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Let the Great World Spin
it was amazing
Life is full of unexpected synchronicities. The kinds of things that occasionally make you feel that you are connected to a greater web of being, a li ...more
Jul 09, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
Shadow Tag
liked it
When an author names a character “Irene America,” chances are the name has not been randomly chosen. Irene is a a woman, but she is also a symbol – fo ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
The Patron Saint of Liars
it was amazing
This is my third Ann Patchett novel. The first one I read was her miraculous gem of a book, "Bel Canto." The second was the solid, beautifully cadence ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jul 24, 2009
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
did not like it
Absolute crap. I still can't believe how truly bad this was, because a friend recommended it based on the alleged monumental effect it had on his life ...more
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
Never Let Me Go
it was amazing
With his trademark simple elegance and heartbreaking realism, Kazuo Ishiguro once again forces us - however gently - to confront a few small pesky que ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
liked it
Tina Fey manages to be one of those people I simultaneously respect, admire, envy, and want to hang out with all at the same time. Her cerebral, edgy, ...more
Nov 19, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
really liked it
I'm a sucker for stories about exploration and survival. My bookshelves are littered with them: "The Lost City of Z," "Into Thin Air,""The River of Do ...more
Mar 04, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
really liked it
If you can read this book and not want to immediately hop a plane to Savannah, Georgia, then I do not know what to say to you. I read this book severa ...more
not set
Sep 04, 2008
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
really liked it
This book is a really fun read without being a frivolous read. In fact, the author takes on a myriad of dark themes, but in the voice of his main char ...more
Sep 2008
Aug 30, 2008
The Bridges of Madison County
did not like it
What I learned from this book is that no matter how hard you throw a paperback, it will rarely dent the wall. Which is a good thing, because I threw t ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2008
Dark Places
really liked it
Let me tell you how I know Gillian Flynn is the real deal. Prior to this book, I read a non-fiction book, the extremely well-written and well-research ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
Skylight Confessions
liked it
(Please note: my rating is actually three and a half stars)

Anyone who mistakenly thinks reading an Alice Hoffman novel will be a light and enjoyable b
Jan 2010
Dec 29, 2009
Great Expectations
it was amazing
C'mon, how can you not give it five stars? It's Dickens at the height of his talent. Every young adult should have to read this book at some point, if ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2009
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
it was amazing
“Those who would go to sea for pleasure would go to hell for pastime” – 18th century aphorism

If I were someone who believed in reincarnation, I would
Jul 13, 2011
Sep 15, 2009
Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2)
liked it
For as long as I can remember, anytime anyone has asked me who my favorite character from literature (or film) is, my answer has invariably been "Atti ...more
Aug 12, 2015
Jul 01, 2015
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
liked it
If you saw my reviews for the first two books in this series, then you are well aware that I raved about them as if I had just discovered a vein of go ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
really liked it
Stephen King is always hit or miss with me. When he misses, I generally cite a ludicrous premise made more unappealing by hasty plot contrivances adde ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Nov 09, 2011
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
really liked it
Do you remember the first time you saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark?" Because I do. In fact, I remember clearly that I didn't want to see it. The name sou ...more
Jun 18, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
really liked it
I’m a Dave girl. I’ve been in the Letterman camp since I was twelve years old, and if you’re a late night junkie – like me – you know which camp you’r ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
it was amazing

Before I add a few comments about “Catching Fire,” I have to cite my own review for the first novel in this series, “The Hunger Games,” because everyt
Oct 30, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
it was amazing
Yes, five stars. Really. Book snobs of the world, take heed. It's a five star book. No, I fully admit "The Hunger Games" is not "The Sound and the Fur ...more
Apr 14, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
it was ok
Baseball and spies. Two of my favorite subjects. I really wanted to like this book. Not only was Moe Berg a catcher for the Red Sox and one of the fir ...more
not set
Sep 04, 2008
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
it was amazing
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll transmogrify. Never will you look at a snowman the same way again. Calvin is the child I would be destined to bear if ...more
not set
Oct 12, 2008
The Prince of Tides
really liked it
It has been awhile since I read this great book, but at the time, many years ago, a friend and I were sharing a copy and reading it in turns. As we go ...more
not set
Aug 16, 2008
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
really liked it
American History was not my favorite subject in school, I admit it. Through a little trickery, I managed to take World History twice just to avoid it. ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Apr 04, 2011
The Secret History
really liked it
Remember that time in college when you were feeling out of place, so you wheedled your way into an elite group of eccentrics and showed your allegianc ...more
Jan 24, 2017
Aug 30, 2015
Last Night in Twisted River
it was ok
When I heard the riveting title of John Irving’s most recent novel, “Last Night in Twisted River,” and read a few blurbs describing the subject matter ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Oct 22, 2009
The Road
it was amazing
Where does one begin? Here we have a story about Earth in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event, a horrific and unsafe world of gray rivers and burnt ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
really liked it
One of the best books for aspiring writers. King's books have always been hit or miss for me (some, like "The Dead Zone," I love...and others that sha ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2008
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
really liked it
First of all, Bill Bryson is a phenomenal writer. If you haven't read even one of his books, you really ought to do so right away. Secondly, "A Walk i ...more
Feb 10, 2015
Aug 02, 2010
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