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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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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 Goldfinch

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
Apr 08, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
The Echo Maker
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
Sep 2007
Aug 17, 2007
Gone Girl

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
Sep 10, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Independence Day
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
Istanbul Passage

All right, I'm officially a convert. This is my first experience of Joseph Kanon, and it was well worth it.

If you are going to write about the morall
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
All the Light We Cannot See

This beautiful novel is worth all the plaudits it has been getting, and most especially because it does not go for the obvious romantic ending, but mi
Aug 31, 2014
May 03, 2014
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
The Whiskey Rebels

Part potboiler, part history lesson, part financial treatise, part love story, part adventure tale, this highly entertaining novel by Goodreads author
Dec 23, 2008
Sep 30, 2008
Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)

I saw a reference to this book in a "Books of the Century" list and realized I hadn't ever read it or watched the TV movies with Glenn Close.

Here's w
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
Hangover Square

Patrick Hamilton is probably best known for two of his plays, "Rope" and "Gaslight," which became famous films. But "Hangover Square" (British slang f
Oct 2007
Sep 24, 2007
Radiant Days: A Novel

From its opening at an expatriates' party in Budapest to its bittersweet ending, "Radiant Days" is an admirable first novel, immersing the reader in t
Sep 2007
Sep 23, 2007
The Stolen Child

When I told friends that I was reading a fantastic novel about hobgoblins who steal children and replace the kidnapped kids with members of their own
Oct 25, 2012
Nov 06, 2007
Started Early, Took My Dog (Jackson Brodie, #4)

I greatly enjoyed this book, and I think, now that I've read my fourth Jackson Brodie novel, that I have finally figured out why I can never quite giv
Aug 28, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns


I won't give away the ending of this book, but to explain why I struggled with how to rate it, I have to explore some of the ma
Dec 16, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
The Death of Vishnu

I enjoyed this so much I'm tempted to run out and get the second part of the planned trilogy, "The Age of Shiva," right away, but it would have to go
Mar 30, 2008
Mar 25, 2008
The Sense of an Ending
I had so many points of resonance with this book that it almost seems wrong to call it fiction. Whether the protagonist was talking about the sexual m ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Oct 19, 2011
Straight Man

William Henry Deveraux Jr. is the interim chair of a completely divided English department at a second-rate university in central Pennsylvania. He has
Aug 16, 2010
Feb 16, 2008
The Reserve

I don't quite know why I wasn't able to give this a more enthusiastic review. The characters are interesting, the plot is inherently dramatic, I like
Jul 14, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
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