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The Shoemaker's Wife
I appreciated the book more after listening to the author's explanation in the afterword. She patterned her tale after her grandparents' own story, bu ...more
Feb 02, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
The Lost Years
I was asked to read this by someone at my library, who wanted a 'review' before the book went on the shelf. That said, I was skeptical about Clark's h ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 30, 2012
The Things a Brother Knows
The story of a young man newly home from the Middle East, seemingly withdrawn from his family and the world, and his family's denial of and then their ...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
Sundays at Tiffany's
A total disappointment, especially after his other two romances (Sam's Letters and Suzanne's Diary), each of which were realistically and sensitively ...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
The Book Thief
Gives young Americans a different, and sympathetic, perspective on life during WWII. It depicts daily living in Nazi Germany through the eyes of a dis ...more
Jan 2007
Apr 04, 2009
The Graveyard Book
I loved, loved, LOVED the author's reading of this audiobook! I didn't realize that Neil Gaiman was the narrator and checked to see who was doing such ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
American Wife
I liked the book. True, I listened to it rather than read it, but I soon jumped into the car in the mornings eager to continue the story. The main cha ...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
The World According to Bertie (44 Scotland Street, #4)
I absolutely love the 44 Scotland Street series, even though it is not my usual genre. McCall Smith (that is how his books are catalogued) has a delig ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
The Midwife's Revolt
Not terrible, but not great. I was disappointed in a few historical inaccuracies, e.g. a fear of infection during childbirth, which was not understood ...more
Feb 02, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
Very Valentine
I wanted something light to read on a trip and wasn't disappointed! While some reviews complained about the detail that Trigiani added throughout the ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
Dare Me
A book about high school cheerleaders, this seemed too cliched to finish. A coach who allows cheerleaders to smoke, who takes them to her home and let ...more
May 03, 2013
May 06, 2013
The Running Dream
For a YA book, I thought this was super, especially for girls who run track; there are not many female athlete books out there. Not only did it captur ...more
Apr 27, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
The God of Animals
An engaging, powerful book. My life is as far from a horse ranch as possible, but I was mesmerized by the plot, the characters, the emotions, the situ ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 26, 2009
The Princess of Las Pulgas
A good high school (primarily) girls' book, this book deals with the death of a parent as well as the reluctant move to a new, less affluent town and ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley, #5)
This was my first Eliz. George book, which I read on a long trip to Texas, and I loved it! From this book on, I read them in order and have enjoyed th ...more
Jan 1993
Apr 04, 2009
The Wednesday Letters
**spoiler alert** This was a waste of time, except that I had a broken foot when I read it out of sheer boredom. I kept thinking it would get better, ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
Piece Of My Heart (Inspector Banks, #16)
I love all of Peter Robinson's books. Set in Yorkshire, they give a real glimpse into life there while they flesh out the main characters in the local ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
The Time Traveler's Wife
**spoiler alert** I was largely disappointed in this book, although I found it engaging. I listened to a recorded version, so perhaps an actual readin ...more
Jul 26, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
Playing With Fire (Inspector Banks, #14)
Although I have read all the books in the series up to this one, Playing With Fire kept me reading into the night on several occasions and I thoroughl ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Water for Elephants
After all the hoopla from press and my friends, I finally started this book. I am not a circus fan (sorry, father-in-law), but I was prepared to liste ...more
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
The End of Everything
**spoiler alert** Excellent treatment of a missing young teenage girl, through her best friend's eyes, until the end! I was disappointed with the rati ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Amazing book -- laugh out loud funny while telling a very serious and at times disturbing tale that was repeated all too often in the South not long a ...more
Jun 1991
Apr 18, 2009
Fly Away Home
I listened to this book on a long road trip and thought it was a perfect chick lit choice. An interesting premise -- the 'wronged' wife of a politicia ...more
Dec 13, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
My Sister's Keeper
**spoiler alert** A real thought-provoker. I liked how Piccoult showed the situation from all sides, literally. It kept me reading. The end seemed gim ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 05, 2009
This captures the nostalgia that former football players feel for their coach and their school. Coming from a true football town, I appreciated that. ...more
Oct 2007
Apr 21, 2009
I loved the language . . . "she was a mediocre mermaid" swimming with "her merman." The plot was gruesome; the accepted analysis of 'sick old man' gav ...more
May 06, 2010
May 03, 2010
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
An unsettling book that is sadly a mirror of the lives of many children in this country. Told without emotion, it details the lives of the Walls child ...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
The Center Of Everything
Set in the '80s and '90s, this book follows a young underprivileged Midwestern girl from late elementary school through high school. Raised by a singl ...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Yes, I read it ... to see what all the buzz was about and to see if it was as good/terrible as people said. I thought it was ok ... a fairy tale plot ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
Bel Canto
One of the best audiobook readings I have heard! Anna Fields blended various accents with just the right ironic tone to make this book -- and the many ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
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