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The Passage (The Passage, #1)
This book is Cormack McCarthy's THE ROAD meets Michael Crichton, laid out in almost, at times, lyrical prose evocative of John Irving and other great,...more
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Jun 23, 2010
Daniel herself, at her first Madison reading, almost apologetically said that her book doesn't contain any cliffhangers. This is true. It is a quiet b...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn does it again! "Dark Places" is much like her previous book, debut novel "Sharp Objects" -- a story/journey of an anti-heroine with a my...more
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May 13, 2009
Thank You for Your Service
Read this book, America. Now. That is all.
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Jul 06, 2014
I was prepared to really hate both Jonathan Franzen and FREEDOM. Both were so hyped, so lauded, and so smug-sounding that I had convinced myself that...more
Mar 2011
Mar 01, 2011
A Mercy
I have enjoyed Toni Morrison books before, but this was not one of them. I listened to an audio recording of it, read by the author, on a recent road...more
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Jul 21, 2009
My Sister's Keeper
This is the best Picoult book I've read (5 in all). It's a compelling story that presents ethical and moral quandaries that few have thought of, but t...more
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
My Name Is Memory
I thought about giving this book 3 stars, and would probably settle on 3.5 if that was an option, but I upped it to four for a couple of reasons: I lo...more
Oct 04, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
The Delivery Room
I must say, I just didn't get the hype surrounding this book. It is, in spots, beautifully-written. But the story was slow and the individual stories/...more
Mar 20, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
A Happy Marriage
This book blew me away. It's an amazing, touching look at how we relate to one another as people and as mates in a relationship. Yglesias takes an ave...more
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Jan 05, 2010
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
I don't want to oversell it for everyone, but I'm pretty sure this book might have changed my life. If nothing else, it has changed the way I view run...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
The Art of Fielding
I was prepared not to like this. Or, rather, I was prepared to really dislike it. I have so little interest in baseball that I'm nearly anti-baseball,...more
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Mar 26, 2012
Stumbling on Happiness
I'd like to be able to give this 3 starts for the writing, and 5 for the concept: that we humans have trouble with happiness because we are terrible a...more
Oct 21, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
I'll wait until after our book club discussion on this one to post a full review, and perhaps I'll feel differently after digesting this for a few day...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory
I don't care what side of the aisle you're sitting on, this is a must-read. Admittedly, if you're anti-Obama, parts might be a little nauseating (Plou...more
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Apr 05, 2010
Loving Frank
I wish I could give this book two different sets of stars -- one for the reading experience, and one for the deftness of the author's abilities, which...more
Jun 07, 2010
May 13, 2010
Empire Falls
I'd love to rate this one 3.75 stars....because normally I'd recommend a 4-star book to people, and I don't feel as though I can unequivocally recomme...more
Sep 30, 2009
Aug 27, 2009
Handle with Care
In typical Picoult fashion, this one kept me turning the page. She is a master at building suspense and knowing when to pick up the pace (this is, in...more
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Aug 06, 2009
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
This book truly is a masterpiece. Wroblewski can do things with words and their rhythms that you seldom see a writer do. In addition, even in a story...more
Apr 22, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
The Secret History
This book came highly recommended by quite a few people, so I had high expectations from the start. And for the most part, it didn't disappoint.

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Nov 06, 2008
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
"Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs" is like cotton candy: suitable for a treat once in a while, but not as a meal replacement. Likewise, I think had I been...more
Jan 18, 2010
Sep 30, 2009
Sharp Teeth
Wow. I'm not into werewolves and I'm not into paranormal horror or romance, or sci-fi, or whatever you want to categorize this as. At all....more
Oct 21, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
I had heard so much about this book before I started reading that my expectations were pretty high. I had also heard about the controversial ending as...more
Aug 27, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I only have two complaints about this book: 1) it was a little hard to get into for the first 75 pages or so -- partially due, I think, to the fact th...more
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Jan 13, 2010
American Wife
"American Wife" is an engaging, intriguing read on several levels. First, it's loosely modeled on the life of Laura Bush, second (for Wisconsin reader...more
Jun 04, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
Until I Find You
This easily makes my top-five favorite books of all times. Although it's almost too long, not quite a page-turner, and deals with some pretty unsavory...more
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Jan 12, 2009
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School
Everything about this book was solidly okay. The writing, the experience, etc. It was an interesting look inside Le Cordon Bleu (and given the descrip...more
Feb 26, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Get through the first 150-200 pages, and you'll be hooked. The writing is somewhat clunky at first, and the story is slow to pick up, but once it does...more
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Mar 18, 2009
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
I love the premise of this book: that women today are almost all "bad mothers" because of the great, and often unrealistic, expectations that society...more
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Jun 23, 2010
Sharp Objects
I'm not usually a mystery fan or one drawn to the macabre, both elements of Sharp Objects, but I loved this book. Clean, witty writing, a unmistakable...more
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Mar 09, 2009
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