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One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)
it was amazing
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
Silver Sparrow
it was amazing
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
it was amazing
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
Long Division
liked it
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
it was amazing
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
it was amazing
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
liked it
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
Love and Fatigue in America
it was amazing
What happens when a person's life is completely derailed by a poorly understood illness? How do you go on when the basics of a good life – a home , a ...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
Men We Reaped
it was amazing
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
Time of the Locust
it was amazing
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
The Country Girls Trilogy
really liked it
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 Moor's Account
really liked it
Maybe 4 1/2 stars. I enjoyed this book tremendously. It tells the story of a real historical figure - Mustafa al-Zamori, known as Estebanico. an ensla ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 16, 2014
Before I Forget
it was amazing
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
An Untamed State
it was ok
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
Ordinary Grace
it was amazing
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
it was amazing
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
The Lowland
really liked it
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
Green Island: A novel
really liked it
A very good book. I always enjoy books that introduce me to aspects of history with which I am unfamiliar. Growing up in the '50s and '60s, I always t ...more
Mar 27, 2017
Mar 17, 2017
Into the Go-Slow
it was amazing
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
The New Moon's Arms
really liked it
In her usual unique style, Nalo Hopkinson takes the often-told folk belief that humans and seals are related, and creates a great story. I loved her p ...more
Sep 25, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
really liked it
This is a beautifully written, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel about a biracial girl searching for her own identity in the aftermath of a horrendous ...more
Mar 12, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
Warriors Box Set  (Warriors, #1-6)
it was amazing
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 Boy Next Door
really liked it

Had I reviewed this book after the first 150 pages, I would only have given it 3 stars. It had the usual first novel feel, with passages that could ha
May 04, 2010
Apr 24, 2010
Forty Signs of Rain (Science in the Capital #1)
really liked it
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
Winter's Bone
it was amazing
What an amazing book. This book is pared down to the bone - not an extra bit of dialogue, not an unnecessary adjective. And yet the language is dazzli ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
Guests on Earth
really liked it
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
George Washington Carver
it was amazing
This is one spectacular book. As my grandson gets older, I have begun to look for picture books on a slightly higher level. I read this to his 1st gra ...more
May 2009
Jun 08, 2009
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
really liked it
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
Wading Home
really liked it
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
Elsewhere, California
it was amazing
Probably 4 1/2 stars, but I bumped it up to 5 because this book touched by heart. I really loved the protagonist, Avery, and her struggle to find hers ...more
Mar 05, 2017
Feb 25, 2017
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