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Vellum (The Book of All Hours, #1)
This book was actually painful to read. I'm not entirely sure why I didn't just put it down. It was like reading modern art or listening to modern mus ...more
Apr 28, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, #1)
**spoiler alert** I started this book with high hopes; I'd heard such good things about Trigiani's other books (especially Lucia, Lucia). But I was mo ...more
Mar 05, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
The Ten-Year Nap
Chapters in this novel alternate between the modern-day lives of a group of women in New York City, all of whom have left careers behind to raise thei ...more
May 29, 2008
May 26, 2008
Paper Towns
This book is about two different types of relationships. At first, it seems to be about a guy (Quentin, known as Q) who has been in love with his not- ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
Stones from the River
Some books disappoint on a second reading, but not this one. When it came time for my book club to read this book I was very excited, because I rememb ...more
Jul 2008
Sep 01, 2007
His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope Mystery, #3)
As you can see from my reviews of Winston Churchill's Secretary and Princess Elizabeth's Spy, I predicted that the second Maggie Hope mystery would be ...more
May 03, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
Forgotten Country
At the outset, this book seems to be about a fairly ordinary Korean-American family. Although the younger sister has left town without telling her fam ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
The Ha-Ha
Although the title might lead one to think that it's funny, this book was described to me as "depressing." In fact, the title refers to a type of hidd ...more
Jun 03, 2008
Jun 02, 2008
Digging to America
The title of this book comes from this question: if children in the U.S. dig a hole to China, are children in China digging to America? This seems to ...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
Bras & Broomsticks (Magic in Manhattan, #1)
The only thing that gets this book two stars is that, rather than sticking to the done-before theme of teenager-suddenly-finds-out-she's-a-witch, Mlyn ...more
Jun 19, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
American Rust
We get inside the head of a lot of characters in this book. However, despite spending a lot of time inside their head, we rarely get any insight into ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Journey to the River Sea
At first, this looks like a fairly predictable orphaned-English-girl-gets-shipped-off-to-live-with-distant-relatives story. Predictably, the family Ma ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
I guess the point of this book is that it's kind of apathetic and just sort of drifts along with no particular direction. Which is all well and good, ...more
Apr 03, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
So Yesterday
Why did it have to be about shoes? Really, the whole shoe thing is just not one I ever understood (not that I understand much about trends and fashion ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
The History of Now
As a story about life in a small town in western Massachusetts, this book isn't bad. Unfortunately, it tries to be a lot more than that. Many chapters ...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, #1)
This book is little more than a vehicle for Greg Cox to demonstrate his knowledge of political and cultural history of the late 20th century, as well ...more
May 07, 2008
May 03, 2008
The Fireman's Wife: A Novel
This is a book about choices and regrets. It's about not leaving things unsaid. I didn't realize how much I was into this book until about 3/4 of the ...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 24, 2008
The Zookeeper's Wife
This book isn't really about the zookeeper's wife. Rather, Ackerman uses the story of Antonina Zabinski as a backdrop to tell the larger story of the ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories
I'm not usually a big fan of short stories, but of course I'll read anything Connie Willis writes. Even the ones that have been published before are f ...more
not set
Apr 10, 2008
I Had Seen Castles
This is not meant to be a book of suspense. From the very beginning we know that the narrator is telling us the story of his experiences during World ...more
Nov 09, 2008
Nov 09, 2008
The Fixer
What a difficult book to read, and, I can only imagine, to write. We start with the injustice of poverty and lack of opportunity in the shtetl and mov ...more
Jun 18, 2008
Jun 14, 2008
E(mily) Prescott has clearly been to drama camp. She gets that part of the book right-on. The rest of the book is quite a disappointment, though. The ...more
Feb 28, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
The Ghosts of Kerfol
Noyes bases her stories on Edith Wharton's Kerfol. The first story is just a retelling of Kerfol, fleshed out, and from the point of a serving girl ne ...more
Sep 26, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
Between Here and April
This book is built around Elizabeth's search to find the truth about what happened to April, her first grade friend who disappeared from school one da ...more
Sep 24, 2008
Sep 24, 2008
America America
Perhaps the whole point of this book is that no-one can know the truth at the bottom of a scandal except the people involved, but I think that Canin m ...more
May 19, 2008
May 14, 2008
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
My first problem with this book is that there was a lot of talk about Greek mythology in a Latin class. That just seemed like an odd setup. The author ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2008
Change of Heart
Jodi Picoult has once again tackled a moral dilemma. Up for debate this time is whether the mother of a girl in need of a heart transplant should acce ...more
not set
Mar 29, 2008
The Master Butchers Singing Club
The master butcher's singing club of the title doesn't really figure into this book at all. Fidelis, the master butcher in question, does start a sin ...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Winter Haven
I was really not enjoying this book until I got to the very end, which almost made up for the turgidness of the prose. The last chapter saved the book ...more
Feb 08, 2008
Feb 06, 2008
After This
All in all, I really liked this book. The slow, languid pace somehow fits the story perfectly. My one complaint is that the story treats time almost l ...more
May 05, 2010
May 04, 2010
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