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Let the Great World Spin
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
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
Never Let Me Go
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
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
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
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Sep 04, 2008
The Bridges of Madison County
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
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Aug 02, 2008
The Patron Saint of Liars
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
An Arsonist's Guide To Writers' Homes In New England
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
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
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
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
Skylight Confessions
(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...more
Jan 2010
Dec 29, 2009
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Do you remember the first time you saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark?" Because I do. I remember it, because at first I didn't want to see it. The name soun...more
Jun 18, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
Last Night in Twisted River
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 Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story
Still the most famous - and possibly the best - of the true crime genre, featuring Ted Bundy as the poster boy for America's obsession with serial kil...more
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Jul 30, 2009
The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
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
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
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
City of Thieves
There are a number of reasons to love "City of Thieves" by David Benioff. The author's engaging style, for one, like the voice of a seasoned storytell...more
Dec 26, 2010
May 03, 2009
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
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
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Sep 04, 2008
The Road
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
The Prince of Tides
It has been awhile since I read this great book, but at the time a roommate and I were sharing a copy and reading it in turns. As we got drawn further...more
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Aug 16, 2008
To Kill a Mockingbird
Remember when I said "Owen Meany" might be the best book ever written? Can I amend that? To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read in elementary school and...more
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Aug 09, 2008
Life of Pi
A brilliant book that I read several years ago and from which I have still not fully recovered. I literally sought out people who had read the book af...more
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Aug 11, 2008
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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
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Oct 19, 2008
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
Anyone who knows me well is going to be floored that I am recommending a book from a Christian press dealing with a warm and fuzzy concept like "love...more
Sep 24, 2007
Sep 09, 2009
An Experiment in Love
The three star rating is no reflection on the writing or the material. Mantel is a brilliant novelist, the kind who can convey a great deal with spare...more
Mar 15, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
Eat, Pray, Love
I didn't intend to like this book. "A woman of means and social privilege goes on a jaunt to find herself and indulge her whims and teach me a lesson...more
May 24, 2009
May 24, 2009
Wuthering Heights
Having just watched the Masterpiece Classic version of "Wuthering Heights," I was reminded of all the reasons this book captivated me the first time I...more
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Dec 15, 2009
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
I generally have little interest in reading about the machinations of American politics. I realize this is a flaw, but I admit to it anyway. Nonethele...more
Mar 24, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
I met "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" on a busy Saturday at Barnes & Noble. I was wandering about, being jostled by weekend shoppers who pushed p...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
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
Coal Black Horse
This is one of the darkest books I have ever read. Olmstead, utilizing the deceptively simple storyline of a boy sent by his mother to find his father...more
Aug 2009
Jul 18, 2009
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