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The Paris Wife
I had been warned that this was not great literature, but it was a book group pick so I had to give it a try. I agree that it's not the greatest histo...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
City of Thieves
This was a page-turner if ever there was one. Benioff wrote the screen play for 25th. Hour and this book would make a great movie.
Update 2013 I just...more
Jan 2009
Feb 12, 2010
Midnight's Children
I'll be discussing this with my book group at the end of this week. After that I may feel differently about this book. I admire Rushdie's writing abil...more
Mar 02, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
The Madonnas of Leningrad
Just finished this book and now I'm not sure I should have recommended it to book group. The premise is so sweet [the Hermitage docent giving tours of...more
Nov 07, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
When I started reading Wingshooters I thought it was supposed to be from the point of view of an nine year old and it was driving me crazy. I now real...more
Oct 08, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Tenth of December
What can I say? My hold on this book [Chicago Public Library] finally came up the day before we were leaving for a week. I had read a couple of the st...more
Jul 2013
Jul 07, 2013
Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
I have a friend who always reads the last chapter of a book first. I wish I had done that with this book. The historical notes chapter at the end piqu...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
Rules of Civility
I'm reading this for book group and not loving it. Where was the editor when the author [a man] was outfitting sophisticated New York women in velvet...more
Feb 2013
Jan 18, 2013
The Silent Duchess
For some reason, I was alone in the house, woke early and started reading this book. I sat at the dining room table and read all day. Finished the boo...more
Jan 1999
Sep 03, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
I didn't think I was going to like this [punk rock scene, are you kidding me?] so I started listening to the audible version and couldn't follow it ve...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
The Language of Flowers
We had a wonderful book group meeting. The hostess had set the table with a small vase at each place. A card identified each flower and its meaning. W...more
Jun 04, 2012
May 30, 2012
A Moveable Feast
I bought a copy of this book at Shakespeare and Company in the 1970s. [See, I can name drop with the best of them] I guess I read it then, and have be...more
Jan 15, 2012
Oct 01, 2011
Orphan Train
This book was recommended as "not great" but an interesting bit of American history. I narrator was not my favorite, but since finishing it, I have th...more
Jul 31, 2013
Aug 18, 2013
I, Robot
Reading this for book group. I don't think I've ever read anything by Asimov. Is that possible? I'm liking it more than I expected. About half way thr...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
State of Wonder
Maybe because it's hot here in Chicago, but I didn't enjoy reading about the steamy jungles of Brazil and the wacky science didn't rescue it for me. W...more
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
The Tiger's Wife
I'm sure I listened to this book in 2011, but a book group discussion is coming up and I've started over.

March, 2013: Everyone at book group agreed t...more
Jan 2011
Apr 09, 2013
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
This may have been one of the first spoken word books I encountered. Can't remember if I got it from Books On Tape or from the public library. I didn'...more
May 1992
Sep 16, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
Our book group picked this because of the Booker and because it's short. Just finished it last night and will have to re-read it before our discussion...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
A Reliable Wife
Am I just being a snob - giving this three stars, when I finished the last 1/3 in one day. Near the end of the book there is a scene where actual bodi...more
May 27, 2014
May 22, 2014
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
I would not have picked this myself - subject seemed too serious, but I enjoyed it very much. I should have had it in my lap as I was watching the Sta...more
Jan 2009
Feb 12, 2010
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
I didn't love this book and I thought it was because I'm not a dog person, but when my book group picked it, I re-read it and liked it better the seco...more
Jan 2009
Feb 12, 2010
This was not a great choice for a women-only book group. [Redundant?] I listened to the audio version read by Jeremy Irons. It was wonderful.
Mar 1993
Sep 08, 2011
Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition
As I'm writing this, there's news that maybe Mortenson isn't as much of a saint as he would have you think. Very disappointing!
Mar 2009
May 24, 2011
Rabbit is Rich (Rabbit Angstrom, #3)
Book group picked this shortly after John Updike died. Updike is a guy's writer for sure, but we had a great discussion after.
Jan 2008
Feb 12, 2010
The Help
A fast read. Probably won't make it into the Great Books program, but neither will Gone With The Wind.
Jan 2009
Dec 13, 2010
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
I had to struggle with some of the detail about art, but the family saga is fascinating. I wish there had been many more pictures.
Aug 07, 2013
Aug 03, 2013
Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary
This book was a real challenge for me. Book group wanted to read a classic and someone picked this.
Jan 2004
May 22, 2011
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Another book group pick. Knowing I'd be pressed for time, I bought it from I listened to it once and wasn't that impressed although it wa...more
Apr 2012
Apr 24, 2012
In Our Defense
This book made for a very interesting discussion although we never made it past the 1st. Amendment.
Jul 1992
Sep 16, 2011
Bel Canto
This was a book group selection, but I didn't read it until after I had been to South America.
Jan 2007
May 22, 2011
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