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The Robber Bride
As always, Atwood is compelling and disturbing, a master of wit matched by theoretical and narrative power. The Robber Bride tells the story of Roz, T...more
Mar 2009
Mar 30, 2009
The Good Earth
The Good Earth is one of those books that shows up on high school reading lists, but that the students rarely choose. I would see it on people's shelv...more
Oct 2010
Nov 14, 2010
How to Be Good
I always in enjoy Nick Hornby, in whatever form he comes: movies, novels, interviews. He's wry and honest, and while I get the distinct sense that he...more
Jul 2009
Jul 18, 2009
The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh, #5)
I love P.D. James, but I wasn't crazy about this one. Because this novel takes place in a nursing home of sorts, the characters are all wracked with p...more
Jun 2009
Jul 18, 2009
The White Tiger
Meh. I always want to like the Mann/Booker winner, and I have from time to time. But The White Tiger just didn't do it for me. The story is told from...more
Jul 2009
Jul 18, 2009
The Blind Contessa's New Machine
Carey Wallace's first novel is a gift to readers who love a good story, but revel in richness of language and imagery. She offers us the story of Caro...more
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York
Sex Wars is authentic Marge Piercy: politically engaged and unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of the early suffragist's sexual lives ... their aff...more
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
This Heavy Silence
Dottie Connell is a middle-aged farm woman from Eastern Ohio. She is unmarried, but not unloved, and no stranger to lovemaking (a fact that would surp...more
Sep 2009
Sep 09, 2009
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
I read the third installment of the border trilogy years ago - 8 years ago in fact - and loved it. I've had this one sitting on my shelf for about thr...more
Jan 2010
May 09, 2010
The Game of Sunken Places (Norumbegan Quartet, #1)
Not my favorite M.T. Anderson, but then ... what could top the Octavian Nothing books? As it is, The Game of Sunken Places is a fun, quick read. It's...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
The Odd Woman
If you're interested in slow-moving portrayals of 1970s female academics (and incidentally, it's very much a product of the 1970s, which may be why I...more
Jan 2009
Jan 18, 2010
The Kingdom on the Waves (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, #2)
When I read the first volume of the Octavian Nothing series, I knew I'd read something extraordinary, but I didn't know what to do with it, and so I o...more
Apr 2009
May 05, 2009
The Final Solution
This is my first foray into Chabon: I wasn't impressed, but from what I've read, this isn't Chabon at his best. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention...more
May 2010
May 09, 2010
Orpheus Lost
This is the story of a genius female mathematician who falls for a brilliant musician with a sorrowful soul, then watches in horror as one of her chil...more
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Jul 28, 2009
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
What an incredible character Christopher is ... full of courage, humor, wit, and intelligence. This book is engaging and challenging, an honest portra...more
Jan 2010
Jan 18, 2010
The Poisonwood Bible
What a beautiful book. I was captured by the voices in this novel, finding in each of them an appealing combination of beauty and repugnance. While ce...more
Jun 2009
Jul 18, 2009
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)
This is a fun book - especially if you enjoy poking fun at how seriously we take classic literature. Jasper Fforde does a great job of putting togethe...more
May 08, 2011
May 09, 2011
A Prayer for Owen Meany
If I had known that John Irving was mentored by Frederick Buechner, I would have read this book years ago. The book is a fascinating reflection on fai...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Green Grass, Running Water
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May 09, 2011
Go Tell it on the Mountain
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Nov 07, 2009
So Brave, Young and Handsome
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May 26, 2012
The Mistress of Spices
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Jan 07, 2014
Sister of My Heart (Anju and Sudha, #1)
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Jan 07, 2014
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