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A good redemption story is hard to resist. It's probably why the Bible is so popular. It's also why Mary Karr, in Lit, is able to hook the reader from ...more
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
The Black Hour
This is the book I'll be recommending to everyone this summer. This masterful debut novel alternates between the points of view of Amelia Emmet, a soc ...more
Jul 10, 2014
Oct 21, 2013
It took me a good two chapters to get a grip on the Scottish dialect in which Trainspotting is written. Once I caught on, though, I was riveted by thi ...more
Jan 2004
Nov 27, 2007
Shotgun Lovesongs
I liked this book so much that I was up at 3am finishing it... Unfortunately, when I hit the star ratings on my kindle, I must have been half asleep a ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
The Four Ms. Bradwells
Being a law school grad, I was drawn to this story about 4 law school friends brought back together years later when one of them is being appointed to ...more
Aug 15, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Ballad of West Tenth Street: A Novel
A friend from my writing group (and the fastest reader I know) recommended this book to me. Marjorie Kernan's The Ballad of West Tenth Street revolves ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
I was very, very excited to read Freedom, Jonathan Franzen's new novel about a Minnesotan family, the Berglunds, and the ideals, joys, disappointments ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
The Help
I feel like I was one of the last people in the world to read this book. That’s what happens when the stack of “to read” books next to your bed barely ...more
Feb 2011
Sep 29, 2010
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is about two women with the same name who both show up in Maine believing they've won a dream house from a cable ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
Kilmoon (A County Clare Mystery #1)
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of KILMOON. I don't read many mysteries, but I do enjoy a good one now and again, and this one was great ...more
Mar 17, 2014
Aug 31, 2013
The Dog Year
I adore author Ann Garvin's writing for her ability to find the funny in what would otherwise be sad situations.
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May 27, 2014
On Maggie's Watch
Love how this author tackles tough, sometimes dark topics with humor.
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Jul 30, 2013
Chasing the Sun: A Novel
CHASING THE SUN, the debut novel from author Natalia Sylvester, is the story of a struggling marriage literally cleaved down the middle when the wife ...more
Jun 05, 2014
Aug 12, 2013
Becoming Josephine
BECOMING JOSEPHINE is a riveting look at the extraordinary life of Josephine Bonaparte. I learned so much from reading this novel, not only about Jose ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Aug 04, 2013
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
"When You Are Engulfed In Flames" is darker than Sedaris' other books, and deals with more serious subject matters, like death and the political lands ...more
Aug 19, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
Long After Midnight at the Nino Bien: A Yanqui's Missteps in Argentina
This book transported me to the late nights and dark alleys of Buenos Aires. The author's voice is very engaging-- like talking to a well-traveled fri ...more
Jul 2012
Jun 21, 2012
How I Came to Sparkle Again
This was such a fun read. The setting, in a tiny Colorado ski town, is vividly depicted, and the characters are quirky and lovable.
Nov 12, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
Under the Tuscan Sun
This book was a delight to read. The book is a collection of journal entries, complete with travelogues, recipes, and notes on gardening and home repa ...more
Jan 2004
Nov 27, 2007
The Time Traveler's Wife
Unbelieveable that this is Niffenegger's novel. She takes a fantastical and ambitious plot--time travel--and somehow makes it plausible. Her transitio ...more
May 2006
Nov 27, 2007
The Cloister Walk
I read this book for my "CORE" class at Notre Dame. It was a small, multidisciplinary seminar that every sophomore liberal arts major was required to ...more
Oct 1998
Jan 18, 2008
I enjoyed the funny, extreme satire on the media, fame, religion, and society's fixation on good looks. There were some brilliant scenes in here (the ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 28, 2008
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a more thoughtful consumer. It's not just about muckraking (although there is a lot of that). It ...more
Sep 2003
Feb 08, 2008
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
I found this book hard to get into at first, but I'm glad I toughed it out. Fuller's tale of her dysfunctional but courageous family bouncing around A ...more
Jan 2006
Nov 27, 2007
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
I want to re-read this book. I read it in college for a liberal arts seminar, and I was amazed by the sheer amount of information about the natural wo ...more
Nov 1998
Jan 18, 2008
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
This book has me dreaming of spring, and learning a lot of things I didn't know about vegetables and other edible things. For example, I did not know ...more
Jun 2009
Dec 28, 2007
Carver is a master of doing much with few words.
Jun 21, 2012
May 21, 2012
What is remarkable about this book is that it is just about an ordinary family, but it is so beautifully written, so real in its characters and the em ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Dec 18, 2011
Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants is an unusual, exciting, and sometimes sad story about circus life during the Great Depression. I enjoyed this glimpse into anothe ...more
Jul 08, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
The Namesake
A beautifully-written, engaging, and sometimes heartbreaking story. Lahiri's characters are impeccably crafted and very realistic, as are her renderin ...more
Jan 26, 2009
Dec 28, 2007
The Ten-Year Nap
Realistic, almost painfully so, in its examination of women's complexities and the tenuous relationships we have with family, career, and one another. ...more
Mar 13, 2013
Jan 03, 2012
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