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The Orchardist
3.74
UPDATED - 3/7/13 - see link at bottom

Let’s state it up front. This is a GREAT book. Not a pretty good book with some nice qualities, but a powerful, b...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
 
Visitation Street
3.46
If Ivy Pochoda never writes another book, this one would be enough to keep her name on the lips of readers for decades to come. On a hot July night in...more
Feb 2013
Feb 06, 2013
 
The Enchanted
3.97
What matters in prison is not who you are but what you want to become. This is the place of true imagination.
Rene Denfeld, the author of The Enchante...more
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
 
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
4.20
Updated - July 10, 2013 - new link at bottom

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Books exist in time and place and our experience of them is...more
Jan 21, 2013
Nov 05, 2008
 
Caribou Island
3.36
Caribou Island is a masterpiece. Set in the remote bleakness of water-soaked, small town Alaska, this is a tale of desperation, failure, of man-versu...more
Aug 2010
Aug 09, 2010
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
3.56
This is an extraordinary novel, Macbeth in the North Woods of Wisconsin.

Wroblewski was very fond of the stories of Shakespeare as a kid, if not neces...more
Jul 2008
Sep 13, 2008
 
Serena
3.61
In the primeval woods of North Carolina, young timber baron, George Pemberton, brings his bride, Serena, to live with him in his kingdom. He had been...more
Oct 25, 2009
Sep 15, 2008
 
The Polar Express
4.25
A young boy is awakened from his Christmas Eve rest by a train that magically appears just outside his home. Ignoring the demands of stranger-danger,...more
Jan 1987
Jan 29, 2011
 
Skippy Dies
3.71
Skippy Dies is a work of genius. Where else could you combine a coming-of-age tale with string theory, ancient Celtic mythology with fart humor, consi...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
 
Beloved
3.70
There are reasons why Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Beloved may be the biggest one. The structure is a ghost story about a...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
 
The Things They Carried
4.10
O’Brien is a gifted writer, and this is a powerful, beautifully written book. The structure is episodes, short stories. He begins with a piece about t...more
Jan 2005
Oct 29, 2008
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.89
This is the first part of one of the great fantasy series. I read this first when it had been assigned to one of my daughters in elementary school, th...more
Dec 2007
Oct 07, 2008
 
Was
3.92
**spoiler alert** Several threads interweave around Wizard of Oz themes. The Dorothy here is an orphan who arrives in 1875’s Manhattan Kansas with Tot...more
Jun 2004
Oct 26, 2008
 
Watchmen
4.31
I decided to reread this in anticipation of seeing the film.

Watchmen is one of the all-time great graphic novels. Someone is killing the costumed adve...more
Mar 2009
Mar 16, 2009
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.38
This is where it all began, where we were introduced to Harry Potter, Rowling's magical world, a series of exciting adventures and the excellent chara...more
not set
Nov 05, 2008
 
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
4.48
The conclusion to my favorite series of all time. Will Frodo be able to complete his mission? Will such completion cost him his life? Can Middle Earth...more
not set
Nov 05, 2008
 
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
4.29
One of the great works of 20th century literature. I first tried this in high school, but was not able to get through on the first try. The second try...more
not set
Nov 05, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.57
And so it comes to a close, this amazing series, with a battle royal. Which of our most loved and most loathed characters will survive? Which side wil...more
not set
Nov 05, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
4.46
Rowling does a top-notch job of showing how young Harry copes with, endures the growing pains common to us all. It is the challenge of growing up as w...more
not set
Nov 05, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
4.28
Rowling confirms that the first book was not a fluke. The Harry Potter series is the real deal, with compelling characters, action and adventure, mult...more
not set
Nov 05, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
4.46
The excellent series takes a step up and into a darker world as Harry must wonder if the escaped prisoner is coming for him, while coping with new, so...more
not set
Nov 05, 2008
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4.05
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Jun 23, 2009
 
Moby-Dick
3.39
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Jan 03, 2011
 
Amphigorey
4.22
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Jan 10, 2011
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
3.98
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Jan 22, 2011
 
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
4.43
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Jan 28, 2011
 
His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)
4.22
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Jan 28, 2011
 
The Cider House Rules
4.05
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Oct 19, 2008
 
An Imaginary Life
3.90
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Feb 10, 2011
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.23
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Nov 27, 2010
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