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Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)
4.18
When I heard of the new genre “New Adult” I thought it was a great idea. Readers who enjoy YA in high school would like novels with protagonists their...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Life After Life
3.33
This stunning novel, brimming with eloquent yet quiet epiphanies, explores the meaning of a life lived and the anticipation of death, ambitious themes...more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
3.77

This fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald reminds me of Wicked in which the one who’s blamed for causing all the trouble gets to tell her side of the...more
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May 11, 2014
 
Life of Pi
3.86
On page 156 and still suffering through. I do not enjoy reading about hyenas eating zebras while they are still alive, nor hyenas eating orangutans, n...more
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Dec 01, 2012
 
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
4.02
I'm teaching this book, for a second time now, appreciating it more this year. The idea of the inhabitants of planet Gethen morphing into either male...more
May 22, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.59
This novel has everything we've come to expect from Dan Brown: great scenery--this time Washington, D. C.--intriguing facts--this time about the Mason...more
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Jan 07, 2010
 
Earth Abides
3.95
I'm going to honor this classic with four stars, but I had a hard time getting into it, and I certainly have a lot to debate with Stewart. I do not be...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
 
Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, #1)
3.85
I loved the Tarzan movies as a kid, although I had no idea why white guys with rifles were herding African natives through the jungle, not knowing a t...more
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Dec 24, 2013
 
Lady Chatterley's Lover
3.46
I enjoyed rereading this classic. I can see now why feminists take Lawrence to task, but I feel sympathetic toward the author. Yes, he got women's sex...more
Jan 07, 2010
Dec 20, 2009
 
Main Street
3.72
I loved this novel, set during WWI, about a newly-wed young woman who moves to a midwestern hick town to be with her country-doctor husband. She lives...more
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Dec 01, 2012
 
On Chesil Beach
3.49
As a huge McEwan fan, I have to say this is not my favorite. This telling of a wedding night of two virgins is simply too stagnant, the whole novel es...more
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Jan 07, 2010
 
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
4.18
Imagine you're growing up in a middle-class family. You get in your covered wagon with your Ma, Pa, two sisters, and everything your family owns. Pa d...more
Jan 06, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
 
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1)
3.55
As a freshman in college, not really thinking what literature was or wasn't, I was puzzled and challenged by this novel. An unlikeable protagonist? On...more
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Feb 01, 2009
 
The Best Short Stories
3.26
This isn’t actually the book I read, but it was as close as I could find to it. I downloaded the complete works of Kipling on my Kindle and delved int...more
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Nov 11, 2012
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.06
This 644-page novel gets going about page 250 and ends with a hundred pages to go. Between these pages is one rollicking murder mystery. There's about...more
Jan 06, 2012
Dec 30, 2011
 
In One Person
3.61
I’m an Irving fan and was drawn to the themes of this novel, but a quarter of the way through, I merely wished it were over. I have a hard time believ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
Sister Carrie
3.67
I've been wanting to read Dreiser for a long time. I thought it might be a little slow going, but I simply couldn't put this novel down. All the chara...more
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Sep 11, 2014
 
Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
3.70
I've been wanting to read Ian Fleming for some time, and was not disappointed. Although the attitude toward women is dated, I can imagine the treatmen...more
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Aug 20, 2009
 
Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins #9)
3.94
Mosley not only offers a satisfying detective story, but always provides social commentary as well, usually about racism in its myriad ramifications....more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
4.10
This book, which purports to be a novel but reads like memoir, has been on my list a long time and was sorely disappointing. While some of the situati...more
Feb 21, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
 
Rabbit at Rest (Rabbit Angstrom, #4)
3.93
So finally Updike kills old Rabbit off, but not before a few more good jabs at both Rabbit and American middle-class society. Kids, if you want to liv...more
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Feb 01, 2009
 
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories
3.59
This is the “pulp fiction” Fitzgerald resorted to to make a living. Some of it is just plain bad, while some is highly entertaining and has the usual...more
Dec 29, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
 
Frankenstein
3.70
I'm using this as the basis for my "Ethics of Science" unit for my Expos Reading and Writing class for high school seniors. There's lots to talk about...more
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Jan 07, 2010
 
Franny and Zooey
3.98
It was a delight to revisit this book after a forty-year respite. I can't imagine why it so moved me as a teen, since I don't think I had the vocabula...more
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Jul 23, 2010
 
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
4.48
Finally finished these. I was training for a marathon at the time. I don't know what I was thinking. Maybe it was if my feet were going to be numb, my...more
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Feb 22, 2009
 
Big Sur
3.86
I enjoyed some of this, but a lot of time I was bored. Certainly there’s much to be admired in Kerouac’s style, voice, and mood, but I wished that he’...more
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Dec 29, 2012
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
I really wanted to like this book, and some parts I did. I’d also like to see the movie. I liked the unique viewpoint character, but at times the plot...more
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
 
The Complete Short Stories
4.29
I have to say Hemingway has grown on me over the years. I hated him in college--a sexist pig witha fourth grade vocabulary--but I've mellowed over the...more
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Jan 23, 2009
 
Divisadero
3.46
Not as good as "The English Patient" but I thoroughly enjoyed how Ondaatje used the landscape of California. This is probably the only novel I'll ever...more
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Aug 20, 2009
 
Le Morte d'Arthur
3.91
This was a long haul, but I'm glad I finally fed my brain this book. As far as I can tell, knights in shining armour go around "smoting" other knights...more
Aug 20, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
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