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The Bone People
4.06
it was amazing
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
 
Riot
3.67
really liked it
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
3.99
liked it
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
 
Saving the World (Shannon Ravenel Books (Paperback))
3.33
really liked it
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
 
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
4.13
really liked it
This is a courageous book written by the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the Columbine shooters. She is donating the proceeds to mental health service ...more
Sep 02, 2016
Aug 27, 2016
 
The Steerswoman (The Steerswoman, #1)
4.00
really liked it
Very satisfying mix of science fiction and fantasy. STRONG female characters who are exceptionally capable are a real plus. Quick easy read, a page tu ...more
Feb 13, 2017
May 12, 2016
 
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
3.99
really liked it
Loved this extremely entertaining fantasy novel especially how the narrators trade off between Nathaniel and Bartimaeus. Compelling story and the voic ...more
Oct 30, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
 
The Borrower
3.46
really liked it
I was not on track to give this book a high rating. The whole premise was just hard to believe, threatened the whole suspension of disbelief thing -- ...more
Oct 18, 2016
Aug 18, 2016
 
Go Set a Watchman
3.31
really liked it
Four and a half stars. I am so glad this book, which was Harper Lee's original work, was published. So many have criticized it as "lesser than" or und ...more
Sep 20, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
 
Homegoing
4.41
it was amazing
This is a deeply meaningful book on several levels. Also, it is very timely. At first, I had trouble getting into it because of the relatively brief " ...more
Jan 12, 2017
Nov 15, 2016
 
Philosophy Made Simple
3.39
liked it
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
 
Getting Near to Baby
3.78
really liked it
This is a beautifully written and poignant story that, like many of the greats in children's literature, reveals the observations, insights and perspe ...more
Feb 04, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
 
The Painter
3.76
really liked it
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
3.64
it was ok
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 Noise of Time
3.73
it was ok
I gave this two stars which is indicative of my use of the labels for stars, "it was OK" in terms of my own idiosyncratic reaction. It's not a judgeme ...more
Aug 26, 2016
Aug 17, 2016
 
The Last Summer of Reason
3.90
it was amazing
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 Cellist of Sarajevo
4.02
really liked it
At once heartbreaking and hopeful. It tells the story of individuals struggling to maintain their humanity during a horrific period. This brief novel ...more
Oct 06, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
 
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting  Pruning Techniques
4.34
it was amazing
If I had to choose one gardening book, this would be the one.
Jan 2002
Jul 23, 2007
 
At the Edge of the Orchard
3.60
it was ok
I had decided to quit reading this book when the setting changed dramatically. In the end, I'm glad I finished this but there is a some really rough g ...more
Jun 12, 2016
Mar 03, 2016
 
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
3.84
liked it
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
3.71
liked it
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
 
Sparta
3.76
really liked it
I gave this four stars because it is very well written and tells an important story. That said, this is a very painful book to read. Robinson does a g ...more
Jul 08, 2016
Jul 05, 2016
 
The Enchantress Of Florence
3.56
it was ok
What to say about this book? I think the basic story was great but Rushdie, who has moved me to tears in other books, just did not do it in this one. ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 04, 2009
 
The Master Butchers Singing Club
4.02
really liked it
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
3.74
really liked it
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
 
A Man Called Ove
4.34
really liked it
I was reluctant to read this book and had a hard time understanding at first why it had been SO highly recommended. But, I ended up really liking it. ...more
May 11, 2016
May 11, 2016
 
The Hundred-Year House
3.42
liked it
This book is told in reverse chronology, in four parts. It is about the people who live in a house north of Chicago that has been both a family home a ...more
Nov 14, 2016
Nov 09, 2016
 
The Girl with All the Gifts
3.93
liked it
This is a VERY unusual book with some universal themes and some interesting literary allusions. Had a hard time rating it. I am not a fan of zombie st ...more
Jul 12, 2016
Jul 23, 2016
 
Fates and Furies
3.56
liked it
Rating this book was difficult. I did not like it at all until the last maybe quarter or less of the book. The characters were not likable (to me). Th ...more
Mar 05, 2016
Oct 14, 2015
 
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
3.85
it was ok
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
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