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The Sound of Gravel
it was amazing
What a fantastic book. Anyone who knows my reading style knows that I'm not a huge fan of memoir. Honestly, I think most people who have written them ...more
Oct 04, 2015
Oct 03, 2015
A Little Life
it was amazing
This is going to be a hard book to review without giving anything away and I really don't want to give anything away--it's worth the (bumpy) ride that ...more
Feb 22, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
The Winter Girl
did not like it
My initial response to this book wasn't fair. Take two. Mild spoilers follow. Stop reading if you are concerned about learning too much, but I think I ...more
Dec 2015
Nov 30, 2015
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
it was ok
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
Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans
it was amazing
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
Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)
really liked it
This one is good fun and may well be one of the big books of fall. I recommend it to fans of Flavia de Luce or Maisie Dobbs and since both of those ne ...more
May 31, 2015
May 30, 2015
The Expatriates
it was amazing
I'm giving this one 5 stars. I can't put my finger on what grabbed me so much about this book but it may be that the characters were so well-developed ...more
Feb 28, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
really liked it
Another Goodreads reviewer comments about her "Evison scale" and on my Evison scale, All About Lulu is the gold standard for me, at 4.5 and I don't kn ...more
May 29, 2015
May 27, 2015
Queen of America
it was amazing
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
it was amazing
I have been itching to read Hausfrau since I first heard about it in the fall. I was flying home this morning, with mere pages left to read when the p ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Oct 04, 2014
Love Me Back
liked it
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
Oct 04, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
The Yid
really liked it
What an odd little book. It was recommended on Twitter by Gary Shteyngart, so I knew I was in for a ride. With elements of Shakespeare and Yiddish the ...more
Jan 21, 2016
Jan 19, 2016
The Girls from Corona del Mar
it was ok
** 1/2

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 n
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
Our Souls at Night
it was amazing

Every word of this book is perfect, just perfect, and the ending was worse than anything I'd imagined.

I loved the sly little hat tip to the
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 21, 2015
really liked it
I loooooved this book but I am only giving it four stars. Why?

1. Production editors: Please quit placing huge blocks of text--and especially WHOLE CH
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
it was amazing
Hard to believe this novel is a debut--Buntin knocks this one out of the park.

I don't want to give away too much but this is a powerful novel about m
Mar 15, 2017
Aug 20, 2016
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
it was amazing
I don't even know where to start with this book and I'm sure I'll be coming back to this over the next few days to edit and add things I forgot.

Why d
Aug 25, 2015
Aug 23, 2015
it was amazing
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 Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York
I don't give star ratings to books my company publishes.

This is a crazy story. If you have any interest in how Americans have come to celebrate Chris
May 17, 2015
May 16, 2015
All Things Cease to Appear
liked it
**spoiler alert** You know when you're out doing errands and all you can do is think about getting back to the book waiting for you at home? Yeah, tha ...more
Apr 17, 2016
Apr 06, 2016
After Birth
really liked it
I was put off by the title of this book, which of course is titled After Birth very deliberately (and brilliantly, I see now), but after several frien ...more
Apr 19, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Sweet Lamb of Heaven
really liked it
**** 1/2


I didn't like (get) Infant Monkeys in Love so I was a little nervous about trying Millet again. I figured I could always put it down if
Jun 05, 2016
Jun 05, 2016
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
liked it
I think I can now finally review this book, after taking a few days to chew on it. My initial reaction when I finished Unorthodox was WOW, incredible ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
The Fall of Princes
it was amazing
Holy cow, did I love this book. It's my favorite of the fall reads so far. (Yeah, I know it's early. Whatever.)

I was a little hesitant because I was
Sep 2015
Aug 31, 2015
On Sal Mal Lane
really liked it
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
Three Junes
really liked it
So much fun to discover a book and author you'd never heard of. I won this book at our Booktopia Yankee Swap and it was completely new to me. Started ...more
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 24, 2015
Dear Fang, With Love
it was amazing
Fantastic book--will be on my favorites of the year list without a doubt. It isn't perfect but it is perfectly compelling with well-drawn characters a ...more
Jun 04, 2016
Jun 01, 2016
A Land More Kind Than Home
liked it
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
Flight of Dreams
really liked it
This is another novel of a fictionalized account of an actual event--and I love those. This one is, perhaps, more imagined than most and Lawhon explai ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Feb 17, 2016
The Hate U Give
really liked it
**** 1/2

This is a book that, rightly, will make a lot of end-of-year lists. It is so well-written and Starr is a well-developed and empathetic charact
Apr 30, 2017
Jan 28, 2017
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