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I received this from a First Reads giveaway. The author expresses her emotional trauma honestly and the murky path to self acceptance.
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
The Biology of Luck
** I received a copy of the book from First Reads. **

The cast of characters in this novel jumps off the pages. Each one brings vibrancy, wit, and groa...more
Nov 05, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
The Age of Miracles
was afraid at the beginning that the story would be overly gimmicky. to my delight, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. the characters were complicated and...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
Benediction (Plainsong, #3)
This book was a favorite for 2013. Wow! How fast can I get my hands on more of his novels?

Haruf has an amazing ability to write in a simple, straightf...more
May 06, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge
I received an ARC through First Reads.

In this compilation of short stories, Orner writes stories that is one paragraph in length, and others that are...more
Sep 19, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Adelle's take on both men and women in this short novel is depressing and accurate. The men manage to be completely self-indulging and self-involved,...more
May 25, 2014
May 23, 2014
The Darlings
I received an Advanced Uncorrected Proof version of this book from

This isn't the normal type of novel that I am drawn to. It's a straig...more
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
A Beautiful Truth
**I received this book through First Reads.**

"...she began to see beauty in all those things we try to run away from. There was beauty in the loss of...more
Sep 11, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
This book broke my heart. It is one of the most beautifully written stories I've ever read. I will read and reread and reread this book for years to c...more
Jun 12, 2013
May 18, 2013
The Almond Tree
**I won this book through First Reads. **

Often likened to The Kite Runner in style, this is a novel that provides insight into the Israeli-Palestinian...more
Dec 07, 2013
Nov 02, 2013
A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America
***Won from First Reads***

At the end of this book, I was glad that I had read it. My parents live in Arizona and I live in New York Cit...more
Dec 28, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
I don't normally comment on a book before I've it, but at 2/3 the way through, I feel compelled to encourage others to read this one. Gourevitch does...more
May 05, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Let the Great World Spin
The book takes place when New York City provided a rough backdrop for daily life: Crime and drug abuse had far-reaching effects on the streets and in...more
Nov 09, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
The Actress
*Received from First Reads on*

The Actress is an uninspiring story about an aspiring actress who falls in love with a complicated older...more
Sep 2014
Jul 07, 2014
White Man's Grave
I wonder if this author knows what subtlety means? He bashed me over the head page after page describing the hyperinflation of his character's egos. I...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
Kinder Than Solitude
**I received this book from First Reads.

This lovely and sorrowful tale is about three friends whose lives change because of a neighbor's poisoning. Th...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
The Devil's Highway: A True Story
I want to give this book 5 stars, because the story and comments are very powerful. Yet the writing itself is a bit wonky... too conversational in par...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
This book reminded me of the marriage plot (not a compliment). But instead of angsty teenagers, it deals with infantile middle aged adults. Who could...more
May 09, 2013
May 07, 2013
The Panopticon
I would give this book 4.5 stars, so since this is her first novel I rounded up. Beautiful coming-of-age story of an orphan that has to get through he...more
Jun 03, 2013
May 30, 2013
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
***Won from Goodreads First Reads***

Katherine Boo's writing about the lives of Annawadians is breath-taking. This book lets the reader understand the...more
Jan 14, 2012
Nov 07, 2011
The Marriage Plot
I wouldn't have finished this book if I hadn't promised Aaron that I would so we could discuss it. I also might have given it 2 stars, but I read an i...more
Apr 21, 2012
Jul 26, 2011
American Gods
Didn't hate or love this book, it just didn't hook me. If it were 300 pages, I may have trundled through. But at 560 pages, I'm moving on.
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
I most loved his stories, but my appreciation of his stories was enhanced by his explanations of his daily challenges.
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
The Good Lord Bird
I was set on giving this book a disappointing 3 stars, until I read over 3/4 of the book. The ending alone was worth the read.
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
This is a very insightful and honest novel about race and racism in the US and, to a lesser depth, Europe. Read it with a listening mind. I loved Adic...more
Jul 22, 2013
May 08, 2013
Me Talk Pretty One Day
I don't think I got past 30 pages. Yawn.
not set
Nov 13, 2011
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Not a great recommendation from Aaron. Womanizers just aren't my favorite main characters.
Aug 30, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
The Lonely Polygamist
Entertaining, but I couldn't call it a good book.
not set
Aug 12, 2011
We Are Called to Rise
I received this book from First Reads.

Excellent novel. The author weaves the lives of unrelated characters who each experience hurtful life-changing...more
Aug 25, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
The Folded Earth
Not nearly as good as her first novel. This story jumps around between characters for long stretches that left me unsatisfied. Sometimes extra charact...more
Jun 23, 2013
May 02, 2012
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