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The Goldfinch
There are so many beautiful, perfect sentences in this book, my heart hurts.

Donna Tartt knows a lot about so many things: art, furniture, grief, pills...more
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Aug 01, 2013
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
You know that fashion rule where, before you leave the house, you're supposed to quickly turn to a mirror and then take off the first accessory that c...more
Dec 14, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
I want to say something about this novel because although it impressed me and I respected O'Neill's skills as a writer, I didn't find it that enjoyabl...more
Nov 28, 2008
Aug 07, 2008
The Robber Bride
My sister Lauren once said something both wise and ridiculous, and I think Atwood's beautiful, readable, and funny novel echoes the sentiment: "Women...more
Jan 05, 2009
Dec 23, 2008
A tour de force!
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Oct 04, 2013
Then We Came to the End
I was tempted to write this review in the plural first person so that you all would be impressed with how clever I am, but, fuck it, I have a novel to...more
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Feb 20, 2008
Look at Me


I am so hot for Jennifer Egan right now. As I read this book (about a whole lot more than a model who gets a new face after a car accide...more
Mar 2008
Aug 23, 2007
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
This was a truly pleasurable read. I zipped through it in a few days, and whenever I wasn't reading it, I wanted to be doing so.

I laughed and I laugh...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
The Golden Notebook
I just found out Doris Lessing won the Nobel, and now I feel compelled to explain my one star review of her most famous book.

My gal pals and I read th...more
Jun 2005
Jul 10, 2007
If You're Not Yet Like Me
This book is amazing!
(Okay, okay, I wrote it.)
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Oct 04, 2010
Brideshead Revisited
I know it's terrible to admit this--but I didn't dig Brideshead Revisited. Well, I did, at first: I liked the descriptions of Oxford after WWI, and Se...more
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Jul 17, 2008
My Salinger Year
Vivid, precise, utterly absorbing. I was reading this as I made my son scrambled eggs this morning...I could not tear myself away. I loved the descrip...more
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Mar 02, 2014
City of Thieves
Taking this to Kauai...

...This book is incredibly fun to read--at every turn there was something to discover (Will they be killed? What's in that cabi...more
Aug 11, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
Off Course
This book is so beautiful. Although I loved the prose and the setting from the beginning, its episodic style was hard to get into. I had a difficulty...more
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Dec 13, 2013
My oh my what a beautiful book.


I just re-read this and it stood up to a second look. I'm stunned by how connected I feel to Stoner, and how his li...more
Jul 24, 2009
Nov 16, 2008
Songs for the Missing
I was going to give this book only two stars because it didn't seem particularly innovative or enthralling, but then I thought about the sad family in...more
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Dec 17, 2008
So Long, See You Tomorrow
I should have read this in a single sitting, but I couldn't--or wouldn't--point is, I didn't, and I regret it. This novel is not only beautiful and he...more
Dec 13, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
Cutting Teeth
This is an enjoyable, thoughtful book, one that made me laugh and nod in acknowledgment (the description of watching a toddler poop is terrific and to...more
Jan 30, 2014
Sep 23, 2013
The Vacationers
This book is a wonderfully pleasurable read. I love Emma's prose--it's buttery and smooth and precise and funny and fluid and fun to read. I loved bei...more
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Oct 26, 2013
Totally fun and cute. The kissing scenes TURNED ME ON!!!
Nov 08, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
Please Excuse My Daughter: A Memoir
First thing's first: My household is obsessed with Julie Klam. Patrick and I talk about her all the time (really), and Omar's collar reads: WWJKD? (Wh...more
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Jun 25, 2008
The Age of Miracles
A readable, smoothly told book with a great hook. The thing is, it felt like the hook--that the earth is slowing--is all it had. The actual conflict,...more
Aug 2012
Jul 29, 2012
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1)
This book made me want to head to Italy, find a well-off American woman in her late twenties who is also 5'6" and appropriately juicy-hipped. I would...more
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Dec 01, 2009
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
I read the excerpt of this in Oprah Magazine and it moved me more than anything I've read in a long, long time.


Okay, so yesterday when I was sick...more
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Aug 08, 2008
A Tale for the Time Being
I loved Nao's voice and story and was amazed by how the narrative branched out and out and out as it went on...much like some of the quantum physics s...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 05, 2013
The Savage Detectives
I'd give certain passages of Savage Detective five stars, even six if that were allowed, but overall I have to say that this novel didn't knock me out...more
May 22, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
I read this book in a day and a half while at my in-laws' for Christmas. After feeling so disconnected from reading I was able to fall into three abso...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
The Middlesteins
This book was structured in an unexpected and pleasing way, skipping across decades and perspectives to keep me entranced and entertained. I loved the...more
Aug 07, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Chronic City
This is my favorite of Lethem's novel thus far. Fortress of Solitude had moments of brilliance, but the language felt too wanna-be DeLillo. Motherless...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 14, 2009
Firstly, I am biased not only because I love Lorrie Moore but also because my first name is an anagram (I am named after my Grandmother, whose name wa...more
Sep 16, 2008
Sep 08, 2008
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