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Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table
I had resisted reading this library book for quite a while; it'd been an impulse grab from the new books shelf. What more could the author really have ...more
Mar 16, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
A Window Across the River
I had liked the movie of Morton's Starting Out In the Evening, so when the Constant Reader gang put this one on a discussion list, I decided to go for ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
Night Train to Lisbon
First of all, I want to get out of the way that I had no real problem with the translation, being hooked almost right away into the premise of Gregori ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 01, 2012
The Death of the Heart
I've given this audiobook high marks, when I have doubts I would've been able to get through the print version. At first, I wasn't sure about Kellgren ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
Mad Mouse
First off all: this series must be read in order. Otherwise, you're wasting your time. So, Do Not Start Here.

It's tough for a sequel to equal a strong
Feb 2015
Feb 01, 2015
A Game of Hide and Seek
My big problem here is that I don't think I understood the ending, which would make a difference, but here goes ...

I didn't find this a love story at
Apr 22, 2013
Feb 28, 2012
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
Maybe I'm just sated with the memoir thing? Or, maybe this one really just doesn't quite live up to the hype? I'll split the difference and go with "b ...more
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 14, 2009
Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet
Friend is a truly fantastic writer, but I'm deducting a potential fifth star as the book was just too long for me, with my interest starting to flag b ...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
What to Look for in Winter
I can see why folks might hate this one, and bail on it. McWilliam is an odd person, who's led a strange life, delivering her story in a somewhat conv ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
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
Gospel Truth
Rather than give a long, detailed review, I'll just say that the author does an excellent job with his intention in giving historical context to the t ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe
The travel essay parts are quite interesting, but the ... ummm ... reflective parts not so much. Lots and lots of obscure eastern European place names ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
C'est La Folie
I really wanted to dislike this book: it's written in the first person present tense, with details of animal husbandry and home renovation aplenty - y ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Jun 18, 2009
The Man with the Beautiful Voice: And more Stories from the Other Side of the Couch
A fairly quick read covering some of the author's more noteworthy cases as a therapist. I found all but the last one highly engaging, and that because ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
The Secret Life of Objects
Some folks complain that the organization of content is too random for them, but I figured it must've made sense to the author, and left it at that. S ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
I liked Outposts and Fracture Zone; Korea, however, was the end of line for me. Winchester makes a repeated point of how popular he is among South Kor ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2007
The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
I was going to give this one four stars, but really can't as the book seemed drawn out by the last 25% - 30% or so. Manji's main point that defining I ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
The Other Side of Midnight
Protagonist you want to root for and decent (not cardboard) secondary characters kept my attention. Paranormal mystery in 1920's Britain - what's not ...more
May 07, 2015
May 04, 2015
Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World
Tough to find a novel approach, that doesn't come off as as contrived/padding/reaching, in a biography of a public figure over a century later, but Ca ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Aug 07, 2012
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
I disliked his previous book (Safari), perhaps Theroux at his crankiest and most self-important. Here, he's more his usual self, exasperated at things ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Dec 13, 2008
Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day
Sequel to "Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day" -- that one could be described as "Falco gets a gig writing for Lonely Planet", while this one struck me a ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat
I came away feeling that his motivation in writing the book had to do with convincing wary Florida Democrats that he's really one of them now, rather ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
Gone Girl
You've probably read many reviews already, so I'll add here that I agree with those who hated the ending, which I found grimmer than it needed to be. ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
Jerusalem: The Biography
What a thorough book - by the end I was exhausted, and I took a couple of breaks for other listens! Other than the gory slaughter details of each succ ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
The Shadow of the Sun
Really great overview of post-colonial Africa, from entries set at or immediately after independence to decades later. Moreover, Kapuscinski often ven ...more
Apr 29, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
Last Night at the Lobster
From my time working in restaurant kitchens in my distant youth (though not in a chain as in this book), I found the goings-on quite accurate. The set ...more
May 24, 2012
May 25, 2012
The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life
I really wanted to like this one more than I did by the end. I can see why others rated it so highly, but I found that he emphasized the books that I ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
Thorough overview of Islamic history made approachable to outsiders. I'm withholding the fifth star as the post 9/11 section seemed to leave the book ...more
Aug 03, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
Bonnes Vacances!: A Crazy Family Adventure in the French Territories
I admire the author for her determination with carrying out the project; however, harsh as it may sound, her kids came off as precocious brats!

I had a
Jul 20, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
The Man Who Grew Tomatoes
Got this one as my free Kindle prime book for this month, as I liked the Mrs. Bradley series starring Diana Rigg. Our sleuth here is different; we're ...more
Dec 21, 2014
Dec 21, 2014