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The Handmaid's Tale
4.05
really liked it
My gut level reaction to a first reading of this book is "Where have you been all my life?" The thing is, I know where it's been, and it'll take at le ...more
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 11, 2016
 
The Good Earth
3.97
it was amazing
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
 
The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh #5)
4.00
it was ok
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
 
Nectar in a Sieve
3.62
really liked it
Read. Sit with the sorrow and the beauty. Nestle the book onto your shelf next to Pearl S. Buck's _The Good Earth_. Move forward looking for hope and ...more
Apr 15, 2017
Apr 11, 2017
 
The Thing About December
3.89
liked it
Bleak but often funny; stark, but often warm. This novel provides rare insight into the interior life of a man bright enough to know he's not bright a ...more
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
 
Lonesome Animals
3.50
liked it
When I acquired this book last winter, I did't expect it to be a highly literary reflection--in the bleak tradition of the naturalists--on why men cho ...more
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015
 
The Robber Bride
3.82
liked it
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
 
How to Be Good
3.18
liked it
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 Blind Contessa's New Machine
3.48
really liked it
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
 
This Heavy Silence
3.28
really liked it
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
 
Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York
3.72
liked it
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
 
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
3.97
liked it
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)
3.42
it was ok
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
3.54
it was ok
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)
3.71
it was amazing
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
3.31
it was ok
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
 
The Fishermen
3.81
really liked it
Full Disclosure: I count the author of this book a friend, and what a privilege that is!

I finished this novel about a week ago, and I've needed a few
...more
May 02, 2015
May 02, 2015
 
Orpheus Lost
3.63
it was ok
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
not set
Jul 28, 2009
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.85
really liked it
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
4.02
really liked it
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 White Tiger
3.71
it was ok
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
 
People of the Book
4.00
really liked it
Update 2017: I'll be teaching the book this Fall in a course where we reflect on the cultural value of reading. Through that lens, I enjoyed this read ...more
Jun 21, 2017
Feb 09, 2009
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
3.92
liked it
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
 
Edible Stories
2.82
it was ok
Cleverly constructed, but with little depth or substance. This collection of loosely related short stories that styles itself a novel is actually pret ...more
Jan 17, 2016
Jan 17, 2016
 
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
4.01
liked it
Why do stories matter? That's the central question of this quirky and delightful tale. As Haroun tries to answer the question, his adventure takes rea ...more
Apr 08, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
 
Strangers on a Train
3.83
really liked it
I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did. A great thriller!

It's one part Poe, One part Hawthorne, and I think--having come to the end--
...more
Mar 26, 2017
Feb 25, 2017
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.22
liked it
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
 
Coraline
4.03
liked it
Happy Halloween to me! This book was delightfully creepy: part Frances Hodgson Burnett, part Roald Dahl, part Stephen King. I recommend to anyone inte ...more
Oct 31, 2016
Oct 30, 2016
 
Under the Feet of Jesus
3.59
liked it
The realism of Steinbeck in poetic prose reminiscent of Cisneros. A taut, tough, book with interesting characters who stay at arms length.
Apr 06, 2015
Apr 06, 2015
 
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
4.07
liked it
Fun, delightful beach-read fluffiness. The kind of satisfying mystery that lets you figure out whodunit a few pages before the detective, even if you ...more
Jul 06, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
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