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The Care and Management of Lies
Historical Fiction about WWI. The tone of this book was odd and slightly off. The beginning of the novel (before WWI commences) was pastoral and had a ...more
May 17, 2014
May 11, 2014
Death Is Not an Option
I loved this book. I read an interview with the author in which she stated the stories were about disaffected Catholic Midwesterners which may be why ...more
Jul 13, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
Historical examination of the rise of the conservative right of the Republic party from January 1973 through the the Republican National Convention in ...more
Jul 19, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
My Real Children
Quick read in the alternate history read that is light on the alternate history angle. Walton plays with the alternate history genre but offering not ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
This wasn't a book I was planning to read, but I was intrigued by all the rave reviews so I decided to try it. I can see a lot of people loving this b ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
More Room in a Broken Heart: The True Adventures of Carly Simon
I began reading this biography and gave up and skimmed most of it. My problem is that the author is a very poor stylist. He writes of Carly Simon's bi ...more
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Dec 19, 2011
Three Wishes: Our True Story of Good Friends, Bad Odds, Crushing Heartbreak, and One Little Thing That Inspired a Lot of Happiness
My main problem with this book is that all 3 women wrote in the same style and it was hard to distinguish one author's voice from another (perhaps thi ...more
May 27, 2010
Mar 26, 2010
Something Real
**spoiler alert** Realistic YA. I find reality TV fascinating even though I rarely watch it; why do people want their private lives filmed and shown t ...more
Mar 05, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
**spoiler alert** Literary fiction about the effects of the Sri Lankan civil war. The first part of the novel is narrated by Yasodhara. She describes ...more
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
Everything I Never Told You
3.5 Stars. Literary fiction about family dynamics. Despite the opening lines of the novel ("Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet."), this is no ...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Enthralling book centering around the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976. Using a large cast of characters in Jamaica and the US, James tel ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
How It Went Down
Perhaps inspired by recent news stories of black male teenagers dying after being shot by white men, How It Went Down is a realistic teen novel that l ...more
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
No Place
Realistic, contemporary teen fiction about the problem of homelessness in modern America. Dan is a senior in high school and has a promising future ah ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
The Reece Malcolm List
It was too difficult for me to buy into the fairy tale nature of the central premise--Devan's father dies and she goes to live in L.A. with her long l ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate
Non-fiction look at the real estate market and an extended ad for the website Zillow. Written by two of the founders of Zillow this book offers tips f ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
Another strong literary mystery from Tana French. Stephen Moran (a supporting character in French's earlier Faithful Place) takes center stage as the ...more
Aug 31, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
Thunderstruck & Other Stories
A collection of quirky short stories. I didn't read all of the stories in the volume but the ones that I did read didn't impress me much.

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Nov 12, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
Half a Crown (Small Change, #3)
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the two previous volumes in the trilogy. Set in 1960, Inspector Carmichael returns this time as head of the Watch, ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Vanessa and Her Sister
3.5 Stars. Historical Fiction about the relationship between painter Vanessa Bell and her sister, Virginia Woolf. The novel is set in the early adulth ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
S is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone, #19)
One of the later books in the Kinsey Millhone series. In this book, Kinsey is hired to investigate a thirty year old disappearance of a young mother i ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much
A collection of essays by Samantha Ellis about the books (and heroines) that she has loved. After visiting the Bronte sisters’ home in Yorkshire with ...more
Feb 27, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
The Freedom Maze
**spoiler alert** Middle grade children's novel featuring time travel to the past. The book opens in New Orleans in 1960. The main character, Sophie, ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home
A memoir about the hardships faced by a young couple during the Great Recession. Caitlin and Dan decide to move from Maine to LA for better job opport ...more
Apr 10, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
Examination of the effect of children on their parents. Organized chronologically by age of the child, Senior uses research studies, other books, and ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
A really lovely book. Marketed as a mix of Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey, Longbourn focuses on the lives of the Bennet's servants. The heroine ...more
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
3.5 Stars. Euphoria is a historical fiction novel based on the lives of Margaret Mead, Reo Fortune, and Gregory Bateson. The story takes place around ...more
May 09, 2014
Nov 28, 2013
Lucky Break
I would give this 3.5 stars (maybe closer to 4). This was a highly enjoyable novel about the lives of three young British actors from the mid 1990s, w ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Fascinating account of Memorial Hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The hospital was ill prepared to treat patients without power and th ...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
Sad Desk Salad
Fun, chick lit book about a blogger for a women's interest website site and her struggles on the job and with her boyfriend. Alex writes for Chick Hab ...more
May 02, 2013
Aug 13, 2012
The Last Enchantments
Beautiful prose. Will Baker spends a year in Oxford completing a master's degree in English literature. He forms close friendships and falls in love w ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
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