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The Emperor's Children
2.90
After finally finishing this book in an agonizing three days, I read the NYT book review on line to try to figure out why the NYT would consider this ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1)
3.92
Sometimes it helps to read a series in order. In the case of Christopher Moore, though, it's not always necessary. I read "You Suck" first, and thorou ...more
May 26, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
 
Truth Like the Sun
3.34
I've been wondering lately if my standards are too low, because I seem to be loving every book I read and giving them pretty high ratings. Well, I don ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2013
 
The Surrendered
3.64
I feel horribly guilty rating this book only a three. It is well written, compelling, and extremely thought provoking. But it is also probably the sad ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
 
How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets
3.72
Garth Stein writes vivid stories set in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest that make a local think that if they don't actually know his characters, the ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
 
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
3.71
Hamid creates a beautiful and creative novel structured as a self-help book/love story/post modern essay. When so many books seem formulaic, this one ...more
not set
Aug 15, 2014
 
The Goldfinch
3.86
At a bookstore fundraiser for one my kids' schools, I picked up a stack of summer reading including The Goldfinch, not because I had heard anything ab ...more
Jul 19, 2015
Jul 20, 2015
 
Sydney
3.45
I picked up Sydney in a bookstore in the Rocks, wanting to know more about the history of the town. The historical aspects of the book, especially in ...more
May 29, 2013
May 27, 2013
 
The Great Man
3.48
I picked this book up in an airport bookstore as it had an award and I thought it might be a good plane read. While I finished it in two flights, I ca ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2008
 
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
3.79
I was skeptical about TRFG. After all, if a book is a Starbucks free download, how good can it be? Shockingly, very, very good.

TRFG is constructed in
...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
 
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
3.31
Rich girls and horses. Sound attractive? Add some family drama, a boarding school, and a lot of smut and you have the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girl ...more
not set
Aug 06, 2014
 
The Three-Day Affair
3.47
In my ongoing quest for books that don't seem to have been stamped out of the same old contemporary book formula mold, I picked up the Three-Day Affai ...more
not set
Aug 18, 2014
 
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)
3.61
The title and cover graphics were all I needed to purchase this book, and while my expectations weren't too high it wasn't quite worth the $15 I paid ...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
The Imperfectionists
3.53
I love Tom Rachman's explanation of the book on the Amazon web site. Essentially, he wanted to be a writer but went into journalism, was disappointed ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
 
The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman
3.49
I would like to meet Karen Karbo. I would assume I would run into her in Sumptown coffee in Portland on a rainy Saturday morning and we would dish abo ...more
not set
Jun 03, 2013
 
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
3.16
What do you do if your husband of 15 years, brilliant, bi-polar, verbally abusive, and not much of a financial contributor decides to leave you for a ...more
not set
Nov 25, 2012
 
Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain: Stories
3.37
In "Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain" Lucia Perillo has captured the very abnormally-normal people of the Pacific Northwest in a series of short s ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2013
 
Orange Is the New Black
3.67
Like many people, Piper Kerman did some stupid things when she was young. She trusted the wrong people, fell in love with the wrong people, and, oh ye ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2014
 
Luka and the Fire of Life
3.59
The sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Luka and the Fire of Life is Haroun's younger brother's trip into their father's magical storytelling wor ...more
not set
Jan 05, 2014
 
Skippy Dies
3.71
From the first sentence, I was hooked. I read appropriate sections to my 10 year old son, but Skippy Dies is not 10 year old appropriate (except for s ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
The Expats
3.40
The Expats is the story of Katherine, aka Kate, an ex-CIA agent with two small children whose husband, Dexter, has decided to take a lucrative short-t ...more
Sep 05, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
 
This One is Mine
3.04
Violet Parry, retired screen writer, mother of Dot, and wife to David Parry, music industry scion, is having a midlife crisis. She's 42, gained weight ...more
not set
Nov 05, 2012
 
The True Memoirs of Little K
3.44
Maybe it's because I grew up as Gorbachev and Regan ended the Cold War and teaching Russian history in depth was not very popular, but I don't have go ...more
May 09, 2012
May 09, 2012
 
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
3.84
An Iraqi war hero, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, and Beyonce are not my recipe for an engaging story, but clearly I need some cooking lessons.

Billy
...more
not set
Feb 04, 2013
 
Cutting for Stone
4.27
After reading Cutting for Stone, the story of conjoined twins Marion and Shiva, I have tremendous respect for Abraham Verghese. This beautifully writt ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.91
"Where'd you go, Bernadette?" is a spot-on must read satire of life in Seattle for anyone who lives within 25 miles of Microsoft, with one small adjus ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2012
 
The Condition
3.49
The Condition is the story of a family that spans approx. 25 or so years. Pauline, the matriarch, comes from "the Drew family" described as people who ...more
Sep 24, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
 
State of Wonder
3.83
From reading State of Wonder I got the distinct impression that Ann Patchett has some serious daddy issues. The main character, Marina Singh, who drop ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
 
Norwegian Wood
4.02
The title, Norwegian Wood, is from the Beatles song of the same name, which wasn't recognizable to me by title until I played it. I meant to do so ear ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
 
Telegraph Avenue
3.35
It took me months to get into this book. I picked it up poolside, but was too distracted by all the noise around me (moms, splashing, kids, birds) to ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Oct 10, 2014
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