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The Stories of John Cheever
Like Jane Austen, John Cheever has a very limited palate, but what he does, he does BRILLIANTLY. Yeah, he tackles a limited slice of life, and not eve...more
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Nov 26, 2011
The God of Animals
A riviting first novel with compelling and fully realized characters. A coming of age tale in the tradition of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Catcher in...more
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)
Ok, I read the first three books in this series -- I found them in my daughter's bookshelf, and found the premise intriguing. But I was not impressed....more
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Dec 15, 2012
A Bigamist's Daughter
The plot seemed contrived. Did not get the MO of the main character --
Oct 2009
Nov 03, 2009
Jack the Bodiless
This Sci/fi-fantasy series by Julian May gets top ranking from me for character development, virtuoso story telling, and an intricate if somewhat date...more
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May 02, 2009
This was a surprisingly good random used book table pick up...
The narrator has a very strong, authentic female voice and I was blown away when I reali...more
Jun 2009
Jun 14, 2009
Bridge of Sighs
This book was sweet and enjoyable, but did not always ring true to me.
The male characters were vividly portrayed and very three-dimensional, but some...more
Dec 2008
Dec 23, 2008
The match : complete strangers, a miracle face transplant, two lives transformed
A well-crafted, heartwarming, and true story of how courage and generosity can bring meaning and purpose to a devastating loss. I was not surprised th...more
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Oct 31, 2010
My Number Two Wife
First read and enjoyed this book at least 30 years ago, and had vivid memories of it. A few decades later, I find the book quite dated (paternalistic,...more
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Nov 19, 2011
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
I like Ann Tyler, and had read that this was her favorite of all her books, as it came closest to being what she wanted it to be. Beautifully written,...more
Sep 2012
Dec 28, 2010
Lost & Found
This book, which I picked up at Target while my daughter was shopping, was an unexpected treasure. Although the writing was sometimes awkward (bad edi...more
Feb 2009
Feb 19, 2009
Parts of this book are brilliant, parts of poignant, and parts are hysterically funny. But I felt like the author was trying too hard to impress and b...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
Two Harbors
Well crafted but the story got lost in the craft. A gloomy, heavy handed, perplexing novel, leaving the reader (or at least this reader) feeling let d...more
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Jul 07, 2012
The Power of One
A real page turner with a Dickensian cast of characters. But when I finished I felt a bit let down -- the ending was one florish too many, and left me...more
Jul 2009
Jul 18, 2009
Skeletons at the Feast
I enjoyed this book, but felt like some of the characters were being invested with modern sensibilities/perspectives, despite the fact that I know the...more
Sep 2009
Sep 19, 2009
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Really enjoyed this. A well crafted fantasy, with three dimensional characters, a compelling plot, and an intriguing and comprehensively realized alte...more
Sep 02, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
Rasmus and the Vagabond
I am not sure exactly why, but I absolutely LOVED this book as a child -- must have read and re-reat it dozens of times. And re-reading it again as an...more
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Sep 08, 2009
A Reliable Wife
**spoiler alert** This was an elegantly written gothic bodice ripper with surprisingly brittle bones. For me, the rage and lust fell rather flat becau...more
Apr 2010
Apr 11, 2010
A Cat Named Darwin: Embracing the Bond Between Man and Pet
Picked this book off of a used book table because I happen to have a friend who has a cat named Darwin -- also an orange tabby. Parts of it were excel...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
Sarah's Key
Spotlights a black chapter in French WWII history, of which I was completely unaware. The book is engaging and moving, but I found the plot line, and...more
Mar 2009
Mar 08, 2009
Lisey's Story
A King novel where relationships (wife and husband, sister and sister...) are the focal element of the story. Of course, with some signature horror/fa...more
Jun 2010
Jun 30, 2010
The Great Gatsby
Re reading this in parallel with my highschool children, I was absolutely blown away by the craftmanship as well as the power of the story. Wow. Every...more
Apr 2009
Jul 18, 2009
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
A bit too much like a Nicholas Sparks novel with period detail.
The history was interesting, but the character development was superficial and shallow.
Feb 2010
Mar 03, 2010
Just Kids
this is a bumpy, rough edged, poignant memoir of an extraordinary friendship and collaboration between two extraordinarly talented and generous souls....more
Feb 2011
Feb 02, 2011
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
So absorbing, satisfing, funny, funky, poignant, and unique I could not put it down and wanted to read it all over again as soon as I was done.
May 2010
May 17, 2010
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie, #1)
This book was surprisingly satisfying -- a well crafted multilayered mystery with intersecting story lines and compelling, flawed characters.
Oct 2012
Jan 02, 2011
Olive Kitteridge
Beautifully crafted interwoven stories. Poignant and vivid depictions of love, yearning, loss, anger, betrayal, healing, forgiveness, and pilgrim soul...more
Jul 2009
Jul 18, 2009
The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1)
An off beat, very entertaining mystery -- took a few weird turns but the very engaging main character keeps you hanging in there.
May 2009
Jun 02, 2009
The Lacuna
a good yarn intertwined with fascnating history, although not in the same league as "Prodigal Summer" or "the Poisonwood Bible.
Sep 2012
Dec 28, 2009
The Heir Of Redclyffe
This was fun, if only because it is one of those books that is often referred to in other novels of the era.
Jun 2010
Jun 30, 2010
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