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The Last Letter from Your Lover
This book deserves a better title. Wonderful writing and an intriguing storyline (with a kick-ass twist at the end!).
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
A lushly written, quirky, and oddly compelling book, although I felt a little cheated after finishing it, mainly because of the loosely-ended plot. Th...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
Once upon a Mulberry Field
This is a beautifully written novel that tells a heartrending tale of American and South Vietnamese love at a time when both countries were torn apar...more
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Mar 13, 2014
Just Kids
One fall in the late 1980's, my husband, Dan, and I visited his sister, Ellen, who was an actress in New York. I remember dragging him over to the Whi...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
I enjoyed the old-fashioned narrative style of this book, which fits the time and the subject matter: a strapping 23-yr-old Jewish man, Bucky Cantor w...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
The Toss of a Lemon
I've read a number of books by Indian-American authors during my Centrum residency in Port Townsend (the buyer at the local library appears to have a...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Easily the most compelling WWII narrative I've ever read. The story of Olympic track star Louie Zamperini, from Torrance, CA, starts out slow, but as...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
A Visit from the Goon Squad

I was so looking forward to reading this book, given all the accolades it's received (Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction;Winner of the...more
Apr 30, 2011
May 07, 2011
The Anvil of Navarre
I read an early version of The Anvil of Navarre and ended up losing an entire day of work because I could not put it down. It's wonderful; I love the...more
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland
Biting through the Skin is a moving and thoughtful memoir about the family traditions of a Bengali woman growing up in Kansas. Poignant and heartfelt,...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
The Art of Racing in the Rain
I didn't expect to like a book written from a dog's POV, but this simple little tale stole my heart. I enjoyed the racing metaphors and found myself a...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
Absolutely hilarious! I laughed out loud through so much of this book. A really fun (and interesting) read, especially for those of us of a certain ag...more
Mar 2014
Mar 01, 2014
The Walking People
A stunning debut novel! This book is a must-read for anyone who likes novels about Ireland and transatlantic travel. The Walking People tells the stor...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Delightful! Wonderful characters and lovely voice to the writing. Hard to believe this is a debut novel; there is a courtly elegance to the main chara...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
The Pearl Diver
The writing in this book was not as lyrical and haunting as it was in Jeff Talarigo's second novel, The Ginseng Hunter, but I enjoyed it just the same...more
Apr 27, 2010
Apr 16, 2010
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
This freakishly compelling Humbert Humbert meets Curious George tale had me at hello. There is brilliant writing ("Like Satan," the main character, a...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Finding Badger
A metaphorical tale of transformation, Finding Badger tells the story of Hayes MacGruder, an aimless peace officer on a mission to rescue two teenager...more
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
Robin's Blue
I liked this book -- the writing is clean and crisp and the main character, while a bit hard-edged and forgiving of her own foibles, manages to keep o...more
Sep 10, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
In My Father's House
Okay, this is pretty funny -- I picked this book up at the library, thinking it was women's fiction (the cover art and jacket copy are a bit misleadin...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Blue Nights
I loved The Year of Magical Thinking; I was dazzled by the unflinching rawness of the language and the stripped-bare nature of Didion's recounting of...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
What Are Friends For?
What Are Friends For?, an enjoyable debut mystery by by North Carolina author, Caroline Taylor, features P.J. Smythe, an Annapolis skip tracer, who tr...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English
I loved this book -- utterly charming and well-written. There were a few POV shifts here and there, but in this novel, they were forgivable. At times...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
Things Without a Name
I loved my good friend Jo's novel Things Without a Name, and highly recommend it to those who like liberal, cause-related women's fiction (like the bo...more
Dec 08, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
The Imperfectionists
A thought-provoking look at the newspaper industry through the eyes of a group of employees at an international English-language newspaper based in Ro...more
Feb 19, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
If I could give three-and-a-half stars here, I would, mainly because the writing in this Irish mystery is quite good. What takes the book down a notch...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
Braver Deeds
A dark horse, a black cavalry soldier, and a young Indian girl ... so begins John Van Roekel's Braver Deeds, a sweeping historical novel with all the...more
May 18, 2009
Oct 30, 2012
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
A fascinating read about the life of Lavina Warren, a proportional dwarf who performed with P.T. Barnum and married another of Barnum's stars, Charles...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
A fascinating, well-written look at the aftermath of the Civil War. The story (based on actual historical events) begins with the murder, in broad day...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
Bone Fire
A hard-bitten western set in Wyoming (and, apparently, the sequel to An Unfinished Life, which I haven't read yet). The book is spare and dark, and wi...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 12, 2010
Jewelry from a Grave
I really enjoyed Caroline Taylor's latest P.J. Smythe mystery, Jewelry from a Grave. Written with familiar hard-boiled "whodunit" panache by Taylor, t...more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
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