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The Invisible Bridge
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
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
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
The Sugar Queen
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
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
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)
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
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
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
A Mercy
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
Her Fearful Symmetry
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)
**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
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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
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)
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
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
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
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
How Reading Changed My Life
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
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)
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
This was quite a book. At a little over 700 pages, I was daunted by its size; however once I started reading I was absorbed by the life of Mary Todd L...more
Jun 30, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
The Glass Castle
"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
Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
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
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
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
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
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
Love is a Mix Tape
Sheffield took me back to an earlier time in my life when music dominated my every waking moment and even some sleep filled ones. I'm no musician........more
Aug 02, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
Booked To Die (Cliff Janeway, #1)
This is the first in a series of mysteries about cliff Janeway, a cop turned bookseller. I saw this book mentioned in a list of "books about books." I...more
Mar 29, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
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
Imperfect Birds
Imperfect Birds is about family and what happens when the life they are living is a lie. From the outside, this looks to be a perfect family, but look...more
Jan 23, 2011
Apr 13, 2010
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