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Can You Keep a Secret?
Sophie Kinsella's "Can You Keep a Secret?" blew me away with its wit and humor. There were times when I roared out loud with laughter and there was a...more
May 19, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)
Karen White's The House on Tradd Street is part romance, part ghost story, part mystery. The narration of this novel grips the reader with its beautif...more
Nov 04, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
The Weight of Heaven
Thrity Umrigar's The Weight of Heaven is a heavy with grief, emptiness, and struggle. The Bentons (Ellie and Frank) lose their son, Benny, at age seve...more
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn is the last book in the Twilight series and is a jam packed book of 750 pages. Edward and Bella are some of the best c...more
Aug 16, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir
The best teachers are those that give of themselves freely to their students and their craft, and with reference books available on various ways to wr...more
Jul 31, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
Jane Austen's First Love
Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James takes readers back into Jane Austen’s teen years, between the time she is a young girl free to play and the ti...more
Aug 2014
Jul 30, 2014
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is a young adult novel set in the future after the collapse of the world and its rebuilding by The Capitol. To maint...more
Jul 08, 2009
Dec 29, 2008
Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles, #1)
Quite a number of today's urban fantasy books toy with the vampire myths and werewolf stories to modernize them and make them more relevant. When I st...more
Oct 08, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
Into the Beautiful North
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea on audio was a delight, especially with the voice and passion of Susan Ericksen. Nayeli is a young girl...more
Nov 11, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation
"MJ: Everybody's funny bone is the same color, isn't it? We are all the same, really. I have seen that a lot." (Page 258)

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's The M...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
The Book of Lost Fragrances (Reincarnationist, #4)
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose continues the search for the 12 memory tools that Malachai Samuels continues to search for as part of his res...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of those classics that defines an author. Set during the 1920s just after WWI, Jay Gatsby is a mysterio...more
Feb 12, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean, #6)
Normally, I don't review children's books, but I've made an exception (yes, they do happen). I remember buying a set of Ivy + Bean books for The Girl...more
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 15, 2009
Gods Behaving Badly
Marie Phillips' Gods Behaving Badly is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. What would the ancient gods of Greece and Rome do in today'...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
The Baker's Daughter
The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy is a novel told in a number of different points of view and spans several time periods, including the final year o...more
Mar 06, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds, a debut novel by Kevin Powers, is a powerful look at the confusion soldiers experience while abroad during the Iraq War between 2004...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting: An Easy, Organic Way to Deter Pests, Prevent Disease, Improve Flavor, and Increase Yields in Your Vegetable Garden
The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting by Josie Jeffery is a reference guide that not only helps first-time gardeners understand the principa...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
A Dangerous Affair (Liberty Lane, #2)
Caro Peacock's A Dangerous Affair: A Novel of Victorian England is an advanced reader's copy I received through the HarperCollins First Look program a...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
My God, What Have We Done?
My God, What Have We Done? by Susan V. Weiss combines two seemingly divergent topics under one roof — a marriage and the making of the atomic bomb — a...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
The Secret Keeper
The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris does not read like a debut novel, but like a well-engineered corkscrew ride through the African heat and the deep rec...more
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
You Suck (A Love Story, #2)
Christopher Moore's You Suck audio book is another find at the library that I should have taken out in book form. This book had us roaring with laught...more
Jun 09, 2008
Sep 02, 2008
Green Beauty Recipes: Easy Homemade Recipes to Make your Own Skincare, Hair Care and Body Care Products
Green Beauty Recipes by Julie Gabriel, with over 300 recipes, is an excellent reference guide for those seeking more eco-friendly ways of creating and...more
Oct 11, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
Human Dark with Sugar
Human Dark With Sugar by Brenda Shaughnessy arrived in the mail from the American Academy of Poets and I was pleased because I haven't read a book of...more
Apr 30, 2008
Aug 13, 2008
Eyes, Stones
Eyes, Stones by Elana Bell, winner of the Walt Whitman Award, is a debut collection with two voices — two sides of the Palestinian-Israeli struggle —...more
Jan 18, 2013
Jul 24, 2012
The Reckoning (The Taker, #2)
There are some books that you read quickly through and there are those books are almost too seductive and you want to slow down and savor every moment...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
The Day the Falls Stood Still
Cathy Marie Buchanan's The Day the Falls Stood Still, like the Niagara River and the falls, flows powerfully with majestic danger. Elizabeth "Bess" He...more
Sep 06, 2009
Sep 04, 2009
Perfect Timing
I'm now a Jill Mansell junkie! Perfect Timing is an ironic title for this British chicklit novel because nothing is perfectly timed in this novel, fro...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
Ten Beach Road (Ten Beach Road, #1)
Wendy Wax has an excellent beach read with substance in Ten Beach Road for those of you looking for an end of summer winner. Ripped from the headlines...more
Sep 12, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
To the End of the War: Unpublished Fiction
To the End of the War (Unpublished Fiction) by James Jones is a collection of unpublished fiction broken into short stories from the author of From He...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Shapeshifter : The Demo Tapes -- Year 1
Shapeshifter: The Demo Tapes, Year 1 will be unlike any other books on the market because it is a short volume of material from author Susan Helene Go...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
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