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Let me first admit that "Prep" was far from perfect. I’m not sure I could argue against many of the bad reviews. At times, I longed for the novel to h ...more
Mar 25, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
My Year of Meats
Full disclosure: I stopped reading "My Year of Meats" about 100 pages shy of the end. It had come strongly recommended from many friends, so I had hig ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 07, 2009
It's hard to say exactly what I think about this book, because I had a "Hmmm, that was weird" moment when I finished it. One of the continuing problem ...more
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
No One Belongs Here More Than You
It's probably premature and totally irresponsible on my part to compare Miranda July to Amy Hempel, as Amy Hempel is the best short story writer I hav ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 29, 2009
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
I don't think I can effectively work through my feelings on this book without giving away too much, so please be aware that this review contains spoil ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 17, 2009
All This Heavenly Glory
Elizabeth Crane as a short-story writer is great. Elizabeth Crane as a novelist is a big old mess. I knew we were off to a bad start when the first ch ...more
Dec 04, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
A Long Way Down
Here's the situation with Nick Hornby and me, lest you think I am being unkind: About 8 years ago I read "About a Boy" and felt no emotional connectio ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 03, 2009
How We are Hungry
When I started this book of short stories, I was convinced I would love it. Dave Eggers crafts such beautiful sentences. After two days, though, I was ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Dec 10, 2009
The Member of the Wedding
This is my very favorite book and, in my opinion, far superior to "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."

I was not an adolescent when I read it--I was 23--bu
Apr 2005
Nov 09, 2007
Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s
Ostensibly, "Miss American Pie" is a collection of diary entries from the author's teenage years in the mid-1970s. I can't say I'm totally convinced t ...more
Sep 07, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
I read "Dress Your Family in Courduroy and Denim" over two sticky summer afternoons several years ago, pre-air-conditioning, when I was still working ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jan 13, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife
I wish I could rewrite this book.

The first half was exceptional. I was so often drawn in to the characters' lives. I eagerly awaited the point where
Oct 2007
Nov 09, 2007
Lessons in Taxidermy: A Compendium of Safety and Danger
I suspect that Bee Lavender's stoic narration of her life of maladies is intended to portray astonishing bravery, but it felt so hollow and false that ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 23, 2009
The Boy Detective Fails
"The Boy Detective Fails" was one of the best surprises I've had in many years. Meno has created a detective novel that is as gentle and heartbreaking ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 31, 2007
Music Through the Floor
"Music Through the Floor" was a collection I had looked forward to reading for some time, so I was surprised to find that I dreaded picking it up ever ...more
Aug 2009
Jul 30, 2009
The Jane Austen Book Club
Let me say straight-away for all you naysayers harshly criticizing my taste: this book is not what you expect it to be. It's wonderful. It's funny, an ...more
Aug 2007
Nov 09, 2007
The Abstinence Teacher
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away
One of the things I enjoy about Bill Bryson is that his books are always great to read right after something heavy or intense. He's funny and observan ...more
Jul 2007
Nov 09, 2007
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Despite a slow start and several sections of the book where the dialogue felt disingenuous, I truly enjoyed the novel. Pessl attempts several inventiv ...more
Jun 2007
Nov 09, 2007
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
If there was a way to write a review just in exasperated sighs, I would do it. Barring that, I don't think there is anything I can say about the book ...more
May 2009
Dec 16, 2008
Blue Angel
Oh, heavens. Don't even try it. My teeth hurt just thinking about it, and it's been years since I've read it.
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Jan 13, 2009
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Sep 08, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
The Tricky Part: One Boy's Fall from Trespass into Grace
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
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Nov 09, 2007
The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done: A Novel
Apr 2008
Mar 26, 2008
Look at Me
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Dec 31, 2007
When the Messenger Is Hot: Stories
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Dec 11, 2009
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table
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Dec 16, 2008
The Moon Is Always Female: Poems
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Dec 06, 2007
Raising Demons
Jan 10, 2014
Feb 22, 2010
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