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Perry L. Crandall would like you to know that he is not retarded. Retarded would be 75 on an IQ test, and he is 76. Besides, Perry takes care not only...more
May 2007
Jul 19, 2007
The Glass Castle
I seriously loved this book--couldn't stop reading it, even as I found it somewhat painful. Her depictions of an alcoholic father--brash, with big dre...more
Aug 10, 2008
Aug 14, 2008
**spoiler alert** The protagonist of Erasure, a novelist named Thelonious "Monk" Ellison, is having trouble getting his most recent work published whe...more
Sep 2006
Jul 19, 2007
The Professor's Daughter: A Novel
I found this book riveting, from the first page to the last. Ms. Raboteau's writing is deft, assured, and daring. I was transported throughout the rea...more
May 2006
Jul 19, 2007
The Virgins
Such a wonderful read! I've been eagerly awaiting the next book by Pamela Erens and this one did not disappoint! So worth the wait. I stayed up late t...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Gone Girl
There was something very compelling about this book, for me. As a reading experience, it was a combination roller coaster/centrifuge, and even though...more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
Things Kept, Things Left Behind
I loved so much about Jim Tomlinson's short story collection, Things Kept, Things Left Behind. It was one of those reads that I felt compelled to care...more
Oct 2006
Jul 19, 2007
Beautiful Ruins
It probably took me until 1/4 of the way into the book to feel the traction of the narrative, so don't give up early on when it jumps around. If you s...more
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Her Fearful Symmetry
The first half of the book I found to be very engaging and insightful. I enjoyed watching Elspeth come into her ghostness and seeing the twins discove...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine
Clear, precise prose, a well constructed story (even though it's memoir) and just generally so very readable and wonderful.
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
State of Wonder
Amazing book. This burrowed into my brain and lit it up. I adored State of Wonder, every precious word of it.
May 09, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
The Forest for the Trees
Really enjoyed this book, especially the sensitive portrayals of authors and all of our neuroses.
Jan 18, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories
So, so good. What a book. What stories! I am now a slavering fan.
Jul 2013
Jul 02, 2013
Into the Sunset
Wayne Benson is tired of living a complicated life. His needs are pretty simple—quiet time to write, three square meals a day (preferably prepaid and...more
Feb 2008
Apr 02, 2008
Big Lonesome
Not only do I love the way Jim Ruland thinks and views the world, I love the way he makes me think and view the world. Seriously, if you want to read...more
Aug 2006
Jul 02, 2007
Life Drawing
I feel so fortunate to have scored an advance reader's copy of Robin Black's LIFE DRAWING. I adored her short story collection (If I Loved You, I Woul...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
The Lacuna
Amazing book. This blew me away, both as a reader and as a writer. There were a few moments that especially moved me. In particular, I'm thinking of a...more
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 15, 2009
Secret Son
Youssef El-Mekki grew up in Casablanca, in the slums of Hay An Najat where houseflies "grazed on piles of trash, competing with cows and sheep for tea...more
May 03, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
The River King
I have seriously loved a number of Alice Hoffman's books, but this one is not one of her best. It's nearly all exposition and a number of the plot twi...more
Jan 2009
Jan 08, 2009
The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo
Beautiful, artful, and lyrical. I especially enjoyed the poems in two voices that could be read three ways. That unique structure gave a depth and ric...more
Sep 04, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
The Middle Sister: A Novel
I just loved this book! From start to finish, the plot held my interest, but it was the characters that really made the book come alive for me--their...more
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Jul 20, 2007
Juno's Daughters: A Novel
Jenny Alexander is raising her two teenaged daughters alone in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound after leaving behind a troubled relationship on the...more
Jan 2012
Jan 23, 2012
This book was was so delicious, so gorgeously rendered, so engrossing and so utterly fabulous that I still haven't resurfaced from its charms. Loved,...more
Apr 26, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
What a wonderful, sprawling, exciting book! The narrative choices the author makes (Unreliable omniscient? Brilliant!) are fascinating and ultimately...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Loved this! Looking forward to the next book.
Dec 19, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
The Killing Sea
Two protagonists give us the story in The Killing Sea: Ruslan, a local Indonesian boy who works at a small beachside cafe in the town of Meulaboh; and...more
Jan 2007
Jul 02, 2007
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
I adored this book and the delightful and very real characters within its pages. It was entrancing...until the violence at the end which felt a little...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Forgotten Country
I first encountered Catherine Chung's wonderful novel Forgotten Country at an artist's colony. It was on a table in the center library and I picked it...more
Jan 30, 2013
Dec 11, 2012
Stories in the Old Style
After I finished reading Stories in the Old Style, I wondered why I had taken so long to get to the end of the book. And so I sat down, post-read, to...more
Feb 2007
Jul 19, 2007
Memory Wall
The six stories in Anthony Doerr's Memory Wall are generous, gorgeous, and far-reaching in scope. They push to the very edges of form, exploring the l...more
Apr 19, 2011
Aug 06, 2010
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