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The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)
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
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
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a 50 Year Search
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
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
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
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
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 Outcasts
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 Goldfinch
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
Long Man
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
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
Songs of Willow Frost
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 Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy #2)
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
Rules of Civility
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
The Weight of Blood: A Novel
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sweet Water: A Novel
This book had two things going for it with me: the southern setting and the story pace that kept me ready to read to find out where we were going. The...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
The books reeks of implausibility - beginning with the basic premise that a girl is murdered who happens to look exactly like Cassie Maddox (Dublin de...more
Mar 03, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
House Rules
In the first half of this book, I found a lot to really like. I liked the understanding I was gaining of Asperger's through some brilliant character d...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime
An interesting look at how a military deployment can affect a family left at home. When Navy pilot Dustin Smiley leaves his wife and three young boys...more
May 29, 2013
May 22, 2013
The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
This book had the two characteristics that draw me to a nonfiction book: (1) written in a style that reads and paces like a work of fiction and (2) pr...more
Dec 24, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
This House of Sky
I did not want it to end! I absolutely love Ivan Doig's language and to have it grace his memoir was wonderful. I was in Montana in the early 1900's -...more
Aug 18, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns
Gal Gardner was as "prickly" and unlikeable as I expected her to be based on what I had read about this book. She is a 38-year-old high school biology...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
The Death of Bees
This is one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. Marnie (15) and Nelly (12) are two sisters living in the most appalling circumstances in wo...more
Feb 06, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
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