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The World According to Garp
A near-perfect book. I've read "Garp" many times and it's one of those stories that shouldn't have made a good film and yet it did because it just too ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 03, 2008
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
My top 10 list of books consists of fiction - and this. I was in my 20's and came across this book at a garage sale. The title looks academic but ther ...more
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Sep 25, 2007
The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House
Some people love Christmas. The crinkly wrapping paper, the many gifts, the cookies and hot cocoa, the ham dinner.

I love Halloween. When the slow fog
Dec 17, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
Will There Really Be a Morning?
I initially LOVED this book when I first read it, back in my early twenties. Who wouldn't? Anti-establishment actress who yearns to be on stage gets s ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
The Wave
This book actually came out just after the television after-school special aired, so you can see how it just follows the movie (if you've seen it) and ...more
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Sep 17, 2014
I remember liking this book a whole lot more when I first read it, 15 years ago.

There's some good stuff here in this story of a rode-hard singer who r
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
The First Lulu
I first read this English translation of the classic German play about 13-14 years ago. Lulu is an archetype: she's the representative of negative fem ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 03, 2007
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
Everyone has that one book that, upon first read, literally terrified them. Maybe it was when you were a child. For me, it was reading "The Shining" a ...more
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Oct 08, 2013
Shot in the Heart
Can families be haunted?

Mikal Gilmore attempts to roll back the fair amount of mystique and hyperbole that was done in the name of literature to his f
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Sep 25, 2007
The Girl in a Swing
This story never gets old for me. Adams is known for "Watership Down" and "Plague Dogs" so many people might skip by "The Girl..." not knowing what to ...more
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Sep 25, 2007
Can we just admit that Stephen King, while better than ever as a novelist, is not writing Horror anymore?

The premise of the story is simple: Divorced
Dec 09, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway
Considering that Ms. Currie had the assistance of another author helping her write her bio, you'd think "Neon Angel" would be better edited, but I'm w ...more
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May 22, 2014
Maggie Now
I read this book not long after reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" when I was nine or ten years old. Certainly less well-known that ATGIB and perhaps ...more
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Oct 01, 2007
Ride the Wind
Don't be misled by the cover - while there are some romantic elements this is mostly historical fiction. Based on a true story, this is a fictional de ...more
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Oct 01, 2007
Broken for You
Interesting that the author has chosen to write about broken bits of china because this was one of the more fractured stories I've read. The book star ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 03, 2008
Thorough and engrossing study of the Aum Shinrykyo cult of Japan and the horrendous sarin-gas attacks perpetrated against commuters on the raillines o ...more
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Sep 30, 2007
Edie: An American Biography
I was sixteen when I first read this, stumbling across it in a box of paperbacks my grandfather brought back from the flea market. I was sixteen and t ...more
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Oct 01, 2007
Pioneer Girl
Like the protagonist in this story, I too found great meaning in reading the "Little House" books. (I always like "The Long Winter" the best) The tele ...more
May 08, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
The Dollmaker
One of my all-time favorite novels. The Nevels family are hardscrabble Kentucky folk, used to living off the land. Clovis likes to tinker and Gertie, ...more
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Sep 25, 2007
I've always thought "The Stand" was Stephen King's best book. It's the book that seems closest to the world I live in, both desiring of connection and ...more
Nov 19, 2014
Sep 25, 2007
The Stand
I think this might have been the seventh or eighth time that I read Stephen King's "The Stand". It's one of the books I force myself to wait to read, ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Sep 25, 2007
Flower of Fire
"Flower of Fire" was my first published novel, originally in late 2010 but with a little update/refresh it was reissued in December of 2013.

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Sep 18, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Patty Hearst: Her Own Story
Obviously this book (and the story behind it) has sparked a lot of curiosity and I guess reading it you have to remember Patty had much to be gained ( ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 12, 2007
Ring (Ring, #1)
If you've seen the American horror film "The Ring" or the original Japanese version "Ringu" and wondered: "Well, why is this chick so evil?" Then you ...more
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Oct 01, 2007
I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles
I had previously read "Strip City" and first read "I Love a Man..." about 2 years ago. This was my 2nd read. I think I enjoyed it slightly less then 2 ...more
Jun 02, 2014
May 29, 2014
Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye
Growing up in Detroit, on the music of Motown, nobody was cooler than Marvin Gaye. No one more spiritual. Nobody more passionate. This biography takes ...more
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Oct 01, 2007
A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
Scheeres does a commendable job at helping us picture the victims of the Jonestown massacre (many of whom did not choose to die but were murdered) and ...more
May 29, 2014
May 18, 2014
Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll
From the age of 18 to 23, I was the "chick with the band". Hanging out at shows, at practice sessions, at the recording studio. I was part of a thrivi ...more
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May 22, 2014
Anne Sexton: A Biography
Middlebrook is simply a first-rate biographer. She manages to piece together all the ragged threads of Anne Sexton's life and work: the possible sexua ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Sep 25, 2007
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
A history of man's relationship to four important plants: the apple, tulip, marijuana and potato. Paints a rather strange picture of the fabled "Johnn ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Sep 28, 2014
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