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Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2)
3.31
it was ok
I have all the thoughts, one of which is that this shouldn't have been published. Look for these thoughts on the blog when I can put them together in ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
 
A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
3.45
really liked it
Wrecked. That is how A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing left me feeling: just wrecked. The synopsis from the publisher’s website is spot on.

This isn’t an e
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Apr 15, 2014
Dec 12, 2013
 
Sight Reading
3.33
really liked it
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
 
Mother, Mother
3.68
liked it
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
 
Infinite Jest
4.32
it was amazing
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
 
The Great Gatsby
3.88
really liked it
The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 and is probably the greatest representation of the Jazz Age (also known as the Roaring Twenties) in literary fi ...more
Apr 29, 2011
Sep 15, 2010
 
Ripper
3.24
it was ok
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
 
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
4.20
it was amazing
Melissa Harris-Perry’s latest book, Sister Citizen, takes a look at the traditional stereotypes that have affected Black women throughout history: the ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
 
The Panopticon
3.62
it was amazing
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
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Aug 22, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
 
Kindred
4.18
it was amazing
This was my first reading experience with Octavia Butler, and it was a good one. A great one, even. I cannot believe I hadn’t read anything by Octavia ...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
 
The Free
3.97
really liked it
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
 
The Illusion of Separateness
3.99
it was amazing
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
 
Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear
3.87
really liked it
When Goldman’s blog post about her daughter being bullied for her love of Star Wars went viral, she decided to talk to everyone she possibly could abo ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
Lizz Free Or Die
3.67
it was amazing
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
 
When I Whistle
3.92
really liked it
The story in When I Whistle alternates between the present–in which Ozu and his son are constantly at odds because of the differences in their values– ...more
May 14, 2012
May 02, 2012
 
We Need to Talk About Kevin
4.07
really liked it
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
4.45
it was amazing
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
 
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
3.99
it was amazing
Jan 17, 2017
Dec 29, 2016
 
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
4.31
it was amazing
From 1915 through the mid-1970s, approximately six million black citizens in the United States migrated from the Jim Crow south to points north and we ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Sep 15, 2010
 
The Firebird (Slains, #2)
4.08
really liked it
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
 
White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin
3.68
really liked it
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 End of Your Life Book Club
3.80
it was amazing
I’ve read a few other reviews of this book, and something I’ve taken away from those (and our discussion of the book on Devourer of Books today) is th ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
 
Zazen
3.61
it was amazing
This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I immediately connected with Della because I know exactly how she felt. Every time I check the news ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector, #2)
3.92
it was amazing
Review of the whole series is here: CLICK
Jul 2015
Jun 29, 2015
 
Clever Girl
3.41
liked it
Stella is a fifty-year-old woman who has lived a pretty ordinary life in England. Her story starts in the late 1950s, where she lived in a small, rund ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
 
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
3.91
it was amazing
In Shadow Show, science fiction lovers will find stories about other planets, futuristic times, and creatures that aren’t quite human. To label Ray Br ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
 
The Midwife of Hope River
4.00
really liked it
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
 
The Orchardist
3.75
it was amazing
I loved the detailed descriptions of the land and Talmadge’s work in the orchard. I loved that the story was set in the late 19th and early 20th centu ...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
3.97
it was amazing
By focusing on one particular slum in Mumbai, Boo gave names and faces to the disadvantaged. She made a common story more personal. We hear about this ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
 
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
3.74
it was amazing
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
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