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Cairo Modern
I wasn't expecting much when I snagged this book off the "new" shelf at the library, but I have to say that I found this novel to be the most compelli...more
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
The Winds of Tara
My fabulous sister-in-law hauled this copyright-defying "Gone with the Wind" sequel all the way from Australia for me - thanks, e! However, since only...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
The Scarlet Contessa
When I picked this book up at the library, I was under the impression that a good friend of mine had strongly recommended "The Scarlet Contessa" to me...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
Lucrezia Borgia
Last year I bought a boxed set of books about historical female personalities. I've already reviewed the set's biography of Mary Tudor, which I found...more
Mar 2011
Feb 23, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Let me start with bare-bones honesty: I had trouble putting this book down. Rather surprising, actually. The story's not that original ("The Long Walk...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Imaginative structure underpins a deceptively simple story of two children in New York City separated by fifty years. As the story unfolds, Selznick u...more
Dec 30, 2013
Jan 01, 2014
The Book Thief
The New York Times described this book as not *quite* "Harry Potter and the Holocaust" - and I admit I find the idea of a young-adult Holocaust novel...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
The Red Queen (The Cousins' War, #2)
To my surprise, I enjoyed "The Red Queen" far more than I enjoyed "The White Queen." I guess I found Gregory's writing about a crazy, deluded, malicio...more
May 21, 2013
May 20, 2013
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Let me start my review by pointing out that I'm a HUGE fan of the "European moves to Japan and learns to bathe and love" genre. I've probably read the...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
A Moveable Feast
When I read Hemingway it's like every other author in the world vanishes for me - how could I think any other writer clever, or observant, or heart-br...more
Sep 08, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
The Great Famine in China, 1958-1962: A Documentary History
I mistook this book for "Tombstone," the recently translated work about China's devastating famine of the early 1960s. However, "The Great Famine in C...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
"Nine Parts of Desire" is the attempt of Australian journalist Geraldine Brooks to understand how the proto-feminist attitude of early Islam turned in...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Duma Key
I've been a serious Stephen King fan for something like 15 years now, and I've got a good feel for how his talent has waxed and waned over the years....more
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
My friends really know me. I can't tell you the number of people who recommended, even outright bought me a copy of this book. "Packing for Mars" is a...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Revolution 2:0: A Memoir and Call to Action
Let me get this right out there: I'm an American. I lived in Egypt from 2007-2009 under the Mubarak regime. And to my unending surprise, the Egypt tha...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
I keep reading reviews that compare "Fifty Shades of Grey" to the "Twilight" series, so let me start by pointing out the critical difference: "Fifty S...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 09, 2012
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
A well-researched and well-presented work, "Georgiana" provides a sweeping picture of the life of the Duchess of Devonshire, possibly the most famous...more
Jun 02, 2013
May 29, 2013
A Backward Glance
I love Edith Wharton. Love her books. Admire and want to write like her.
I picked up this book to try to learn about becoming a writer. Wharton barely...more
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
Rhett Butler's People
I'm going to start this review by confessing that "Gone With the Wind" is my favorite book and I've read it something like 45 times, cover to cover, a...more
Dec 11, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Here's another book club read, and let me start by saying that I read fantasy quite a bit. Yes, I know it's not especially good for my brain (I once w...more
Sep 07, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
Right, so ... taxidermy. Why pick up a book on taxidermy, of all subjects? I'll read just about anything, frankly, and when I saw this book on the New...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
This book is the first in a trilogy ... a sensation that no one really seems to have heard of. Sure, if you ask people, "Have you read the Girl with t...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
This is an interesting book, which is why I want to write my review from two angles: the content, and the writing. First, the content. "After the Prop...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Poisonwood Bible
"The Poisonwood Bible" is one of those books that I've seen on used bookstore shelves for years but never got around to picking up. I discovered it on...more
Nov 19, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
Great Expectations
There are only five books in my entire life that I've started and not finished. "Great Expectations" was one of them, because for some reason we were...more
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
I picked up this book the other night because I felt brain dead and I needed something that I didn't have to think about. Since this was one of my hus...more
Feb 10, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
Magician (The Riftwar Saga, #1-2)

I read these books a long time ago and I remember absolutely loving them. On this reread, though, I found the story to be cumbersome and rather poorl...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
This book has been on our shelf forever, but I finally got around to picking it up after shaming myself by perusing a few top-n lists for nonfiction....more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
She Wolves: The Notorious Queens of Medieval England
I admit it, I have a thing for historical works - fictional or otherwise - about women. This booked popped out at me from a library shelf, so naturall...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn
An extraordinarily detailed look into the three weeks immediately preceding the fall of Anne Boleyn, "The Lady in the Tower" is a monumental work of h...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
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