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Crossing to Safety
There are some books that seem to have tiny leaks in their spines and covers and pages and release almost unnoticeable misty, smoky particles of their...more
Jan 18, 2009
Sep 30, 2007
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
**spoiler alert** I had such high hopes for this book. Just read these descriptive passages:

“This will be his earliest memory.

Red light, morning light...more
Aug 2008
Jun 29, 2008
Child of God
This is one of those books that, when you read it, and really like it, it makes you wonder if you should be worried about yourself.

I mean it’s kind o...more
Sep 13, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
The Member of the Wedding
Carson McCullers was an author who used her writing to search for God and to explore her own questions about sexual identity. In The Member of the Wed...more
Dec 2007
Jul 23, 2007
The Chemistry of Tears
I am usually so hard on books. I don't know why. But it doesn't take much to make me lop off a star. But this one I forgave, (although I didn't have t...more
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal
The whole time I was reading this book I kept thinking how the author’s presentation of how the medical world deals with conjoined twins (as a disease...more
Mar 14, 2009
Nov 28, 2007
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
My husband raised the question of how can a book be an oral history? – but I won’t deal with that. Max Brooks interviews the survivors of World War Z...more
Jan 2008
Oct 22, 2007
Evidence of Things Unseen
In this world where bombs are dropped to end a war; where people living in clean, new, identical houses and whose sons spend dreamy summer evenings in...more
Aug 2007
Jul 26, 2007
My Name Is Red
My rating is more like 2 1/2 stars - because I do want to encourage you to read it. It is a curious mix of murder mystery, religion, violence, sex and...more
Oct 2007
Oct 02, 2007
The French Lieutenant's Woman
You can simply read this book as a novel – but it will possibly frustrate you and have you wondering what the heck Sarah’s motives were and how in tar...more
Aug 07, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
Infinite Jest
This is an unorthodox book.

I've made that my first sentence because I plan to write an unorthodox review.

First, I will start with some whining and a...more
Feb 04, 2013
Jul 23, 2009
1984, George Orwell

Ok – so I’m probably the only one in the universe who didn’t read this in high school. This is a book that must be read, right? I k...more
Aug 2007
Aug 04, 2007
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
After reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the first thing I wanted to do was to find out how the heck Larsson died. The book jacket said he was a...more
Jan 09, 2009
Nov 09, 2008
The Public Burning
The Public Burning is a curious mix of fact and fiction whose characters include: Betty Crocker, Jack Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, the Marx Brothers, Mami...more
Jun 06, 2008
Jul 13, 2007
Norwegian Wood
**spoiler alert** There is so much to think about with this book. Of course there’s the Beatles’ song, Norwegian Wood, which seems to be about a guy w...more
Apr 02, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
I should have liked this story better than I did: Witty writing and all that. I'm not sure why I didn't.

Hermann (the main character) is one like some...more
Apr 05, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
Horoscopes for the Dead
I try to find poets I like who pick dirt from their fingernails and compare it with the moon. I read of despair and myth and omens in the middle atmos...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 11, 2011
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
So ..... I'm crazy about the Downton Abbey PBS series -and it is interesting to read about the REAL people the series is loosely based on. But I staye...more
Jun 28, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
Olive Kitteridge
This is a novel presented in a string of somewhat unconnected stories. Each story takes place in the small town of Crosby, Maine and each one includes...more
May 26, 2009
May 15, 2009
Shadow Country
Shadow Country is actually three books rewritten and meant to be read together to get the whole story of Edgar J. Watson. He was a real plantation own...more
May 20, 2009
Nov 20, 2008
This was my second time reading Blindness.
I almost hate hearing that a movie has been made of the book because part of the strength is that, even tho...more
Dec 23, 2008
Jul 12, 2007
A Thousand Mornings
Every Christmas season my book group has a poetry reading. So I, who am not a poetry reader by nature, scramble around to find that perfect, meaningfu...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
The Art of Fielding
Closed the book. Had to go find a tissue to blow my nose and wipe the tears. I'm not going to stop thinking and worrying about these young people full...more
Jul 21, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
Something about Marcel, the narrator of Swann’s Way, reminds me of Michael Jackson. Maybe it’s because, (since he just recently died of mysterious, dr...more
Jul 11, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
The Goldfinch
This fine book has some of the most well developed characters I have ever met. Donna Tartt not only crafted these interesting beings but she spent som...more
Feb 11, 2014
Dec 07, 2013
Bleeding Edge
For april

Arggh! I failed at my first Pynchon read. Could not finish Vineland. I feel pressured to love this book. Not pressured by anyone except mysel...more
Apr 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
To the Is-Land
Janet Frame, one of New Zealand's best-known writers, remembers her early years in dreamy, thought-swimming sentences, chock-full of poetic, strung-to...more
Dec 2007
Dec 03, 2007
What is the What
Valentino Achak Deng tells the story of his life through the words of Dave Eggers in What is the What. Since most of the happenings in the book occur...more
Dec 2007
Aug 04, 2007
The Nothing Man
Ok. That's my last Jim Thompson. Even if we have another one at the house I will not read it. It's the same dang story anyway. I'm not even going to p...more
Aug 07, 2012
Jun 17, 2011
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
I should have been able to read this book in just a few hours. Not only is it a very slim book – but the chapters are nice and short and there are eve...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jun 11, 2008
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