
Nov 2009
Jan 02, 2010
Alma (Book of Mormon, #2)
Heather Moore was gracious enough to let me read her new novel, ALMA, and I am glad I did. I haven't read too much fiction for her intended audience,...more
Sep 2009
Oct 01, 2009
The Sound Of Butterflies
It's intriguing to begin reading a novel whose title seems so paradoxical: The Sound of Butterflies. In all my young days chasing butterflies among th...more
Aug 2009
Aug 16, 2009
Cheating Justice: How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law and Plotted to Avoid Prosecution? and What We Can Do about It
God bless the USA---God curse the USA.

You keep hearing it over and over, "God bless the USA. God bless the USA. God bless the USA."

But I've tended to...more
Jan 2012
Jan 18, 2012
Once Was Lost
All I could think about every time I considered Sara Zarr's Once Was Lost was the completion of the line with 'but now am found.' That title set up an...more
Jan 2010
Feb 20, 2010
The Chosen One
Talk about a thrilling scenario. The one Carol Lynch Williams has carved out for this novel's protagonist is a very compelling one.

Kyra, the novel's f...more
Aug 2009
Apr 10, 2010
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