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Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love
A terrible thing happened to Matt Logelin: his beloved wife died the day after their only child was born, 7 weeks prematurely. As he struggled to put ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)
I will probably have to find a print version, as I kept getting distracted from the story and am fairly certain I missed huge chunks of plot. My boyfr ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 01, 2008
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
It bothers me that the book itself doesn't reveal the truth about Fern till page 79, but pretty much all the promotional blurbs I've read for it (exce ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
When I opened the package my editor sent me and saw that one of the books I had to review was the latest Curtis Sittenfeld, the first thought that cam ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
Anne Mah is an excellent food writer. Reading as she traveled through the regions and cuisines of France, I wanted so much of the food, so much of the ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine #1)
My earlier note on receiving this book free from Goodreads as part of the First Reads program at bottom.

I really liked this book! For a mystery (and a
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 13, 2009
Last Night at the Blue Angel: A Novel
Hoo boy, this book. Okay, first of all, it deserves a little over 3 stars because it's a great look at the mores of the 1950s and 60s. The relationshi ...more
Jun 10, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
Alice I Have Been
Man, I really want to give this five stars. It's a really good book, and the author does an amazing job evolving the first-person-narrative voice from ...more
Sep 03, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)
Very fast read, in part because it was so utterly gripping (I nearly missed my bus stop because of it, then accidentally whapped the guy sitting acros ...more
Sep 18, 2010
Sep 17, 2010
The Jewel of Medina
Let me get my pettiest complaint out of the way first: the cover is all wrong. A'ishah, the heroine of the piece, has red hair and green eyes, so I'm ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
Girl in a Blue Dress: A Novel Inspired by the Life and Marriage of Charles Dickens
I was surprised by how complex this book is. Much like Paula McLain's The Paris Wife, this novel takes the breakdown of a famous writer's marriage and ...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
Anna Karenina
12/22/13 So after reading the book, I read the blurb here on Goodreads about it, and said aloud, "That is all wrong."

I'm getting the distinct feeling
Dec 22, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
Small Gods (Discworld, #13)
"You can die for your country or your people or your family, but for a god you should live fully and busily, every day of a long life."

And with that,
Oct 04, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own
Helpful if you're looking to redesign your wardrobe a/o your life to make a statement. I, personally, could not imagine adopting just one of these ico ...more
Nov 03, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
I'd never read any Kafka before, but the concept that his writing lends his name to is impossible to avoid in modern culture. I did find the title sto ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
The Masterharper of Pern
I've realized that Ms McCaffrey's books offend me in exactly the same way the Sex and the City movies offend me: that the main characters and their dy ...more
Jun 06, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
Dragonsinger (Pern: Harper Hall, #2)
Gross. I would strongly discourage my daughters from reading this because it encourages a certain kind of female I can't stand: the girl who doesn't g ...more
Nov 21, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
Shinju (Sano Ichiro, #1)
So I'm something of a feudal Japanese culture aficionado. I'm not great with dates or names, but I very much understand (even if I don't necessarily a ...more
Aug 2012
Jul 30, 2012
The Sculptor (Sam Markham, #1)
I'm really glad I read the author's 2nd Markham thriller, The Impaler, before this one, because this was nowhere near as good. Don't get me wrong, the ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
The Invention of Wings
It's been such a long time since I've read a contemporary author who is so unafraid of showing us that everyone, even heroes, can be fallible, horribl ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth about the Tudors
I admire Claire Ridgway's enthusiasm and tirelessness in clearing up the mysteries/controversies surrounding Anne Boleyn. Unfortunately, her writing s ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman
Oddly enough, I seem to be one of the few people here who enjoyed the sequel much more than its predecessor. I found A Canticle... devoid of much of t ...more
May 04, 2002
Jul 07, 2008
Watership Down
I'm deeply troubled by the thought that my young adolescent self was not as hard-hearted as I've always believed. See, I first read Watership Down whi ...more
Dec 17, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
Invasive Procedures
This novel totally freaked me out. And not in a good, thriller kind of way: what boggled my mind the most was how a writer as smart and self-examining ...more
Dec 22, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
Your Baby Is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby
First off, the pictures are gorgeous. You can absolutely see what emotions Dr Nugent and Mr Morell were trying to capture in every single shot. Dr Nug ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story
Incredibly moving tale of a 61-year old mother who offers to carry the child of her daughter and son-in-law, who've had great difficulty carrying a pr ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage
(The Goodreads app ate the original version of this review. That'll teach me to not work from my computer.)

I personally find it difficult to review me
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
I was disappointed, overall, in the way the narrative differed from what Dickens actually wrote in Great Expectations, particularly in the ending scen ...more
Jul 25, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
Oh, jeez, where to start reviewing this? GRRM made his readers wait 6 years before putting out this behemoth of a book, the fifth in a 7-part series. ...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Lizz Free Or Die
The descriptions are misleading: this book is not hilarious. It has its moments of humor but nothing in it made me burst out laughing (though, FWIW, I ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 01, 2012
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