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To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan
Excellent, gripping account of Pakistan -- both its current political state and its history. Clear, concise prose, page turning style, lots of careful ...more
May 2010
May 14, 2010
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
Beautifully written as always, this new collection of essays has a few gems and others that might best have been left unpublished. I think it's fair t ...more
Mar 2015
Nov 13, 2014
The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It
Musings from the compulsive eating expert. Not much about food this go 'round; instead this is about spirituality, faith, cats, and dying fathers. An ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 12, 2009
Murder in the Marais (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #1)
I loved the setting and history (and I'm not even a Francophile), but thought this was also hampered by flat characters, cartoonish action, and that l ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 27, 2012
About Alice
Touching eulogy, with just the right use of particular detail to make Alice a vivid character. I was annoyed at times by the elitism and vanity of the ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 08, 2009
Snow Angels (Inspector Kari Vaara, #1)
Depraved, misogynistic, and unimaginative. Are we really supposed to care about Inspector Vaara? Hated it, although the Finnish setting had some nice ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 20, 2010
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
Nicely written tragic teen human/werewolf love story. I would quibble that the setting seems more like New England than my home state of Minnesota. Al ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 20, 2010
Posed for Murder
There is a lot that I enjoyed about this one. Nice setting in Brooklyn, depiction of the world of artists, and some great, vivid small characters. I e ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 24, 2010
It Was Me All Along: A Memoir
An inspiring memoir about overcoming food addiction.
Apr 12, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
Here Come the Brides!: Love and Marriage, Lesbian-Style
It took me a few months to get through this because the subject matter is repetitive. That said, I appreciated different views on marriage, from senti ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life
Nothing much new here... time honored exercises to meditate and visualize your way to your heart's desire. Unless you are totally new to this kind of ...more
May 2009
May 03, 2009
Dead Renegade (A Loon Lake Mystery, #10)
Nicely written, but I'm not quite as charmed by the characters as I would need to be to keep going with this series. Knowing that this is the shortest ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Shadow Tag
Having struggled through "Love Medicine" many years ago, I was amazed at how much I loved this book. It is rich, honest, gripping, and engrossing. The ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 22, 2010
Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
Curiously overrated account of one woman's trek across the Australian desert. Alas, the extraordinary journey only occasionally comes vividly to life. ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 22, 2009
The Skeleton in the Closet
Charming cozy featuring a sad sack love story and a mystery involving a railroad robbery (similar to "Millions"). I liked the relationship between Mag ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 21, 2010
Mutant Message Down Under
Curiously billed as "fiction" this is a memoir about an American doctor's trek across the Australian desert with an Aboriginal tribe. Both spiritual a ...more
May 2009
May 27, 2009
Wishful Drinking
The lighter side of drug addiction, manic depression, and having your father leave your mother for Elizabeth Taylor. Bonus: much dish about Carrie Fis ...more
May 2009
May 03, 2009
You Should Have Known
This is a strange hodgepodge of a book.It starts out as a social commentary, then very briefly is a murder mystery, then morphs into a midlife reinven ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
McNally's Caper
Another book that has mysteriously fallen off my list. I read it way back my first Christmas in SF. I remember one thing about it: It said that few st ...more
Dec 1995
Dec 30, 2009
Read My Hips: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting, and Live Large
If only things were this easy. 3.5/5.0
Jun 2011
Jun 27, 2011
Accidentally on Purpose: A One-Night Stand, My Unplanned Parenthood, and Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made
Loved it! Refreshingly candid memoir about an accidental midlife pregnancy and unplanned single motherhood. Neither sentimental nor a downer. I think ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 24, 2009
Endless Love
This was my most agonizing read since Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger. It went on and on and on and on and on and on. Can't believe I finished it. A ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Dec 24, 2013
Claiming Ground
First-rate prose about life as a female shepherd in Wyoming. Although it requires patience to read, this is a brilliant examination of the harshness ( ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 20, 2010
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
The best of this was published originally as a lengthy New Yorker piece.
Nov 11, 2013
Nov 02, 2013
Chinatown Angel (Chico Santana, #1)
I loved almost everything about this book. The NY setting, the edgy noir feeling, the well-crafted plot and dimensional characters. There were a coupl ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 16, 2010
Neighborhood Watch
**spoiler alert** Engrossing mystery, with an effectively twisty plot. I especially liked the fact that two of the subplots, either of which might hav ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 18, 2010
Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
Engrossing true story about a Mexican boy's dangerous journey across the border into the U.S. Vivid and harrowing detail depicting what it takes to ge ...more
May 2009
May 03, 2009
The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5)
There were things that I really liked about this novel. It has a lot of quirky sidetracks that are enjoyable and I love the way the author incorporate ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 27, 2010
Little Bee
This is one of the better books I've read this year. How can something so profound be such a page-turner? How can a male author successfully create tw ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Why Can't I Be You
This is a tweaked version of While You Were Sleeping, set at a high school reunion near Seattle. The author shows some creativity with the scenes you ...more
Jun 11, 2015
Mar 04, 2015