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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
I actively disliked this author's book, Alice I Have Been. And, her book, The Aviator's Wife was okay. But, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about Mrs. ...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
First off, I have to say that I have a great fascination for the subjects of time travel, reincarnation, personal lifetime "do-overs," and exploration ...more
Aug 09, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
All the Winters That Have Been
Routine yarn about the reunion of former lovers with Indian and paternity themes.
Feb 09, 2004
May 01, 2011
I'm sure there are many who find the language and imagery of this book wonderful. I am not one of them. There is just too much detail -- the complete ...more
May 20, 2011
May 18, 2011
Bel Canto
I know I am in the minority in this, but I disliked this book intensely. My complaint is that this book is entirely unrealistic; people do not act tha ...more
Apr 2003
Feb 26, 2011
As the Twig Is Bent
A sweet and delightful memoir of the author's childhood in a Gloucester mining town in the 1920's, and her experiences of going "into service" at the ...more
May 15, 2012
May 10, 2012
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
I initially loved this book, but as it went on I started thinking: Didn't anyone turn out happy? Also, since it was called The Twelve Tribes of Hattie ...more
Dec 31, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I had a lot of problems with this book.
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
A Farewell to Arms
I read this for my contemporary literature class, the theme of which was WWI. I enjoyed the other four books we read for this class so much more than ...more
Sep 2009
Jan 30, 2011
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
Fascinating read.
Jun 1992
Mar 08, 2011
Annie Dunne (Dunne Family #2)
You can tell Sebastian Barry is a poet. Every line in this book is beautiful. This is a quiet tale of an aging Irish woman who lives on her cousin's f ...more
Jun 11, 2012
Nov 26, 2011
A Mercy
I listened to this on an audiobook, and that was my problem. It was read by the author and Miss Morrison has a very strange, halting way of speaking, ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
The Invisible Ones
Stef Penney's first book, The Tenderness of Wolves was a great favorite of mine. There is something about the author's writing that is in sync with my ...more
May 22, 2012
Jul 24, 2011
Gone Girl
I listened to this on an audiobook. I think that if I had read it in print form the detail and repetition would have bored me. As it was, I kept falli ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
The Colour
I am giving this three stars, but after I think about it awhile, I might raise it to four stars. I am a fan of Rose Tremain's novels, and her books th ...more
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
The Warlord's Son
It took me absolutely forever to get through this book. I actually liked the writing, but I am intrigue-challenged. I could follow and appreciate what ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
AAUUGGGHHH! Twenty pages left in this book that I am loving, and I left it at work -- with a four day weekend coming up!!! AAUUGGGHHH!!!

Okay, got back
Sep 04, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
It is hard to know what to say about this book. I listened to it on audiobook, and since I can soldier through boring bits much easier with an audiobo ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
Above All Things
I read this book for my Contemporary Literature class at the Institute of Adult Learning at Chesapeake Community College. The theme for this semester ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
This novel is a bit difficult for me to rate. I ended up giving it four stars, but, after a decent beginning, it nosedived for me until it picked up a ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
The Round House
I have read many of Louise Erdrich's novels and always come away with a qualified positive feelings. I find there to always be a disjointed feel to he ...more
Dec 13, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
The Scottish Prisoner (Lord John Grey, #3)
I am not a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Lord John series, because, while I think he is an excellent supporting character, he is not interesting enough to m ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Dec 30, 2011
The Book Thief
Rereading a third time in May 2013 (audiobook) for my book club. Thoroughly enjoying this yet another time. Yup, I loved it again. Read three times, f ...more
May 13, 2013
Oct 15, 2008
I chose this as my pick for my book club, but all-in-all I was disappointed in it. I love books about the people up in the hills of Appalachia, who, d ...more
May 2010
Jan 09, 2011
Travels With Myself and Another
Martha Gellhorn was a magazine writer and war correspondent and the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. I first became interested her when I read The Hemi ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Jul 17, 2011
I Curse the River of Time
First of all, I absolutely love the title. Second, I was astonished that the title came from a poem by Chairman Mao, because I didn't know he wrote po ...more
Oct 04, 2012
May 05, 2012
Leaving Van Gogh
This book was about the last few months of the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh told from the perspective of Dr. Paul Gachet, his doctor and friend, in ...more
Mar 09, 2012
Nov 11, 2011
The Idea of Perfection
Socrates said "An unexamined life is not worth living." But, I think there can be two much examination. The two main characters in this novel examine ...more
Jun 03, 2011
May 25, 2011
Comedy in a Minor Key
Hmmm. My "Hmmm" is because of my contemplation of this being called a black or dark comedy. Now, I did not read it because I expected a humorous look ...more
Jun 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
First of all, why was so much made of one incident of Mitt Romney possibly bullying a gay student, when Barack Obama admits to flagrant truancy, enthu ...more
May 29, 2012
May 23, 2012