One Across, Two Down
3.63
I'm a huge fan of Ruth Rendell's suspense novels (as opposed to her Inspector Wexford mysteries, which I don't read as often) and always enjoy her cri...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
3.61
Anything that declares itself "a manifesto" makes me a bit wary--but I'm glad to have read this mediation on the yearning for "reality"/authenticity i...more
Oct 07, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
 
Blacklands
3.60
I don't usually read mysteries/thrillers but picked this up in the airport because I saw that the author was British--meaning that if nothing else her...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
 
Crestmont
3.74
Holly Weiss’s debut novel is a nostalgic take on the goings-on at a fashionable 1920s inn, where the heroine, Grace, takes refuge as a housekeeper to...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
 
Stalina
2.90
There are many delightful moments in this odd and entertaining novel.
Named after the man whose many victims include her own father, Stalina Folskaya...more
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Jack Holmes and His Friend
3.56
I've been a fan of Edmund White ever since reading A Boy's Own Story years ago. I was excited to read a new work by him, and at first I very much like...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
 
State of Wonder
3.83
Wow, a good old-fashioned novel full of mysteries, coincidences, and larger-than-life characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and admire Patchett's...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
 
3.78
I thoroughly enjoyed this odd novella (if that's what one might call it) in which Lillian Hellman tries to make sense of a mysterious acquaintance of...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
Jamaica Inn
3.83
The opening pages of this classic Du Maurier novel had me immediately hooked; Du Maurier's clear, descriptive prose captures both place and the heroin...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
What Is Left the Daughter
3.41
Reasons to read this book: Howard Norman's use of language is subtly powerful, beautiful without being showy. Also, this slim novel captures the quirk...more
May 26, 2011
May 27, 2011
 
Father of the Rain
3.84
This is a beautiful and devastating novel. The first person present tense narration and the clarity of detail and observation make everything feel tha...more
Nov 04, 2010
Nov 04, 2010
 
Freedom
3.68
When I began this novel, I wondered how Franzen would be able to pull it off; the opening chapter approaches his characters with such distance, how co...more
Apr 12, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
 
Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves
3.63
This is a fascinating true story--although one gets the sense that what is "true" for the author might not always match exactly with fact. Helene Grim...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
 
A Most Wanted Man
3.42
Le Carré continues to inspire me. Even his most complex plots--and this book is particularly complex--are woven with attention to character. In some w...more
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May 31, 2012
 
A Month in the Country
4.08
Somehow I managed to go all this time without having read this brief novel, which despite its easily flowing narration and the good humor of its autho...more
May 08, 2011
May 08, 2011
 
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
4.13
Though I've read Swann's Way before, this was my first time reading the Lydia Davis translation, and I enjoyed it even more (perhaps simply because of...more
May 03, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
Autobiography of Red
4.39
I can't explain why it took me so long to finally sit down and read this book; I first read Anne Carson's poems and essays over a decade ago and becam...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
 
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
3.57
What I loved about this book was the writing itself. I don't mean the author's display of language (I was reading in English translation, which read v...more
May 29, 2011
May 29, 2011
 
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
3.85
A wonderful, sad novel that is as much a commentary on American culture as it is on the Iraq war. What makes the book so powerful is Fountain's stylis...more
May 30, 2012
May 31, 2012
 
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung
4.06
Wonderful. Bangs's voice and attitude come through clearly and eloquently, a perfect mix of colloquial ease and linguistic rigor. Here's a sample phra...more
May 26, 2011
May 30, 2011
 
Thérèse Raquin
3.71
This is an uncomfortable book, in that from the first page we are in a dark, cold, dank world both literally (the Parisian shop and household of Thére...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
God on the Rocks
3.65
This is the fifth Jane Gardam novel I've read, and while I remain enamored of her style, heart and wit, I found myself less engaged in this story, whi...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 28, 2010
 
Down There on a Visit
3.96
I enjoyed this in-between-genres work, which tells of the years leading up to and after WWII through Isherwood's relationships with 4 main characters....more
May 18, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
 
Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller
4.02
If you stick it out, you'll feel you've been through the ringer by the time you finish this one. Dinesen's life was hard, romantic and endlessly creat...more
Dec 2009
Jan 16, 2011
 
Prater Violet
3.75
I really enjoy Isherwood's swift character portrayals and crisp prose. Despite the comedy of much of this short book, the story is powerful for its po...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
 
George Eliot: The Last Victorian
4.03
I listened to this book on audio and was mesmerized. Not only is it a history lesson and an immersion in Eliot's religious world (which she later ques...more
Dec 2009
Jan 16, 2011
 
The End of the Affair
3.96
I just reread this book for the first time in at least a decade and found it in some ways better than I remembered. The most powerful part is still th...more
May 22, 2011
May 22, 2011
 
The Lake of Darkness
3.70
Yet again Ruth Rendell awes me with her inventive, carefully structured storytelling and wonderfully precise prose. The characters in this mystery are...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
 
Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words: Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia
3.93
A moving account of a single daughter's complex relationship with her mother--before and after her mother succumbs to Alzheimer's disease. The book is...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
 
Heifetz as I Knew Him
4.21
Absolutely fascinating. As interested as I was in Agus's narrative of becoming an integral part of the last 15 years of Heifetz's life, I was even mor...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
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