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The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
This epic spans generations but centers around the life of the fascinating Father Damien. Every aspect of his story is compelling, as are the journeys ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 01, 2008
The Garden of Evening Mists
Beautifully told story about memory, forgetting, finding peace. Interesting narrative structure. High-school me would be flabbergasted, but I have to ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
The Way We Live Now
One of Trollope's very best. Felix is an excellent reprobate. Marie Melmotte turns out to be far more spirited and interesting than expected. Roger se ...more
Jul 08, 2011
May 18, 2011
Goodbye Lemon
I loved Davies' The Frog King when I was in high school, likely because I aspired to his vocabulary and apparently had extremely low standards for wri ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 13, 2008
Home (Gilead, #2)
An absolutely beautiful novel about family, home, predestination, the possibility or impossibility of redemption, and so much more. I suspected after ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Mar 15, 2010
I Am Legend and Other Stories
I read this after enjoying but having some problems with the Will Smith movie of the same name. I thought the plot of the book was much richer than wh ...more
Apr 18, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
The Sea, the Sea
Brilliant. Charles Arrowby is the perfect sympathetic a--hole. The setting is enchanting, the supporting cast members are interesting and real. I enjo ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 01, 2010
The Duke's Children (Palliser, #6)
The Duke is such a wonderful character - "a brick," as his sons like to call him - and in this novel I particularly loved how Trollope used him to tea ...more
Nov 08, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
We Don't Live Here Anymore
I certainly prefer Dancing After Hours, but this isn't bad. The first two stories are so... sad. I definitely don't want to see the movie if it's base ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
The Marriage Plot
It held my interest enough for me to zip through it in a weekend, but that's because I was just... waiting. I didn't have big expectations for plot, b ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
All Souls
I liked the way the narrative was building during the first half, but - silly me - I expected things to come together a bit more. It felt more like a ...more
May 10, 2010
May 11, 2010
Galatea 2.2
I enjoyed reading this, but I liked not knowing how autobiographical it was. Somehow, looking up Powers and seeing that the novels the narrator wrote ...more
Oct 22, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
Read one at a time and put it away for a while. Otherwise every single essay starts to sound the same: 1. Here's a dialectic that I maybe made up so I ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Mar 03, 2011
The Feast of Love
The characters in The Feast of Love are interesting, but they lack depth. And pretty much all they talk about is sex, which gets old. But I guess I sh ...more
Apr 28, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
Phineas Redux
I love the way Trollope refuses sensationalism. He throws in a murder and immediately lets us know who really did it. It's NEVER about the plot with h ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
Look at Me
I read The Keep a while ago and loved it, but for some reason I thought it was Jennifer Egan's first novel.

The relationships she constructs in Look a
Apr 27, 2008
Apr 27, 2008
Accordion Crimes
I'm going to echo a lot of the other reviewers here by saying that the first third or so of the book was fantastic, and the rest was a chore to get th ...more
Aug 26, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
Margaret Atwood's Surfacing has long been a favorite, and I decided to read it again as 2013 comes to a close to help me end the year on a good note.

Dec 30, 2013
Aug 29, 2007
Everything Is Illuminated
This novel was hilarious, thoughtful, and brilliantly arranged.

It's rare that a book makes me laugh out loud, but it happened a lot during Alex's par
Jul 27, 2013
Dec 30, 2010
Not As a Stranger
Interesting, but can't say I really liked it. Lucas was so loathsome that it was difficult for me to force myself through it. I liked the early bits ( ...more
Oct 14, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
Satin Island
I think that Remainder and C are probably better - or at least I enjoyed them more - but the leitmotifs of the parachutist and oil spill and U's visio ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
First Light
I read this because Charles Baxter taught creative writing at the U of MN while I went there. I never actually took one of his classes, but his name w ...more
Apr 18, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
Lady Anna
**spoiler alert** Trollope sure likes his gentle yet solidly devoted ladies. Lady Anna is a less ridiculous (and therefore less amusing) version of Li ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 01, 2010
Easily the best book I've read this year. Extremely ambitious and perfectly executed. Makes me wish Ash and LaMotte were real so I could read more of ...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
Double Fault
I think I dislike Shriver's outlook on life. I certainly dislike the feeling I have after reading this novel. She writes well, and I think says true t ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
The Translation of Dr Apelles: A Love Story
I guess I'm on a kick of reading stuff written by professors at the U of MN - I just finished Charles Baxter's First Light, which was great. And now t ...more
Apr 20, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
Pretty fluffy. And hard to believe that the little revelations they came to throughout the trip weren't fully on their minds before they set out. Real ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Nov 17, 2010
The Hiawatha
Treuer's prose is a bit heavy handed in this novel, but the story was interesting. It's about a man returning to his old neighborhood in South Minneap ...more
May 24, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
Linda Tressel
Anthony Trollope wrote this novel under a different name as an experiment on reputation and literary reception, but I think he tried to stack the odds ...more
Jun 09, 2008
Jun 14, 2008
Norwegian Wood
A book with lots of dying and other sad events that manages to somehow be completely delightful. Has a strong (and even explicitly referenced) Catcher ...more
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
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