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The Art of Arranging Flowers
3.79
There are writers who tell a great story, and writers who put together wonderful sentences. There are my favorite writers, who do both. Lynne Branard ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
The All You Can Dream Buffet
3.88
Luscious! The All You Can Dream Buffet tantalizes, tempts, seduces--and satiates. Not since reading The Lost Recipe for Happiness have I loved one of ...more
Mar 03, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
 
Uprooted
4.23
Miss Em feels the wonder she first felt upon reading Novik’s Temeraire: the joy of finding a new take on old tropes, but even more, the satisfaction o ...more
not set
May 18, 2015
 
The Sea Garden
3.46
This book is full of relationships; it's a continuation of the saga that began years and years ago with the story of the Navy families, and I don't wo ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2013
 
Death and Resurrection
3.76
It was great. The only reason I marked it 4 instead of 5 stars is because it seemed more like linked short stories than a novel. I enjoyed the writing ...more
not set
Dec 15, 2011
 
Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
3.60
Anne Mah's food writing sings! This foodie memoir about France never falters when reminiscing about the food, Paris, people, and countryside of France ...more
Sep 28, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
 
Beyond Willpower: The Secret Principle to Achieving Success in Life, Love, and Happiness
3.84
Beyond Willpower

preaches to the choir, but it could have been an evangelist.

Short take: the book gets 3 stars, the author’s program, 4 stars. If you d
...more
Feb 25, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
 
Tracker (Foreigner, #16)
4.33
This long-running series is so wonderful--start with Foreigner. Unexpected actions in the heavens mean Bren does not get much of a rest after securing ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 25, 2015
 
The Little Paris Bookshop
3.65
The Little Paris Bookshop is a bookseller's dream- a book of great appeal to fellow booksellers, librarians, and book lovers all. A quest for lost lov ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2015
 
Mean Streak
4.01
Mean Streak


Perfect for fans of romantic suspense, Mean Streak will be a four star for many of her fans. It is a total romance fantasy, with a kidnappi
...more
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
 
The Dust of 100 Dogs
3.62
Amazing book! Love the author's take on things, especially the "asides" chapters that explain life from a dog's perspective. It's being marketed as YA ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
 
A Crown for Cold Silver
3.64
"Winter in the north is liable to make a grumpy panther of anyone..." Sometimes a voice is so powerful, so intriguing, you'll follow it anywhere. Thou ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2015
 
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
4.03
One might assume from the title that this nonfiction book by the author of the award-winning novel “Bel Canto,” is a memoir of her marriage. She is ha ...more
not set
May 18, 2015
 
The Word Exchange
3.33
Dear reader, I wanted to hate this book—in addition to the first person narration, it’s a concept book! Word flu. Alice in Wonderland. And a nerdy rom ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
Footsteps in the Sky
3.45
The intriguing thing about this novel is that it places some Hopi/Pueblo lore at the center of a space drama, utilizing the tropes of invaders vs. col ...more
May 24, 2015
May 28, 2015
 
Child of a Hidden Sea (Hidden Sea Tales, #1)
3.51
"One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she find ...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
The Witch of Little Italy
3.70
Well, I highly recommend The Witch of Little Italy. Though it started off slowly for me, by the time I was 20 pages in, I was committed, and by halfwa ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
 
Bon Appetempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!)
3.53
I liked this book more than I expected and as much as I had hoped. Bon Appetempt lives up to the quiet humor of the title. It’s a satisfying home-cook ...more
Feb 02, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
 
Her Name Is Rose: A Novel
3.53
Look no further for a Mother’s Day or graduation gift, or a special treat for yourself. There’s a space in Irish women’s fiction right between wise Ma ...more
Apr 11, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
 
The Peripheral
3.96
Wow and wow again. Gibson has delighted and surprised. The street-smart voice and savvy of his earlier work is back, coupled with the insight and utte ...more
Jul 2015
Jul 31, 2014
 
The Heart Has Its Reasons
3.24
Sure wish there were half stars. 3.5
Maria Duenas’ second novel to appear in translation, The Heart Has Its Reasons, is dramatic in a different way fro
...more
Nov 11, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
 
The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)
3.78
The Forbidden Library is lovely. Miss Em looked forward to it with anticipation and a bit of trepidation; Django Wexler wrote her favorite new adult s ...more
May 13, 2014
Nov 26, 2013
 
The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man
3.61
I wish everyone would read this book. It’s a well-researched popular science overview of the current climate picture and the history of mass extinctio ...more
Mar 16, 2015
Mar 17, 2015
 
The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns, #1)
4.05
A curst good book! After 513 pages, I was both blessing and cursing Django Wexler. Like David Drake, Eric Flint, and David Eddings, he can write likea ...more
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
 
The Sea Without a Shore (Lt. Leary, #10)
3.89
I do love David Drake and I do love this series, though it's hard to explain why sometimes. Short take for fans: this is one of the better ones. If yo ...more
May 06, 2014
May 06, 2014
 
Shaman Rises (Walker Papers, #9)
4.24
Wow. A fitting end to the series. Dear reader, I did cry. Joanne Walker, reluctant shaman, rises to the occasion once again. C. E. Murphy provides a c ...more
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
 
Honeymoon Hotel
3.65
Hester Browne has done it again--the perfect chick-lit, Valentine flick of a book to bring a smile to your face and a warm glow inside. Rosie works as ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
 
The Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns, #2)
4.15
I liked it. Not quite as much action as the first book, more politics and revolution--very good for establishing character, not so much if you don't c ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Nov 26, 2013
 
Grave Matters (Night Owls, #2)
3.85
A solid second entry in the series. I like that there's a spread of ages--that is what it's like with a bookstore crew. Touches of humor leaven the da ...more
Feb 26, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
 
The Night Garden
3.36
The Night Garden is a magical book, and Lisa Van Allen writes beautifully, lyrically, lovingly—my favorite kind of writing. The book is being touted f ...more
Oct 06, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
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