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The Lake of Dead Languages
I am always drawn to any aisle with books, and I've often scanned the titles at Target, remembering bits of titles for the library or for the independ ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 24, 2007
The Bloodletter's Daughter
This was one of those pleasant books to read before bed in that the plot, though not frantic, continued to move, and one could read a chapter or two b ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
Blind Your Ponies
West has heart, it is true, and this feel-good book fails to mention on its attractive back cover that it is about a failing basketball team, so when ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 29, 2008
The Middle Place
Like many of the other reviewers here, I felt fine with the narrative initially, even willing to turn over sympathy at her plight. I've had many body- ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Those of you who know me, don't fret by the title: my MIL lent this to me, and the while the topic is compelling (a woman surviving the majority of th ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Bad Wife Spankings
This chapbook is one of the reasons I have a giant poet-crush on Valerie Wetlaufer.

My copy is glowing with purple tags, the mark of favorite poems and
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
Slow Lightning
Oh, the top of my head! It has come off.
Apr 22, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
The Education of Little Tree
I remember my mother mentioning to me how good this book was said to be when I was a kid in Chattanooga, and then a few years later, how she mentioned ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Taste of Cherry
I really fell in love with this book, and it's not because Candito is in a workshop with me just now at Bread Loaf, but because of her acute sense of ...more
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
Life After Life
Oh! What a nice surprise to read something you thought would be just fine and to find it really quite lovely. I loved the world in which this book was ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The 14 Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien
I kept wanting this book to have the magical writing of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende. But it felt as if I were reading a book ...more
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
Thin Kimono
If I'd received these poems, just a cluster of them, in my submission pile, would I have felt the magic that is this collection as a whole?

Some snippe
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
Assassination Vacation
It's OK to admit that I now have a crush on Sarah Vowell, right?

She has so much passion about history that I now want to devour all kinds of history b
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood
This was picked for my daughter's Montessori school book club of parents and teachers; fortunately, the lead teacher wasn't enamored with this book ei ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 10, 2014
"The sentences were threadbare and somehow pathetic." (p 100)

"'I don't think you're really cut out for translation, you know that?'
'Why? Because I'm n
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
My favorite thing about this book is how Roth set out to create a world in which the protagonist would be the agent--meaning, she would make decisions ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
**spoiler alert** (2.5)

The things I loved about this book:
- The social message. As in, the prison system is a disaster and needs repair. And here's wh
Oct 12, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
Robinson Alone
Incompletion makes people / want to fill your blanks in. (36)

Apr 10, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Reckless Lovely
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
There was snorting to be had, while reading this book. I am glad for it.
Jan 29, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
Family Bed
I find myself completely unable to rate this book because of all these strange factors: the book has many dated-issues / lacking current research (suc ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
The familiar, particularly of the childhood object variety (dolls and suckers, and older, with piercings and such), and smashes them up against the st ...more
Apr 17, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
The Goldfinch
I was surprised I liked this book as much as I did; while I like Tartt's writing plenty, her other two tomes had left me a bit befuddled in regards to ...more
Apr 12, 2014
Sep 10, 2013
In the audio interview, when asked about the point-of-view, Dallas said something along the lines of, "I didn't want to write from a Japanese perspect ...more
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
Defending Jacob
One chapter's intro quote: “That murder might be any business of the state is a relatively modern idea. For most of human history, homicide has been a ...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
Bill Bryson's African Diary
This was such a zippy little read; I think I finished in one insomniac rolling-about. My first Bryson was At Home, which I found to be plodding, then ...more
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
Let's get this straight: this wasn't a journal of her son's first son. This was a journal of neuroses, mostly of becoming a grandmother, but also of c ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Mar 03, 2012
Forgotten Fire
The story is brutal; the first fifty or one hundred pages walk the reader through bodies like detritus. Parents taken, killed, siblings shot and burie ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
The Courage to Create
I'm not sure I fully locked in to reading this book, which took longer than I expected. I felt myself forcing my brain to focus--perhaps because the o ...more
Jan 30, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
Invisible Strings
Written for review in Reach's "Bound to Please" column:

"Jim Moore has keen eyes, to draw the span of the world into himself and construct such dazzlin
Jan 27, 2012
Aug 24, 2011
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