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How to Bake a Perfect Life
3.88
really liked it
How to Bake a Perfect Life A Novel by Barbara O'Neal
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal is the perfect recipe for an enjoyable read. Ramona Gallagher has weathered everything from becoming a s
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Mar 2011
Mar 19, 2011
 
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
3.71
liked it
If you've read Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland, then you've learned that this novel is set in the New York studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany, an ...more
not set
Sep 14, 2011
 
The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen, #2)
4.06
really liked it
The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens is the second in the Graveyard Queen series. It’s a wonderfully creepy Southern Gothic story that follows Amelia Gray, a ...more
not set
May 23, 2012
 
The Paris Wife
3.79
really liked it
The discussion overall was well rounded. Plenty to talk about with this book from discussion of Hemingway's Life and Death including a discussion of A ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Aug 17, 2011
 
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
3.92
Published in 2015, Trigger Warning is the third collection of short stories from writer Neil Gaiman. The book is comprised of traditional short storie ...more
not set
May 17, 2017
 
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
4.13
Don't look too hard at the original publication date on this book, it is as relevant today as it was back in the eighties.  It chronicles the beginnin ...more
not set
May 17, 2017
 
Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak
4.05
really liked it
How does a small market baseball team compete in the post Moneyball era? The Pittsburgh Pirates, unlike the Cubs who were able to supplement their re- ...more
not set
May 10, 2017
 
Graveminder (Graveminder, #1)
3.48
really liked it
If you like quirky fiction with supernatural tones, try this book. Rebekkah Barrow spent her teenage years in the small town of Claysville, living wit ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 03, 2011
 
Safe Haven
4.19
really liked it
Nicholas Sparks fans are rewarded again with a new novel that tugs on the heartstrings. This latest offering centers around a mysterious new woman in ...more
Nov 20, 2010
Mar 19, 2011
 
All American Boys
4.30
What would you do if you witnessed a brutal beating by your best friend’s brother? That’s exactly what Quinn faces when when witnessing a classmate of ...more
not set
May 10, 2017
 
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero
4.25
really liked it
Born was in a well-to-do family in Ireland, Thomas Francis Meagher did not have to become a revolutionary. Feeling great empathy toward the plight of ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 22, 2016
 
My Fellow Americans
3.60
liked it
There are almost always mixed ratings in our group - often because there is such a range of mystery/suspense styles. Readers who don't like conspiracy ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Nov 09, 2011
 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
4.00
liked it
Former marine and Yale Law School graduate, J.D. Vance, recounts the struggles of growing up poor in a Rust Belt town in Ohio and rural Appalachian Ke ...more
not set
May 17, 2017
 
Driftwood
3.21
"Twenty-Seven year old Clem Jasper is drifting through life aimlessly without a purpose when her famous rock star father dies suddenly. Before his dea ...more
not set
May 16, 2017
 
Pretty Birds
3.81
really liked it
We had a very interesting discussion about this book and all felt it lended itself well to a book discussion. The characters were all interesting and ...more
Mar 03, 2010
Nov 23, 2009
 
Solstice Wood (Winter Rose, #2)
3.73
liked it
In the beginning, there was a strong desire to read but by the middle of the story, the momentum began to falter. Just about everyone in the group fou ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
Go Tell It on the Mountain
3.99
liked it
This was starred using an average of the readers who loved it and said nice things such "Fascinating" and the readers who weren't as fond of it. One r ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Nov 23, 2009
 
A Man Called Ove
4.34
A heartwarming story about a man who found family in the most unlikely people. While Ove could be considered an angry man, he was mainly heartbroken, ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2017
 
Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska
3.96
really liked it
We really liked this book but also felt that the editor could have pared down some of the descriptions. It's really hard to imagine sending your kids ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Nov 23, 2009
 
Jar City (Inspector Erlendur #3)
3.80
really liked it
Our Mystery Readers Group agreed that Jar City was a good police procedural. They enjoyed the setting and the look at the culture in Iceland, but not ...more
Jun 17, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Miranda's Vines
2.95
did not like it
We struggled our way through this book, finding the characters wooden & unlikeable. The author relied on stereotypes and there were many developme ...more
Jul 11, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
 
My Losing Season: A Memoir
3.85
it was ok
We just finished this one for February Books and Bites. Wow! What a tough read but we liked it. It seemed to be more of a character study than a memoi ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Nov 23, 2009
 
The Camel Bookmobile
3.35
really liked it
Books and Bites just met this morning and had a wonderful time discussing this book. It contains great character analysis, the setting is interesting ...more
Aug 04, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
 
Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
3.81
liked it
All of the Mystery Readers group (at least the ones who attended the discussion on September 23rd)seemed to like the setting of this mystery(Venice), ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Jul 27, 2010
 
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
4.10
A awarding graphic novel about Hurricane Katrina, depicting heroic acts of selflessness and courage alongside the brutality of racism, criminality, an ...more
Jan 2017
Jan 07, 2017
 
From Here to Eternity
4.09
it was amazing
Although the size is daunting, the book is worth reading. Books Worth Talking About just met and had two veterans present & their comments were th ...more
Jun 16, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
 
A Darker Shade of Crimson (Ivy League, #1)
3.67
really liked it
Our group pointed out some "first-time author" problems - some action that didn't exactly line up and too many crimes going on - but for the most part ...more
Feb 17, 2011
Dec 08, 2010
 
Presumed Innocent (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #1)
4.09
really liked it
Overall, everyone agreed that this was good choice. There was a lively discussion debating the merits of the victim (& whether she truly was a vic ...more
Apr 14, 2011
Dec 08, 2010
 
Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
4.06
really liked it
The group loved this book. It has charm and warmth due to it's Southern setting as opposed to Alice Hoffman's books set in New England but has a simil ...more
Oct 07, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
Cooking and Screaming: Finding My Own Recipe for Recovery
3.58
really liked it
We really were inspired by the author's way of viewing life after a traumatic medical event that changed everything for her. Kudos as well to her boyf ...more
Jan 05, 2011
Nov 17, 2010
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