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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this story of a woman's cancer cells which have formed the basis of so many discoveries in modern medicine, as well as the st ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
Cutting for Stone
it was amazing
I think I am one of the last to read this; I had caught the exasperation in Ann's voice on one of the recent podcasts about those among us who had not ...more
Sep 2011
Nov 26, 2010
The Bee-Loud Glade
really liked it
Steve Himmer's debut novel, The Bee Loud Glade is a beautifully written story about a man who is hired to become a mute hermit while living among the ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
A Novel Bookstore
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I sped through this great French novel which left me somewhat unsatisfied at the end. The premise of the main part of the story can ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
Sixkill (Spenser, #39)
liked it
Sadly, this is the last Spenser book written by the late Robert B. Parker. I have read the entire series starting over 20 years ago, and this installm ...more
not set
May 22, 2011
The Cruelest Month (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #3)
liked it
As always, I enjoyed this mystery set in Three Pines, a small village outside of Montreal. Though it seems to have more than its share of murder for s ...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
Before You Know Kindness
really liked it
I had started this last fall and put it down to read other book group "required" reading. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, although at time ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
Great Expectations
it was amazing
Finished this second half of Oprah's Dickens' selections just in time for book group tonight. I loved Great Expectations as much as I loved Tale of Tw ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
Turn of Mind
really liked it
Turn of Mind is a wonderful debut novel told from the point of view of an orthopedic surgeon stricken with Alzheimer's disease. Alice LaPlante seems t ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
really liked it
I enjoyed rereading this story of Savannah, Georgia and a murder for one of my book groups. It is so well-written and the characters are very engaging ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Secrets of Eden
liked it
I am just going to say it...Chris Bohjalian is one of my favorite authors. I have loved MIDWIVES forever and this is the fourth book of his that I hav ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum #17)
liked it
Fun characters to spend a lazy afternoon with, Stephanie Plum and her family, boyfriends and business associates are back. Her mother is trying to fix ...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
84, Charing Cross Road
liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this charming exchange of letters regarding old books, between a New York writer and a British book shop worker. It is also very to ...more
Jul 28, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Williams well-written novel about a young man growing up, leaving a farm and becoming a college profes ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 14, 2011
Girls in White Dresses
liked it
Quick, enjoyable read for a rainy afternoon, this is a story of a group of friends and the decade after college graduation. They struggle with jobs, b ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
A Tale of Two Cities
it was amazing
Finished this Half of The Oprah Edition for book club sometime in the last 2 weeks. I loved A Tale of Two Cities, after I got used to Dickens wordy st ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 03, 2011
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
liked it
Received this as an ARC through I really enjoy this series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the village of Three Pines. This t ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I really did, but while I think it was well-written with important messages and themes about our how we live our li ...more
May 28, 2011
May 06, 2011
A Good Hard Look
liked it
A Look at Small Town Life
Flannery O'Connor was a Southern novelist and short story writer who had moved up North to live and write. She returns home t
Mar 2011
Apr 13, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
it was ok
This award winning novel did not "grab" me as it has many others. I enjoyed most of the stories separately, but had a hard time putting them all toget ...more
May 13, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
Wayward Saints
it was ok
I received an ARC from and was not paid to review it. This is a "going home again" story about a middle age rocker who has seen and don ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Girls #2)
liked it
This sequel to Shanghai Girls is very well written and continues the story of Pearl, May and Joy as well as the changes that took place in China durin ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
liked it
This is translated from the German and is told from the point of view of an overbearing, always correct mother who becomes a grandmother. She always n ...more
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
liked it
Read this novel set in the 1920's during Prohibition about the rise of Spiritualism in some of the nation's most famous universities. It follows the s ...more
Dec 2011
Nov 22, 2011
The Maltese Falcon
really liked it
Liked, not loved it.... I can appreciate the incredibly detailed and descriptive language that Hammett used which makes you easily see in your mind's ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
Kings of the Earth
really liked it
This story of brothers from rural upstate New York really resonated with me and will surely resonate with others. Jon Clinch captures a time and a pla ...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
South of Superior
liked it
I read this as an ARC that i received from the publisher. I would have given it 3 1/2 stars if that was an option. I really enjoyed this small town st ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
Robert B. Parker's Killing The Blues (Jesse Stone, #10)
it was ok
The Jesse Stone series, created by the late Robert B. Parker is now in the capable hands of Michael Brandman. I am not a big fan of author's writing o ...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 24, 2011
House Arrest
liked it
This is a very interesting portrayal of an ethical dilemma invvolving religious beliefs, best interests of society, as well as best interests of child ...more
Jun 05, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Fade to White (A Ski Diva Mystery, #2)
liked it
Enjoyed this second in the series about Stacey Curtis who gets involved with murders in her small Vermont ski town. The author, Wendy Clinch very well ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
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