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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
3.89
this book is a broken elegy to the north of england and a world of small shops, small communities, and simple habits that no longer exists. it's also...more
Jun 14, 2012
Oct 02, 2011
 
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
3.81
i wish i knew the conditions of the publishing of this book. it is so obvious that the book could have been much, much better with just some editing (...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
 
Annabel
3.81
*** SPOILERS, OF WHICH I HIDE ONLY THE MAJOR ONE ***

this book has great promise, mostly in the beautiful language, but i felt it (the book, not the pr...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
 
The Chronology of Water
4.15
this memoir is larger than life. lidia yuknavitch is larger than life. she is smart, funny, talented in about a thousand ways (she thinks the only thi...more
Mar 13, 2012
Apr 23, 2011
 
A Complicated Kindness
3.61
it was hard to let this book end. as the remaining pages dwindled and dwindled, i found more and more things to do instead of reading. maybe i should...more
Mar 11, 2012
Dec 30, 2008
 
A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy
4.24
i've read this book twice now, something i basically never do, and i can't get over what a rewarding read this is. it's simply a beautiful, beautiful...more
Dec 03, 2008
Nov 18, 2007
 
Fall on Your Knees
3.91
there are 17,636 ratings and 1,500 reviews of this book. if you want to see them all you have to scroll through eight hundred sixteen pages. i just no...more
May 2012
Dec 30, 2008
 
Saving Francesca
3.98
this is just about as good a novel about being a sad kid in australia as i have read, and if you think i'm being facetious i'll tell you that i've rea...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
 
Bitter in the Mouth
3.48
this book is simply fantastic. i consider it nothing short of a masterpiece. as i was reading it i kept thinking, how did she do it?

but she did it.

t...more
May 26, 2014
Nov 26, 2013
 
One Bloody Thing After Another
3.90
this book is perfect. i hadn't read a perfect book in quite some time and now i have. no, wait. Lord of Misrule is perfect too (though it's easier for...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 08, 2011
 
Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So
3.63
my rating is horribly harsh. so sorry, mark vonnegut. it's just that your memoir tells me nothing. it tells me a bit of what it's like to be psychotic...more
Dec 14, 2010
Nov 06, 2010
 
Carry Me Down
3.30
**spoiler alert** this book is a masterpiece, but i found it so disturbing that i can't possibly give it more than three [changed to four] subjective...more
Aug 06, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
 
The Flying Troutmans
3.67
i have this gr friend i won’t say their name and they read this book and told me jo you should read it it’s sort of like Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bon...more
Feb 24, 2012
Dec 29, 2008
 
Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir
4.07
there are many commendable things in this lesbian memoir, not least its unabashed lesbian focus. this is very much a story about making lesbian choice...more
Jun 04, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
 
The Virgin of Flames
3.66
i am blown away by this fantastic book. i tried to read it a few years ago but i wasn't in the right space and i found it too difficult. some of it is...more
Aug 07, 2012
Oct 20, 2009
 
Perfect Peace
4.20
i love this book. it's good storytelling, daring storytelling that mashes up race and gender and the politics of childhood in a really brave and inter...more
Jun 17, 2014
Dec 19, 2010
 
Iron River (Charlie Hood, #3)
3.53
i decided to keep track of all the books in which mentally ill mothers appear. i thought someone had to. the mentally ill mother doesn't have a big pa...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
In the Presence of the Enemy (Inspector Lynley, #8)
4.00
this is a well written, well paced, well developed mystery. elizabeth george sure likes to pack her stories with language (details details details), b...more
Dec 25, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
 
My New American Life
3.18
this was a daring idea -- american writer tries to inhabit the american dream of a recently-immigrated albanian woman. making the albanian a sassy 26-...more
May 31, 2011
May 10, 2011
 
The Last Child
4.05
two stars means "it was okay" so that's what i'm going to give this book, two stars, because it kept me engaged and entertained and it was okay, reall...more
Jun 18, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
The Risk Pool
3.98
i really should say that i read this book, because i'm only a fistful of pages to the end. i liked it while ned was a kid (the dynamics of growing up...more
Jul 31, 2010
Sep 22, 2007
 
Winter's Bone
3.93
i liked this very much and was sad sad sad that it ended, but the language -- beautiful, lyrical language -- got in the way of my attention. don't kno...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
Down to the Bone
3.92
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Dec 14, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
 
Unburnable: A Novel
3.79
None
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
 
The Boy Next Door
3.68
None
May 12, 2010
May 06, 2010
 
A Taste of Honey: Stories
3.92
None
Jul 26, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
 
Autobiography of Red
4.39
None
Aug 26, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
Evening Is the Whole Day
3.65
None
Jun 15, 2011
Dec 29, 2008
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.81
None
Sep 22, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism
3.79
None
Nov 10, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
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