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Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
3.49
liked it
Just about 11 months ago, we inherited a cat when my mother-in-law passed. It was a sad way to get her, but Smoky has brought us much joy and she has ...more
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Jun 17, 2015
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.93
really liked it
The tie that binds the characters in Let the Great World Spin is a daring (and illegal) stunt in which a man walked on a tightrope strung between the ...more
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Oct 04, 2011
 
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
3.79
liked it

I'm fascinated by research into what makes human tick that lies at the intersection of psychology, sociology, and biology. So, while among a slim numb
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Jan 26, 2015
Nov 22, 2014
 
The Marriage Plot
3.42
it was ok
I was so looking forward to this. I even paid more than a few bucks to get it "early" (i.e. before there were super-cheap used ones floating around). ...more
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Oct 04, 2011
 
Faith
3.83
really liked it
I was particularly excited when Faith by Jennifer Haigh popped up as one of the books available to me as an advance copy from the Harper team. I read ...more
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Apr 09, 2011
 
Things We Left Unsaid
3.51
really liked it
I was a Goodreads giveaway winner for this recently released translation of a novel by an Iranian-Armenian author. It is set in Iran in 1962 and focus ...more
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May 07, 2012
 
Crow Lake
3.85
really liked it
I often describe Barbara Kingsolver's earlier novels (Bean Trees, Animal Dreams) as "simple stories, simply told." That same description applies to Cr ...more
Sep 27, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)
4.07
liked it
I've become a big fan of books that have books within them and that's what drew me to this one. Carrie is an author who focuses on historical fiction ...more
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Sep 19, 2011
 
The Good Liar
3.36
liked it
Everyone has secrets -- a truth that forms the backbone of TGL. Roy is an aging conman out to conduct his final swindle, targeting a woman in her seni ...more
Feb 2016
Dec 22, 2015
 
The Comet Seekers
3.63
liked it
I must confess to start that I finished this book, provided to me by the publisher is exchange for a review, several weeks ago. Sometimes I think dela ...more
Jan 23, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
 
Little Night
3.49
liked it
I won a copy of this book on Goodreads and had not previously read anything by the author. The plot was intriguing and the story opened with Clare mak ...more
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May 18, 2012
 
Another Brooklyn
3.88
really liked it



When August returns to Brooklyn to bury her father, her mind (and heart) fills with the memories of her girlhood in the 1970s. August arrived in Brook
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Aug 05, 2016
Jul 24, 2016
 
The Illusion of Separateness
4.00
really liked it
This book sits somewhere between the (recently trendy) format of linked short stories and a novel. The settings range from World War II Europe to the ...more
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Jun 06, 2013
 
The Oracle of Stamboul
3.50
it was amazing
(neglected to post this here...review written in Feb 2011 right after reading the advance copy supplied by Harper...)

In this debut novel, the author i
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Jan 02, 2011
Dec 29, 2010
 
The Red Tent
4.16
it was amazing
I must be nearing my tenth go through this book but I've never actually written a review. I have, however, marked it with five stars in more than one ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
The Remains of the Day
4.10
really liked it



This is one I've revisited several times and always enjoy (four stars). On the surface, it is simply a six-day journey to visit an old colleague, but
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Jan 09, 2009
 
Mercury
3.39
it was ok

I'll open with a disclaimer -- I'm terrified of horses. I can absolutely see their beauty and their power, but put me too close and I'll cry.

Mercury i
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Dec 03, 2016
Nov 12, 2016
 
Us
3.66
really liked it
Again, I have delayed writing about so very much, truly from love (the wedding) to loss (of my mother-in-law). But, despite reading quite slowly, I am ...more
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Aug 24, 2014
 
Big Brother
3.40
liked it
Pandora is married to Fletcher and helping raise her step-children as her own. She used to run a catering company but a silly birthday gift turned int ...more
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Jul 17, 2013
 
Mister Monkey
3.47
liked it
First things first...this is about a children's play that involves a monkey played by a young boy. It is not, however, a children's book.

Okay, moving
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Jan 14, 2017
Dec 26, 2016
 
Night of Fire
3.42
really liked it
This book is at once extraordinarily complex and extremely simple. The title succinctly conveys the plot...at least that of the present day...an old, ...more
May 14, 2017
Jan 22, 2017
 
Free Men
3.59
This is the story of four men, three who are fleeing their pasts (and a major shared event in the book's present) and one on their trail. We are taken ...more
Apr 22, 2016
Dec 22, 2015
 
Single, Carefree, Mellow
3.51
really liked it
I'll start with the admission that this review is based on having read about 3/4 of the stories in the collection. I misplaced this book while visitin ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Dec 02, 2014
 
Best Friends Forever
3.48
it was ok
I was waivering between two and three stars...but some of "present day" Val's actions pushed me lower.

I like characters more than plot and I like char
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Aug 27, 2010
Aug 25, 2010
 
The Uncommon Reader
3.82
really liked it
A lovely short book for lovers of literature. This book imagines the Queen stumbling upon a traveling library and falling in love with books and readi ...more
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Dec 25, 2010
 
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
3.94
really liked it
I just re-visited this book...I tend to do that with favorites. It is a non-traditional family tale about a woman finding her way...including a move f ...more
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Jul 14, 2010
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
really liked it
I enjoyed this novel...I didn't love it but I enjoyed the journey and the characters it carries. It is largely a story of relationships, focused on Ma ...more
May 24, 2010
May 11, 2010
 
The Girls
3.79
really liked it
I enjoyed this novel, which tells the story of the lives of two sisters who are joined at the end. I particularly appreciated the author's use of both ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga
3.51
I did not finish this book (yet? ever??). I received a free copy from Harper Collins so I wanted to write a review anyway and I suppose placement on m ...more
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May 01, 2015
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.19
really liked it
I'd give it 3.5 if I could. I wanted to like it more than I did. It was a VERY quick read, in part b/c of Enzo's very simple sentence structure (which ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
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