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The Bone People
When I recommended this book to my book club several years ago, the only other woman who had read it glared at me and said "if we pick this book, I am ...more
Jan 1990
Jul 22, 2007
This underappreciated book is good on several levels -- it tells a good story (mystery, cross-cultural relationships, love story), examines cultural-h ...more
Jun 2005
Jul 17, 2007
Before Women Had Wings
When I started reading this book,it reminded me of Bastard Out of Carolina; I also saw similiarities to Glass Castle. Bird, a young girl, narrates the ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Philosophy Made Simple: A Novel
A "sequel", in a way, to Sixteen Pleasures, Hellenga's love letter to Florence and his hilarious look at the hypocrisy of the Church. Not as beautiful ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 22, 2007
Saving the World
Two stories alternately told are separated by time but linked thematically. Excellent story (ies), beautifully written. I thought it "worked" overall ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 20, 2007
The Painter
Peter Heller is one terrific writer. This book is both an action-packed thriller and a serious literary work. The main character, Jim Stegner is a cel ...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
Getting Mother's Body
Forgettable......... in fact, so forgettable that when entering books from my old file of book lists (that I kept before goodreads!) I had to look it ...more
Jul 2004
Jan 11, 2008
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques
If I had to choose one gardening book, this would be the one.
Jan 2002
Jul 23, 2007
Ella Minnow Pea
Someone I trust recommended that I read this book some time ago but when I went to pick it up it was just seemed too weird (and boring. Last week a go ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 06, 2007
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
It is hard to know what I think about this book. It is a compelling and thought provoking story. I am not sure that it needed to be told out of sequen ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
The Master Butchers Singing Club
Louise Erdrich is a master story teller and this book is no exception to that rule. She captures the setting perfectly and melds diverse and complex c ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Battle Of Pollocks Crossing
This was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1985, the year that The Bone People won (see my review of that book for my take on it). I was surprised ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
Whoa, this book really did not work for me. Although I thought Shadow of the Wind was phenomenal,this one just did not hang together. Too many inconsi ...more
Aug 03, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
This series just keeps getting better. I love the characters; I love the setting. They are a great pleasure to read.
Mar 16, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
Girls of Riyadh
I literally could not put this book down (I read it in one night)and am trying to decide whether it is a "trashy" "chicklit" novel with little redeemi ...more
Sep 07, 2007
Jul 19, 2007
This book appears on a number of "best of the year" lists. It is a well written story but I found it a bit difficult to get into -- about half way thr ...more
Dec 28, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
The Sense of an Ending
I want to remind my friends that three stars means that I did like and would recommend this book. I can tell you why I think it deserved the Booker Pr ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
Winter in Madrid
It's not that this isn't a good story or well written or historically accurate. I found the setting (aftermath of the Spanish Civil War)truly awful. M ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
Displaced But Not Lost: War Through The Eyes Of A Child
This memoir provided a different perspective on WWII and on being a refugee and resettling in the U.S. than I had been exposed to in the past. It is t ...more
Nov 30, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)
There are compelling things about this story of werewolves but it is too uneven. The heroine is great and there is an "edginess" that works. HOWEVER i ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 09, 2007
Gone Girl
Hmmm. I am giving this a 3 because I do recognize how difficult this was to write and how skilled it was to keep the details straight. As well, it is ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Songs for the Missing
Heart rending story. It seems there are always stories of missing young women in the news. This tells the story of a missing girls family and friends ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
What She Left Behind
There are two intertwining stories. One is based on fact. It is about a woman committed to a mental institution by her father just before the stock ma ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
The continuation of Persopolis. This one takes the author/artist from middle adolescence to adulthood. Compelling first person account of the challeng ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 12, 2007
The Last Summer of Reason
This lyrical story (all the more stunning for being a translation) portrays the importance of art and the dangers of fundamentalism with power and bre ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 02, 2007
The Other
It took me a long time to get into this book, but the last two chapters really made it for me. The book is an interesting examination of how people ar ...more
Aug 23, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
Ape House
I started this book because it was on a shelf at the library where I find a lot of books that I've read and liked. But, I did not have high hopes. I w ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 04, 2014
Eat, Pray, Love
I was prepared to really disklike this book and I did not, in fact, dislike it. It was actually quite entertaining even though it fell way short of be ...more
May 12, 2008
Jul 11, 2007
Mathilda Savitch
I am really interested in the period of early adolescence or I probably would not have given Mathilda a "chance", as, it seems, some other readers hav ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2010
The Tenth Circle
Jodi Picoult writes compelling page turners often focused on some current issue. She often has a creative hook, too, and the one in this book is the g ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
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