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The Invisible Bridge
4.19
The Invisible Bridge is one of the most amazing novels I've read in a long time. Orringer has written a spellbinding epic romance and family drama set ...more
Jan 09, 2011
Apr 28, 2010
 
City of Thieves
4.26
I didn't want to put this book down. Benioff is a marvelous storyteller. He hooked me from the onset, when he cast Lev and Kolya together, the looter ...more
Jul 09, 2010
Dec 14, 2009
 
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
3.89
Gail Caldwell has written a stunningly beautiful tribute to her friendship with Carolyn Knapp, author of Drinking: A Love Story. She recounts their ti ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
How Reading Changed My Life
3.86
I enjoyed Quindlen's reminiscences about growing up with books. As she recalled a neighbors basement filled with books that she borrowed and read; I t ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
 
The Glass Castle
4.21
"Baptism by fire" is a fitting metaphor for Jeannette Wall's life. At the young age of 3, Walls literally set herself on fire while cooking hotdogs un ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
 
The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life
4.17
Insightful stories and wisdom from some of the greatest spiritual writers and thinkers inspire you to live the life you were meant to live. The heart ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
 
The Sugar Queen
3.99
Another satisfyingly sweet read by Allen, but not too saccharine. How can I resist a character that keeps a secret cache of candy and romance novels a ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Oct 24, 2009
 
The Last Queen
4.00
I found this fictionalized account of Juana of Castille, the daughter of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, and sister to Catalina otherwise kn ...more
May 03, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
 
Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
4.06
This story cast a spell over me and was an enchanting way to pass an afternoon. From the moment I opened it's beautiful cover and read the first parag ...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
 
Lie Down with the Devil (A Carlotta Carlyle Mystery #12)
3.77
P.I. and cabdriver, Carlotta Carlyle, is engaged to Sam Gianelli, who has questionable ties to organized crime. While Sam is out of the country to avo ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
 
A Mercy
3.62
I was disappointed in A Mercy after reading many good reviews. This was the first Toni Morrison book I had read and I did not feel this particular boo ...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
 
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
3.63
I love reading a historical fiction about a subject I know nothing about. The story revolves around Louis Tiffany, of the Tiffany glass works (not to ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.22
I really have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I did find myself turning the pages; but on the other hand, I also thought parts of it w ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
 
Lost Souls (New Orleans, #5)
3.84
**spoiler alert** This book was absolutely RIDICULOUS! I can't believe I wasted my time with it. My problem was even though the entire book was absurd ...more
Jun 06, 2009
May 30, 2009
 
Jamaica Inn
3.84
I could feel the cold wind of the Moors whipping at my face, and the oppressive air of Jamaica Inn stifling my spirit. This gothic suspense kept me tu ...more
Jan 2010
Apr 26, 2009
 
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
3.78
Five people die tragically in the collapse of a footbridge. Was it an accident or part of God's greater plan? A monk who witnesses the fall is determi ...more
Aug 03, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
 
Great House
3.42
I normally like novels with multiple narrators, whose individual stories have a common thread or are somehow linked together; however I don't want to ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
 
The Alibi Man (Elena Estes, #2)
3.77
Main character, Elena Estes, was first introduced in the novel Dark Horse and trouble is still finding her. Her complicated family history and trouble ...more
Mar 17, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
 
What Is Left the Daughter
3.43
Wyatt Hillyer has written a letter to his estranged daughter revealing his tragic past, secrets, and ultimately his love for his daughter and her moth ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
The Rabbit Factory
3.53
I picked up The Rabbit Factory after it got good reviews from my online book group. It sounded like a good mystery. Imagine my surprise when about 80 ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
 
Coraline
3.99
I read this book for the Ultimate Teen Reading Challenge, otherwise I would not have picked it up. This was a quick read, geared more for the younger ...more
Oct 08, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
 
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)
3.99
I liked this book even more than Soulless. Alexia is a fascinating heroine. The dialogue was witty and the humor understated. The play between Alexia ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
 
Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
4.05
I only picked this up as part of a book challenge, but am glad I did. I enjoyed reading about the developing friendship of FDR and Churchill. The dyna ...more
Sep 19, 2009
Sep 04, 2009
 
Dream When You're Feeling Blue
3.49
The story opens with the Heaney sisters saying goodbye to their boyfriends as they go off to fight the Nazi's and Japs in WWII. Left at home in Chicag ...more
May 25, 2009
May 09, 2009
 
Running with Scissors
3.66
Burroughs said he always dreamed of being in the spotlight and he certainly made it happen with this memoir. I think it takes a unique kind of person ...more
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
 
The End of the Alphabet
3.47
The End of the Alphabet was a tender, fairy tale like love story. Around his fiftieth birthday, Ambrose Zephyr and his wife Zappora (Zipper) Ashkenazi ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
I thought this was an incredibly quirky and imaginative book. The main character, Oskar Schell, is a precocious 9 yr old by trying to deal with the de ...more
May 04, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
 
Testimony
3.52
Testimony hooked me early and was a fast paced read. I enjoyed the short chapters which alternated between different character perspectives. The issue ...more
May 11, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.01
The story moved slowly for me at first as I tried to digest all the foreign characters and names, but I eventually didn't want to put it down. Jacob i ...more
Dec 11, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
 
Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America
3.79
In all the years I watched John Walsh help America solve crimes on America's Most Wanted, I never knew the story behind the disappearance of his son A ...more
Apr 14, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
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