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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Ridiculous that a woman with everything can throw it all away and go ogle Italian men much younger. I grew out of that stage at 16.
not set
Mar 05, 2009
What the Zhang Boys Know
An engaging and challenging look at city living. Garstang presents his characters in such emotional detail that you feel you would recognize them from...more
Jun 2012
Mar 31, 2014
The Unraveling Of Abby Settel
Unsettling issue of moving for a husband's job is dealt with in the fine details of an accomplished writer. Likeable characters in a realistic setting...more
Oct 2011
Sep 12, 2011
I didn't love this, made me uneasy, I guess. The amazing thing is how much turned out to be true years after it was written.
not set
Dec 28, 2008
The Secret Life of Bees
Found the ending a little incredible, but the characters and issues were thought-provoking and engaging.
not set
Nov 10, 2008
What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay
Although I generally like books I can savor, Amanda Cockrell’s first novel "what we keep is not always what will stay" was swallowed in one read. It w...more
Apr 2012
May 26, 2012
A Prayer for the Dying
A powerful little book along the lines of The Road, but set back in history, a diptheria epidemic in the mid-West. First person, almost conversational...more
Feb 24, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
In the Lake of the Woods
O'Brian's insider's view of Viet Nam makes this book's psychological tension almost too real. The disappearance of the failed politician's wife at a l...more
Jun 2004
Mar 10, 2008
Dream State
A powerful Southern writer, very understated, but dark issues. Her newest story collection is linked stories about one small town in the fifties. Amaz...more
Dec 08, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
Old School
I read this because Wolff wrote my all time favorite short story, A Bullet in the Brain, a perfect short story in my opinion. Old School, with its tee...more
not set
Sep 05, 2007
Minding Henry Lewis
While I wrote it and found the subject challenging because the two issues, grief and guilt over watching someone drown without being able to help, and...more
Nov 2012
Mar 31, 2014
The Hour I First Believed
Listening to it in car, a little long-winded, but a gripping story and so well-written at the beginning about Columbine. BUT readign further it's ridi...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
The Road
Despite little punctuation or traditional dialogue rules, McCarthy leads you into his sere landscape and makes you believe. Fascinating format and com...more
Jan 29, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Broom: Memoirs, Stories, and Poems
A good book for aspiring writers to see the breadth of abilities and topics that inspire wordsmiths to write. The editor's pieces stand out.
not set
Sep 04, 2008
The Yellow Wallpaper
A wonderful high school teacher included this in our Humanities course years ago. Powerful writing for a woman in that day and age.
Jan 1969
Jan 07, 2009
The Bell Jar
Eye opening, a page turner with an overlay of sadness that made me see that my world wasn't like everyone else's. Powerful.
Jan 1969
Dec 28, 2008
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Interesting insight into autistic mind and family issues, great book for teenagers who need exposure to the less fortunate
Jul 2004
May 04, 2008
Life of Pi
I couldn't get into this book, started it several times and couldn't keep going.
Jan 2004
Jan 09, 2009
In an Uncharted Country
This books packs a wallop as the literary journals who've published Garstang's storie recognize. While the settings in this debut story collection are...more
Jan 2010
Jun 23, 2011
Animal Farm
Made me uncomfortable, but the characters are bigger than life.
not set
Dec 28, 2008
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Definitely sweet, but a bit repetitive, which made me feel as if author thought readers couldn't get it on their own, or that the story didn't embrace...more
Feb 14, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
Ah, the intrigue and mystery of uneducated medieval folks. The perspective of Potzsch's fully drawn main characters keeps this book rolling. A credibl...more
Feb 24, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
The Patterns of Paper Monsters
The New Yorker was right in their Book Bench blog/column last summer: Emma's use of language is stunning. Jacob, not likeable at first, but obviously...more
May 12, 2011
May 01, 2011
The Poisonwood Bible
A brilliant book, outside the difficulty of the different voices, and the tragedy of the story, for an author to be able to use an overlay of the diff...more
Jan 1997
Dec 28, 2008
The Buddha in the Attic
Different, but powerful. A short read, and a little generically historical at the beginning, but once the details start being added, the whole is more...more
May 2012
May 26, 2012
The Sound of One Hand Clapping
So far, it's been slow but fascinating. That very definite Scandinavian succinctness. The revelation about her mother comes too far into the book, sur...more
Mar 21, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
What is the What
It's not the writing so much, though once you realize the narration is meant to match the oral story-telling tradition of Africa, the writing is more...more
Jan 2007
Jul 25, 2011
Before I Die
An authentic voice, and an important story told fully and bluntly. Affirmation for life and the importance of family, this girl feels the same things...more
Jan 2007
Jul 25, 2011
White Lies: A Tale of Babies, Vaccines, and Deception
WHen this book first came out, I posted the awards and reviews here, shameless self-promotion. Four years later libraries and book groups from Florida...more
Jan 2006
Mar 08, 2008
Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams (Canongate Myths)
It proves that when you are a successful author you can write whatever you want and they'll print it. I loved it, but it wasn't very popular and excep...more
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
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