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When I was offered Ripper by TLC Book Tours, I was really looking forward to reading it. Isabel Allende is well-known in the world of literary fiction...more
Feb 17, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Mother, Mother
Mother, Mother is a real page-turner. I could have plowed through it in about a day if I’d had the time. It’s fast-paced, the writing is simple, and t...more
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
The Free
In The Free, Vlautin tackles issues that average Americans are dealing with on a daily basis: poor health insurance and insurmountable medical bills;...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Infinite Jest
I finished reading this weeks ago and I’ve been putting off this review ever since. I am kind of afraid that no matter what I say about Infinite Jest,...more
Aug 15, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
We Need to Talk About Kevin
I read this book in one day–it completely creeped me out, but I couldn’t stop reading. I wasn’t sure I would like the epistolary format, but it worked...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing
This is a fantastic book. Marita Golden asked great questions, not only about reading and writing, but also about the state of education in our countr...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
The Panopticon
This book is so good.

The Panopticon is written in first-person, narrated by a 15-year-old girl named Anais Hendricks. The story is set in Scotland and...more
Aug 22, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Kote is the owner and innkeeper of the Waystone, located in the small, country village of Newarre. He and his helper, Bast, don’t get much business at...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Lizz Free Or Die
Lizz Winstead is co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, one of the founders of Air America Radio, and a performer and stand-up comedian...more
May 10, 2012
May 09, 2012
A Golden Age
A Golden Age is the story of the Haque family, set against the backdrop of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence. In the Prologue to the story, it i...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
The Illusion of Separateness
The main idea in The Illusion of Separateness is explained in the title–no matter how lonely we might feel, we are never alone. Our separateness as hu...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is fantastic. Kesey’s writing is gritty, no-bullshit kind of stuff, which goes really well with the subject matter. Ch...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin
Much of White Out is written in a stream of consciousness style, which can make some of it hard to understand. In a way, this is a bit disappointing b...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
The Firebird (The Slains, #2)
Hang on to your hats and mark it on your calendars, folks: I gave four (out of five) stars to a Historical-Fiction-Paranormal-Romance novel. (See? I d...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
The Good Muslim
The Good Muslim is the sequel to Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age, and the second book in what will eventually be a trilogy about Anam’s home country of Ba...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
Falling Together
Falling Together is a story about friendship and love and the ways in which relationships can evolve. It’s a story about holding on and letting go, an...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 13, 2012
The Perfume Collector
London, 1955. Grace Munroe is in a loveless marriage with a cheating husband. Having lived a rather sheltered childhood in Oxford, her marriage has al...more
Aug 04, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
Mystery Girl: A Novel
Mystery Girl can be simply described as a pulpy mystery novel–handsome detective, beautiful women, crime, drugs, sex, etc. Sam Kornberg is no Philip M...more
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines
As a memoir, Aghdashloo’s story often feels disjointed; it doesn’t flow easily from one point to the next, and the transitions aren’t always smooth. H...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
Race Across the Sky: A Novel
Race Across the Sky is a book about what lengths people will go to in order to help or save the people they love. It’s about morals, ethics, determina...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
Sight Reading: A Novel
Although I particularly love the parts about the music in Sight Reading, the whole book is beautifully written. The story follows Hazel, Nicholas, and...more
May 31, 2013
May 29, 2013
In the Land of the Living
In the Land of the Living is a coming-of-age story, a family saga, a book about fathers and sons (and brothers), a story highlighting the differences...more
Aug 09, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
The Returned
I really enjoyed The Returned. This is Jason Mott’s debut novel and I think he nailed it. Looking over some of the reviews on Goodreads, there are peo...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 19, 2013
The Little Red Guard
The Little Red Guard chronicles the decision Huang’s father made to give his mother a traditional burial, and the fifteen years of planning and family...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
Deadly Harvest: A Detective Kubu Mystery
Deadly Harvest is (I think) the fourth book in the Detective Kubu series written by Michael Stanley (writing duo Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip), b...more
Apr 25, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
Atwood’s desire to write this book stemmed from a book review that was written for two of her books: Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. In the...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Revolution
It’s the 1980s. Luisita and Elizabeth first meet when they work for the same newspaper–Luisita as an editor, and Elizabeth as a reporter. Elizabeth is...more
Sep 03, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
If I didn’t know it already, it would be obvious to me that Carrie is one of King’s earliest novels; the writing is good, but it’s not of the caliber...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
The Midwife of Hope River
The story is told by Patience in the first-person point of view, and it definitely “rings with authenticity” when it comes to the detailed births that...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
História, História: Two Years in the Cape Verde Islands
História, História is a short memoir of Eleanor’s time in Cape Verde and how it affected her and her marriage. At only 83 pages, it feels more like a...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
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