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We Need to Talk About Kevin
Gahh, Lionel Shriver, you don't shrink from the terrifying! I was absolutely pummeled by this book. Hannibal Lecter might write such a novel, the beau...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
I learned so much, from so many surprising twists and turns. The tone is at moments a little too gee-whiz; the diversions and many characters can be a...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
There's only so much Emo I can take. He's almost got a good thing going with how he handles the boy's grief. That feels real, and raw. But then he rui...more
Feb 2009
Apr 18, 2009
Half Broke Horses
The stories of her grandmother do indeed make a good book, but this account fell somewhat short for me in that it soon began to feel too shallow. It's...more
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Jul 09, 2010
The Road
I could not put this down until it was finished. I walked with the ruined man in our ruined world. His every choice and moment of reflection were mine...more
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Oct 30, 2010
The Bell Jar
Required reading for women, moms, writers, 20-somethings, and those prone to depression. Knockout, sharp prose. Read the conditions under which she fi...more
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Sep 20, 2008
What can't we see, maybe especially when it's right in front of us? I loved the many sides of Simon and Emily Bear as we see them in crisis, along wit...more
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Jun 08, 2011
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Disorienting at first, and since my Spanish is mal there were a lot of sentences that were lost on me. But great voices, funny, and haunting -- moreso...more
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Nov 30, 2008
The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas: Stories
This book came to us accidentally in an Amazon order, which is fitting, since Davey Rothbart is the author of "Found" magazine. I was looking for some...more
May 2009
Jun 06, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Fast, fun, funny, moving, educational story, told entirely through letters (and a few journal entries.) The story and characters are endearing, and pu...more
Dec 2009
Dec 31, 2009
Cutting for Stone
The medical parts are fascinating , as is the portion of the book based in Ethiopia, which includes political history and lush description taken from...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
Great House
Liked, but with reservations. Some of the thoughts the characters have I really liked -- and this is mainly a book about people having thoughts. As a...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Running in the Family
My stars belie the book's quality. It is hard to keep the story in one's mind, since it's told collage style. Also, the sentences are so gorgeous I fe...more
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Jul 06, 2010
I can't remember when I've read a book so fast. There is no unnecessary word in this novel -- each pulls you into this world and won't let go. An abso...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
Stupid Fast
Couldn't put it down! Sweet, weird, sad, funny, and with a great sense of place. I loved the characters and their ability to surprise, as well as thei...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
The Anthologist
Gorgeous, funny, and surprisingly informational. Paul Chowder is a poet trying to write the introduction to an anthology of poetry he has put together...more
Aug 10, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
The Ask
This book is aces. His use of language is a slap in the face -- the good kind.
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May 17, 2011
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
I would read anything by Wendy McClure. So many good insights here about girlhood, and specifically the particular magic of the Little House books. It...more
Nov 10, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
Beautifully, dreamily lyrical; the best of epic and intimate.
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Jul 06, 2010
Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide
Laughed a lot! Delightful, poignant, inspired. A fun read.
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Apr 28, 2012
Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic
An amazing story of the supernatural.
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Dec 01, 2008
The Flamethrowers
couldn't finish it
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Apr 13, 2014
Super Sad True Love Story
Scarily prescient. My only complaint is that The Rupture quickly becomes the most compelling part of the story, and so the coda is a letdown, because...more
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Jul 11, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The science was compelling, the human story heartbreaking. It also raised surprising, complex and unresolved questions about tissue ownership. An exce...more
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Mar 28, 2011
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Writing that appears effortless in its grace and economy. Characters who stay with you. I was especially thrilled by the last, title story, because it...more
Jun 08, 2011
May 02, 2011
Stumbling on Happiness
If you want to know how to make better decisions about what will make you happy in the future, talk to someone who is in that "other life" right now....more
Jun 06, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
The Middle Class Millionaire: The Rise of the New Rich and Their Outsized Influence on Our Values and Our Lives
The authors provided fascinating insights and observations backed up by hard data that really illuminated the real differences between middle-class an...more
Nov 30, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
Oliver Twist
Didn't love it, although its observations and descriptions are keen and timeless. Not sure I'll read more Dickens or not. Perhaps I chose the wrong on...more
Sep 12, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
This pretty much sums up how I felt about this book. So long, and so flat, like a big suburban sprawl to nowhere.
Jul 25, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Alternately breathtaking, moving, confounding, and frustrating. I would like to listen to it, or parts of it, through the Big Read project; this is o...more
Dec 04, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
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