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Water for Elephants
I just finished reading "Water for Elephants" out on my deck. Just boo. That's my review. Boo. Not a loud boo, or an emphatic boo, just your average b ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 21, 2007
The Double
I should preface this review with a disclaimer that I both love Jose Saramago and magical realism. Adore both, actually. Do not judge my nerdiness. I ...more
Oct 2007
Jul 29, 2007
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
I received this book as a present from a friend. Her words were, "If you can't trust advice from a playmate, who can you trust?"

"Belly Laughs" is prob
Sep 2007
Sep 17, 2007
The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class
When I bought this book, I intended to set it by my nightstand and treat it like a devotional and read one page per day. However, I read it cover to c ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 16, 2007
Three Junes
I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. The story was intersting and sad. The main character of the majority of the book, Fenno, is set up to be this ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 23, 2007
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Oh this book made me cry in public. It brought close to the surface many similar relationships. Especially karenin. I liked it.
Oct 17, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
I read this to my daughter. She is three. I skipped over the scary parts, but there weren't that many. I loved hearing this story through a three-year ...more
Aug 2011
Dec 05, 2011
[The Bad Girl]
Oh my gosh - I loved this book too. Aunt Julia was better but this was just brilliant.
Aug 2011
Dec 05, 2011
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Teddy was the bulliest. This chronicle of one of his many adventures brings you some salient hints of detail to allow you to piece together some of hi ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2013
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I recommend this book to anyone. I mean anyone. I especially recommend it for people who consider themselves clandestine intellectuals...looking down ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
Ooo I hate to give MO a three star rating, but sadness - I did not love this book. After finishing, I gave it one of those slanty head-nods with my lo ...more
Jun 24, 2008
May 31, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
I liked this book. The story was finite, complete and satisfying, with a bit of mystery and terror - apparently both things are intrinsic with life in ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 27, 2007
Lunar Park
Wow, Ellis is getting sentimental as he gets older. I suppose a lifetime of success, money, and lack of structure will get you thinking.

I'm still not
Oct 2007
Oct 07, 2007
Troubles (Empire Trilogy, #1)
A month ago, my darling whispered in my ear the title of a book he loved. It didn't look like the sort of story I would normally enjoy, but if he like ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 27, 2007
Wise Children
Angela Carter's name came off the magical realism list, however this book does not seem to fall into that genre. As it was not what I expected, the pl ...more
Feb 20, 2008
Jan 29, 2008
The Enchantress Of Florence
The start of this book was very beautiful with descriptions of a fantasy time and place that I could just...see. Very vivid and my favorite part of th ...more
Jun 2009
Apr 26, 2009
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Did it take me forever to read this book? Yes it did, in fact. If you're being nosy and really want to know how long it took me to read this, I will t ...more
Apr 24, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
That Murkami, he is wonderful, isn't he? Such a master of crafting stories that even his fitness journal is interesting. This guy could write a menu a ...more
Aug 26, 2008
Aug 10, 2008
Dept. of Speculation
I really enjoyed this book. Well done! Dept. of Speculation was crafted so well that the story came out with creative, emotional flare. The autobiogra ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
Journey Around My Room and a Nocturnal Expedition Around My Room (Hesperus Classics)
My three-star rating might be a little harsh because it's a combined rating for both stories in the book. A true evaluation would be four stars for th ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 29, 2007
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
I just finished this last night. And what a phenomenal story. Laughter, tears, hiccups, the whole package. I don't think everyone could read this - it ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 09, 2009
The Royal Game & Other Stories
This collection of novellas will send you on a frenzied ride. Be prepared to say to yourself all of the following in the course of the read: I-see-wha ...more
Nov 19, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
DreadfulWater Shows Up
Never reading mysteries does not mean I don't like a good who-done-it story. It also doesn't mean I'm too scared to turn the page when someone is lurk ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 10, 2008
A Raisin in the Sun
Reading this book framed the little stressors in my life more appropriately. It also transported me back to teenage angst and feelings of belonging / ...more
Sep 02, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
This story is so interesting. I love the biologically comic-tragic-sweet sex scenes. I love the hopefulness surrounding an unrequited love. I love the ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
Little Bee
I don't want to ruin this for anyone so I won't say anything detailed about this book, but I read it in one day. One day where I started it in the mo ...more
May 19, 2010
May 24, 2010
Sputnik Sweetheart
This book was fantastic. I mean top to tail good. And like all his novels, it has the you-can't-put-this-down ending. The focus of character shifts du ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 31, 2009
I really loved this romp through a fun mystery. Discovering the dark secrets on my own was fun. Plus, after seeing Limitless, when I was applauding wi ...more
Apr 11, 2011
May 24, 2011
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
One time I was in an airport and... This took me back to a time when...

Despite the kind of glaring did-the-editor-do-this-or-something non-sequitors,
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
In the middle of the night I finished the Harry Potter book. I could not sleep and polished off the last 50 pages.

The book was exciting and fast paced
Aug 2007
Aug 05, 2007
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