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Evergreen
3.94
I loved this book and can't wait for everyone else to get a chance to read it. It's definitely plot-driven and I would have liked to have seen some ch ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
 
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
3.34
Thin. Based largely on speculation, this book would have made a much better historical novel than biography. Little actual information is known about ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
 
Queen of America
3.85
I'm not entirely sure where to start here, but I loved this book and devoured it, as I do all of Urrea's books. He's definitely become one of my favor ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans
4.17
Stunning. If you read only one book about New Orleans, read this one. Baum has been compared to Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote and I would agree with bot ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Aug 18, 2011
 
A Land More Kind Than Home
3.83
I liked this one fine but not as much as everyone else, it seems. It reminded me a lot of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (which I loved.) What I reall ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
On Sal Mal Lane
3.84
This was a slow book for me--which isn't a bad thing at all--I'm just used to reading faster. Some of my favorite books including English Patient, Pos ...more
Apr 26, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
 
Love Me Back
3.29
I'm going to be thinking about this book for a long time, but here are some initial thoughts.

This one is not for everyone, despite the review I read
...more
Oct 04, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
 
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
4.30
The Secret Race didn't tell me much I didn't already know about bike racing's dark side but it did fill in some details. You got a good teaser when Ha ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
Zazen
3.62
I loved this book and all of its creativity, but typos got in my way. I'm surprised to have found as many as I did, given the public curation aspect o ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
 
Road Rash and Ramen Noodles: True Tales of Pro Cycling on $10 Dollars a Day
4.12
*** 1/2

Fun read though it probably won't appeal to anyone who isn't already a fan and doesn't already follow the sport. The names, the teams, the stra
...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
 
The Girls from Corona del Mar
3.48
I liked this a lot until it got all bogged down in how amazing motherhood is and then I mostly felt like I am probably somehow a bad woman for not hav ...more
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
 
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing
3.94
I loved this book and will be thinking about it for a long time. From the jacket copy, I expected something a little breezier but what I got instead w ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
 
The Wives of Los Alamos
3.30
**** 1/2

What a curious book. I really liked it--it's beautifully poetic--and I'll think about it for ages. It seems odd to call it a novel because the
...more
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
The Secret History
4.05
I first read this book--several times--when it was first published in 1992. It was my favorite (it's still one of them but I've read approximately 1 m ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
3.82
* 1/2

"A good book, Marcus, is a book you are sorry has ended."

I don't think I've ever been so happy a book has ended. This one is utterly ridiculous.
...more
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
3.85
** 1/2

I guess I'm in the minority--I don't understand the giddiness for French. This is my second book of hers and the second one that's left me thin
...more
Sep 2014
Aug 29, 2014
 
The Steady Running of the Hour
3.25
I really enjoyed this book despite a lot of convenient plot twists and unfoldings. I love mountaineering stories, plus was intrigued by Tristan's ques ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
 
Mommy Man: How I Went from Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad
4.32
You'll laugh, you'll cry.

I knew how it ended and still, I couldn't put it down, wondering what was going to happen next. Jerry is a great writer and
...more
Feb 07, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.80
This one is going to be with me for a long time. I didn't realize until I was partway through that this is the other recent book out about chimps bein ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Burn Out (Burn Out, #1)
3.62
I'm calling this one "read."

I finished it--or think I finished it--on Saturday and it's driving me nuts sitting in my "currently reading" list. There
...more
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
 
The Aviator's Wife
3.86
After reading some fairly intense Booktopia books, I was in the mood for something light. After hearing Melanie Benjamin speak on a recent Books on th ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
 
California
3.27
**** 1/2

I loved this book a lot--tons even--until the very end. I was ready to give it five stars up until the last handful of pages.

I didn't see wh
...more
Jul 13, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
 
Broken Monsters
3.64
It may be a little thing to most readers but once it gets under my skin, I can't let it go and just *read* the book: misused words, slang. Beukes is f ...more
Oct 10, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
 
The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder
3.57
** 1/2

I've been known to say that I'm not wild about memoir, and when I say that, this book is what I mean. The saving grace here was the interweavin
...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
 
War and Peace
4.08
** 1/2

I've made no secret of the fact that I didn't love this book, but I did stick with it and I think others should read it. It's an important part
...more
Dec 03, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
Byrd
3.86
There aren't enough superlatives for this book. From the first sentence I was hooked. It's odd to come across a book where every chapter is taut, ever ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
 
A Beautiful Truth
3.36
I don't even know where to start with this book, nor can I give it a star rating right now. I picked up a galley ages ago--probably at BEA or ALA last ...more
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
 
The Position
3.27
*** 1/2

I liked this a lot but kept thinking, "Come on" in reaction to how different characters behaved. Sometimes reactions didn't feel believable bu
...more
May 03, 2014
May 01, 2014
 
Guests on Earth
3.60
I don't know what I was expecting this to be exactly but whatever it was, Guests on Earth just didn't work for me. If you're a fan of Zelda Fitzgerald ...more
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
 
Gone Girl
3.95
As my friend Elliott said, this is fun crime fiction. It's not nearly as taut or dark as Sharp Objects, which is Flynn's first book and one that still ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
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