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Swamplandia!
3.21
One of the blurbs on the dust jacket of my lovely copy of Swamplandia! comes from Joseph O'Neill and calls Russell "an unfairly talented writer." This ...more
Feb 28, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Manhood for Amateurs
3.72
And Michael Chabon is, as he is described by Waldman, is quite amiable and lovely in his essay collection, which details his own journey into manhood. ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
Irma Voth
3.45
I was really excited to read this book. The premise sounded quirky and unusual, which is right up my alley. And the book certainly didn't disappoint i ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
Salvage the Bones
3.79
Jesmyn Ward's second novel, Salvage the Bones, is an incredibly brutal, incredibly beautiful book. It tells the story of 14 year-old Esch, who realize ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
French Milk
3.32
Knisley's book is a light romp through Paris. She excels in her descriptions of the food that they eat each day, and she poignantly captures the momen ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
An Object of Beauty
3.57
The star of Steve Martin's gorgeous new book, An Object of Beauty, is Lacey Yeager, a young art world protege, working for Sotheby's auction house. Th ...more
not set
Jan 11, 2011
 
Telegraph Avenue
3.36
really liked it
"For years his life had balanced like the world of legend on the backs of great elephants, which stood on the back of a giant turtle; the elephants w ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 14, 2012
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.64
it was amazing
The two main players in Egan's book are Benny Salazar, an aging, and increasingly irrelevant music executive, and Sasha, his kleptomaniac assistant. S ...more
May 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
3.20
liked it
"There were only a handful of moments Laura could think of, in the span of her entire life, when she was unable to identify the seam in between what ...more
Jul 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
The Lola Quartet
3.42
really liked it
"He drove to a part of the suburbs that was close up against the edge of the wilderness, although it had occurred to Gavin that what he thought of as ...more
May 2012
Jun 05, 2012
 
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
3.96
The Wave, like most popular nonfiction books, is a combination of things. Susan Casey is fascinated by rapidly growing waves, but more than that she i ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 11, 2011
 
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
3.57
it was amazing
I've already mentioned a number of times on this blog that I really liked this book. I did. I really liked it. But, I'm going to begin on a different ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
The Age of Miracles
3.64
liked it
"But I knew that Michaela had stopped doing her homework earlier that year. She was developing a different set of skills. There was a lot to learn abo ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 20, 2012
 
Gone Girl
4.03
really liked it
I usually start my reviews with a quote from the book. However, as I was browsing through my bookmarks, I realized that I couldn't quote any of what I ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 29, 2012
 
Looking for Alaska
4.09
Looking for Alaska is the story of a friendless teenager, Miles Halter, who leaves his Florida home, for boarding school in Alabama. He quickly befrie ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 11, 2011
 
The Weird Sisters
3.35
The Story:

The Weird Sisters tells the story of Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia, three daughters of a Shakespeare professor who have all returned to thei
...more
Feb 2012
Mar 05, 2011
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.06
really liked it
"In Prison 33, little by little, you relinquished everything, starting with your tomorrows and all that might be. Next went your past, and suddenly i ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
Bossypants
3.94
Oh Tina Fey! What can I say? I love you, even with man hands.

I'm feeling unconventional today, so I will make a list of 10 reasons to love Tina Fey,
...more
Sep 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.70
"Yes, of course we were pretentious -- what else is youth for? We used terms like 'Weltanschauung' and 'Strum and Drang', enjoyed saying, "That's phi ...more
Oct 2012
Nov 08, 2012
 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)
3.88
Ransom Riggs book is pretty cool, because it has pictures. It has found photographs of kids doing creepy things, like levitating, to be exact. I'm a b ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
it was amazing
It took me quite a while to read Cloud Atlas, and I almost wish that I had devoted my full attention to it, all the way through the first time. The re ...more
Dec 2012
Mar 05, 2011
 
Maine
3.33
Most people would classify J. Courtney Sullivan's book Maine as a summer read, or a beach read. For me, it was a bright spot in my winter reading. The ...more
Dec 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life
3.91
We all have habits, or other things about ourselves that we would like to change. Whether it is eating too many coffee shop muffins, checking your ema ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
Are You My Mother?
3.66
liked it
"It was only my lesbianism, and my determination not to hide it, that saved me from being compliant to the core."


I may have gone into reading Are You
...more
Sep 2012
Sep 23, 2012
 
Volt
3.91
"The electric sign from the Krafton Bowl and Lounge was a vibrant white square atop a tall post. Set back from the road, the lounge's roof and all but ...more
Dec 2011
Nov 10, 2011
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.85
The narrator of Mark Haddon's book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is in the tradition of the unreliable narrator; the difference ...more
May 2011
May 31, 2011
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
**spoiler alert** I'm a big fan of The Hunger Games. I wanted to stay up late reading it, yadda yadda. I also liked the second in the series, Catching ...more
Dec 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
The List
3.47
I have been wanting to read a little bit of YA lately, so I picked up this book, which is about a bunch of high school girls who end up on a list of t ...more
Oct 2012
Nov 08, 2012
 
Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)
3.94
I had this book on my shelves for a while and was compelled to read it since the movie was coming out (which I also saw). The young zombie R is the na ...more
Jan 2013
Mar 13, 2013
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.40
it was amazing
Wow. Seriously, this was easily the best audiobook I've listened to in quite sometime. The story is moving, and harrowing, and often unbelievable in i ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 21, 2012
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