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Year of Wonders
While it wasn't as strong as her later "March", it was a very solid first novel, and only Brooks could make a novel about the plague be oddly hopeful. ...more
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
The Awakening
This is more a 3 star book for me than a 3 star book, in the sense that I think it is a novel that should be read by people. You can certainly see wh ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
The Dante Club
Pearl gets points in my book for making an erudite mystery that includes some of seminal scholars of the age as detectives. If I remember he was reall ...more
Sep 2005
Mar 14, 2007
The Great Gatsby

As good as I remembered it, but inexplicably sadder. Rereading it when I am now the age of the protagonists- which at 16, felt a lifetime away - I fe
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)

Much, much better than “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” but still longer than it needed to be. All in all an enjoyable series, but I found that I stro
Feb 2012
Dec 07, 2011
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
A fun, fast read whose narrative style I at first thought was a gimmick. Then it all played out and you realize how clever it is. Perfect beach or sum ...more
May 22, 2015
May 09, 2015
Beautiful Ruins
This was almost a four star book, but the end wrapped up a little too neatly and cleanly- to the detriment of the believability. That said, it was my ...more
Jun 22, 2014
May 31, 2014
The Stolen Child
Maybe it's because Newsweek made this out to be the best fantasy novel since "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy that I was so utterly disappointed by thi ...more
Aug 30, 2007
Jul 07, 2007
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
All in all a very pleasant sort of book, perfect for commuting because it's written entirely in letters. Not life-changing, but pleasant the way a sum ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs (Portuguese Irregular Verbs, #2)
What can I say? I packed all three of these books for the flight home to SD (my Mom sent them to me thinking I would like them), and because I didn't ...more
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Dec 26, 2007
Cat's Eye
Just not my cup of tea. I didn't come close to finishing it before our book club meeting, and I'm just not that interested in continuing with it.
Apr 09, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy, #1)
Clean, simple prose, but an affecting story of a life on the prairie and a strong, independent female protagonist. I definitely enjoyed reading it and ...more
Nov 07, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
The Cherokee Trail
Wow, was this a whole lot of awful. We picked Louis L'Amour for our book club so we could "read outside the box," and then I found out that I was the ...more
Apr 15, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
Tell Newt to Shut Up: Prize-Winning Washington Post Journalists Reveal How Reality Gagged the Gingrich Revolution
A brilliant title, and a very well-argued critique of Gingrich's "Contract with America" by two outstanding journalists from the Washington Post who f ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 05, 2008
The City of Falling Angels
I really enjoyed "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," so I was excited when this came out. As I read it, I realized Berendt was trying to capita ...more
not set
Jul 04, 2007
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
This is one of those "guilt" books, where I feel like a bad human being because I couldn't finish it, but I should because he won the dang Nobel Prize ...more
Jun 20, 2008
May 16, 2008
Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories
Um, not at all like the movie. Several elements present in the film do exist -- the protagonist is still Holly Golightly, she still lives in Manhattan ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2009
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
I listened to this book while driving the 8 1/2 hours to my hometown of San Diego at Christmas. It was funny, approachable, and made my long drive go ...more
Dec 2005
Mar 14, 2007
The Postman Always Rings Twice
This novel is proof that you can create a perfectly constructed, satisfying story in 116 pages. I was engaged in it from the start, and I loved the va ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2011
The History of Love
This was the first book our book club picked, and while I enjoyed reading it, the ending left me completely unfulfilled. I felt like it could have bee ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 21, 2007
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
This book made me fall in love in with Hunter S Thompson. Few people can be as witty and erudite as him and have such a unique voice, and with Nixon a ...more
Jan 2002
Jun 20, 2007
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
Worlds better than Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. Klosterman needs some sort of story (albeit a loose one) to channel all his neuroses, and the result w ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2008
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
This was my second stab at a graphic novel (and a book club pick), and it was surprisingly moving. I felt like the graphic novel medium was, at times, ...more
Feb 17, 2008
Jan 26, 2008
Memoirs of a Geisha
This was an unexpectedly fantastic book that I flew through. I picked up a used copy at the local library booksale for $1 and it sat on my shelf for t ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 10, 2007
The Sun by Night
A decent enough book about life in post-colonial Ghana. The narrative follows multiple characters throughout the book, but you never spend enough time ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 15, 2008
Any Human Heart
Meh. I don't know, it was just so-so for me. It felt like a British sort of version of "Forrest Gump," and I just didn't love it like everyone else di ...more
not set
Mar 31, 2011
Cannery Row
My second Steinbeck (I know, I know), and I found it to be quite enjoyable. More a character story and a love song to Monterey than a plot-driven stor ...more
Oct 04, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
The World to Come
Meh. Not nearly as good as I thought it would be.
Jul 10, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
A Year in Provence
Perfectly pleasant and yet totally forgettable.
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
Carter Beats the Devil
A took me a little while to get into this book, even though the premise was fantastic -- the tale of a magician in post- 1906 earthquake in San Franci ...more
Aug 2003
Mar 14, 2007