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The White Tiger
3.69
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
3.77
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
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Nov 2007
Aug 22, 2007
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.06

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
...more
Feb 23, 2009
Sep 19, 2008
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.69

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
...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
 
The Tenderness of Wolves
3.71
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 Last Lecture
4.23
I'm appending this with the review I wrote for my paper: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08097/...

I read this because I am doing continuing coverage on
...more
Mar 28, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
 
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
3.94
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
 
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
3.95

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
...more
Sep 30, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
 
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
3.76
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
...more
Oct 2007
Sep 12, 2007
 
The White Lioness (Wallander, #3)
3.81
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
 
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
4.08
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
 
Housekeeping
3.83
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
 
The Photograph
3.26

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
...more
Aug 26, 2008
Sep 04, 2007
 
City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8)
3.98
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
 
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
4.15
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
...more
Nov 2007
Oct 29, 2007
 
Back When We Were Grownups
3.48
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
 
Minaret
3.53
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
3.73

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

Timothy Brook, an Oxford scholar, uses five Johannes Vermeer
...more
Feb 28, 2008
Dec 28, 2007
 
After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story
3.69

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
...more
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
 
In the Kitchen
2.68
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
...more
Aug 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
The Russian Debutante's Handbook
3.50
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 Echo Maker
3.34
SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT: I'm not giving away the ending here, but the following does give away some of the plot developments.

This won the National Book A
...more
Sep 2007
Aug 17, 2007
 
The Goldfinch
3.88

Let's start with the obvious. Donna Tartt is a brilliant writer, with an autodidact's ability to teach you about everything from antique furniture to
...more
Apr 08, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
 
Slave Ship
3.97
Like many other overwhelming catastrophes -- the Holocaust, AIDS, the persistence of poverty -- America's history as a slave-owning nation is so hard ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 29, 2007
 
The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
4.09
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
 
American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon
3.84
Jesus was a masterful Jewish rabbi, many will agree. He was the Messiah, many others will assert. But for others in the long and polyglot religious hi ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
 
Gone Girl
3.95

Well, I think, so this is what all the fuss was about, after I became completely intertwined with two characters whom I didn't think I really wanted t
...more
Sep 10, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
 
Field of Blood (Paddy Meehan, #1)
3.82
Denise Mina is a hot new Scottish mystery writer. I was drawn to this book partly because the protagonist works in a seedy newsroom at a second-rate n ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 31, 2007
 
Independence Day
3.84
I'm already getting ready for the brickbats on this one, but after reading more than one glowing review of Richard Ford's work, I tackled this one fir ...more
Jan 2000
Sep 05, 2007
 
Night
4.26

I have read many Holocaust memoirs, but somehow had never gotten around to this short, powerful book by Elie Wiesel. It tells of his family's deportat
...more
May 2014
May 01, 2014
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