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Continental Drifter
I really liked this book ... a lot. However, I could see others absolutely hating it, as Tim Moore's humor tends towards the snide side, largely self- ...more
Aug 05, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud
I was a bit concerned that the history would overwhelm the modern travel narrative aspect, but that didn't really happen. Good book, but not great, un ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
A Boy I Once Knew: What a Teacher Learned from her Student
Author's former student from her days teaching high school in Brooklyn kept in touch for several years only by Christmas card exchanges, until the fel ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 22, 2007
Five-stars for Doty's storytelling skills - he picks just the right vignettes, coming across as meaningful, but never saccharine. And it's not just a ...more
Jun 06, 2012
May 31, 2012
Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization
I wanted to like this book more than I did; but, sadly, the parts didn't make a whole for me. McAlpine writes well but the pieces would have been bett ...more
Apr 17, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
(I had written a lengthy review earlier, lost to a computer "hiccup" at the last minute)

If you're expecting to learn more about Langella himself, you
Mar 03, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
To Prussia with Love: Misadventures in Rural East Germany
I suspect the book is based very loosely on actual events, that were blown up into (what Boyes considers) humorous episodes. I bailed on his previous ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, #2)
Definitely need to read "Grave Sight" first; this one doesn't stand on its own. Story developed nicely ... until the end. Read as though the author ha ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 21, 2007
Sharp Objects
Talk about suspense - of course, you (the reader) will wanna know who did it ... just wait 'til you find out why! The story gets pretty intense, espec ...more
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Aug 19, 2007
This audiobook was fairly interesting, and well read. The ending was a bit too neat, and I was surprised no one had ever thought to send the girl to a ...more
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Aug 22, 2007
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History
One of my better reads for the year so far. Focuses on Buzbee's career in the book biz, with historical background on publishing in general. Strikes j ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 19, 2007
101 Places Not to See Before You Die
Really should be 2.5 stars. I agree with another reviewer who said that she thought it seemed the author really hadn't worked hard to write these piec ...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation
An excellent travel narrative of the nation, beyond the tourist zones of Jakarta and Bali. Pisani visits some fairly remote areas, running across ethn ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
Voyage of the Liberdade
Glad this was a short book (non-fiction "novella" as it were), as I never got used to the author's rather verbose, corny style. I suppose it may well ...more
Nov 15, 2014
Nov 11, 2014
Fin & Lady: A Novel
First part of the book, setting up Fin and Lady's pasts moved a bit slowly, though provided necessary details. Middle section set in Greenwich Village ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
The Hairy Hikers: A Coast-to-Coast Trek Along the French Pyrenees
I have to agree with a reviewer who said he found the author's regular "We're not a 'couple'!" protestations a bit off-putting; moreover, the audio na ...more
May 17, 2014
May 08, 2014
Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found
I really want to give this book four stars, but I just can't. Alexander's writing quality is very high, but the many details of her personal life just ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Nov 01, 2014
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
I classify this one as "travel" as parts of the book take place in France and Japan.

I had low expectations with this offering, having found his past c
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
Dancing with the Witchdoctor: One Woman's Stories of Mystery and Adventure in Africa
Not sure if I (completely) believe these stories, but they are fascinating reading!
Jun 17, 2008
May 27, 2008
Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved: A Woman Moves a House to Make a Home
I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to get into this one with all of the construction-related detail, but in the end that didn't really matter. There's ...more
Jan 10, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago
Balanced writing - informal without being obnoxious.
May 13, 2009
May 07, 2009
Beer in the Snooker Club
My library had this one as an ebook, so thought I'd check it out to expand my world literature reading. References to the Suez conflict made the book ...more
Dec 25, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
Quiet, Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian
Folks seem to have either loved the book, or hated it. Me, I fall in between.
Started out great with pieces on how the author came to become a libraria
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (A Flavia de Luce Mystery, #1)
Yes, Flavia can be a bit too much at times - especially the ending (after the murderer is "apprehended"), where even I was forced to think "Gosh - the ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
The Mapping of Love and Death
Apparently, once an author has made enough money for a publisher, her final drafts go straight-to-publication. This one's a great example as it opens ...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
I'm giving this one a fourth star because Slater really does write well; however, he became progressively bitchier as the book went on. His world fell ...more
Sep 30, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
I Wouldn't Start From Here: A Misguided Tour of the Early 21st Century
I stopped this long (15 hour) audiobook partway through, or I wouldn't have been able to finish it. Muller bounces around between "trouble spots" (Yug ...more
May 31, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
Blood, Ash, and Bone: A Tai Randolph Mystery
This review is going to sound as though I liked the book less than I did, as I had a couple of issues that I just couldn't brush aside. The gun thing ...more
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
Bar Flower: My Decadently Destructive Days and Nights as a Tokyo Nightclub Hostess
This is one of those times I wish this site had half-stars; this one should be a 3 1/2.
Jacobson tells a unique story quite well, so theoretically a 4
Jul 09, 2008
Jul 08, 2008
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (The Complete Classics)
I could write a long review, but there are so many others out there that readers should get an idea of what to expect - basically, it's standard Murak ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Nov 01, 2011