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This book will stay in my mind and heart for a long, long time. It is, without a doubt, painful to read - the post-Civil war period was bloody and bru ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
Silver Sparrow
I had not intended to read this book so quickly or to stay up until 3 AM reading it, but I was so caught up in this beautifully written, touching stor ...more
May 17, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)
I do not ordinarily read middle-grade books unless I am sharing them with my grandson, but I was drawn to this beautiful book initially because of its ...more
Jan 07, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
Long Division
I am having a terrible time lately rating books that I think are brilliantly successful on some levels and much less successful on others. What I want ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
I have lived with chronic illness for the past 27 years and I have read lots of books about how to life a healthy life with an unhealthy body. This bo ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
The Book of Negroes
What an amazing book! The protagonist is spectacular - I don't think that I have ever identified so completely with a character in slavery. The author ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Dec 12, 2008
Halfway through this book, I would have given it 2 stars. Most of the characters are mere stereotypes and I felt that the interactions between the Afr ...more
Jun 05, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
Time of the Locust
I was fortunate enough to receive a prepublication copy of this amazing book, but in no way does that affect my rating or review. This book is a stunn ...more
May 08, 2014
Nov 03, 2013
Men We Reaped
Heart-wrenching, especially since the week that I read it is one in which the perilousness of the lives of young black men is the topic of so much nat ...more
Aug 18, 2014
May 03, 2013
The voices ring true. This is one of the highest compliments that I can pay to a book, particularly when those voices include black people and white p ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 18, 2010
An Untamed State
This book is just not for me. I respect the author tremendously for her wonderful essays in Salon and elsewhere. I like her short fiction - the short ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
The Country Girls Trilogy
Reading this trilogy was an interesting experience for me because I read the first two books, The Country Girls and The Lonely Girl, as a teenager bac ...more
Aug 09, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
The Lowland
I love Jhumpa Lahiri's short story collections, but her novels are not on the same level, in my opinion. There was a great deal that I liked about thi ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
Before I Forget
This book is powerful! I could not put it down. Leonard Pitts has done a wonderful job of taking areas which he has often discussed in his essays - fa ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 13, 2009
Into the Go-Slow
I fell in love with Bridgett Davis’ writing when I read her first novel, Shifting Through Neutral, a book that I gave to so many book-loving friends t ...more
Apr 15, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
Forty Signs of Rain (Science in the Capitol, #1)
I gave this book 4 stars because there were so many things I loved about it. First, it is set in Washington, DC, my hometown, during an ecological cat ...more
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
Ordinary Grace
A gem. Yes, it is a mystery - it has been nominated for an Edgar Award - but it is much more. A coming-of-age story set in the midwest, a search for f ...more
Feb 08, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
Guests on Earth
I have read and loved Lee Smith's books since I read Black Mountain Breakdown about 30 years ago. In this book, Smith does what she does best - portra ...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
This book sometimes seemed as if it were written to affirm the Hobbes quote, "Life is nasty, brutish and short." Children are brutally killed and maim ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
Visitation Street
This book is much less a mystery than it is an exploration of a neighborhood. What George Pelecanos does for DC and Dennis Lehane does for Boston, Poc ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
I'm between a four and a five star rating, but I'll go for the five. This book was an amazing ride. As long a book as this was, I never wanted to stop ...more
May 14, 2011
Oct 09, 2008
Warriors Box Set  (Warriors, #1-6)
This is the set of six books that begins a long list of "Warrior" books. I read "Into The Wild" with the Children's Books group here on Goodreads, enj ...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil's Biblical Roots
My bible study group requested that we spend the 6 weeks between Christmas and Ash Wednesday studying Satan. I was a bit taken aback - this is not a s ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
The Turnaround
Pelecanos continues to amaze me. As someone who was born in Washington, DC and lived there for most of my life, I think that Pelecanos understands the ...more
Jul 31, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
The Invention of Wings: A Novel
This book was much better than I had expected. It blends the stories of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, very significant abolitionists who grew up in a sla ...more
Dec 12, 2014
Dec 16, 2014
"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold". Yeats said it, it has been used a million times, and it is the primary thought that kept recurring to me ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
The Double
I love Pelecanos and I have read almost everything that he has written, but the new series with Spero Lucas as the protagonist just doesn't grab me th ...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
All Our Names
This book alternates voices between a young Ethiopian man in Uganda at the time of Idi Amin and a white woman in the Midwest. I do not want to spoil t ...more
Aug 2014
Jul 01, 2014
Wading Home
I loved this book. It is filled with a love of good music and good food, family and land, loss and healing. This author is a great story teller. I lov ...more
May 21, 2012
May 08, 2012
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
OK, so my opinion of this book is probably influenced by the love my grandson has for it and the sound of his voice reading parts to me from the back ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
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