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Yeah that's right - five mother-effing stars. This book spoke to me for the obvious reason but I loved it beyond that. The two story lines worked so n ...more
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Nov 22, 2014
How to Start a Fire
I ran out of library books last night and had to go to my rainy day - in this case snowy day - book pile. I always wonder if I'm more apt to give 5 st ...more
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Sep 17, 2014
A Small Indiscretion
I had conflicting feelings about this book. I really liked much of the plot and was invested in the characters - they weren't always likeable but I wa ...more
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Aug 13, 2014
The Goldfinch
Clearly, I don't think deep enough thoughts to appreciate this book. I've never felt so enraged at the time spent reading a book. The irony of, after ...more
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget
This was not bad, as far as addiction memoirs go. I certainly can empathize with the author's feelings re: blackouts.

I was, however, extremely put of
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Apr 08, 2015
Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery
WARNING RANT AHEAD: I am hopping mad about this book (sorry Julie!) This should be edited down to be the epilogue of the paperback edition of his last ...more
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Jan 25, 2012
Peter Pan Must Die (Dave Gurney, #4)
I really liked the first three novels in this series, but had several problems with this one:

The main characters - Hardwick, Guerney, Madeline - all s
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
The Turner House
A great solid novel about a big flawed but close family. I appreciated how we only got close to a couple of the siblings, but ultimately were introduc ...more
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Sep 17, 2014
The Last September
Here's what I was confused about - was I supposed to like Brett? Because I really, really did not. Every step of the way she was self-absorbed, though ...more
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Jun 09, 2015
A Visit from the Goon Squad
The best book I've read all year. I thought it might be too hipster for me, but that was not at all the case. I even liked the PowerPoint presentation ...more
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Jun 10, 2010
Small Mercies
First off, in regards to page 196, Jim Boeheim is NOT WHINY thank you very much.

That said, this is just the kind of book I like - not too much plot ou
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Jan 13, 2015
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: A Novel
I loved this book. I'm glad no one was home when I finished it so I could weep in peace.

I feel like I should say more about this, since two weeks lat
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Apr 12, 2015
The Vacationers
This is exactly the kind of book I like to read - well-developed characters, not a ton of action but enough to move the story along. I especially like ...more
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Feb 05, 2014
War of the Encyclopaedists
The insufferable selfishness of the twenty-something is so perfectly captured here. Hal & Mickey reminded me of two parts of the same person that ...more
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Dec 29, 2014
If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
They were all my friends, and they died...this book reminded me of Jim Carroll, and also a little of Mystic River, in the tight-knit lower class neigh ...more
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Jul 25, 2014
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Man I wish Goodreads had half-stars!

I have to say, I’m pretty surprised at all the gushing going on here. As I’ve pointed out before, it’s hard to neg
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May 14, 2012
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Parts of this book I really loved. The progression through Eva's life as told from the perspective of all characters was incredible. The story was int ...more
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Feb 09, 2015
The Nest
The perfect blend of family dysfunction, intrigue, and "what will happen next?" Everyone redeemed themselves in the end, and even some plot twists tha ...more
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Aug 15, 2015
City on Fire
I'm torn between three and four stars. I'm going with four. I might dial that back although that's not my MO.

Speaking intelligently about a 950 page b
Jun 05, 2015
May 21, 2015
Hearts of Sand (Gregor Demarkian, #28)
Can't believe I'm saying this but I actually wanted more backstory on these characters! Jane Haddam does what she does best - takes a community of peo ...more
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Nov 04, 2013
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
I didn't even mean to read this book but am pretty glad I did! Such apt descriptions of how you feel when you think your marriage is falling apart. No ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
The Fall of Princes
Reminded me of Bright Lights Big City more than Wolf of Wall Street, with a touching but not saccharine ending. Two minor quibbles: Fozzie Bear is fro ...more
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Jul 11, 2015
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
I'm always surprised at how much I like Anne Lamott's books. Every time I start one, fiction or memoir, I think "well this will be the one that turns ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
The Tilted World: A Novel
I was not wild about Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin but couldn't resist the title so I read it. In this case it was the cover that got ...more
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Apr 22, 2013
Ten Thousand Saints
I wanted to like this book, and I did. However, I think it might have benefited from a bit more editing on the setting side. As another reviewer remar ...more
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Apr 05, 2011
The Engagements
Well, I had really high hopes for this - I liked Commencement a lot and loved Maine even more - but my hopes were not realized. I appreciated the litt ...more
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Mar 06, 2015
The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets
I'm confused about my feelings for this book. I read the whole thing, and at no time did I want to stop reading. However, I really did not like Ida &a ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
The Crane Wife
This is way more fantastic/magical realism than I am usually comfortable with. And it wasn't only the crane wife myth per se, but the art and how much ...more
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Nov 10, 2014
Ghosts of Manhattan: A Novel
Four stars might be a little much but I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book, and here's (part of the reason) why: the blurb on ...more
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Jul 02, 2012
I want to hang out with Sweet.

I liked this book, but I thought the end may have been a little too long. I was a little confused by the end especially
Nov 10, 2014
Nov 10, 2014
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