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The Virgin Suicides
Where to begin. I have read some of the reviews of others who did not care for or get this book. I admit that the plot/storyline, though unique, is no ...more
Sep 10, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
I think Vivi WAS a tap-dancing child abuser. Any discussion of this fact ends at the "being whipped with the belt" scene. Vivi had no right to be enra ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 13, 2008
Eat, Pray, Love
I can't understand the popularity of this one. The author is a self-absorbed poseur, as in this definition--
"one who affects some behaviour, style, at
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
The Bridges of Madison County
If it were possible to rate a book in the negatives, this one would earn a negative 10. Truly one of the most terrible books ever. Maudlin, whiny and ...more
not set
Jul 07, 2008
The Pilot's Wife
Another bomb from Shreve. Her husband had a secret life...blah blah blah. She can't confront her grief and betrayal over finding this out, because he ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2008
The Tender Bar
**spoiler alert** Started out fairly well and held my interest until he went to Yale. From that point on, I would read a few sentences from each parag ...more
Jul 12, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
This book has been on my to-read list for some time, and I had a few preconceived ideas that turned out to be wrong. For instance, I had assumed that ...more
Aug 29, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
The Double Bind
**spoiler alert** I figured out the supposed "twist" as soon as I read the psychiatrist's notes. The effort taken to write them as genderless came off ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
AWFUL! Juvenile writing, insane and unbelievable plot that includes a dead father, evil grandmother, murderous mother, kids forced to live in an attic ...more
Jan 1979
Apr 18, 2008
Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao
At some point today, notice an instance of annoyance or irritation you have with another person or situation. Decide to do the Tao (or practice the Wa ...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 02, 2010
The Last Time They Met
**spoiler alert** This book was an ok read until the end...if everything from the car crash forward is invented by Thomas and not real after all, this ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2008
This book is disgraceful. Imagine the characters in Margaret Mitchell's classic as watered-down, one dimensional people with none of their original ch ...more
Jan 1991
Jun 26, 2008
The Guardian
**spoiler alert** Sometimes, belonging to a book club (or two, or in my case, three) means that you are introduced to something that you would have ne ...more
Jul 08, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
A Severe Mercy
**spoiler alert** In Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris tells of a time he was at a movie with his partner, Hugh. They were watchi ...more
Aug 13, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
When Organizing Isn't Enough: Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life
Unfortunately, a busy work schedule left this library book sitting on the nightstand unread through the three weeks before it was due back, and also t ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 24, 2010
Crazy Love
I wish I could remember who recommended this book to me so that I never read their recommendations again. Unbelievable that it was written by a Harvar ...more
Jun 20, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
The History of Love
Heartbreaking, beautiful, poignant...I actually put off writing my review of this book for awhile because on the rare occasion a story is so well-writ ...more
May 20, 2006
Apr 13, 2008
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
This is truly one of the worst written books of all time. The only relief is being able to laugh out loud at the sex scenes, which seem to have been w ...more
not set
May 13, 2012
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
I want to preface this review with the statement that I love Anna Quindlen's fiction and I am a fan of hers on Goodreads. One True Thing stands as one ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life
Since I read Wild Mind and Writing Down the Bones practically at the same time, I have them in my head as one book. One bit of advice helped me with m ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Aug 08, 2008
Striped Ice Cream
I read this when I was 10 years old and remember the story well. One of my favorite childhood books, I read my Scholastic copy over and over. I still ...more
Jan 1972
Aug 01, 2008
The Lovely Bones
**spoiler alert** I found this book to be agonizing to read. Not for the difficult subject matter, but due to the dreadful writing! It was like readin ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2008
We the Living
**spoiler alert** Finally finished late last night. I know Rand is controversial because of her political leanings, but in this book anyway it seems c ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Aug 11, 2008
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
I really like this collection of stories. David Sedaris has quit drinking and smoking, which I thought would be the kiss of death, but the new calmer ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction
This is not the kind of book you breeze through, despite it's diminutive size. I started and stopped it several times since receiving it in First Read ...more
Jan 07, 2011
Jun 20, 2010
The Brothers Karamazov
I have TRIED and TRIED to read this book. At least once a year I pick it up and try again, since so many people tell me how WONDERFUL it is. It just d ...more
not set
Apr 15, 2008
Lord of the Flies
I read this book decades ago. I remember that my first feeling was relief...someone was finally telling the truth about childhood.

Anyone who has survi
Jan 1979
Apr 17, 2008
The Book Thief
Stayed up late into the evening reading and only got 4 hours sleep to finish the last 1/4...truly great writing and unforgettable characters. Went bac ...more
May 04, 2012
Jul 06, 2008
Water for Elephants
**spoiler alert** I kept going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars for this book. On the one hand, I was unable to put the book down when I reached t ...more
Apr 25, 2008
Apr 13, 2008
Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House
I actually enjoyed this book. It was enlightening to finally find out the answer to why the homes of so many others are cleaner, how they seem to know ...more
Apr 1999
Jul 08, 2008
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