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I laughed out loud several times during this book, but maybe it was more of a nervous chuckle. I don't really consider myself a prude, but this was on ...more
Sep 10, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
The Bone People
Quick Synposis: Novel - A Moari recluse finds a "family" with a orphaned boy of unknown origins and his adoptive Maori father. Being part of a family ...more
not set
May 06, 2008
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
I think we need to add half stars to this rating system. I would put a 3.5 stars on this, but, according to my personal view of how this rating system ...more
Nov 24, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
When I started this book, I didn't think I'd be able to finish it, but then I was on an airplane and didn't have any distractions, and I got into it. ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 08, 2009
Names on a Map
Not terrible, but terribly depressing. EVERY character in the book is depressed, except one, and you just get the feeling he might not be so bright. I ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2009
Meh. I like a good John Hughes move as much as the next thirty-something female, but this was not satisfying as a modern update of that kind of story. ...more
Aug 13, 2008
Aug 03, 2008
The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America
I found it absolutely fascinating learing about the business of stardom and depressing learning about the machinations behind MLS and world soccer. As ...more
Jul 28, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
The Legal Limit
Great story - based on a true situation, from what I understand. It was a little slow, but the author shaped and described the characters so well that ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2010
Then We Came to the End
I thought this would be funny, like "The Office" or "Office Space", but, even when it was trying to be funny, it wasn't. Maybe the theme hits too clos ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Aug 03, 2008
The House on Fortune Street
Really well written. I loved the the author's insight into her characters personalities and how much they resonated with me. The ending was a bit of a ...more
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
A Spot of Bother
I laughed out loud several times while reading this book, and I rarely do that. I picked it up at the library because of his previous book, but I don' ...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
I particularly liked the author's style of writing. It was easy to read, almost a conversation. One-sided for sure, but the kind of conversation that' ...more
Mar 13, 2008
Mar 17, 2009
West with the Night
One line synopsis: Memoir - English girl grows up in Africa in 1920's/1930's.

I wasn't sure I'd like this book, but I did. I read it fairly quickly, w
Apr 2008
May 06, 2008
The Ginger Tree
First 100 pages almost make you want to put this book down, but the rest of the book pulls you in. Very interesting historical novel about a time and ...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
The Gangster We Are All Looking For
Really, 3 1/2 stars. This was a very quick read. One of the cover reviews described it as almost poetry, and I'd agree. The prose was almost lyrical a ...more
Jul 30, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Quick Synpsis: Memoir - Man travels to Middle East and feels compelled to go back to build schools. Starts non-profit to continue.

Some people in my b
Jan 2007
May 06, 2008
People of the Whale
The beginning and the end were pretty good. There was a good chunk in the middle that was hard to get through...
Jun 2009
Jun 26, 2009
The Hour I First Believed
Meandered...too long. Good character insights, although not always likeable.
May 11, 2009
May 15, 2009
Nothing but a Smile: A Novel
Fun read! Really good use of the vernacular of the day, honor bright!
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Loved this!! Funny, informative and a good love story, too!
May 14, 2008
May 15, 2009
The Contortionist's Handbook
I didn't have any idea what this book was really about, even after reading the jacket. I liked the title and was expecting something like a period pie ...more
Nov 08, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
As good as it's reputation.
Apr 05, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
There's a decent story in between all the philosophizing, but it was hard to find.
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
I really like this author. She does a good job of getting you into her characters and really making you feel as if you know them personally. Therefore ...more
Dec 10, 2008
May 08, 2008
The Third Angel
I skimmed in order to finish the book. I thought I was going to like it in the beginning, but then by the time I got to Part II, I was ready for it to ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
A Death in Belmont
I think it's more 3.5 stars. Very well written, true crime type book. I'm not sure there's anything relevatory or that I took as much away from readin ...more
Sep 05, 2008
Aug 26, 2008
Very Ann Patchett - in the end, it's hard to explain what the book was ABOUT, but it was good. Ann Patchett just has a talent for creating characters ...more
Jun 2008
May 06, 2008
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
REALLY good book. I wanted to take it with me on a trip, but I had a big old hardcover from the library and I was traveling light. So I had to wait un ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Jul 14, 2008
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The library wanted the book back and I wasn't all that interested in finishing it. It was very intellectual, I'm sure. The young girl was as snobby as ...more
Aug 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Demons in the Spring
I don't really feel like I can really rate this book. I read a few stories, but then, I rarely read all the stories in a collection of short stories. ...more
May 2009
Apr 16, 2009
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