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Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult
it was ok
When I was growing up, I always wondered about the white women in saris who worked at the UN and why my mother didn't seem to know any of them (after ...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
it was amazing
I can see why this book has garnered so much praise--the combination of excellent reporting and beautiful writing makes this read like a Victorian nov ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Jan 03, 2015
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
really liked it
I read DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT many years ago, so I don't remember it well, which is probably a blessing since this book apparently covers ...more
Jan 26, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
A Freewheelin' Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me
it was ok
I suppose the die hard Dylan fans amongst you will want to read this, but so far I'm finding it kind of dull. I'm still in the early pages, but I'm su ...more
Jun 19, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
it was amazing
I resisted this book for a long time, due to the intense hype surrounding it, and then when I finally sat down to read it, I couldn't stop. The book i ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963
really liked it
The journal covers Godwin's early years in England, when she was working for the U.S. Travel Bureau and struggling to find a balance between her write ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
Swimming Lessons
it was amazing
Another oddly compelling book. Not sure how I feel about the letters, but I really hated Gil, the kind of satisfying way one hates a certain type of m ...more
Apr 15, 2017
Apr 16, 2017
A Little Life
it was amazing
Devastating. I cried every fifty pages or so and then didn't stop once I hit the last 30. The novel starts conventionally and easily enough--the NY, p ...more
Jan 10, 2016
Oct 17, 2015
The Missing World
really liked it
I didn't love this book the way I loved THE HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET, which I felt was tighter and more emotionally satisfying. THE MISSING WORLD has t ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
really liked it
This memoir about trying to write a novel will appeal most to other writers, I think, more than anyone else. In search of perfect solitude to write he ...more
May 07, 2017
May 07, 2017
On a Dollar a Day: One Couple's Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America
it was ok
I thought of Dina when I was reading this. The book started as a blog experiment, eating on a dollar a day, which is what many people in the world do. ...more
May 25, 2010
May 26, 2010
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
it was amazing
A few chapters from the end of this astonishing book, I suddenly started crying. And I didn't stop until I'd reached the last page. Despite the subjec ...more
Aug 26, 2015
Aug 26, 2015
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Like many reviewers, I dithered between a 3 and 4 for this collection of essays. There is so much to like here--Daum is excellent at ...more
Sep 16, 2015
Sep 19, 2015
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1)
it was amazing
For a while, I re-read this book once every summer, during the hottest, most humid months. I'm not sure how to categorize it, beyond children's book. ...more
Jan 1969
Aug 23, 2007
M Train
it was amazing
For anyone expecting a sequel to Just Kids, this book will be a disappointment. Luckily, I had been prepared, and so I enjoyed this book for what it i ...more
Feb 29, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, #19)
really liked it
I read this to counteract the constant crying induced by A LIITLE LIFE. So it served that purpose well in addition to being an engrossing character st ...more
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 15, 2016
To Love A Stranger
it was amazing
I was fortunate to read an ARC and write a blurb for this compelling and well-structured novel.

How well do we know the people we love? This question
Aug 25, 2016
May 13, 2017
Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son's Memoir
really liked it
It's hard for me to separate my response to this book from my response to my own mother's death and my attempts to understand it. I found Rieff's rest ...more
Feb 10, 2008
Feb 10, 2008
Silence of the Grave (Inspector Erlendur #4)
it was ok
This is the second in what I presume will be a series centered on the Icelandic detective Erlendur. The story begins with the discovery of bones in a ...more
May 2008
Apr 26, 2008
The Devil's Feather
really liked it
Actually, listening. Which is weird, given how many emails go back and forth, but the book is well read, so I'm not having a problem following. I'm ju ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 24, 2008
My Salinger Year
really liked it
This was a quick, pleasurable read. Nothing memorable though there were some lovely sentences. I just enjoyed her evocation of a particular time in Ne ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
Strange as This Weather Has Been
really liked it
I have to admit--I didn't quite finish this; I had to return it to the library and they wouldn't let me renew it.

Strange's a written oral
Jan 24, 2008
Nov 30, 2007
501 Minutes to Christ: Personal Essays
really liked it
The essays were not as uniformly good in this one as they were in the first collection I read, but it still merits four stars. Ballantine is a precise ...more
Jun 26, 2009
Jun 30, 2009
The Red Road (Alex Morrow #4)
it was ok
I found this book really tedious and unnecessarily complicated. Mina follows three story lines here: Morrow's investigation, which is affected by the ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 01, 2014
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
really liked it
I liked this much better than THE SILKWORM, but not as much as the first book in the series. The writing is still crisp, but I found the secondary cha ...more
Dec 18, 2015
Dec 28, 2015
We Need New Names
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I liked the writing, but the structure of the book didn't quite work for me. It didn't have the arc of a traditional novel nor the e ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
Leaving Before the Rains Come
liked it
I wanted to love this book as much as I loved COCKTAIL HOUR UNDER THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS and DON'T LET US GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT, but I didn't. Thi ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 08, 2015
it was amazing
Really 4.5 stars because the beginning was a slog for me, since I am not a fan of kids' voices in stories. I'm just not.

So I wasn't charmed by Jack's
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
Happens Every Day: An All Too True Story
it was ok
What I learned from this book:
1) Editors really don't edit books anymore. Or apparently read them.
2) Scribner's appears to have fired all its copy edi
Apr 30, 2009
May 06, 2009
Generation Loss (Cass Neary, #1)
really liked it
Cass Neary, a has-been photographer and drug user, goes to an island in Maine hoping to interview the reclusive Aphrodite Kamestos, another former pho ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
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