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The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.70
Lots of opinions out there already, and of course I'm way behind on offering mine. Well, no matter; I try to avoid most frays.

There are two important...more
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
The Corrections
3.73
I was pretty revved up to read The Corrections, as I had so drooled over his two books of essays. The book was not hard to get through, which is to sa...more
May 27, 2009
May 27, 2009
 
Blue Angel
3.31
My sentiments on this book run hot and cold. I didn't like the tone, and I generally don't like reading long, predictable, stories of someone's downfa...more
not set
Mar 30, 2009
 
The Hours
3.86
I saw the movie (which is good) last year and have had, for some time, "book guilt" about not having read the novel. It astounded me; I read it in one...more
Apr 11, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
 
The Things They Carried
4.10
Haunting. I love the way it defies categorization. Is it memoir? Fiction? Nonfiction? Or is it about stories as much as it is made up of stories? O'Br...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel
3.74
The second half of this large book consists of short essays on the one hundred books that Smiley read as a self-assigned project. To be honest, I only...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
 
Good Faith
3.19
Um, well, props to J Smiley for being able to tell wildly different stories. She is a great storyteller in that she has an incredible knack for keepin...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
 
The Age of Grief
3.86
This series of short stories (and the novella for which the collection is named) showed a level of mastery and sensitivity to the day-to-day, and to t...more
not set
Feb 09, 2009
 
Mexico
3.68
Thought I would try a Michener novel, mostly because we almost share a last name. Hah. But also because he influenced a generation of readers. Basical...more
Nov 23, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
A Poetry Handbook
4.03
The best little book on poetry I've come across. Oliver is a master of beautiful, unshowy simplicity. This book covers the basics of poetry, including...more
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 27, 2009
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.21
It could have been shorter. And sometimes I felt that the comedy was a little forced (other times, I was laughing audibly for a few pages in a row). I...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
 
Name All the Animals: A Memoir
3.63
My enjoyment of this book increased as I went along--which says something, as the entire book is a portrait of a sister's grief (and attempts to move...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
 
The House on Mango Street
3.49
Well, it's definitely a good book. I read it so quickly that I think I'll just read it again, because when something's that short you feel like you ha...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
 
Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories
4.05
I loved these stories. I can't believe the way he has mastered such a wide range of voices ... it is impressive. He does have a thing for discovery, i...more
not set
Jan 02, 2009
 
Fierce Attachments
3.78

Gornick tackles her past with questions; one senses that, at the heart of her study of her relationship with her mother, are questions that feel absol...more
not set
May 12, 2009
 
The Best American Short Stories 2008
3.79
I loved this book. The only story I had trouble with was the "Wizard..." story, which I'm sure is good, but the narration was difficult for me. Other...more
not set
Jan 02, 2009
 
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory
3.63
If you love words, you will love this book. If you love words that may not technically be words, you will also love this book. If you care about gramm...more
not set
Mar 25, 2009
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
3.97
It took some wading at times. It helped if I read it without having something immediately pressing on me -- nowhere to go, nothing to do, just time to...more
not set
Sep 17, 2009
 
Red Ant House: Stories
3.66
She's a good writer but things started dragging after the third story. I think I would prefer to read her work as part of an anthology. Dark stuff, an...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
 
Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters
4.21
These days, I have taken to rereading one of these essays before falling asleep. Lyrical, bottomless, perfect. Annie Dillard, you are my hero.
not set
Jan 02, 2009
 
Walden
3.76
I would not suggest reading the whole thing, cover to cover, as I did. My interest wound up waning quite a bit. Well, there were still great parts.
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
 
The Kite Runner
4.20
Took me long enough to get around to this one. I'm glad I finally read it; it truly is, as Entertainment Weekly is quoted as saying, "A moving portrai...more
Jul 2008
Jul 24, 2008
 
Gilead
3.79
I just re-read this book so I'm updating my review. This book had more or less all of the magic the second time around that it did the first, and for...more
Oct 11, 2009
Jul 24, 2008
 
Crossing to Safety
4.16
Read this upon the recommendation of a friend, and am so glad I did. This is what I think good novels should be: not necessarily packed full of events...more
Jan 2008
Jul 24, 2008
 
The Awakening
3.60
Chopin is a master, and The Awakening is what a book should be: short and, oh, so sweet. I was thrilled and overwhelmed by the small things: Robert pl...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
 
The Postman Always Rings Twice
3.83
Maybe it's just not my genre. It felt like a bad movie.
not set
Jul 12, 2009
 
After Dark
3.64
Wowwee! What a book! Sparse but elegant in its language, this Murakami novel makes me want to read more Murakami novels. Realism and surrealism start...more
Dec 11, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
The Writing Life
4.05
Like pretty much anything Annie Dillard, I loved this book. Some writing books can be so predictable, but with this one, you feel that you're getting...more
Aug 29, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
 
The Fourth Hand
3.26
The first half was too satirical for me; I don't like novels in which a lot happens but none of it resonates with me. The last third of the novel, how...more
Jul 27, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
 
East of Eden
4.31
The best novel I read in 2007. It seems like a real novel, in that it is epic, and all-encompassing, and reflects life for what it is, and incorporate...more
Sep 2007
Jul 24, 2008
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