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Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
3.67
**spoiler alert** I think it went something like this:
Agent to Gabrielle: "Hey, you've had a famous restaurant for a while now and you've never been o
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Mar 06, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
 
The Hour I First Believed
3.76
Say what you will about this book; in my opinion it's a tour de force. The author covers a wide range of topics starting with the Civil War, abolition ...more
Nov 19, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
 
Bread and Butter
3.13
Misogynistic and twee. Three brothers: two are already successful restauranteurs in a fictional Pennsylvania town. Their slightly bi-polar brother ope ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
 
Sight Hound
3.95
My friend Kerfe sent me this book not knowing much about it but knowing that I love dogs and books about dogs. This one is worth reading. It is told f ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
 
The Master Bedroom
2.97
**spoiler alert** I find myself agreeing with most of the other reviews of this book. Kate, the main character, seems so self-referential and full of ...more
Nov 13, 2008
Oct 28, 2008
 
The Thoughtful Dresser
3.40
An extension of this writer's blog, about our relationship to clothes and adornment. Unfortunately, there was so much wrong about this book that I gav ...more
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
 
The Goldfinch
3.89
A spectacular work of fiction which I understand took the author ten years to write. The novel is driven by the narrator, Theo Decker, who lost his mo ...more
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Nov 02, 2013
 
The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son
3.85
During my reading of this quite excellent book, I kept asking my physician husband if he'd ever heard of CFC syndrome, Costello syndrome, Noonan syndr ...more
May 31, 2011
May 31, 2011
 
A Trip to the Stars
4.31
Recommended by my friends Marla and Kerfe, "A Trip to the Stars" has everything that I want in a book: great story, characters drawn beautifully (even ...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
The Wife's Tale
3.38
An unusual, very Canadian book. Mary Gooch married her high school heartthrob at a time in her life when she got small. Married at 18 and pregnant, th ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
 
Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms
3.75
I read this book after seeing the review in the NYTimes. I'm a longtime mushroom lover (I'll never forget the crispy sweetbreads with morels at a rive ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 01, 2012
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.69
A quote by Milan Kundera in Chapter 21 sums up the beauty and power of this book: "There would be nothing more obvious,/more tangible, than the presen ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 01, 2012
 
Just Kids
4.12
I lived around the corner from Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe in the early 70's, and I remember the Chelsea she describes very well. I must admit ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
 
Say Her Name
3.63
A well written, grief stricken true story. I don't know why it's called a novel. It is reminiscent of Joan Didion's "Blue Nights", the memoir about he ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.69
**spoiler alert** Oh, how I wish my mother was around to read this book. She probably would have been able to read it in French, even so...what a book ...more
Nov 02, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
 
This Beautiful Life
3.04
**spoiler alert** A 13 year old girl hooks up with a 15 year old boy at a party and the boy, drunk, pushes her away, saying she's too young. The next ...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
 
My Hollywood
3.05
A lot of people compared this book to "The Help". I truly doubt whether any African-American servant in the south ever made close to what the Filipina ...more
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
 
An American Family
3.94
Saw a blurb that said "if you like Franzen and Philip Roth you will love this book". It was $3.99 so I got it. I have a hard time getting past a work ...more
May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
 
Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America
3.47
Dixon is a good writer. The book presents an insider view of life at the CIA, and he describes it well. He's an older student, and his colleagues cal ...more
May 09, 2011
May 09, 2011
 
Silver Girl
3.85
A thinly veiled fiction about the Madoffs. Did Ruth Madoff know what her psychopathic husband was doing all those years? Does she, too, deserve to be ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
4.18
Preposterously wonderful. Whether true or not, I don't know. The author prefaces by saying it is true to the best of his knowledge, but honestly, it d ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
 
In One Person
3.61
I must admit at the get-go, I am a big fan of John Irving and was excited to read this one. That being said, I'll say that this wasn't my favorite, al ...more
May 13, 2012
May 13, 2012
 
Anthropology of an American Girl
3.28
I would have given this book 2 1/2 stars if that had been an option. A long, unwieldy, dramatically metaphoric, long winded story about a neurasthenic ...more
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
 
Last Night in Twisted River
3.71
**spoiler alert** Oh, John Irving, how do you do it, and after all these years? Another great, twisted yarn, on and on with the complex sentences, wie ...more
Nov 26, 2009
Nov 26, 2009
 
Columbine
4.24
A terrifying, descriptive and ultimately very very good book about a horrible event in our history. The author had written several articles for Slate ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
Recommended by my Goodreads/Paterson friend Marla, and an excellent one. I had never heard of the HeLa cell line or anything about the backstory. Rebe ...more
Mar 04, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
 
The Road Home
3.81
Would have given this another half star if it had been possible, as happens sometimes on Goodreads. I found this on my Kindle while looking for someth ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.06
I resisted reading this book for a while. Then one night a friend gave it to me (the actual book--I've been reading on Kindle for a couple of years). ...more
May 28, 2010
May 28, 2010
 
Great House
3.42
I really don't know what to think of this book. I got a sample on Kindle and liked it, so I got it. AFter the first part, the book started going wacko ...more
Nov 15, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
 
Vaclav and Lena
3.68
My friend Judy told me about this book last summer, but I've only just now read it. I thought it was a wonderful book in every sense of the word. Vacl ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
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