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Love in the Time of Cholera
**spoiler alert** I read Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez because of John Cusack. It’s no secret that I have a weakness for the m ...more
May 14, 2008
Aug 28, 2007
The Grapes of Wrath
**spoiler alert** Once again, I've fallen into the line of classics, what right do I have to criticize?? But I press on, given that this book was a he ...more
Jul 2008
Sep 04, 2007
The River Wife
**spoiler alert** The River Wife by Jonis Agee is a novel that spans 100 plus years and details the lives of the women in the life of Jacques Ducharme ...more
Jun 2008
May 05, 2008
Water for Elephants
**spoiler alert** Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is a story about Jacob Jankowski and his short time with The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Sho ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 05, 2008
The Alchemist
**spoiler alert** I decided, both in an effort to alleviate boredom at work and to keep me on task with the whole reading thing, to write reviews of a ...more
Jan 11, 2008
Dec 03, 2007
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
**spoiler alert** My first inclination to read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz was not because it was a Pulitzer prize winner, but ...more
Aug 25, 2008
May 07, 2008
Before Green Gables
**spoiler alert** I've been a fan of Anne Shirley for longer than I can remember. I think it began with Megan Follows and PBS. It continued with a har ...more
May 19, 2008
May 05, 2008
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Audio CD)
**spoiler alert** The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards is a novel about a choice. I went from reading a book about a lie in a moment (Atonement ...more
May 05, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
The Art of Racing in the Rain
**spoiler alert** The 22nd selection in my little journey is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. My dad bought me this book for my birthday, ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
The Jane Austen Book Club
**spoiler alert** I chose to read The Jane Austen Book Club for two reasons - I liked the movie, and my friend Jessica had a copy I could easily borro ...more
Sep 2008
Oct 03, 2008
Gods Behaving Badly
**spoiler alert** Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips is the latest book on my quest to 30 and the May selection for the HBC. The story imagines a s ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 05, 2008
**spoiler alert** What happens when you lose control of a situation?? What happens when your child slips into psychosis?? The novel Unless by Carol Sh ...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
The Tattooed Girl
**spoiler alert** The Tattooed Girl is a story of a relationship between a professor and his assistant. It's a story of intolerable hate, and bigotry, ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 01, 2008
The Namesake
**spoiler alert** I decided to read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri when I saw the preview for the movie. I've had an "affection" for Kal Penn ever sinc ...more
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Aug 28, 2007
The Egyptologist
**spoiler alert** The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips is a peculiar novel. It tells a story of an expedition in Egypt during the 1920s. The story foll ...more
Apr 2008
May 05, 2008
**spoiler alert** I decided to read Atonement by Ian McEwan mostly because I wanted to see the movie. I go through that a lot. A movie comes out that ...more
Mar 10, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
The Stone Diaries
**spoiler alert** The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields is number 13 in my race to 30 books read in 2008. It tells the life story of a completely ordinar ...more
Jun 06, 2008
Jun 01, 2008
The Life Before Her Eyes
**spoiler alert** The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke is a novel about survivor's guilt. The main character, Diana, is a 40 year old woman, wh ...more
Jan 2008
Jun 01, 2008
**spoiler alert** Amsterdam by Ian McEwan is important for two reasons. One ... it's my official halfway point. I'm a week and a half ahead of schedul ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
Skeletons at the Feast
**spoiler alert** Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian is a novel about a group of travelers on the Eastern Front of WWII during the final months ...more
Aug 14, 2008
Jul 22, 2008
The Plague of Doves
**spoiler alert** The Plague of Doves by Louise Edrich bills itself as a murder mystery. But it's not. It tells the story of a group of people living ...more
Aug 05, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
**spoiler alert** Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez is a memoir of a woman who traveled to Kabul just after 9/11 as a humanitarian aid worker. ...more
Jun 10, 2008
May 05, 2008
The Mathematics of Love
**spoiler alert** The Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin is a story of the lives of two people connected over time by a house. The story jumps back an ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 11, 2008
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
**spoiler alert** It’s hard to review a book in which the author essentially lays out his viewpoints and his ideas for the country. There’s no real ta ...more
Nov 03, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
**spoiler alert** Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a story about two friends in nineteenth century China. The two girls, Lily and Snow Flower, are ol ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
**spoiler alert** My latest selection is The Commitment Dan Savage. To be upfront and honest, I should state at the beginning that I love Dan Savage. ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
**spoiler alert** It’s difficult to describe The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich. On the surface, the novel tells the ...more
Sep 2008
Aug 28, 2008
Martha Quest (Children of Violence, #1)
**spoiler alert** This book is a story of a young girl coming to age in Africa during the time just prior to World War II. It’s kind of hard for me to ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Aug 28, 2008
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
I've been meaning to read this for years, ever since a drunk guy at a Halloween party told me that the Norton version was phenomenal. I didn't think i ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Aug 29, 2007
Of Mice and Men
Apr 2008
May 05, 2008
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