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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
I recently picked this book up used at my local library for $1. The cover burst advertised that it was nominated for a Man Booker Prize, and the back ...more
Jul 26, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
Clapton: The Autobiography
Eric Clapton, guitar god, has written his autobiography, aptly titled Clapton, The Autobiography. It covers his entire life, from his poor upbringing, ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 13, 2007
Catcher, Caught
Sixteen year-old narrator Daniel Landon has leukemia, and may only have a year to live—even if he does have the chemotherapy treatment his doctors sug ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
American Past Time
American Past Time is a sweeping novel that spans two decades in the life of one southern family. It begins in 1953 with the pivotal moment in the sto ...more
Dec 24, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Radical Gratitude And Other Life Lessons Learned In Siberia
Radical Gratitude
And Other Life Lessons Learned in Siberia
by Andrew Bienkowski and Mary Akers

Part inspirational self-help book and part memoir, Radica
Mar 17, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
Breaking It Down
I had the pleasure of meeting author Rusty Barnes at the Boxcar Lounge in the East Village recently. This was the first of a new reading series hosted ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 27, 2007
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Note: I received a free copy of this novel through Goodreads giveaways.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. And I could tell the author, Gabrielle Zevin,
Dec 07, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
The Dog Stars
The Dog Stars is a dystopian novel told in first person. The narrator is Hig, a pilot who—nine years after the end of civilization—still has an old Ce ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
West of Babylon
It’s hard to watch our rock stars get old, because that means that we, too, are older. We’d like to remember Paul as the cute Beatle, Mick before all ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
This Is a Bust
I stumbled across This Is a Bust, by Ed Lin, in my local library by accident—because the cool, funky cover art (pictured above) grabbed my attention. ...more
Feb 10, 2008
Feb 03, 2008
Roof Whirl Away
I'm a fan of the short story. Written a few myself. So as a reader, I appreciate the form, and like to sink my teeth into a collection as good as the ...more
Oct 19, 2008
Sep 22, 2008
Amorous Woman
The cover of the erotic novel Amorous Woman has a seductive-looking Japanese woman tempting you to come hither and read the story that is clearly for ...more
Feb 02, 2008
Jan 11, 2008
A Thousand Splendid Suns
More like 700 splendid suns

I found A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini disappointing, especially in comparison to The Kite Runner. I wonder if
Jan 2008
Dec 29, 2007
A Painted House
I enjoyed this novel, Grisham's first departure from his normal legal thrillers. He does a good job of bringing the reader into the world of a Souther ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11
I could not put this book down. Very compelling oral history of 9/11, from survivors, rescue workers and volunteers, and family and friends of the vic ...more
Jul 07, 2008
Jun 29, 2008
Dodger and Me
I loved this book. Basic plot: loser kid (Willie) sucks at baseball, has an overprotective mother, tries to avoid an annoying girl (Lizzie), and is lo ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
I'm a big Elmore Leonard fan, but somehow, I've missed the other books, as well as the TV series that star the lead character (U.S. Marshal Raylan Giv ...more
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
Taft 2012
What would happen if President William Howard Taft—the 27th president of the United States—suddenly reappeared in modern day America? How would Americ ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home
I want to start out by saying that I enjoyed this book and found the writing engaging and funny. That said, I also have to mention the book wasn’t wha ...more
May 22, 2012
May 17, 2012
When Elves Attack (Serge Storms, #14)
A heads up: Long time fans of the Serge Storms series who know the characters, history, and inside jokes will appreciate this slightly-shorter-than-us ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
**spoiler alert** An intriguing plot: Using himself as the sperm donor, a rogue scientist creates a hybrid human/bonobo (chimpanzee) named Lucy. When ...more
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure
What a fun book!

Author Craig Robinson combines his love for baseball with his artistic and writing skills to produce one fun, eminently readable hardc
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
Misery Bay (Alex McKnight, #8)
It's been a while since the last Alex McKnight novel, and it was worth the wait. Author Steve Hamilton (recent Edgar Award winner) does a good job of ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
Whiplash River: A Novel
I really enjoyed this novel. This is the second book to feature Shake Bouchon and Gina Clement, two con artists with a history. (I hadn’t read the fir ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
Drama: An Actor's Education
I had the good luck of seeing John Lithgow give a reading from his memoir, Drama: An Actor's Education, at Book Expo 2011. Lithgow is a likable, popul ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
I’ve been a fan of Rusty Barnes’ short fiction for a long time; his two short story collections are excellent. So I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth int ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter
This advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided to me by the publisher through the Amazon Vine program, of which I am a member.


I'm a Yankee fan, and Der
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
This advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided to me by the publisher through the Amazon Vine program, of which I am a member.


I'm a fan of filmmaker
May 03, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
Faith, the new novel by Jennifer Haigh, deals with the molestation charge against a Boston priest, and how it affects him and his family. In the hands ...more
May 27, 2011
May 17, 2011
Are You Happy Now?
Richard Babcock has written a fantastic new novel that was a pleasure to read. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? brings us into the world of lead character John Linc ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
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