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A Thousand Splendid Suns
**spoiler alert** For the last two months I have been putting off reading this book. For starters, I bought the book at an airport in Taiwan, which me ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 04, 2007
Austenland (Austenland, #1)
I am a Pride and Prejudice snob. I only like the BBC version, with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett. While there are pa ...more
Feb 18, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
The Book of Mormon
While certainly not comprehensive, here are some of my observations from reading this entire book in three days:

* Nephi is hard for the proud to like
Jan 2008
Oct 18, 2007
The Art of Racing in the Rain
I'm shocked...shocked, by how much I loved this book.

The narrator is a dog.

There is much mentioning of racing - Formula One, NASCAR, Indy....

and the n
Nov 08, 2008
Sep 17, 2008
Bel Canto
This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 11, 2007
East of Eden
I finished this last night and afterwards, I lay back on my pillow extremely satisfied just thinking about it. It's so rare that I read something that ...more
Dec 2007
Aug 24, 2007
The Help
Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush! I cannot gush enough about this book.

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, follows the lives of three women living in 1962 Jack
May 15, 2009
May 06, 2009
Suite Française
A masterpiece. And this is the rough draft.

I've spent the last day trying to decide if I loved this book because I'm sentimental. The author, Irene Ne
not set
Oct 19, 2007
Mrs. Mike
This wasn't on my list of scheduled reads but while I was in a bookstore last month to purchase a book for a Christmas exchange, I saw Mrs. Mike on th ...more
Oct 1990
Aug 24, 2007
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
I picked this book up two days ago to read the first page (I personally think you can tell a lot about a book from the first page) and was hooked. I'm ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 24, 2007
The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1)
Written by Pearl S. Buck, an American citizen who spent most of her childhood and much of her adult life in China, in 1931. It was awarded the Pulitze ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 24, 2007
The Midwife's Confession
I don't even know how to write this without spoilers so consider this your big spoiler alert.


My apologies to Diane Chamberlain, who I'm sure is a
Feb 24, 2012
Sep 01, 2011
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
In a day when a cure is expected for nearly every ailment, flaw or disorder, I was struck by John Elder Robinson's assertion that those with Asperger' ...more
Apr 12, 2008
Apr 11, 2008
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on.

Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric societ
Nov 15, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
While reading this book, I think I recommended it to about every person I had a conversation with about it. Now that I'm actually finished reading it, ...more
Jul 2006
Dec 17, 2007
Here be Dragons (Welsh Princes, #1)
I love to read other people's favorite books. Amy M. recommended this to me, although I don't think she described it as her favorite. Just a book she ...more
Apr 26, 2008
Apr 11, 2008
A Town Like Alice
A Town Like Alice reminds me so much of my favorite book, Mrs. Mike. Both catalog the difficulties and triumphs of living in remote areas. Both are hi ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Sep 22, 2008
American Wife
Rarely am I so repulsed by a book while still able to honestly say that it wasn't completely awful. I can't ignore the fact that Curtis Sittenfeld (a ...more
Feb 2009
Dec 24, 2008
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)

I am not a fan of forwarded emails. They frustrate me, because they usually come from the same group of people, people I like a great deal but who nev
Dec 2007
Dec 04, 2007
The Birth House
I should have known better than to read this. One thing I am not is pro-home birth. I'm not anti- home birth, but the more I read about the "exquisite ...more
Aug 2008
May 20, 2008
My Name Is Asher Lev
Chaim Potok is a brilliant author who refuses to write a page-turning book. I can't tell you how many bad books I have finished hoping for a Potok-esq ...more
Jun 2007
Oct 18, 2007
The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)
The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in a series written by Diana Gabaldon about Clare Fraser, who can travel through time by touching stones (think ston ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 24, 2007
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Somehow, in Krakauer's and every other story of Christian fundamentalism and extremism that is exposed, those involved justification for doing evil an ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 23, 2007
Hope Was Here
I feel like the big grown up bully attacking the cute, freckled face kid on the playground with this review. However, as a Newberry Medal Honor Book, ...more
May 19, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Last night, I went to dinner with some friends and told them about this book and how much I was enjoying reading it. Of course, thy asked what the tit ...more
Aug 28, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
The Forever War
Dexter Filkins, the author of The Forever War, is a New York Times foreign correspondent who covered the middle east from Afghanistan's Taliban rule i ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Olive Kitteridge
I have never liked the idiom, "You can't have your cake and eat it too," because it doesn't make sense. What are you talking about? I have cake and ea ...more
May 16, 2009
May 08, 2009
Everything Is Illuminated
This book is hard to piece together. It's even harder to write about.

If Everything Is Illuminated had to be categorized onto one shelf, I'd assign it
Jun 2008
May 07, 2008
The Shell Seekers
From its supermarket cover (have you seen it? It felt embarrassing to have such a romantically embossed book in my hands) to its one-dimensional chara ...more
Jun 2009
Jan 22, 2009
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Theodore Roosevelt's leadership and charisma is a well documented part of American history. Although I'm sure I learned about him in my required histo
Feb 10, 2009
Jun 05, 2008
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