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The Shoemaker's Wife
3.96
The first part of this story was very good, but it lost steam about halfway through. At first, I enjoyed Trigiani's many descriptions of food, archite ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
The Hundred-Foot Journey
3.54
I enjoyed the first part of this story. Morais deftly captured the colorful and spicy flavor that is India. There were some lovely descriptions of Ita ...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
 
Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #8)
4.13
It was with great relief and disappointment that I finally closed the last volume of the Anne series. I'm afraid I found this volume a colossal bore. ...more
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
 
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
3.09
I would recommend this book to anyone, but it is especially relevant for educators in the liberal arts. Bauerlein makes ample use (sometimes overuse) ...more
Jan 27, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
Minaret
3.53
My knowledge of Sudan, the Muslim religion, and those exiled to England after the political upheaval of the 80s is minimal, so I was intrigued by many ...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
 
The Lavender Garden
4.01
I had a difficult time getting into this novel. The relationship that forms between two of the main characters seemed artificial and contrived. For th ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
 
Charles Dickens: A Life
3.80
Several years ago, when I took a course entirely devoted to Dickens, I remember thinking that it would have been nice if he had died about 30 years so ...more
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
 
An Artist of the Floating World
3.72
An Artist of the Floating World makes no pretension at being exciting. It is elegant; an elegy of a man’s lost identity, profession, and country. I ap ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
 
The Lambs of London
3.11
In The Lambs of London, as with The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, Ackroyd delights in creating alternate realities for historically relevant litera ...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
 
The Girl on the Cliff
3.78
This is the first novel I’ve read by Lucinda Riley and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mysterious atmosphere of the Irish coast, the interplay between pa ...more
May 29, 2013
May 29, 2013
 
Moloka'i
4.13
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Brennert’s next novel, Honolulu.

There were two things that bothered me about Moloka'i. First, there were a lo
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Apr 27, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
Minou
4.43
This is a book Betty Friedan would have liked to read her grandchildren. If I could rate this book solely on the illustrations, it would have received ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
The Violets of March
3.78
Irony: writing a rubbishy novel in which your heroine is struggling to overcome her own issues with insincerity and drivel.

This was a strange little
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May 26, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
 
Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe
3.77
The main reason I decided to buy this book, rather than borrowing it from the library, was because of the inclusion of the beautiful and colorful illu ...more
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
East of the Sun
3.60
I hesitated when I saw this book at Costco. In-fact, I picked it up once and quickly set it down when I saw that it was the winner of the “Romantic No ...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
3.85
This was a light, enjoyable read. Despite my love of baking and chocolate, I had never heard of David Lebovitz until I picked up this book at Barnes a ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
 
Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
3.68
While I knew that slavery occurred in other countries, I wasn’t aware of how extensive it was in the United States. Shyima’s story was simply told, bu ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
Jasmine Nights
3.38
I feel cheated by this novel! The premise sounded so entertaining: a spirited young Welsh woman escapes her prosaic and cloistered life in order to tr ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
 
The Orchid House
3.72
**spoiler alert** I liked Riley’s The Girl on the Cliff and found The Orchid House to be just as enjoyable. Luckily, there are no misrepresented Ameri ...more
Dec 14, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
 
The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew, #2)
3.92
Another exciting adventure! Nancy teaches us that with good manners and a bit of feminine charm, wayward criminals will promptly confess their misdeed ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.33
This is a quick & entertaining read. While I don't find the writing or the storyline terribly complex, this is one of those books where, if you fe ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
 
Conquistadora
3.45
A smutty novel masquerading as historical fiction. I made it to page 55 before I decided to give up on it. If an author has to use this much sex to tr ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
 
Desert Exile
3.68
Yoshiko Uchida tells her story with grace, clarity, and composure. She does not take to flights of fancy in order to make her memoir more interesting ...more
May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
 
The Fever Tree
3.62
I had a hard time deciding whether to give this book three stars or four stars. I finally settled on four, because despite some complaints with how Mc ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
 
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
3.89
Despite their emphasis on pleasure, parenting in France does not sound like a lot of fun. I was attracted to this book because I’m a perfectionist and ...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
My Name Is Mary Sutter
3.78
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The story moved at a good pace until around the last 75 pages or so, when it became slow and cumbersome. Perhaps ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
 
Speak
3.97
Powerful. That's the best word I can find to describe this novel. I borrowed the audio version from the library because I wanted to do something const ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
 
State of Wonder
3.83
This is the first novel I’ve read by Ann Patchett. I’ve looked at Bel Canto on a number of occasions, but never felt drawn to the storyline enough to ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
 
Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)
3.91
I absolutely loved this novel and especially appreciated how Harris masterfully used descriptive details. I noticed that Harris contrasted Vianne Roch ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
 
Breadcrumbs
3.75
This was one of those stories where I can only say that I sort-of, kind-of, liked it. It wasn't terrible, but it was nowhere near the magical experien ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
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