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Life After Life
3.73
“There is a fine line between living and dying,” a character observes in Kate Atkinson’s new novel. And it does certainly seem to be the case here, in...more
Mar 06, 2013
Dec 12, 2012
 
The Go-Between
3.89
Hartley has taken my breath away with the sweep of his story and the majesty of his writing. This book was published when he was fifty-eight, in 1953,...more
not set
Apr 06, 2010
 
Wave
3.68
What is most striking to me about this memoir of the tsunami which hit Sri Lanka December 26, 2004 is the clarity with which Deraniyagala shares her s...more
Mar 16, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
 
NW
3.36
Author Smith says NW is about language, and I agree. Language is central to our understanding of the characters, and language defines their lives in...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
 
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
4.35
How amused and flattered the infamous British traitor Kim Philby would be to discover he is again the subject of fascinated scrutiny in his home count...more
Apr 29, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
 
Me Before You
4.32
I was never the ideal reader for this book. I did not intentionally shun it, but I never gravitated towards it. My operating theory is that voracious...more
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
How It All Began
3.44
Oh, I dearly loved this book about an event which spawned a series of follow-on events, some of which could be termed momentous, in the context of a l...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
 
The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England
4.03
We all know why Elizabethan England fascinates us and Ian Mortimer is a wonderful guide. His sense of humor and level of detail bridges any gaps in un...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
 
A Month in the Country
4.08
It hardly seems possible this was first written in 1978. It has the feel of a much older book, for Carr has entered the past and settled in there as t...more
Sep 07, 2012
Jun 28, 2011
 
Cinnamon and Gunpowder
3.92
Eli Brown’s infectious romp of a novel has a thoroughly modern sensibility dressed in the garb of yore. It is the early 1800’s and Owen Wedgwood is ch...more
Jun 02, 2013
Mar 23, 2013
 
Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley, #18)
3.55
George has been writing this series featuring Inspector Lynley and Detective Sergeant Havers since 1988, and this is her eighteenth novel in the serie...more
Mar 06, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.68
This Booker-prize winner is a slim thing. It reflects the history, the thoughts, and the imaginings of a perfectly ordinary man who passes quickly in...more
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
 
Hanging Hill
3.83
I had never read anything by Mo Hayder before, though I had seen the name. I had always thought the author was a man. Hayder is a mystery writer who e...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
 
Good Bait
3.21
I have a lot of time for John Harvey. I can’t figure out why he is not more widely read here in the U.S. He writes police procedurals, but with a deep...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
 
Mistress Of Nothing
3.56
At first I was a little taken aback that this book was not written in the voice of Lady Duff Gordon, on whose letters this novel was based. I thought...more
not set
Jun 11, 2011
 
Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
4.33
This is a beautiful cookbook with spectacular ideas. Stuffed onions? It makes you want to try everything the same day you see it. I tried a few...didn...more
Apr 14, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
Ladder of Angels
2.33
When I was reading the Afterword of John Harvey’s latest book, Good Bait, I saw a reference to Ladder of Angels, which Harvey called one of the greate...more
Apr 03, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
 
Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus, #19)
4.13
Rankin neatly dovetails two series (those featuring Inspector Rebus of the Edinburgh Police and Malcolm Fox of the Complaints), and in this latest nov...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
3.78
My favorite Sedaris bits come when he is talking about his experiences travelling or learning a new language. In this new book he has a section about...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
3.43
The excitement of discovering this book was one I have not felt for years. It is all the things great literature should be: it shows as well as teache...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
 
Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener
4.33
Rosemary Verey was a British garden designer with a distinct style based on historic gardens of old. Her inventiveness was allowed full rein within th...more
Nov 23, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
 
The Queen of the Tambourine
3.54
How can a book be hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time? In Jane Gardam’s hands, this epistolary novel never takes a pot-shot at anyone (withou...more
not set
Jul 28, 2011
 
Skios
3.08
Skios may a play posing as a novel, but it is in good company: practically all the characters in this very funny farce are pretending to be someone th...more
Jul 29, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
Waiting for Sunrise
3.48
Lysander Reif, actor and hapless lover, is given brief speaking parts in Waiting… through the prop of a diary prepared for his Viennese psychoanalyst....more
May 10, 2012
May 06, 2012
 
Anatomy of a Disappearance
3.39
This story is a novel, but reads like a memoir. Judging from the short biography about the author on Goodreads, one must assume Matar is “writing what...more
May 16, 2012
May 31, 2011
 
The Wild Beasts of Wuhan (Ava Lee, #3)
3.77
I am a sucker for this series. I don’t know why it is, but I admit a fascination with the heroine, Ava Lee. I love knowing where she is staying in the...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
 
The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #12)
3.90
When Charles Todd began the Ian Rutledge series, I remember writing an enthusiastic review for my local bookstore, and sharing my delight with friends...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
Diamond Solitaire (Peter Diamond, #2)
3.79
I loved this dang thang. Diamond is such a curmudgeonly old pushover--what is it that reminds me of the best of men? I don't mind someone being impati...more
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
 
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
3.46
Where was I when this came out in 2007? When I discovered this title recently in someone else’s TBR list, I immediately added to my own. The novel is...more
Dec 07, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
4.10
This book would be a perfect semester-long study for young bucks with an interest in foreign affairs and a willingness to test themselves with knotty...more
Jan 09, 2014
Aug 12, 2013
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