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Travels With My Aunt
I have mixed feelings about this book--it was recommended to me highly by a friend, and I could totally see why: Greene is a master of his prose (chec ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
The Dead Fish Museum: Stories
A friend of mine raved about this collection. She absolutely RAVED about it–to the point where I became rather suspicious. Could it be THAT good? She ...more
Apr 17, 2008
Jan 26, 2008
Long Road Home: Testimony of a North Korean Camp Survivor
This is a memoir told by a North Korean escapee who spent his early childhood in privilege, only to be suddenly pulled away and subjected to a labor c ...more
Jul 07, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir
I first read an excerpt from this drug-addiction memoir in New York Magazine earlier this summer. While I've had my fill of drug-addiction memoirs (an ...more
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
An entire book written in present tense? This couldn’t possibly be, is what I told myself as I began reading Edinburgh. Will the book and the writer p ...more
Mar 22, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
The Truth Book: Escaping a Childhood of Abuse Among Jehovah's Witnesses
What a gutsy memoir. You root for the narrator/author/protagonist from beginning to the end, you pray for her, you want to hug her, you want to just b ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 06, 2008
The Nimrod Flipout: Stories
I had no expectations when I picked up this collection of short stories. It was, along with other books, a surprise gift from a friend–would I like th ...more
Aug 2007
Oct 17, 2007
On Chesil Beach
This is the first book I’ve ever read by McEwan. And I am in love–he is a master of his craft! I found myself poring over his command of writing–the w ...more
Aug 2007
Oct 17, 2007
The Echo Maker
National Book Award winner. Story about a character with a brain injury. Given to me by a friend (thank you thank you!). All signs pointing me to read ...more
Jul 2007
Oct 17, 2007
This is an amazing piece of work. An epic. A messy, rich, complicated, awesome epic novel. I learned so much about craft while reading this piece, bec ...more
May 11, 2009
Dec 06, 2008
A good friend of mine recommended this book, one of her favorite books of all time, to me. She said it could possibly change my life to read it. I don ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 24, 2008
The Book of Salt
I read this while at Hedgebrook. She wrote part of this while staying in the same cottage. I could feel the rhythm of the same environment in the part ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 17, 2007
A Map of Home
I love this book. It is a great example, along with Junot Diaz’s writing, of how the voice of a narrator can make you fall in love with a character an ...more
Sep 07, 2008
Sep 07, 2008
Our Twisted Hero
I admit, I have not read much Korean literature, even though I really want to get to know Korean literature. Even though there hasn’t been, until very ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 22, 2008
The Life Before Us: "Madame Rosa"
The same good friend who recommended Memory recommended The Life Before Us (and I was to read Memory first, which I did with great obedience).

Jul 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant : Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone
A collection of 26 essays (and at least one short story–Murakami’s wonderful “The Year of Spaghetti”) about cooking and/or dining solo. I found myself ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 17, 2007
Straight Man
I love books that are set on college campuses, especially if the characters are faculty. For instance, I like David Lodge’s Changing Places, a very tr ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 17, 2007
In the Shadow of Memory
Recommended to me in the wake of my stroke. The first third and the last quarter of the book was an amazing memoir of Skloot’s illness that left him w ...more
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Oct 17, 2007
Miles from Nowhere
Much has been made of the novel’s “episodic” structure and I can see why–those of us used to a more traditional narrative will gnash their teeth tryin ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 11, 2009
A new writing mentor–someone I really admire. I picked up GraceLand because I was curious and hopeful about its novel structure. And I was rewarded.

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Aug 29, 2008
After Dark
Not my favorite Murakami novel, but not my least favorite, either (that would be Hard Boiled Wonderland). I know that part of the point of this novel ...more
Jan 2007
Oct 17, 2007
Spotted this book at a Borders in Ann Arbor, remembered that Junot Diaz once said he liked a novel by Kirino, and bought it. Six months later, I crack ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 23, 2008
Pedro Páramo
It has taken me nearly four years to get around to reading this book, the favorite book of Daniel Alarcon, and so many other aspiring and great writer ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 17, 2007
The Pachinko Woman
Wanted to like the book, wanted to LOVE it. I'm obsessed with the idea of pachinko parlors and their rumored connections to North Korea. So when I spo ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 05, 2008
Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen
As one of my good friends commented, "This is a great book for people who do not normally read". While Julie Powell's blog must have been a great read ...more
Oct 2009
Dec 13, 2009
Never Let Me Go
Beautiful language. Heartbreaking story (I won’t deign to spoil it for you). This book had been sitting on my shelf for years until I decided to read ...more
Mar 2010
Apr 03, 2010
About Alice
This is the first book I completed reading after my stroke. I remember the excerpt from The New Yorker and feeling so inspired by his love for his lat ...more
Apr 2007
Oct 17, 2007
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
**spoiler alert** Farm City is an awesome read, written by Novella Carpenter, whose book I rank up with Bill Buford’s Heat, with the spirit of Michael ...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
The Welsh Girl
I bought this book more than a year ago. And I’d pick it up to read, then put it back down, pick it up again, then put it back down. I just wasn’t tha ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 20, 2009
This is an amazing piece of work. An epic. A messy, rich, complicated, awesome epic novel. I learned so much about craft while reading this piece, bec ...more
May 19, 2009
May 11, 2009
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