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The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)
3.11
Just won this on GoodReads First Reads and am looking forward to it arriving. I'm hoping it will be more like Clan of the Cave Bear and Valley of the ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
The Paris Apartment
3.70
Well, I'm obviously in the minority here, but the only reason I stayed with this book was the Paris setting. I was intrigued by a story about an appra ...more
May 13, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
Fragile Beasts
4.08
I never expected this book to capture me. I'm not even sure why I decided to read it. The thought was in the back of my mind that I might not get thro ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
 
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a 50 Year Search
3.60
I listened to the audio edition of this book and it succeeded in captivating me the whole way through. Because of reviews I had read, I had rid myself ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
 
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
4.03
I very rarely read a book twice, and have never read the same book twice back to back. That shows how desperate I am to understand the polarity in tod ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
 
Fever
3.66
Even though this book was not quite what I expected it to be, it was a good read. Loosely based on the life of "Typhoid Mary," this novel follows Mary ...more
Apr 12, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
 
Bough Down
4.23
A glimpse! I almost see it, get it. But it slips away. Karen Green's writing tries to come to grips with her husband's suicide. She writes in fragment ...more
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
I was fascinated by this whole story - by the science, by the ethics, and by the characters. I will never go for a medical test again without thinking ...more
Dec 19, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
The Goldfinch
3.88
Writing about this book is an intimidating task. Tartt's use of words is so perfect and beautiful; add to that the eloquence of so many GoodReads revi ...more
Dec 22, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
 
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel
4.00
Everybody I know loved this book - I liked it, but I can't say I loved it. The format was interesting - each chapter began with a short story annotati ...more
Nov 18, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
 
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel
4.13
This novel revealed the details of being a woman in Afghanistan through the story of two women. Rahima's story begins in 2007. She lives with her sist ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
 
Calling Me Home
4.22
This story started out good and just got better and better. Alternating voices tell a compelling story of a 1940's forbidden interracial love and a cu ...more
Aug 2013
Feb 09, 2013
 
Rules of Civility
3.98
The atmosphere of New York City of 1938 was perfect in this book. Working girls Katey and Eve share a boardinghouse room and work at their typical you ...more
Mar 2014
Nov 24, 2011
 
Remember Ben Clayton
4.18
I loved this book!! Yes, it's a Texas "western," and yes, it's a war story, and yes, it's a book about fathers' secrets, and yes, it's much much more. ...more
Jun 17, 2013
Jun 07, 2013
 
The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog)
3.91
My 3rd Kate Morton book and she still enthralls me with her family sagas and family secrets. The loyalty of family servants is a foreign concept to mo ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Mar 13, 2013
 
Still Alice
4.26
This was a difficult, terrifying, and heartbreaking book to read. Alice Howland is a respected, successful Harvard professor and researcher in cogniti ...more
Feb 08, 2014
Dec 27, 2013
 
Long Man
3.91
The work of the Tennessee Valley Authority to bring electricity and progress to rural Tennessee kind of tantalizes me. I once saw a model town they bu ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
 
A Land More Kind Than Home
3.83
My kind of southern gothic novel, with all of the darkness that comes with the isolation of the North Carolina mountain landscape, zealous serpent-wie ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Feb 03, 2013
 
The Bartender's Tale
3.96
Ivan Doig makes the Great Plains come alive. The story does not take you on a thrill ride, but rather the characters take you on a slow meander throug ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Aug 07, 2012
 
The Outcasts
3.57
It's always a thrill when my friend Paulette hands me a book without comment from her extensive audiobook collection as happened with The Outcasts. On ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Dec 23, 2013
 
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy #2)
4.01
I haven't been in the mood for science fiction in oh so long. But then Margaret Atwood isn't your run-of-the-mill sci fi. In this book, she just dumps ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Sep 19, 2010
 
Songs of Willow Frost
3.63
Jamie Ford held me captive in WWII Seattle in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I've now lived in Depression era Seattle for the last few days ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Sep 11, 2013
 
The Weight of Blood: A Novel
3.72
With so many of my favorite elements (Ozark mountain holler setting, family secrets and mysteries, determined female protagonist) this should have gra ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
Looking for Alaska
4.18
As I started this book, my initial reaction was that it seemed too much like the Young Adult book that it in actuality is. I never had that obvious fe ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Apr 25, 2012
 
Oryx and Crake
3.97
What would happen if one man decided his version of genetic engineering was the way to save the world - a world without humans? Margaret Atwood's spec ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Sep 19, 2010
 
Calico Joe
3.78
I really, really, really wanted Joe to be real. I wanted him to come and play for my Padres. And I wanted to see what he could have been if left to co ...more
Jun 28, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
 
The Lowland
3.79
I loved this book - both the beautiful writing and the compelling story. Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers born 15 months apart in Cal ...more
Mar 03, 2014
Aug 14, 2013
 
Moloka'i
4.13
It seems like I got bombarded with so many recommendations for this book all at once that I had to read it. It definitely lived up to all the hype. I ...more
Jun 05, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
 
Foster
4.13
Originally a short story expanded into this gem of a "novella," Foster tells the story of the summer of a young Irish girl, fostered out to an older c ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 31, 2012
 
Appalachian Justice
4.30
Being a "mountain" book, this had my attention before I opened it! But with the first page, the setting, the characters, and the writing all grabbed a ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
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