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The King of Torts
Why do I keep doing this to myself?
Every Grisham I read seems to get worse and worse and this was the worst --- unless of course you like to read abou
Jul 2008
Jul 27, 2008
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion
If you want a good case of cultural whiplash, read The Good Soldier and then the reviews of Michel Houellenbecq's Plateforme (thanks, Hazel). From 20- ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 15, 2009
Rise and Shine
I listened to this on tape and found myself sitting outside Nugget Grocery just to hear what would happen next. Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize winn ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 06, 2008
Where the Heart Is
This is an Oprah recommended book which is why I began it. I didn't finish it --- a rare thing for me, but really, I couldn't spend any more time with ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 27, 2008
The Last Secret
It's a mixed blessing to get good dust-jacket blurbs. Mary McGarry Morris's work was described as brilliant, absorbing, thrilling, deeply affecting, a ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 18, 2010
Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life
An enjoyable read -- the personal story of a young, self-absorbed, bipolar man living in New York City whose life gets turned around by an intelligent ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 05, 2009
Songs Without Words
I listened to this on tape and made up tasks to do so I could keep listening. In fact, it's the kind of book I end up going around the block several t ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 10, 2008
My Michael
The story is narrated by a woman, in fact, Michael's wife. She is clearly bipolar (or manic depressive as she would have been labeled in the 60s when ...more
May 2008
Jun 03, 2008
The Sirens Sang of Murder (Hilary Tamar, #3)
“Yes,” said Julia. “So the impasse—which I take to be the correct expression for a situation in which no one makes a pass at anyone—continued througho ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Memoir of Italo Svevo
Italo Svevo (real name Ettore Schmitz) is/was a Jewish Italian writer who was born before the turn of the century and who wrote around the time of the ...more
May 2008
Jun 03, 2008
The Good Children
The four McNair children have spent most of their childhood moving around (father’s job). Ironically, just as they settle in rural Oregon, their fathe ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 04, 2010
How Fiction Works
Read the reviews on Amazon! This book is admired by many and hated by a few. The negative reviews are the most telling: too much white space, chapters ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 18, 2009
The Blue Cheer (P.I. Frank Johnson, #3)
The title, which comes from a sixties band, refers to a raciest cult that runs counter to most cults in that it’s militantly anti-religious. The Blue ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 30, 2009
White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Emily Dickenson, the ghostly poetic genius, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson had an unusual friendship that spanned 25 plus years --- primarily through ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 12, 2009
No Time for Goodbye
Because this book had rave reviews, I feel justified in launching into a few criticisms.
1.The first person narrator is a high school English teacher y
Jan 2009
Jan 05, 2009
Where the Light Remains: A Novel
A very interesting first novel. Two parallel stories both located in a farmhouse in Cornwall though separated by over a hundred years. Claire and her ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 01, 2009
Alicia: My Story
Alicia Jurman's family lived and died in Poland during the Nazi occupation, but Alicia survived. She was thirteen when the occupation began and sevent ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 20, 2008
The Art of Raising a Puppy
Okay, if you're going to get a puppy---get this book first. Don't bother to read it from cover to cover but jump around. Of course, it does help to ac ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 26, 2008
The Glimpses of the Moon
First published in 1922, this is considered somewhat glib and satirical (in comparison with Warton's other work). It's the story of Susy and Nick who ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 18, 2008
Too Much Happiness
Now I've listened to the collection as well as read it. A slightly different take but equally brilliant.

Every story is to be savored. Like an exquisit
Apr 2010
Jan 23, 2010
Life Class
Perhaps not quite as good as her Regeneration Trilogy, Life Class is still a wonderful book. It takes place (as did the trilogy) during World War I in ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 02, 2008
Now & Then (Spenser, #35)
Okay so it ain't literature and it's definitely formula fiction but I LOVE the formula. Tough non-flappable Spenser (with a heart). Tough Hawk (withou ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 20, 2008
Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
Given the number of times I've passed over this book, I really didn't expect much, but I was in the airport and wasn't about to purchase a Nora Robert ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 06, 2008
Humboldt's Gift
Within the first two pages, Bellow establishes the momentum for the piece: Humbolt’s rise and fall from fame, ditto Charlie (the main protagonist), ac ...more
Sep 2011
Oct 14, 2011
Hanging Up
A really irritating book that is supposed to be hilariously funny. Unfortunately I was stuck on a plane with nothing else to read. Eve Mozell comes fr ...more
May 2009
May 26, 2009
Alice Through the Needle's Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll's Alice
Thanks to MJ who recommended Gilbert Adair. This is a sequel to Alice's Adventures and Through the Looking Glass, a feat I didn't think anyone could p ...more
May 2010
May 20, 2010
Daughters of Albion
Is it fair to judge a book by its cover---or more precisely---by its dust jacket blurbs? When we buy a book, don't we buy a package, trusting that the ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 05, 2008
Pegasus Descending (Dave Robicheaux, #15)
Currently I'm having a love affair with James Lee Burke --- his prose is stunning, his descriptions vivid but not over the top, his metaphors unique a ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 07, 2009
The Tenth Circle
Another "issue" book by Picoult, this one deals with a young teen (14) Trixie who is raped --- or is she? Anyway, the book is partly presented in comi ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 30, 2008
Blue Screen (Sunny Randall, #5)
A Sunny Randall novel, which is to say, a Spenser-like detective who likes to shop ... well, perhaps I'm being a bit unfair here, but it's hard to dis ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 04, 2009
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