The Price of Salt
I have mixed feelings about this book by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote the Ripley series, as well as Strangers on a Train which Hitchbock turned ...more
May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009
The Butterfly's Wing
I would really like to have given this book much higher praise. It's a solid story, but it was a tough read for me. I would have liked the book more i ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 16, 2009
Consider the Oyster
After reading this book, I had two thoughts: MFK Fisher is a crazy, snobby old loon; and would I ever love to sit next to her at a dinner party. Her w ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
I really loved this book. It's not just a biography of a German Shepherd. It's the history of a breed, the early days of cinema, including the silent ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
The Memorial
The Memorial is Christopher Isherwood's second novel and though it comes highly recommended with wonderful blurbs and recommendations from scholars, i ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Jan 03, 2010
Social Disease
If you want to read a book that provides some examples of comedy writing, this might work. It's one-liner after one-liner after one-liner. However, af ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City, #9)
Good book but I was disappointed. As the last book in the series, Maupin engages in a little bit of nostalgia but leaves many events with loose ends. ...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Dorian Greyhound: A Novel
This is an interesting little story, only 64 pages, that is hard to categorize. It's told from the perspective of an elegant greyhound, but it's not a ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
Nights in Aruba
My book club read this recenty. I decided to reread but discovered I had never read it at all. Published in 183, this book is billed as a novel, but i ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 19, 2008
Young Man from the Provinces: A Gay Life before Stonewall
Glad to have read this book, though it was a frustrating task - mostly because the author is a very unhappy man. It's tough to sympathize with someone ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
I liked the book, though make no mistake about it, it's all about Ruth Reichl. I would have preferred to have had more content on the role of the rest ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
The City and the Pillar
A great book, especially when you place it in context. It was published in the late 1940s. It must have been quite a surprise because of the subject m ...more
May 30, 2009
May 26, 2009
Best Gay Stories 2012
I can't remember ever reading an anthology in which I liked all of the stories. I can't remember an anthology in which I could not easily pick out a f ...more
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 08, 2013
My Life in France
This was a wonderful book. I'm not big on memoires, but this one was special. Julia Child had such a positive outlook on life and reading her comments ...more
Aug 2009
Jul 27, 2009
Fellow Travelers
This book was a tough read for me. I thought it was well researched, but that's the problem. The author provided so much arcane political information ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
My Year of Meats
A very interesting read but the writer clearly has a viewpoint about meat. The cultural observations were very interesting; the writing style was enjo ...more
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Jun 15, 2009
The Art of Racing in the Rain
So good I read it in one day. I recognize that many people can't quite wrap their minds around the concept that this book is narrated by a dog. But th ...more
Aug 31, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
Delta Wedding
It's supposed to be one of the finest examples of Welty's work but I just could not get into this book. In fact, I had to force myself to sit down and ...more
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Apr 19, 2009
The World of Normal Boys
I loved this book. It genuinely captures the era and sets a tone. It also captures the intense sexual confusion that happens to a teen going through p ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Writings About New York (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Picked this up in a second-hand bookstore and thought I would give it a try. Glad I did. It is spectacular. Beautifaul language that really sets the t ...more
Dec 12, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
A Meeting by the River
I love Christopher Isherwood's writing style. His sentences are beautifually crafted and they flow so well. Not only that, but they can contain a lot ...more
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Nov 26, 2009
Good book though it now seems a bit dated. I would love to see an updated version as there is a lot that has happened since this book was publiches or ...more
Nov 16, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
Twelve Caesars
This book is irritating. Not only is it dull as dirt but the author has provided almost no new information about the lives of twelve of Rome's rulers. ...more
Jul 19, 2015
Jul 19, 2015
The Help
Glad to have read this book. I was impressed by the intricate plot, and I loved the small twists and turns that never let you guess (accurately) what ...more
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Sep 11, 2010
Real Food: What to Eat and Why
I liked this book quite a bit. The title indicates something on the order of a diet book, but it's not. For me, it was a great primer to food producti ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 03, 2010
The Bowl Is Already Broken: A Novel
This book was the selection of the New Orleans Museum of Art book club. It's eerily similar to some the things that occur at NOMA, which I found very ...more
Dec 19, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
She's Come Undone
Read this book at my mom's house while "on sabbatical" from hurricane Katrina. Read it quicky and found it to be very entertaining Quite a story and t ...more
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Dec 19, 2008
I quite liked this book -- a genuinely touching coming-of-age story setin Michigan. It was unusual in that it does not have a tightly structured plot. ...more
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May 31, 2009
Another Word for Sky: Poems
I am not a poetry person but I enjoyed this book. It has some wonderful images. Most of the references about Judaism were lost on me, but overall, I t ...more
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Jun 03, 2010
Trust Fund Boys
I thought this book was great fun. Yes, one has to make a leap or two regarding the plot, but the dialog is fast, funny and clever. Now that I have fi ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
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