Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
I heard Goodwin talk about this book on NPR, and she sounded like she'd been an eyewitness to the events. Sold me the book.

On June 17th--I've been a h
Jul 07, 2011
Oct 10, 2008
The Art of Racing in the Rain
**spoiler alert** Note on May 18--Oh man. My book club's selection this month. Just started reading it last night. A dog narrator. And car racing. I d ...more
May 21, 2010
Apr 03, 2010
Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)
**spoiler alert** I honestly didn't think Butcher could write a better Harry Dresden book than Dead Beat. Boy, was I wrong.


Big. Fat. Spoiler. Ale
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
The Astronaut Wives Club
There is a great story to be told about the wives of our first astronauts. This isn't it.

This was my book's club's selection for this month, and we ar
Nov 02, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Mantel has given a wonderful voice to Thomas Cromwell in this novel of an eyewitness perspective on Henry VIII's split from the Church of Rome. All th ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
The Goldfinch
I try so hard not to have a knee-jerk reaction to books like these, the one that all the reviewers praise to the skies which then goes on to win the P ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
Goodreads stars are too lacking in subtlety for me to use here. I can't say I loved a book it hurt this much to read. I can say that this story about ...more
Jul 09, 2013
Nov 25, 2012
The Martian
Astronaut Mark Watney is left for dead on the surface of Mars as the rest of his crew escapes a deadly dust storm. But he's not dead, and now he has t ...more
Jun 12, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1)
A fully enfranchised flapper in Melbourne after the first War, Phryne Fisher is a heroine after anyone's heart, and Greenwood's prose does her full ju ...more
not set
Jan 10, 2009
Fahrenheit 451
Those damn Goodreads stars--I don't know that I can really say I liked this book enough to grade it four stars, but considering what a bellweather it ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
**spoiler alert** I really loathed this book, I think because it was such a lazy piece of work. The characters had absolutely no clue, no situational ...more
not set
Dec 11, 2008
State of Wonder
I should have known there would be opera. After Bel Canto, I should have known. I'm sorry, but Patchett, Pretty Woman and Moonstruck notwithstanding, ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
The House of Mirth
Okay, I didn't finish it, I'm on page 41, I'm just not sure I can or want to continue reading. Wharton feels such contempt for all of her characters. ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Lepore convincingly makes Wonder Woman the connective tissue between the suffragists and the women's movement, but the story behind her genesis is jus ...more
Feb 23, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
Great finish to a great series. I read somewhere that Charlaine always knew how it would end, which may be why the end of this book feels so right and ...more
May 10, 2013
May 10, 2013
To the Hilt
I've been rereading all the Dick Francis on the shelf in the Homer Public Library. This one is still my favorite, painter Alexander Kinloch, nephew of ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
If I Should Die (Joseph Stark)
One of my favorite reads of 2014.

Joseph Stark serves in the Territorial Army in the sandboxes of both Iraq and Afganistan and returns home wounded (a
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
I wanted to be a good reader, I wanted to give it a good chance and not pick nits because it wasn't written by an Alaskan. But I just. couldn't. trudg ...more
not set
Oct 11, 2008
Breaking Point (Joe Pickett, #13)
No one born and raised west of the Mississippi River hasn't had a justifiable mad on at the federal government a time or two. Here, C.J. Box fleshes o ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
Sniper's Honor (Bob Lee Swagger, #9)
One of my favorite reads of 2014.

Retired sniper Bob Lee Swagger gets a call from journalist friend Kathy Reilly, who is writing a story on a Russian f
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
My Life in France
I spent the summer of 1987 in Paris, studying beginning French at the Sorbonne and staying at the Cité Universitaire, in a program geared toward older ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines
Gail Collins’ America’s Women (400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines) reads like the women studies class I was never offered at the Uni ...more
May 27, 2010
Dec 31, 2008
Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective
One thing that is so attractive about Sagan is his ability to be humbled in the face of someone else’s intelligence, including a room full of first gr ...more
not set
Jun 15, 2010
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
First time Jesus Christ ever died that I felt like I'd lost a friend. Hilarious scenes, beginning with Jesus/Joshua reviving his brother's pet lizard ...more
not set
Dec 11, 2008
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
This is the book you read if you want an eyewitness account of the last 40 years of American history, leading specifically to the Great Recession and ...more
Mar 06, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
**spoiler alert** I've marked this review with the spoiler thing, even though I'm going to say as little as possible about the plot because I really d ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box
A coffee table book about brooches, but don't let that frivolous description stop you. Madeleine Albright, first woman secretary of state, accessorize ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
Between Shades of Gray
Reading a book like this makes you ashamed of every time you ever whined about anything.

Fifteen-year old Lina, her mother, and her little brother Jona
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
All the Light We Cannot See
I told a European friend once that I prayed nightly for the success of the EU because it was the only thing that kept European nations out of war sinc ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
The Girl on the Train
Nothing wrong with the writing, but not my kind of story. I was meant to feel sympathetic toward all three women but all I could feel was impatient. C ...more
May 17, 2015
May 17, 2015
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