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My Beloved World
A great read!! I would love to meet Sonia Sotomayor and sit down and talk with her.
She came from a poor, somewhat dysfunctional Puerto Rican family in...more
Mar 2014
Jan 18, 2014
Dr. Haggard's Disease
Another Patrick McGrath -- i really love this author -- who brings in lots of information you know he gathered in his childhood living on the grounds...more
Nov 28, 2009
Nov 28, 2009
Not So Quiet...
One thing that detracted from this book was that it was not well written. I found out in the lengthy "Afterword" that the author had used someone's le...more
Aug 2012
Sep 19, 2012
Intimacy: das Buch zum Film von Patrice Chéreau
What a sad, obnoxious, self centered man!! However, the book is well written so that this character really gets under your skin (or mine, at least!)

Jul 04, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
The Poisonwood Bible
I finally got over my annoyance with Barbara Kingsolver (for her holier than though book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" and decided to read this -- whic...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
Becoming Jane Eyre
I picked this up in the new releases section of the library. It looked intriguing -- and, indeed, it was.

Kohler presents a historical/biographical fic...more
Apr 30, 2010
May 01, 2010
A Free Life
I read this in conjunction with "The Man Who Loved China" -- really looking at the modern day Chinese immigrant and his/her experience.

You can tell fr...more
May 2013
Jun 28, 2013
The Street of a Thousand Blossoms
This was my "light" book as I also read the Kingsolver non-fiction. I had never read any of this author before -- but may seek out some more of her bo...more
Apr 2009
Apr 20, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird
I read this book years ago -- and just re-read it. It is a powerful book -- written in a fairly understated way!

At first read, the book is clearly abo...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
La's Orchestra Saves the World
This was the first of my Christmas gift books -- so I started it yesterday (Boxing Day!) It is by one of my favourite writers -- but very different fr...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
The Buddha in the Attic
An interesting read -- about a subject I had not previously thought about much before -- Japanese immigration into the USA. She starts by writing abou...more
Nov 2013
Nov 30, 2013
The Help
What an incredible book -- a different way of looking at racism and sexism in the early 1960s through the stories of primarily 3 women -- Aibileen, a...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
The Year of Pleasures
This was an okay book -- not terrible but not great either. A sort of "chick flick" kind of book. It was an easy read -- but very superficial -- altho...more
Apr 28, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
The Kiss
What an amazing, fascinating, horrendous book!! I could not put it down, yet at the same time had feelings of repulsion, revulsion and great sympathy...more
Nov 14, 2009
Nov 14, 2009
Kick the Tin
This is just a sad book written by an aboriginal woman who was part of the "lost generation" of aborigines -- taken away from their parents, often ill...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
The Last Lecture
I had heard a lot about both the last lecture and the book about it. The book was actually co-authored -- so it's hard to tell how much is the real Ra...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
A very interesting read -- at times overwhelming! O'Faolain uses the first part of the book to just dump much of her life's experiences. It may have b...more
Jun 20, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
The Road to Nab End
A great book told from th point of view of a young child growing up in a working class town, Blackburn, in Lancashire England. The family are all work...more
Sep 25, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
A Wolf at the Table
Well -- "A Wolf at The Table" really sums up Austen Burrough's feelings toward his father! You read this somewhat cathartic and hopefully therapeutic...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
The Piano Teacher
well this is not great literature -- but is a good read. The story goes back and forth between 1942/43 and 1952/53 with many of the same characters in...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Loving Frank
Several years ago, I took several architectural tours in Chicago -- and learned much about the famous architects there, the "Chicago School" and the t...more
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This was a great book -- very readable (depite lots of scientific "stuff"!) and hard to put down.

Henrietta Lacks was a poor, uneducated African Americ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
This was an amazing book -- very well written and made me very uncomfortable -- but impossible to put down.

It starts off as the journal of a man who o...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
The Lost Mother
I have never read any of McGarry Morris' books before -- but plan to seek them out.
This was a beuatifully written book about a family in Vermont durin...more
Oct 15, 2009
Oct 13, 2009
An American Childhood
I like Annie Dillard's style of writing -- complex and literary. I searched this book out at the library as I had read one of hers "The Mayfields" and...more
Nov 06, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
Proud Shoes
This was an interesting family history told by Paule Myrray, a founder of NOW (National Organization for Women.) She pays homage to her grandparents a...more
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
The Last Brother
This was a wonderfully sad book, yet full of hope.

Many will enjoy this lushly beautiful child's-eye tale of resistance to injustice simply as a fable...more
Mar 21, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
She's Come Undone
What a soap opera!! This book has a bit of everything that could happen in life in it -- happy little girl traumatized as she realizes dad is a wife b...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
The Awakening
I really liked this book -- written in the late 1890s and way ahead of its time. It was revived during the feminist movement of the 1960's.

Edna is a w...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Telex from Cuba
I enjoyed reading this book for the most part -- apparently based on many of Kushner's mother's experiences as she came of age in Cuba in the 1950s. I...more
Mar 05, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
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