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The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.26
This is a really big book, so don't go looking for it if hefty page counts scare you. But these pages turn themselves. Typically Ken Follett writes sp ...more
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Jun 11, 2008
 
Oral History
4.06
I can't say enough good things about Lee Smith, but since she is so very local to Virginia and North Carolina it's hard to find her outside of the are ...more
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Jun 11, 2008
 
The Road
3.94
A Pulitzer Prize winner is almost a guaranteed yawn but this one won't let you go to bed. So how does the world end? You still won't know after you've ...more
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Jun 13, 2008
 
March
3.70
I've always liked this approach--embellishing on a minor character from another novel, in this case the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's "Little W ...more
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Nov 12, 2008
 
A Million Little Pieces
3.60
James Frey caught a whole lot of flack for embellishing and/or fabricating big chunks of this so-called memoir, but it seems to me if his publisher sa ...more
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Jul 23, 2008
 
Lolita
3.86
This is one trashy novel but here is how it came to be such a classic. It is the world's most eloquent expression of passion, of desire, of longing. T ...more
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Sep 01, 2008
 
Raney
3.93
This was Edgerton's first, a loving look back at himself from his wife's perspective, and it got him fired from Campbell University because of certain ...more
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Jul 04, 2008
 
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.96
This one came to mind with the recent news item about the raid on the polygamist sect in Texas. It is mind-blowing that in this latest installment, th ...more
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Jun 11, 2008
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.00
Magical realism is what they call this, and Latin America is its headquarters. So it's a cultural departure, flying first class, except don't we have ...more
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Jun 11, 2008
 
Loving Frank
3.69
This is a nonfiction account of an extramarital affair of Frank Lloyd Wright, complicated of course by his celebrity status and all the carnivorous pr ...more
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Jun 11, 2008
 
Another Roadside Attraction
3.96
Tom Robbins is a god so it's hard to pick a favorite. This one begs the question so famously posed by Alfred E. Neuman: "Is nothing sacred?"
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Jun 11, 2008
 
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
3.91
This is the first of Kingsolver's many wonderful novels, all with a conscience and all brilliantly written.
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Jun 11, 2008
 
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
3.67
Everything there is to know about orchids, and some near-blinding insights into the depravity that is Florida.
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Jun 11, 2008
 
Thirteen Moons
3.61
From the author of Cold Mountain, inspired by his concern that the Cherokee language is disappearing.
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Jun 11, 2008
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