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State of Wonder
This book has made me despair for the American publishing industry in a way I hadn't, yet. Why despair? Because it is only the constant pressure to pr ...more
Jun 13, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I did not resist reading The Hunger Games out of any feeling that it would be average -- I've watched, up close and later via Facebook, as many reader ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Does anyone need someone else to tell them this book is great? OK, then -- this book is great. Some of the stories are stronger than others, but only ...more
May 14, 2011
May 15, 2011
Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs, #6)
It's strange, but somehow also entertaining, to read a "ripped from today's headlines" story set in 1931. In this book, the absolutely undefeatable Ma ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
The Help
After all of the reviews and the hoop-la, I went into The Help with certain expectations. I expected spunky characters, funny scenes, a bit of main-ch ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
Half Broke Horses
This follow-up to Jeannette Walls's popular autobiography, The Glass Castle, moves backward in time and adopts a creative tack in telling the story of ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
**spoiler alert** This book was pretty delightful, in the way that only a book that makes you tear up in public can be. Set just after (and also just ...more
May 13, 2011
May 15, 2011
A Lesson in Secrets (Maisie Dobbs #8)
In the eighth entry in the Maisie Dobbs series, Maisie is drawn into the British Secret Service again as fascism begins to flash in Germany and even E ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
Though I'm not a regular Stephen King reader, I picked this up on a whim after seeing it on the New York Times notable list for 2011. I'm so, so glad ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs, #4)
I'm giving three stars instead of four for this book, which had some of the best and worst moments of the series so far. The mystery involves a painte ...more
Jun 04, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
The Sherlockian
This is a back-and-forth book of "historical" fiction by young (28ish) Graham Moore. It alternates between chapters in which Harold White, a young (28 ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs, #5)
This was a return to form for the Winspear mysteries -- a form that felt almost Agatha Christie-like. Maisie Dobbs gets a call from the son of her ben ...more
Jun 08, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
Death Comes to Pemberley
I have been looking forward to this book from the very moment I heard about it. P.D. James! Murder mystery set at Pemberley! A return to Elizabeth and ...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
The Fifth Woman (Wallander, #6)
**spoiler alert** This is one of the few Wallander books that kept me up well past my bedtime, wanting to know what would happen -- well, not what, bu ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant, #1)
Here's the basic summary: A nameless man is found stabbed to death in the queue before a popular London play. Though surrounded by people, no one mana ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 27, 2011
Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, #3)
**spoiler alert** This was a better, if much stranger, book than the last in the Maisie Dobbs series. This time, Maisie finds herself investigating th ...more
May 30, 2011
May 29, 2011
Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs #2)
I was worried, as I picked up the second book in the Maisie Dobbs series, that it couldn't be as good as the first. The first book, Maisie Dobbs, trav ...more
May 25, 2011
May 29, 2011
E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
**spoiler alert** The ending came too swiftly, here, which is a strange thing to say for a mystery, I think. This one was more full of personal matter ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
At times very witty, this book is exactly what I knew it would be from the start: depressing as all hell by the end. I know, you're thinking, "What? A ...more
Dec 03, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
Sharp Teeth
Toby Barlow's novel-in-verse isn't quietly brilliant -- it isn't quiet about anything. Barlow deals in the loud and the flashy, and he exploits a form ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Devil in the White City is, really, two books in one: two parallel fairy tales that happened at the same place at the same time without ever compl ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
Nursery Crimes (A Mommy-Track Mystery, #1)
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
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Sep 02, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Oct 23, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
The Glass Castle
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Nov 02, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins #1)
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs #7)
Sep 14, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
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