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Little Bee
3.69
it was amazing
Chris Cleave's ability to float effortlessly between two distinct ethnic voices (Little Bee, a refugee from Nigeria, and Sarah, a young widow in Engla ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
Mudbound
3.99
it was amazing
I had sworn off any and all novels dealing with racial themes set in the South. There is only so much self-flagellating I can do in a year in penance ...more
Jan 24, 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
The Various Haunts of Men (Simon Serrailler, #1)
3.81
it was amazing
WOW would be the one-word review, but perhaps you want more information than that...

This is a classic contemporary British mystery, complete with a ca
...more
Jun 06, 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
4.11
really liked it
Set in Moundville, Alabama in 1917 this charming juvenile novel was based on the author's grandfather's handwritten memoir.

Folks who didn't grow up i
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Mar 20, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
The Absent One (Department Q, #2)
3.85
really liked it
When I finally gave in to the "Dragon Tattoo Nordic" wave (and no, I still haven't read that series), I started with Adler-Olsen's chilling "The Keepe ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
 
Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town
3.81
it was amazing
I am not a fan of soccer, but I picked this book up based solely on my fondness for Warren St. John (author of Rammer JammerYellow Hammer). This story ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
 
Disquiet
3.15
really liked it
I'm not sure when a novella has been more aptly titled. I read it today at the bookstore (it will be available in bookstores in November 2008), and wh ...more
Aug 06, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
 
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
4.04
liked it
I am so very conflicted by Tinti's novel, so I wanted to give it a few days to sort of "set" before I wrote anything at all about it. I felt like I wa ...more
Jan 29, 2017
Jan 26, 2017
 
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
3.78
really liked it
An unexpectedly moving (and funny) memoir!

When Neil White was sentenced to Federal Prison in the early 1990's for check kiting, the last place he cert
...more
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
 
Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)
3.89
it was amazing
If Dennis Lehane gets any better at his craft, we will know he is supernatural.

This follow-up to The Given Day, which I also reviewed in my list here
...more
Oct 10, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
 
The Risen
3.70
it was amazing
Ron Rash is one of the most consistently outstanding writers of the day. His best works, and I'll argue that this is among them, share some similariti ...more
not set
Feb 12, 2017
 
The Sleepwalker (Sleepwalker, #1)
3.71
it was ok
I picked this one for a couple reasons: I have never been able to get his powerful novel, Midwives off my mind, and because one of my children was, fo ...more
Mar 03, 2017
Jan 07, 2017
 
The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire, #1)
4.14
really liked it
I have come to this series bass-ackwards.

My husband and I had begun watching the TV show and were really enjoying it. I've been trying to get him out
...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
 
The Weight of Him
3.90
it was amazing
What a lovely, heart-breaking, heart-mending novel. Big Billy Brennan, all 400 pounds of him, is grieving the death by suicide of his beloved son when ...more
Dec 28, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
 
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
3.87
really liked it
Look, I'm not going to spend tons of time reviewing this book. It's another of those that everybody read when it first came out, and it had been on my ...more
Mar 04, 2017
Feb 19, 2017
 
Heart in the Right Place
3.82
it was amazing
I read this fun and profound memoir over the course of a weekend in the mountains back in 2008, and it remains one of the fondest reading memories I'v ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
Nightwoods
3.58
it was amazing
I don't know exactly how he did it, but Charles Frazier managed to pull off a novel so radically different from his masterful Cold Mountain that I qui ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
 
Number the Stars
4.11
really liked it
I am making a concerted effort to read (or re-read) more juvenile fiction, with a particular interest in books that tend to pop up on school reading l ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2017
 
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry (The Rabbi Small Mysteries)
3.82
did not like it
I really enjoyed the first book in this "old" series, and had hoped to use it as lighter fare between weightier reads (or as a $1.99 Kindle read whils ...more
Feb 19, 2017
Feb 14, 2017
 
The Keepers of the House
3.88
it was amazing
It’s like this, when you live in a place you’ve always lived in, where your family has always lived. You get to see things not only in space but in ti ...more
Mar 29, 2017
Mar 22, 2017
 
In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II
3.92
liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars (Weren't we "librarians" once able to do that?)


I chose this one because it was offered at a discount to download to my Kindle
...more
Mar 16, 2017
Mar 07, 2017
 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
3.97
it was amazing
... a charming, life-affirming, lovely novel....

Read my complete review here: http://thesurlybookseller.blogspot.co...


Call your local independent boo
...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Wonder
4.42
it was amazing
Sometimes the hype is true! I cannot wait until my grandchildren get to read this story about being different, and loving people who are.

Like all rea
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Mar 07, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
 
Because of Winn-Dixie
3.99
really liked it
I'll admit it: when I was working as a bookseller I skimmed through this novel to get a notion of its content, but even with that I knew it was a love ...more
Feb 03, 2017
Feb 03, 2017
 
The Well and the Mine
3.75
it was amazing
Set in Carbon Hill, Alabama in 1931, this story of the Moore family is truly poetic. With these opening lines, how could you not continue to read?

Aft
...more
Feb 04, 2008
Aug 22, 2008
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.32
really liked it

The Boys in the Boat tells the story of an improbable group of working class young men who rowed for the University of Washington, and who set about t
...more
Jan 29, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
 
A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, #19)
3.95
really liked it
As I recently told an audience of folks who'd come to hear a discussion about mysteries, Elizabeth George was my gateway into contemporary writers of ...more
Oct 10, 2016
Mar 30, 2016
 
A Chance in this world
4.15
really liked it
There is a moment in Steve Pemberton's moving and inspirational memoir in which a neighbor reaches out to him when she realizes he loves to read. She ...more
May 12, 2017
Mar 26, 2017
 
They Left Us Everything: A Memoir
3.82
liked it
Actual star rating: 3 1/2 stars.

My mother died in the fall of 2011; my father on the last day of the year 2014. Between those years my father moved in
...more
Feb 03, 2017
Jul 14, 2016
 
The Nightingale
4.54
it was amazing
Another of those books that I should have read a long time ago, but didn't because it was already selling like mad by word-of-mouth before I could get ...more
Dec 18, 2016
Dec 22, 2015
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