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The Whole World Over
I loved the descriptions of food in this book as the main character is a successful pastry chef in New York. I thought that the relationship between G ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2008
Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis
Jimmy Carter is an amazing humanitarian and I respected him already for his humanitarian efforts. I really liked how he explained why Christian's shou ...more
May 2007
Aug 30, 2007
Absalom, Absalom!
Obviously, I'm not enough of a literary intellectual to fully appreciate "freakin' Faulkner" as I came to refer to him while I muddled my way through ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
The Last Lecture
Many people, including me, saw Randy Pausch's lecture before the book came out. It was aired on You Tube and TV. A professor at Carnegie Mellon, he wa ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Apr 05, 2009
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
One of the craziest books I've read in a long time! The narrator of the story is one of the most marginal characters so it's a unique point of view an ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
Digging to America
A story about two couples, one quintessentially American and the other Iranian-American, who meet by chance at the Baltimore airport as they are both ...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
Shanghai Girls is another beautifully written novel by Lisa See. The story of two sisters who grow up in Shanghai in a privileged, pampered life only ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail
This true story of Malika Oufkir, recounts her shocking (and yet recent) upbringing as the daughter of one of the king's most trusted advisors in Moro ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
A Soft Place to Land
The tale of two half-sisters , Ruthie and Julia, who are torn apart when their parents die in a plane crash and Ruthie moves to San Franciso to live w ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish Trilogy, #1)
The story is about a woman named Jude who decides to quit her teaching career after her divorce and go to Ireland for a few months to visit her family ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy
Really interesting book. I didn't know much about Ted Kennedy at all and finally found out what the "scandal" was. This book is an amazing tribute not ...more
Jun 15, 2009
May 28, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This story is told through a series of letters which was a bit confusing for me at the beginning but stick with it because as the letters continue, th ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
Pigs in Heaven
A follow up to The Bean Trees which I read many years ago. Taylor finds herself on the run with her adopted daughter Turtle after a lawyer from the Ch ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
A quick, cute read that I read on an airplane ride. Step, Ball, Change is the story of a couple who are getting ready for retirement and looking forwa ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy #1)
Another epic novel by Ken Follett. This one covers the events of World War I and is told from the point of view of several nations involved in both si ...more
Jul 22, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
Cutting for Stone
A novel about twin boys and their struggles with being orphaned at birth and raised in Ethiopia at a medical facility where they both learned so much ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
This book is probably a 3 1/2 but that wasn't a choice. While I was reading it I became bored and impatient at times due to the narrative which goes b ...more
May 25, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
Anna Karenina
I'm conflicted over this book. On the one hand, there were parts of the book that I found boring and inconsequential. The dialogue regarding politics ...more
May 26, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
The Shack
I usually like a good story when I read and this wasn't that. While the author had a story to tell, it was obvious that the book was written to descri ...more
Oct 23, 2008
Oct 24, 2008
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight is a teen romance novel, but very well done. The story is about Eliot and Calliope (Cal) and switches from each character's ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Jul 08, 2008
Nine Stories
I've always wanted to read Salinger and heard this book was great from Goodreads readers. Nine Stories is a collection of nine short stories that were ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Oct 12, 2007
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I read this book because my 11 year old daughter had a copy from a friend and was going to read it and I wanted to know what it was about before she d ...more
May 25, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
I read this book largely out of curiosity because I've seen it on so many book lists and knew it had received the Pulitzer Prize and heard it referred ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Aug 28, 2007
Change of Heart
I do appreciate that Jodi Picoult obviously researches her subject matter and this book was no exception. This story centers around the controversy su ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 30, 2008
Life And Death In Shanghai
This autobiographical account of life for Nien Cheng during the "Cultural Revolution" in China was incredible. I learned so much about history, commun ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Aug 24, 2007
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Girl With a Pearl Earring is a story about a girl who comes to be a maid in order to help her family financially. She works for the family of a painte ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 15, 2009
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven (Elmwood Springs, #3)
Fannie Flagg does a great job of portraying country charm and living in this story of Aunt Elner who is a woman in her 80's (or so) who is definitely ...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
The Fault in Our Stars
John Green does a wonderful job of capturing the tragedy of cancer with the attitude of a teen. While the topic could have led to a terribly depressin ...more
Aug 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
My first Sedaris book, he is an interesting, unique voice who shares tales of his absurd family history in this collection of essays. Reading his book ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 25, 2009
The Host (The Host, #1)
First off, I'm not a Stephanie Meyer fan so I was tainted before I read this book. I will say that I thought the premise of the book was interesting w ...more
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Jul 15, 2008
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