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The Liar Society (The Liar Society, #1)
3.81
Clear space on your bookshelf for your next favorite when THE LIAR SOCIETY hits the stores and libraries next spring. It's everything you want a YA my ...more
Oct 08, 2010
May 25, 2010
 
The Pregnant Widow
3.05
Argh, this book. So many gorgeous sentences and painfully funny lines, and it's as sharply observed as any of my MA favorites, but -- sometimes TPW go ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 05, 2010
 
Bad Marie
3.44
pure pleasure even if you're reading with one eye closed and cringing from what she might do next.
Dec 04, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
 
The Position
3.27
The premise of this book is so hugely comic that i was ready for anything. I love Wolitzer, whose fiction can elicit complicated reaction-- you are la ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
 
How I Live Now
3.59
Had to add this book to GR shelf-- every time i see it my shelf it inspires me. such an emotionally wrenching dystopia and unlike anything else I'd re ...more
Oct 2004
Sep 09, 2010
 
Every Day (Every Day, #1)
4.00
What a spectacular book. I've read a lot of books by DL and I think this is his best. Beautiful concept, perfectly executed.
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
 
The Chocolate War (Chocolate War, #1)
3.47
Thirty-five years later (and 27 years after I read it for the first time) this book doesn't pull one false punch. Archie Costello is a villain for the ...more
Sep 28, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
 
Just Kids
4.12
Outside the near-perfect rearview images Patti Smith gives of her life in NYC forty-odd years ago, what really strikes me about the book was how brave ...more
May 24, 2010
May 24, 2010
 
Going Bovine
3.65
What amazed me most about Going Bovine, outside of the mastery of voice (and getting Cameron pitch-perfect is critical to this novel's success) is jus ...more
Feb 05, 2010
May 01, 2010
 
Keith Haring Journals
4.08
Since i am not feeling very inspired right now, am going to go with the catch-word of the month "meh" to describe what starts in '77 as an astounding ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
 
A Widow's Story
3.66
JCO is the meryl streep of literature and I am always awed by the was she slips into so many different, pitch-perfect narrative identities. her talent ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
 
Give Up the Ghost
3.54
This was a very clever, nuanced ghost story. As someone who loves to read (countless) and has also written (a few) ghost stories, this plot was carefu ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
 
Life
3.82
Up till now, the definitive insie bio on Keith Richards was a salacious Tony Sanchez book back in the early eighties, that my brother and I loved beca ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
 
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
4.04
So far, despite an outlandish premise, this book is tailor-made to everything I ever enjoy in psychological detective novels.

There's a pace here that
...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
 
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
3.16
**spoiler alert** Bender is a perfect last name for this author considering her inimitable writing style that seems so effortlessly flexible for a gen ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
 
Punkzilla
3.52
Punkzilla is a really great ride across the country, but don't be fooled, it's not a straight road trip story. The voice is so sharp and fierce and fu ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
Owl in Love
3.69
read this years ago and just pulled it out to reread because it's so haunting. The voice is quirky, almost bizarre, but charming, and the magical real ...more
Jan 15, 1996
Jun 06, 2010
 
The Grass is Singing
3.80
Reread this twenty years later and it's still a knockout punch, all the more incredible for the fact that DL was ridiculously young, and that this was ...more
Mar 24, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
 
The Dollhouse Murders
3.93
So I had been speaking with my friend about this book and then found it on my bookshelf, and just gave it a reread-- what a crazy tale. The bizarre, t ...more
Jan 15, 1985
Jul 23, 2010
 
How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story
3.32
I devoured this book, it was a little bit like reading from my own journal if I'd kept one back in the day. A fierce and fragile, wry and charming gra ...more
Jan 15, 2010
Apr 02, 2010
 
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
4.05
This was such a charming memoir. More fun in the beginning, when the wacky parents are around. You can see the connection between unconventional upbri ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Apr 11, 2010
 
An Object of Beauty
3.52
Intelligent and vastly interesting in its topic, bloodless characters where I wouldn't have minded more emotional pull. Cagey one liners and sharp obs ...more
Dec 28, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
 
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
3.90
I'm always excited to read a debut novel, especially in YA which is also my field, and most especially a young voice, because it is so notably authent ...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
 
Sweethearts
3.64
Every single sentence of this book is so perfectly weighted and so well written that you can fly through it almost like you're in a dream, except that ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
 
The Privileges
3.25
Haven't enjoyed a first page more all year, what masterful writing. But why would a writer of such exciting talent, who can conjure up such precise tu ...more
Apr 14, 2010
Apr 21, 2010
 
Pure Sunshine
3.51
Read this a while ago but just saw it my bookshelf, and feel remiss not to have it in my Goodreads library, because I loved it so much. A gorgeous, st ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
 
Once Was Lost
3.69
Sara Zarr is a thoughtful, elegant writer who finds such exquisite truths and beauty in small moments while not shying from the full punch of Big ques ...more
May 21, 2011
May 21, 2011
 
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
3.84
learned a lot from this book.
Jun 15, 2008
Nov 17, 2010
 
Family
3.22
Whether you're dipping in unfamiliar or obsessively familiar with the Manson family murders, any reader will be fascinated by the artistry of this nov ...more
May 30, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
 
Third Girl (Hercule Poirot, #35)
3.58
it was on a shelf of the house we're renting on vacation in fire island, and it's a wonderful timepiece but it's so goofy-- it does give anyone who re ...more
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
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