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The Good House
3.66
My five star book for the year arrived early it seems, and in rather a roundabout way - the title came up on my library's newly acquired audio downloa ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
 
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
3.52
Well ... I made it through the book (OK, so I skimmed in places), though at around the 2/3 mark I was sorely tempted to bail! Two stars out of five re ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 22, 2012
 
Life Without Limits
4.18
If you have a choice, listen to the audio version: Nick has a good sense of humor ("Aren't you glad you got the audio, so you can hear me sing!"). I b ...more
Dec 07, 2010
Dec 07, 2010
 
The Sunday Philosophy Club (Sunday Philosophy Club, #1)
3.36
I was just telling a friend that I rarely leave two-star reviews, but this is one of them. I probably wouldn't have read the entire book (Davina Porte ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
 
The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty
4.03
Historically accurate perhaps, though incredibly slanted.

Henry VIII was a bully/monster/tyrant. Period. End of Story. Most of the coverage of his reig
...more
May 26, 2010
May 20, 2010
 
Fatally Flaky (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, Book 15)
3.65
“To Carolyn Marino – with deep gratitude for excellent editing and for possessing a kind heart and a light touch”

I cannot vouch for Ms. Marino’s “kind
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Apr 23, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
 
Objects of My Affection
3.48
I have given up on this book about halfway through ... here's the breaking point at which I decided enough was enough ...

Lucy, the protagonist, has a
...more
May 22, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
The Girl on the Train
3.91
Dear Goodreads reader,

Are you familiar with the American expression "a hot mess"? Well, that pretty much sums up the stew of dysfunctionality in this
...more
Apr 22, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
 
The Transcriptionist
3.28
Pros:

I was invested in the protagonist, Lena, throughout the book.
NYC setting was very well done.
Satire (or at least critique) of the news biz was wel
...more
Jun 02, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
Traversa: A Solo Walk Across Africa, from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean
3.83
Incredible story of trekking from Namibia's Atlantic Coast to the Indian Ocean (ending up at Zanzibar). Although the author's attacked by neither man ...more
Apr 25, 2008
Apr 12, 2008
 
Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, #2)
3.87
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
 
The Book of Ruth
3.78
We were assigned this book as part of a writing course, with the intention that the instructor would have us read a few chapters per week, for us to d ...more
Apr 2002
May 09, 2008
 
Bookplate Special (A Booktown Mystery #3)
3.83
I'm going to try to describe the problems I had with the book without revealing any (major) spoilers, so please bear with me if things get a bit awkwa ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
 
The Mangle Street Murders
3.43
Bad news first: I loathed the Great Detective, Sidney Grice, who had all of Holmes and Poirot's pompousness and petulance, with nary a hint of their c ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
 
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
3.84
Another in a recent series of audiobooks that can best be described as "exhausting" I'm afraid, with a plot that careens and lurches like a pinball ga ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
 
Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia
3.75
I was disappointed that there was relatively little travel narrative involved (perhaps 30%), with the rest portraits of "average" Russians he met alon ...more
Dec 17, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
 
In the Land of Believers: An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church
3.45
First, I want to say that, though I have little first hand knowledge of the evangelical scene, Falwell's church probably wasn't the best place to find ...more
May 10, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book
3.67
Well ... I finally finished the book, so on to the review ... which isn't necessarily a good thing, as I'm of two minds here. I want to be fair, but I ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
 
Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood
3.16
Many memoirists engage in name dropping. To her credit, Charlotte Silver does not (except for a couple of references to Julia Child, who lived nearby, ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
 
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
3.94
I had not heard of the author, a television personality, before starting this book. The first part, regarding his early life and career, really wasn't ...more
May 08, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
 
And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life
3.54
I liked the author's books on Spain and Italy, but wasn't sure about this one. However, when I ventured up into the Seattle Public Library's stacks to ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
The Art Forger
3.67
I'm going to start with a bit of a spoiler, because I just can't discuss the book without mentioning it: the "forgery" itself blows up in their faces; ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
 
My Invented Country
3.79
I've never been tempted by Allende's fiction, and I can't say I am now, but this is one well-written, engaging memoir! To break things down, I'd say i ...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
 
Old Filth (Old Filth, #1)
3.94
I was skeptical at first, but it really is a brilliant book: the plotting, characters, and description all come together just right. I'm not going to ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
 
Brief Lives
3.59
I wasn't going to review this one, but having finished listening a few minutes ago, I've changed my mind.

A reviewer has stated that if the protagonist
...more
Feb 2015
Feb 01, 2015
 
Tilt-a-Whirl
3.80
I really liked this one ... a lot!

Where to begin after saying that ... I spent a few decades in the Garden State (ages 2 - 35), though have only been
...more
Dec 28, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
 
Jesus: A Pilgrimage
4.61
Can't believe it's been a whole month since I started this book, but it's easy to pick up again without losing the thread as he has specific points to ...more
Mar 28, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
 
The Clairvoyant Countess
3.95
This one had been sitting on my Audible purchased shelf for a while so thought I'd tackle it. Interesting protagonist, and well-crafted stories, and o ...more
May 02, 2015
May 03, 2015
 
Florence Gordon
3.75
I had liked Morton's Starting out in the evening, so thought I'd try this one when I saw my library had the audiobook available as a download. Verdict ...more
Dec 02, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
 
All the Little Live Things
4.07
Much of the first half of the book is typical story setup: introduction of characters, setting the scene, and the like, which is fine, although it's d ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
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