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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
4.16
I approached this book knowing next to nothing about modern-day Chechnya. I knew it was war torn, but I had no idea of how people currently live. This...more
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Jun 20, 2013
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.21
I am so impressed with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. First of all, she can really write beautifully. Her characters are 3 dimensional, and her description...more
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May 01, 2014
 
The Hundred-Year House
3.58
I really liked the Borrower a lot, and got excited when I found out that Rebecca Makkai had another book coming out. While the Borrower was light and...more
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May 01, 2014
 
A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea
3.76
There seems to be a renewed interest in post-revolution Iran, with the success of Argo and the publication of a handful of well-regarded books. Saba w...more
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Jun 20, 2013
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.03
I had a particularly weird experience reading this book. It reads like historical fiction and I had to constantly remind myself that the book is set i...more
Feb 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
3.96
Cameron is a very believable character. She discovers her desire for girls at age 12, and while she has thoughts about it being wrong or against what...more
Dec 31, 2012
Jan 07, 2013
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.08
We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a gothic tale with a slightly different spin on it. I almost think of it as the events leading up to what would...more
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Aug 16, 2012
 
Mr. Chartwell
3.36
This is not a book for everyone. I won't lie. It's a weird one. It has the feeling and pace of a lot of the weirder indie movies(think Spike Jonze). I...more
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Oct 18, 2011
 
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
3.89
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is the crazy-but-true version of the story told in Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. Jeanette Winterson had a rat...more
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Apr 05, 2012
 
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
4.25
I stumbled across this book by accident, needing to download something onto a nook to learn how to use it. I knew nothing of the book before that.

Con...more
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Jul 29, 2011
 
The Art Forger
3.67
I'm guessing that at one point Barbara Shapiro was a painter. It's not because she can describe the process of classical painting, or the drive to be...more
Jan 2012
Jan 07, 2013
 
The Leftovers
3.36
This book opens with the description of a Rapture-like event, where a percentage of the people on Earth simply vanish. There is no explanation of why...more
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Jan 27, 2012
 
The Marriage Plot
3.40
I love Jeffrey Eugenides writing. He is so good at getting inside the heads of his characters and portraying them in a way that is believable.

The bigg...more
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Dec 06, 2011
 
The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac
3.02
This is a resetting of the traditional coming-of-age novel to a more authentic time (post-college) and more authentic place (back in the family nest)....more
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Apr 02, 2012
 
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art
3.89
This was an interesting book. Having worked in museums and auction houses as both an art handler and as an archival researcher, I have always taken fo...more
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Oct 02, 2012
 
Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
3.61
Fooling Houdini is an illuminating glimpse into the intensely secretive, obsessive world of magic and magicians. Without giving away too much, Stone i...more
Feb 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
We Need to Talk About Kevin
4.04
This book packs a wallop! It is gut-wrenching from beginning to end. I am amazed by Lionel Shriver's willingness to address taboos in ways that I have...more
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Sep 21, 2012
 
The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)
4.09
What a treat! This book is a rather silly, yet very well written account of the second Myfanwy Thomas, who wakes up in a park surrounded by people she...more
Feb 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
Home
3.67
One of my strongest reading memories is of discovering Toni Morrison the summer before my senior year of high school. I spent that summer in Wildwood...more
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May 12, 2012
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
3.98
My lower star rating had nothing to do with the way this book is written. Katherine Boo did an amazing job portraying the people and issues of Annawad...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
King Dork
3.60
Tom (or Chi-mo as his torture-intent classmates call him) is a snarky, self-aware high school kid. He only has one real friend, with whom he is consta...more
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Dec 04, 2012
 
The Middlesteins
3.43
The Middlesteins is the story of a suburban Jewish family living outside of Chicago. The primary focus is on Edie, who is the loving, yet strong-heade...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
 
Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles, #1)
3.60
This is the first book written by the Decemberists' front-man, Colin Meloy. Wildwood is the story of a young girl, named Prue, who while on a bike rid...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
 
By Nightfall
3.38
Michael Cunningham is well-known for his deliberate, descriptive, lyrical writing that seems to illustrate its subtleties in plot and atmosphere so pe...more
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Feb 02, 2012
 
Shine Shine Shine
3.48
I've been meaning to get to this one for a while. The description sounded too odd to ignore, and the reviews have been great. (It's the story of Sunn...more
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Jun 20, 2013
 
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
3.79
The Angel's Game is Carlos Ruiz Zafon's loosely-related sequel to The Shadow of the Wind. I LOVED The Shadow of the Wind, and was truly looking forwar...more
Oct 05, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
 
Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
3.78
Recommend this one to all of the readers who loved Hillenbrand's Unbroken. Lost in Shangri-la is another WWII survival story, but the details are then...more
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Aug 05, 2011
 
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
3.97
Evie, a 17-year-old flapper wannabe, is sent to stay with her Uncle Will in New York City after getting into some slanderous trouble at home. It's the...more
Jan 2012
Jan 07, 2013
 
A Hologram for the King
3.33
Alan, as a character, is kind of a dope. He is in a pretty bad predicament - about to lose his house, unable to pay his daughter's college tuition, an...more
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Oct 02, 2012
 
Skippy Dies
3.71
I was pretty amused throughout the entire book and consistently found myself laughing at the characters with their bad ideas and crude jokes. While I...more
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Aug 16, 2012
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