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As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
What an account! I am very thankful to say this is not the state of pediatric urology today. I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Urol ...more
Dec 2004
Jan 02, 2009
A Thread of Grace
Mary Doria Russell has enchanted me with several of her books. When I started this, I was hoping to be enchanted. I actually put it aside for a bit, b ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
Before there was Dumbo, before but not quite before there was Toomai of the Elephants, there was Modoc and there was Bram, the boy who loved her. Boy ...more
Aug 2006
Jan 12, 2009
Cranberry Queen
Once in a while you stumble upon a book that, while it may not be the most well crafted writing in the world, it touches something inside you and caus ...more
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Jan 13, 2009
Let the Great World Spin
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I'm not a huge short story fan, and I am entirely enamored of the story of Philippe Petit and Man on Wire. ...more
Jun 22, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the ending of this series. This book, like the other two was powerfully written, though much darker than the ot ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
All the Fishes Come Home to Roost: An American Misfit in India
Read this over Thanksgiving and have been mulling it about in my little brain since then. On the surface, this is a decently written memoir about a gi ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Helsinki White (Inspector Kari Vaara, #3)
(Mild spoiler alert, if you haven't read book 2)

I'm in a bit of a quandary in writing this review, because of the duality within this book. In the fir
Feb 20, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
Man Walks Into a Room
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book, now that I am through with it. I am convinced that Nicole Krauss is a marvelous writer. Of that, the ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Birds of Paradise
The story Diana Abu-Jaber tells in Birds of Paradise is as multi-leveled as a buttery croissant or honey-drenched baklava. It is the story of one uppe ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
I have an interesting relationship with this book. It was recommended to me by my son, and left for me to read. When I was ready to read it, I began l ...more
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Dec 04, 2008
To Dance with the White Dog
A lovely little tale about growing older and recovering after loss. An old man, now alone after the death of his beloved wife, adjusts to his life. A ...more
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Dec 31, 2008
The Lost Garden
What a lovely book! I realized halfway through, that I can think of at least 3 people locally who would love this book, though I might be reluctant to ...more
Apr 2006
Jan 14, 2009
Olive Kitteridge
One of those books that is extremely well written, but that I didn't like. What a miserable person Olive is. I'm glad I don't know her. Characters in ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Nov 20, 2009
The Chosen
This was a re-read for me -- last read probably in 1969 0r 1970. What strikes me now is the description of a lifestyle that has vanished or become par ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird
I recently re-read it and found that the movie images are etched into my brain. Atticus will forever by Gregory Peck in my mind. In a recent read-alon ...more
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Dec 05, 2008
Police (Harry Hole, #10)
I am so mad at Jo Nesbø right now. He left us in such limbo after the last book, but I forgave him, because I knew Harry wouldn't die just yet. I didn ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Aug 09, 2013
This book is a fictionalized account of a true story. In 1835, Dorothea Newell and 8 others were shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Western Au ...more
Jan 2004
Dec 03, 2008
The truth about unicorns
I'm not sure when this book entered our household library, or even who might have brought it in. It could have been either my mother or myself, both o ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
The Dogs of Babel
I found this book enthralling, but sad. Sad for Paul, sad for Lorelei, and sad for poor, troubled Lexy, who burned so bright and so fast.

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Jan 12, 2009
Sarah's Key
This was another one of my "mountain healing" books that I read while up in the mountains. As I said in another review, this has been a brutal year fo ...more
Dec 28, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
On one hand, I'm a Murakami fan, so it's hard to displease me with a novel of his (and the cover of this one is a clever play on something that become ...more
Nov 04, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
The Hard to Catch Mercy
Not always an easy story to read, but a remarkably well written one. And one of my favorite things- a first novel by an author who went on to prove it ...more
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Jan 07, 2009
Of Mice and Men
A classic, and at one time a banned book, I believe. Found this copy at the UBS and picked it up to wild release. I re-read this nowt too long ago, th ...more
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Jan 12, 2009
Life on the Refrigerator Door
About half way through I put this one down, despite the good recommendation from a friend. I couldn't do it. It pulled me emotionally too many direct ...more
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Jan 03, 2009
Tuesdays with Morrie
For all the bruhaha about Mitch Albom, this remains the only book of his that I really liked. The subsequent novels have been a disappointment to me.

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Jan 03, 2009
The Plot Against America
I picked this up at Curves today to see if my son was interested in reading it. He is reading American PAstoral now. I have a second copy and will rea ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 05, 2008
Sixkill (Spenser, #39)
I am so sad that this is the final Spenser novel, though was thrilled when I found out that this novel was in the publishing pipeline, when Robert B P ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
The Swallows of Kabul
A book of utter desolation -- beautifully written, but heartwrenching in the world it depicts. (And U have no cause to believe it is an untrue view. K ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
The Unnamed
I ran out of reading material in Berlin for the trip home and my son gave me this and 2666, the 898-page novel Roberto Bolaño sprinted to finish befor ...more
May 05, 2010
May 08, 2010
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