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A Tale for the Time Being
I loved this book: the characters (especially Nao and Oliver), the places (a desolated island, a city in Japan, a temple on the hillside), the way I h...more
Jun 13, 2013
May 30, 2013
The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1)
This book seeped into me as I went along. At first I thought it was a bit simplistic, the sentences long and strung together with lots of conjunctions...more
Jan 2012
May 18, 2012
The Dog Stars
It's OK, but one dimensional. The writing is like that of an adventure magazine article (the author writes for Outside Magazine) or a YA story (except...more
not set
Oct 08, 2012
The Round House
I loved this book. It's a mystery, even a bit of a thriller. The narrator, Joe ("uh-oh" is his other name), is a compassionate, introspective, heartbr...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
All the little informative bits in this book were vivid to me because my husband and I backpacked this summer among the Prairie Creek redwoods. Becaus...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
I read Dick Francis for light, pleasant, put-me-to-sleep diversion. This had his usual intelligent, modest, tenacious, athletic well-mannered hero, th...more
Oct 2012
Oct 08, 2012
The Help
At first I thought this story a bit romanticized; it didn't seem to have the grit and odor of authenticity, rather a kind of TV version of that period...more
Apr 2011
Apr 11, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
My evaluation of a book is in comparison to others of the same genre. This is narrative non-fiction, but part science history and part memoir, so it '...more
May 2012
Sep 19, 2011
The Babes in the Wood (Inspector Wexford, #19)
I like Inspector Wexford’s investigations, seasoned as they are by his wry and sympathetic commentary on family, colleagues, and social ills. Ruth Ren...more
Jan 2012
Dec 21, 2012
This Young Adult book had what I look for in Science Fiction: a logical, but thought-provoking projection into the future. The ground under our feet i...more
Dec 25, 2010
Dec 13, 2010
Homer & Langley
It took a while to settle into this book, but then it became remarkable. Themes of helplessness, confusion, dependency and, above all, love and family...more
Nov 2010
Dec 13, 2010
Union Atlantic
**spoiler alert** I liked this book a lot until the end. It did a brilliant job of characterizing the spiraling economic events of this century, but t...more
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Dec 13, 2010
The Private Patient (Adam Dalgliesh, #14)
Actually 3 1/2 stars. I like all the Dalgliesh mysteries, and it was great to share some time with him again. The members of detective team show remar...more
Jul 2012
Oct 06, 2012
Although not great literature, Zeitoun works really well as eye-opening, narrative non-fiction. Eggers conveys an immediacy by taking us into the eye...more
Jan 10, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
Big Red Tequila (Tres Navarre, #1)
Tres Navarre returns to San Antonio from San Francisco, so he's a hybrid: speaks Spanish, went to Berkeley, is a tai chi master and his (murdered) fat...more
not set
Jul 26, 2014
The Drop (Harry Bosch, #17)
Good ol' Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch is at it again. He's come back from retirement and is working in the cold, unsolved cases unit. He's one of...more
Jan 2012
May 10, 2012
B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
Kinsey is an enjoyable character, spunky, determined, sympathetic. Other characters tend to be distinct, also (the bad guys, less so). In this episode...more
Apr 2014
Apr 28, 2014
The Natural Laws of Good Luck: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage
What made it worth reading were the observant details of their culture clash (the author marries a man from China). The writing isn't great, but ther...more
Sep 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Nothing But Trouble (Kevin Kerney, #10)
For a Michael McGarrity/Kevin Kearney easy read, this was a good one. A little tension and intrigue is added by way of a side-story involving the sabo...more
Nov 30, 2010
Dec 28, 2010
Belle Ruin (Emma Graham, #3)
one of those books to go to sleep to….somewhat clever and entertaining, for a fairy tale starring a liberated pre-teen, but a bit confusing (not havin...more
Mar 2013
Mar 10, 2013
A Trouble of Fools (A Carlotta Carlyle Mystery #1)
OK for a lite mystery; much like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, detective Carlotta Carlyle is an independent, strong and compassionate heroine. Kinsey...more
May 2014
May 31, 2014
The Cat Who Played Brahms (Cat Who... #5)
4 stars given the genre: mystery lite---This episode provides the backstory to how journalist Qwilleran became wealthy. It's actually remarkable that...more
Mar 2014
Mar 28, 2014
The Snow Child
The fairy-tale aspect made the story more of an allegory than a gritty story of survival in the Alaskan frontier. I liked the themes and the sense of...more
Jul 2013
Aug 05, 2013
The Most Dangerous Thing
A well written mystery with varied and interesting characters developed through flashbacks and alternating points of view. The mystery revolves around...more
Jan 2012
Apr 28, 2012
The Unnamed
This is a story of a desent into madness. Because it begins when -----”it's starting again,” one doesn't have a good sense of the marital relationship...more
May 2011
Mar 08, 2011
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
I can't help it: I loved the book (along with millions.) I read a lot of mysteries, and "The Girl Who...." books are at the top of the list. The combi...more
Dec 28, 2010
Dec 13, 2010
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
some enjoyable characters and snappy dialogue, but the contrast between good and evil is a bit oversimplified: the residents of Three Pines versus the...more
Feb 2014
Mar 25, 2014
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Great! of course the main character is rather an extraordinary manchild, but the humor and the heart that colors the grim realities, makes it a fun, u...more
not set
Dec 13, 2010
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed's courage is an inspiration. Her memoir moves evenly between the emotionally fraught past and the down-to-earth present of being on the...more
May 2012
May 10, 2012
Baking Cakes in Kigali
I enjoyed this book, which would seem to be an unusual response to a story that deals with genocide. It's a hybrid of the "#1 Ladies' Detective Agency...more
Jan 04, 2011
Dec 13, 2010
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