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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
I really enjoyed this well written memoir by the age 40-something daughter of an openly gay father growing up in the tumultuous 70s and 80s in san fra ...more
May 23, 2013
May 20, 2013
Leaving Before the Rains Come
I loved fuller's first memoir don't let's go to the dogs tonight and i loved this memoir too. Fuller read the audible version which i listened to. Her ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
The Goldfinch
I found this book very very disappointing, especially after all the hype in the reviews. It is wordy beyond description, the prose is teenage style an ...more
Nov 30, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
Shotgun Lovesongs
Very American, straight-forward writing. Nice story of five hometown friends, told by them separately, chapter by chapter. Not lyrically written and w ...more
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
I was surprised how much I liked this book. I never thought I would learn as much as I did. It is hardly a big laugh, being comprised of end-of-life s ...more
Jul 08, 2015
Jun 25, 2015
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Neopolitan Novels #3)
I started off very enthusiastically but i grew very tired of the ho hum style of writing, never lyrical, nothing but the facts, and the whininess of t ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Oct 27, 2014
What Happened to Sophie Wilder
I liked this book. I was struck by the parallels of this book to the 2011 booker winner by Julian Barnes, the sense of am ending (which you should rea ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
Kingdom of Shadows (Night Soldiers, #6)
I am a fan of Alan Furst. I really liked The foreign correspondent, the spies of Warsaw and the spies of the Balkans. I liked the most recent book too ...more
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 05, 2012
The Luminaries
I really enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed the characters and the historical setting in mid-19th century New Zealand. But I have to admit that I am ...more
Dec 24, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim, #1)
Good thriller. A few too many "if only I had..." But otherwise a book that moves along and keeps you wanting to go on.
Jul 12, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
Baghdad Central
A very interesting book about an Iraqi police detective pulled into service by the Americans in what turns out to be the search for Saddam Hussein by ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
In One Person
This book is the life story of - and in the tone of a memoir by - a bisexual man. The voice of the protagonist is wry and self-aware, neither arrogant ...more
Aug 08, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Forgotten Country
This book is about a Korean family which has emigrated to the US and the relationships between the two sisters and their parents. I thought I would li ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Wonderful book. Great contrasts between horrors of enslavement in WWII by Japanese to build Railroad across Burma and a tender wartime love story.
Dec 16, 2014
Nov 20, 2014
In the Light of What We Know: A Novel
I started out really liking this book which is based on the conversations of two Oxford friends, one from a well-to-do Pakistani family and the other ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
This book concerns the effects on a family of the adoption of a chimpanzee at the time of the birth of a child, so that the father-psychology profess ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 01, 2013
Hiding in Plain Sight
This is a book by a Somali about the after effects of the assassination of a Somali UN officer assassinated just before he leaves for Nairobi where hi ...more
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Nov 14, 2014
The Submission
The story in this novel revolves around the Moslem-American architect who wins the blind competition for his design of the September 11 memorial. Alth ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Dec 10, 2011
American Rust
I read this book because I had enjoyed philipp meyer's more recent book The Son. This book is the story of two friends after high school in the bleak ...more
Nov 10, 2013
Dec 15, 2013
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Pretty good story of a long trek up the pacific crest trail by an ill-prepared young woman finding herself. I agree with one reviewer who said it was ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
The Glass Room
I am very happy that I read this book from a few years ago. It is a WWII story of a Czech couple who build a bold modern house in1938 and then are for ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music
I saw Angelique kidjo at her Carnegie Hall concert in November of 2010, which she describes in the epilogue to this book. My admiration for her was se ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall
A fascinating book about the events leading up to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the people involved. The book starts off slowly as the a ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
I liked zigzag and I want to read macintyre's new book double cross. So I read operation mincemeat while waiting for double cross. Not as good as zig ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Fun book about a petty criminal who becomes a double agent in the second world war. McIntyre used MI 5 records as the basis of his narrative. The stor ...more
May 21, 2012
May 27, 2012
The Invisible Bridge
I read this book some time ago and really liked it. The story follows a young Jew from Budapest and his older lover from Budapest to Paris during the ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 01, 2012
The Age of Miracles
This book, like the road, is an apocalyptic story about an 11-year-old girl some 40 years in the future when the turning of the earth is slowing and t ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Maya's Notebook
This is not my favorite Isabel Allende book but I did like it. It reads more like a memoir than a novel. I wonder where Allende got all the lurid and ...more
May 15, 2013
May 02, 2013
Flight Behavior
The flight behavior of the title is the unnatural flocking of millions of monarch butterflies in the back woods of a family's property in appalachia, ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Nov 13, 2012
Gray Mountain
This book has a sparsely developed murder plot and a myriad subplots involving legal aid cases in a small southern town where a lawyer has been furlou ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
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