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These Foolish Things
After watching the film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" recently, I noticed the title of this book in the credits. It has been re-titled with the nam ...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
I had read a bit of buzz about this book and, inexplicably, there was no waiting list at the library, so I picked it up, not really knowing what to ex ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
The Borrower
I wanted to read this book because the blurb said it was about a children's librarian. Well, that wasn't exactly true. The protagonist is a twenty-som ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 05, 2011
I seldom write a poor review on Goodreads for the simple reason that I seldom finish a book I don't like. Halfway into this book, I nearly put it asid ...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Elizabeth and Her German Garden
Although this book is a short novel, it is semi-autobiographical. I read the book for a book discussion group led by Rob, librarian extraordinaire. He ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 17, 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
My younger daughter is a Neil Gaiman fan, which is partly why I read this book. I have read some of Mr. Gaiman's work for children and liked it very m ...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
The Strange Library
Okay, so this is far, far outside the realm of what I usually read. I got it because my younger daughter likes strange Japanese things, and this would ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 18, 2014
I had never read anything by Sinclair Lewis, but he was put on my radar when it was mentioned in a library school class that the heroine of his book " ...more
Oct 02, 2010
Oct 02, 2010
I happened upon this author when reading reviews of her newest book. As I looked at her previous titles, I realized she lives in and infuses her work ...more
Feb 08, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
The Sense of an Ending
At just 163 pages, this year's Booker prize winner packs a lot into a small package. The use of language is sublime and the characterizations are very ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
The Monster of Twenty Mile Pond
The plot for this story was a bit improbable, but I guess it was meant to be a horror/fantasy, which is not my favorite genre. You can tell the author ...more
Nov 2014
Sep 06, 2014
How It All Began
It's the dark and gloomy time of year. Wouldn't you like to visit London, and be invited into the lives of a cluster of very interesting people as the ...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1)
I visited Edinburgh earlier this spring, and then returned in the pages of this first in the Inspector Rebus series by Scottish author, Ian Rankin. Th ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 17, 2011
The Age of Miracles
I read this in one day, I got so caught up in it. It is an interesting look at how people respond to crisis. In this case, the crisis is a slowing of ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
I really love this Canadian author. This book is quite different from her acclaimed novel "February", but it does share with that book an entree into ...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
Emily, Alone
This is a quiet story that covers not even a year in the life of an eighty-year-old widow. Truthfully, not a lot happens, but then, that is probably t ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 07, 2011
The Odds: A Love Story
Mr. O'Nan has captured the tenor of our times in this slim novel of a middle-aged couple whose financial situation and marriage are coming apart at th ...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
Before I Go To Sleep
I sort of felt as though I were a kid again, with a flashlight under the covers, reading "Nancy Drew" when I ought to have been asleep. It has been ye ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Nov 05, 2011
The Sojourn
First, let me say my rating reflects my enjoyment of the book, not the quality of the writing, for the quality is exceptionally rich. It is, though, a ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 06, 2012
Whatever Julian Barnes has to say, it is always well-said. This is a collection of short stories. Some I liked more than others, but always I apprecia ...more
Nov 10, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (Portuguese Irregular Verbs, #4)
I was surprised to see this book appear at our library since it has been nearly a decade since the original trilogy appeared. Fans of Alexander McCall ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
Joy in the Morning
This was recommended to me by a colleague. A nice little romance, it is the story of the first year in the marriage of a couple in 1927. The two marri ...more
Dec 2013
Jan 06, 2014
I am not much of a sci-fi fan, but I thought this one sounded interesting. It isn't the best book I have ever read, but certainly not the worst. The i ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
An Available Man
This is the sort of book to read when you'd like to escape into another person's head for awhile. In this quiet, well-told tale, you will live along w ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
This was recommended to me by my colleague, Rob, who reads lots of adult fiction. It's an unassuming, introspective gem of a book. At just 174 pages a ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 01, 2013
La's Orchestra Saves the World
Another sweet little story by McCall Smith. I listened to the audio book version, which was quite well-done. This story takes place in England during ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 26, 2010
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
Another book recommended to me by my colleague, Rob, this is a fictionalized account of the last weeks of the Romanov family in Russia before their mu ...more
May 30, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
The Fear Index
I listened to an abridged version of this book, very capably read by Philip Franks. I hadn't read any of the author's other books, so came to it with ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
I read this because I liked the author's most recent book so much. This one was something of a disappointment with an ambiguous ending. The interestin ...more
Mar 23, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
I didn't like this book as well as her novel "February", nevertheless, I read it in one day. Ms. Moore has a real talent for letting the reader inside ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
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