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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
I really liked this little book. It's a quick read and very enjoyable. As a part-time bookseller myself, it rang so true! How many times have I had a ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
The Girl on the Train
When I was in elementary school, many years ago, I had a teacher who would would bring in a puzzle for the class to solve. It would be a large picture ...more
Mar 15, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
Blackbird House
I loved this book. Once I started it, if I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it back up.

Old houses see many things, many lives, loves, loss
Mar 15, 2014
Jun 16, 2013
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
In some ways, in the beginning, Cheryl Strayed reminded me of Rita
Gelman of Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World in her total lack o
Aug 26, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
The Age of Miracles
Julia is eleven years old and one day the earth's daily revolutions begins to slow, adding mintues, hours, to every day. The world around her, and her ...more
May 19, 2013
May 19, 2013
Still Alice
Remember the movie,Scream, where Drew Barrymore is talking to the killer on the phone and realizes he's in the house with her? Well, Still Alice is ki ...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Harold Fry spent his life trying to be invisible to the world, seen only by his beloved wife, Maureen and, for a brief period, his coworker Queenie He ...more
Oct 12, 2013
Sep 29, 2013
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
After reading the first couple of chapters I was afraid I wouldn't like this memoir of a well-to-do woman who chose, after the end of her marriage, to ...more
May 23, 2011
May 01, 2011
Life After Life
If this is the worst book I read this year, I've got a heck of a lot of excellent reads ahead of me. I was a little let down by the ending, but all in ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
The Martian
Don't get me wrong, this was a really good book. I would have given it a higher rating if I liked science fiction and was into sciencey-techy stuff. I ...more
May 17, 2015
May 17, 2015
She's Come Undone
(BC 3/20/09--Mary Kelley's--A+)

This is a book that you will either really, really like, or really, really dislike. I fall into the first category. I l
Mar 20, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
You Remind Me of Me
My problem with this book is that I have seen You Remind Me of Me as a TV movie (not by this name). I know it. The first scene with Jonah and Elizabet ...more
Aug 19, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
When Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951 her family did not know that part of her, cells from her cancerous tumor, were not only living, t ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
The Art of Racing in the Rain
This really should be a 4 star book, since it is really well written, but I have given it a three because of my enjoyment level. First off, the story ...more
Apr 22, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
Defending Jacob
I have to say up front, I approached this book with extreme prejudice. I'm not a fan of courtroom suspense novels, I don't care for Grisham and the li ...more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Loving Frank
February 2008

This novel is based on the real-life affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mrs. Mamah Cheney, who scandilized 1909 Chicago by running off
Feb 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Strange as This Weather Has Been
I saw that this book had a pretty good rating so I started it with high hopes. Those hopes were quickly dashed. The odd, stream of consciousness style ...more
Sep 26, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
The Orchardist
While I was reading this book, 48 Hours Mystery did a story based in Wanatchee, WA. The filming of the location allowed me to see the wild beauty of t ...more
Jun 16, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
Dear American Airlines
I waivered between 2 and 3 stars, so I guess it's a 2.5 star book. I really tried to like it, and to be honest, parts were really very funny. But done ...more
Mar 31, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
This is a combination of Mad Men meets American Horror Story meets Homeland. Set in 1959 Paris, there are ad men and witches, CIA operatives and bald ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 02, 2014
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
May 20th BC, Lucky House--review to follow after meeting.

Betrayal, jealousy, rape; it could happen with any family gathering. Iris has a nice, tidy li
May 02, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
(BC 4/16/09--J. Liu's, Worthington)
My actual rating is 4.5 stars, but I don't have that option.

I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud so many
Apr 2009
Feb 06, 2009
Every Last One
I'm not a fan of Nicholas Sparks, Jody Picoult and others of this genre. Melodrama just doesn't do it for me. However, Quindlen has crafted a superbly ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Plain Truth
Jodi Picoult is not one of my go-to authors. All of her books seem to be melodramic heartbreaking downers, like she's the Lurlene McDaniels for adults ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 27, 2009
The Devil's Star
I was a little afraid of this one, especially with it being promoted as "the next Stig Larsson", that it was going to be super dark and twisted. While ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
The Arsonist
A family drama set in a small vacation town, with the promise of a mystery that never quite delivers. Frankie returns to her parents' home, their old ...more
Jul 21, 2015
Jun 21, 2015
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Despite all the great reviews and hype, I found this to be a sterotypically dull historical tome. There were parts, based on actual diaries of some of ...more
Nov 2006
Feb 12, 2009
First off, pure science fiction is not my medium. I have great difficulty with abstract ideas (I was 45 before I passed algebra). I have never read an ...more
Jun 23, 2011
May 26, 2011
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Alexandra Fuller's memoir of her childhood in Africa is compelling while at the same time horrifying. Filled with lost babies, dogs, unrelenting heat, ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Nov 09, 2012
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
This was a good read, though it was dark and depressing when you were reading about David and Norah's lives after the birth of their Downs Syndrome da ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 10, 2009
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