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The Book Thief
4.37
OMG...a GORGEOUS book that I finished last night. I was weeping, drenched, actually. Lying down in a puddle of my tears. I got to about 150 pages from...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
Invisible
3.69
This book was almost perfect for me, up to the final 20-30 pages. Auster's writing is simplistic but full of detail. I feel his characters and they be...more
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
 
The Tiger's Wife
3.35
As much as I may want to hate this very young, and perky, and Barbieac girl-writer (if the picture on the book jacket does her any justice), for her y...more
Jul 28, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing
3.76
If you're in college or grad school or an M.F.A. who would like a quick lesson in academic writing then I strongly suggest this book. It's uncomplicat...more
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Jul 13, 2009
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
Opening this book and looking at the pages, I was intrigued with what I saw. Actually reading the book was equally intriguing and also very poignant....more
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Jul 13, 2009
 
Fifth Business
4.05
It's very long, and I didn't finish it, but ... I thoroughly enjoyed Books 1 and 2 of the trilogy. The 2nd book is noteworthy for those of us who are...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
Olive Kitteridge
3.68
The beginnings of the stories are a bit slow, and I wondered why it was titled such, when she's not the full subject of the stories, but there is a ri...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
Straight Man
4.02
One of my colleagues (we're college professors) gave this to me during the year of my 2nd year review for Promotiona and Tenure. Russo was writing abo...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
Woman on the Edge of Time
3.93
My favorite book while I was an underclasswoman in college. I even named my 2 cats after the protagonist's. I did give it to a friend recently who's v...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
And Then, You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World
4.57
If you're in theatre you should read this book. I find it inspiring. While reading Bogart I usually get about 1000+ ideas for plays, essays, performan...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 19, 2009
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.84
This is such a fun book that is a history of 4 generations of a family told in a cool style. I laughed out loud and felt very touched by the main char...more
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
Mother's Milk
3.66
The first chapter is my favorite, told from the perspective of a highly intelligent 5 year old. It's laugh out loud funny. But after the first chapter...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
 
I Know This Much Is True
4.13
Wally Lamb, Wally Lamb, you're the Man, Wally LamB! I LOVED this book. Stayed up all night reading it and cried at the end because it was over. I hear...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
The Body Artist
3.18
I enjoyed DeLillo's construction of language. I appreciated understanding the protagonist's psychology, not by a solipsistic rendering of stream of co...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
 
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy #1)
3.90
I can't say I enjoy Roth, in all honesty, but I understand his mind and appreciate and respect his intentions, but sometimes he is too wandering. I'm...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
The White Tiger
3.68
This is an interesting book about India. If it's true, it's a terrible account of how people actually live in twenty-first century India. Reading an i...more
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
 
The Children's Book
3.64
I couldn't get into this book. I'm sure it's well written but I wasn't given enough information about the characters to want to know more about any of...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
 
The Resurrectionists
3.55
I love Collins' writing. It's very poetic and knolwedgeable. If you like dramatic literature, the characters and the dialogue are full of dramatic act...more
Oct 07, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
 
Mister Pip
3.65
For those of us who love Dickens this is the book to read. It's quite disturbing and about a part of the world that many of us are not familiar with....more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
Waiting
3.45
This book is slow, but there's so much beauty in its slowness. Jin truly captures the character's emotions within the landscape of the words. His most...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
The Red Queen
3.11
I debated over giving this book 2 or 3 stars and ultimately gave it 3 because of the lasting effect I expect it should have. The first half of the nov...more
Aug 12, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
The Painted Bird
3.94
A masterpiece about the dark side of being human. Not for the weak. It's a highly disturbing book that is beautifully handled; quite a juxtaposition....more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
The Blind Assassin
3.92
I'm glad I finished it but for my tastes I just wanted the main story. The book within the book just seemed to try to be clever but it lacked true sub...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
 
Anna Karenina
3.99
Loved it. Some of my students and I created an avante-garde theatre piece inspired by the novel called: "What About Frou Frou?" about the horse who wa...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
The Giant's House
3.68
Not your usual love story, but one that's powerful despite the unlikely couple. Some people may be disturbed by it, but it was wonderfully creative an...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
The Lambs of London
3.10
A clear story, nothing special. Probably an enjoyable read for those interested in Shakespeare. There's a coldness about the author's writing that doe...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
 
Midwives
3.92
Okay, I hated this book, but many of the plot twists haunt me. So...the book was written well, it was just not my cup of tea. I didn't think I disturb...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
Norwegian Wood
4.02
One of my favorite Murakami's. It's his more straightforward books. I, sadly, haven't been able to get into the more obscure narratives. I feel very b...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
Still Alice
4.25
Very sad book about a woman who finds out she has early onset Alzheimers. It's very realistic and it's much of her own mind; so you really get to unde...more
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Sep 25, 2009
 
The Red Tent
4.13
GORGEOUS! If you're Jewish and female DEFINITELY read it. If you're a woman, read it. If you have a heart, read it. If you need one, read it.
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Jul 08, 2009
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