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Stay with Me: A Novel
I have never seen an advance copy of a book so rife with typos. I understand that it's an "uncorrected proof" but this book looked like it had never e ...more
Nov 19, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
When God Was a Rabbit
There is a lot of sex in the beginning of this book, most of it witnessed, which is good (or at least better than the alternative) since the main char ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
The Fighting Ground
A brief article about why this book was challenged and subsequently banned in a school district in Florida:

Sep 16, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
Small Island
When an author chooses to write a novel in the first person, they make a choice about the voice of the novel as a whole. The interior dialogue of a na ...more
May 20, 2010
May 15, 2010
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson has unquestionably achieved something great in his quest to build schools for children in poor and remote areas of Pakistan and Afghani ...more
May 25, 2009
May 29, 2009
King Dork (King Dork, #1)
This is the story of what Holden Caulfield would have been like if he hadn't been kicked out out of school, and had gone to public school in Californi ...more
Apr 18, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
The Gold Coast
This is a very subtle book. Told in the first person, DeMille's protagonist draws conclusions from what looks at first like very little evidence, but ...more
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America
Here’s an interesting technique of historiography: match up pairs of historical figures, making sure that in each pair you agree with one, and disagre ...more
Oct 13, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
Life After Life: A Novel
It must be very difficult to write a book from multiple perspectives. The characters must come together in some meaningful way so one cohesive story i ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Dec 25, 2013
Smart Girls Like Me
Despite the title of this book, Betsy is not a smart girl. She may have better grammar than the people she works with, she may even be more intelligen ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
Daughters Who Walk This Path
Although both plot and characters are written with very little embellishment, Kilanko is a very effective storyteller. However, there are some puzzlin ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Frankie knows that she is just as smart, and probably way more clever than any of the boys in her boarding school's all-male secret society. But when ...more
Jan 08, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Apex Hides the Hurt
I found this book oddly lacking in tension. Not all books have to have tension, but I got the feeling that this book was supposed to. The main charact ...more
Aug 25, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
I was really hoping that this book would answer such questions as why so many people don't use their turn signals or insist on driving below the speed ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
A Call from Jersey
The entire time I was reading this book, I felt like I was missing something, like it was the sequel to a book I hadn't read. Relationships were writt ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Oct 01, 2010
Adam & Eve
I had high hopes for this book, because I've enjoyed Naslund's previous books, especially Ahab's Wife and Abundance. Unfortunately, this book was a gr ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
The Return
There are some moments in this book where the writing feels fluid, but those moments are few and far between. Mostly the writing felt forced and stilt ...more
Nov 10, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
The Night of the Comet
I enjoyed George Bishop's first novel, Letter to My Daughter and was excited to read this book, his second. I was not disappointed. Bishop explores si ...more
Aug 2013
Jul 29, 2013
The Star Fisher
In 1927, Yep's mother moved with her parents and siblings from Ohio to West Virginia. Although her parents are immigrants with little English, the fam ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
Await Your Reply
An interesting study on identity and identity theft, reading this book is kind of like putting together a puzzle. At the beginning, you're reading thr ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 04, 2009
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
Doctorow had all the right ideas in writing this book. Through his fictionalized account of a terrorist attack on San Francisco's Bay Bridge and BART ...more
May 20, 2009
May 07, 2009
Welcome To Shirley
Told in the form of a personal narrative, this book contains a lot of interesting information about Long Island local history, especially the East End ...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
A Short History of Women
I think I would have liked this book better is I'd known what the message was supposed to be. That successive generations are bound by an ancestor's a ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
The Wednesday Daughters
I loved The Wednesday Sisters, and was excited to read this sequel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The three main characters were neither well-dra ...more
Sep 03, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
The Train of Small Mercies
With the passage of Robert Kennedy's funeral train from New York to Washington as a framework, David Rowell fills this book with small details that ma ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
Hole in My Life
If the purpose of a YA memoir is to be a cautionary tale, I suppose this is a good one. Certainly it will make any teen think twice about accepting a ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
The Gate House
This is the most repetitive book I've ever read. Not only does it repeat the entire plot of The Gold Coast, but every single point is made over and ov ...more
Aug 10, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry
The author made an interesting choice to make the story of his own research the focus of this book. I think it worked really well in this case, given ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
Ok, this book is a little pat in some places. Turning your life around is probably not as easy as Carolyn Mackler would make it out to be. That being ...more
Aug 25, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
Handling Sin
This is a big book, with a lot packed into it, so it's sort of hard to know what to say about it. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of The Pickwick Pap ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 05, 2008