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The White Tiger
Balram Halwai grew up in the Darkness -- the immense swath of rural India where the poor vastly outnumber the rich and where the right of the rich to ...more
Dec 05, 2008
May 06, 2008
Out Stealing Horses
I have a feeling this book may take root and blossom further within me over time, but for now, I must stop one star short of my top rating.

"Out Steali
Nov 2007
Aug 22, 2007
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)

I haven't had as much time for book reading lately, so it was sheer pleasure to have this page-turner to keep returning to. A financial charlatan, a s
Feb 23, 2009
Sep 19, 2008
Beautiful Ruins

I would never have suspected that a novel about a small town actress, a decrepit Italian hotel, an ambitious writer, a crass Hollywood producer and Ri
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
The Tenderness of Wolves
For what it's worth, this is the first book I've read since I joined Goodreads to which I've given five stars. So, at the risk of gushing, I'm telling ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 09, 2007
The White Lioness (Wallander, #3)
I'm only reviewing this one book, but I've read the entire detective series by Henning Mankell, and I am a huge fan. I first became aware of him after ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 30, 2007
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)

Kate Atkinson returns to form in the third book in her Jackson Brodie series. With her usual mix of strong mystery plot elements and finely drawn rela
Sep 30, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
This is a quietly beautiful book. I think most Americans -- and maybe others -- are suckers for well-told tales of small town life, even though small ...more
Jul 2005
Aug 06, 2007
The Last Lecture
I'm appending this with the review I wrote for my paper:

I read this because I am doing continuing coverage on
Mar 28, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
What a thoroughly enjoyable book!

When Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs sets out to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, you can guess you're going to ge
Oct 2007
Sep 12, 2007
Marilynne Robinson won great praise a couple years ago for "Gilead," and much was made of the fact that it had been 23 years since she had written her ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 31, 2007
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the notion of "flow" to describe the experience which we have all had -- but all too rarely for most of us -- of becom ...more
Mar 1998
Aug 21, 2007
The Photograph

Thank you, thank you, Penelope Lively. At a time when I really needed a good writer to tell a good story about real grown-ups dealing with real situat
Aug 26, 2008
Sep 04, 2007
City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8)
A South African mystery writer recently said this was the best crime book ever written. I have no way of verifying that, but it was very, very good. T ...more
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Mar 28, 2008
Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

This is a well-written polemic in favor of the safety of vaccines and the life-saving benefits they provide, and against those who oppose vaccines and
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
At first, this memoir seemed almost too painful to read.

I have witnessed firsthand the way in which clergy and church leaders can be stretched to the
Nov 2007
Oct 29, 2007
Back When We Were Grownups
I have only read about three of Anne's books, but in each case, I ended up feeling that she had delved deeply into my heart with lessons about life, l ...more
Jun 2003
Aug 20, 2007
A Man Called Ove
Before I give you my rave on this absolutely wonderful book, let me rant a bit. The fact that this book did not make any of the critics' best books or ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
Like "Brick Lane," this book allows us an intimate glimpse inside the life of an expatriate Muslim woman in London. But this heroine knew a life of ex ...more
Sep 2006
Jul 30, 2007
Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

This was an interesting and enlightening book, but, imho, it engaged in false advertising.

Timothy Brook, an Oxford scholar, uses five Johannes Vermeer
Feb 28, 2008
Dec 28, 2007
The Importance of Being Earnest
I think my take on Oscar Wilde plays is this: He is a man who wrote mildly amusing (really -- when was the last time you guffawed during a Wilde play? ...more
Jan 1998
Sep 11, 2007
Then We Came to the End

The first thing to say about this book is that no matter what else I think about the plot, the themes, the point of view, or any other aspect of this
Jun 21, 2008
Aug 27, 2007
After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

This is, hands down, one of the best books I've ever read.

Michael Hainey is a brilliant writer, and he has a fascinating story to tell that is made al
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
In the Kitchen
This may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I found this story to be at times absolutely excruciating -- and I couldn't put it down.

I got the book on
Aug 2009
Jul 17, 2009

I picked up this book because (a) it was short and (b) it won the Pulitzer Prize.


For my tastes, it was actually two books: one was a set of compe
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm
I loved the subject matter of this book, but about three chapters in, I decided it just had to go back to the library because the writing was driving ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 01, 2007
The Russian Debutante's Handbook
This book was a hoot. Shteyngart has a wonderful sense of the absurd, and his penchant for eccentric characters is the main selling point of this romp ...more
Sep 2003
Aug 17, 2007
The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
Despite some repetition and meandering in the writing, this book about the "white matter" in our brains by NIH scientist R. Douglas Fields is absolute ...more
Feb 20, 2010
Dec 15, 2009
The Myths of Happiness

I give this four stars not so much for the writing, but for the wisdom. Sonja Lyumomirsky has been a leader in the positive psychology movement, which
Jun 10, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
I put this book on my list primarily because of several rave reviews from Goodreads friends. I made it to page 79, but it's going back to the library ...more
Jul 03, 2008
Dec 28, 2007
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