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Minsk Rises
A Soviet-Era dictatorship still exists, as the people of Belarus understand too well. The oppressive regime of President Lukashenko is truly a hold-ou ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
or those looking for a guide on how to live, Sarah Bakewell’s How to Live or A Life of Montaigne won’t give it to them. But what Bakewell does give is ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell is a gifted writer and his novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a marvelous book, a novel of many dimensions and deep with la ...more
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Jan 22, 2011
War and Peace
Reading War and Peace is like looking in a mirror and seeing myself with all of humanity beside me, reflected back. But it is not our surface appearan ...more
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Jan 22, 2011
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
For those looking for a guide on how to live, Sarah Bakewell’s How to Live or A Life of Montaigne won’t give it to them. But what Bakewell does give i ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
Bad Marie
Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky is clever and funny, a riotous ride through the mind of a deranged but strangely appealing anti-heroine, and a jumbled jo ...more
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Jan 22, 2011
You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
Even if you are not a dog person, you will be a Julie Klam person. Reading about her life through the lens of her relationships with the Boston Terrie ...more
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Jan 22, 2011
The Kitchen House
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is a fantastic book, containing all the elements of great storytelling: richly rendered characters, compelling p ...more
Mar 2010
Feb 02, 2011
The Girl with the Golden Shoes
I just re-read Colin Channer's The Girl with the Golden Shoes. I found the story of Estrella more beautiful and more moving than ever. Channer's writi ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 02, 2011
The Book of Jamaica
Russell Banks' The Book of Jamaica is a strange and mesmerizing mixture of fact and fiction. Set in the 1970s, a decade after Jamaica's independence f ...more
Feb 24, 2010
Feb 02, 2011
Parasite Eve
Review on Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena is a bizarre and utterly mesmerizing book of science fiction horror. I never would have fou ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
Caleb's Crossing
I loved Geraldine Brooks’ latest historical novel, Caleb’s Crossing. Set in mid-seventeenth century New England (Martha’s Vineyard and Cambridge, Mass ...more
May 2011
May 04, 2011
The Vera Wright Trilogy: My Father's Moon / Cabin Fever / The Georges' Wife
It is not often that I discover a writer who creates a character who I wish could be a real life friend. Elizabeth Jolley's unforgettable character, V ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 02, 2011
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe
When Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, first met Kamila Sidiqi, it was to interview her as the basis of a case study in f ...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
The Book of Days of Symphorosa, Little Sister of the Beguines
A truly charming book about life in a beguinage. The beguinages were enclosed communities for women, dating from the fifteenth century. Women who had ...more
May 08, 2011
May 09, 2011
Skippy Dies
The writing in this book is marvelous and creative, but the development of the characters and the unrolling of the plot were both so thumpingly steepe ...more
May 12, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
Loved this book, reviewed at Told completely from the point of view of a very smart but extremely "sheltered" fiv ...more
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Jan 23, 2011
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Good idea but he doesn't pursue it to the point where it became really interesting -- just a fun collection of interesting facts and anecdotes. Whenev ...more
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
Now You See Me (Lacey Flint, #1)
Now You See Me, Bolton’s fourth novel, is further proof that this dame of chills and thrills reigns supreme. Bolton has again created memorable charac ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
1861: The Civil War Awakening
I reviewed this on Huffington and will post the review on my blog as well. Wonderful book that provides insight into what Americans were thinking, des ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
Life After Sleep
Fascinating and very funny science fiction novella about what life in the future could be like -- without sleep. Due to the amazing regiment offered b ...more
May 30, 2011
May 31, 2011
Prisoners in the Palace
I loved this book and would recommend it to all age, and especially to those interested in Victorian England. I already blogged about this book being ...more
Jun 03, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
Knockdown (Home Repair Is Homicide, #14)
This is a good mystery, and a new series for me. The writing was easy and fluid, the suspense was tight and effective, the landscape was appealing and ...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
The Love of My Youth
I did not like this book for the first two/thirds of it but the final third is brilliant. Once Gordon lets go of artifice and manipulation, and lets h ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
The Samurai's Garden
I loved this book so much. It was one of the books I read during my year of reading a book a day and my review can be found at http://www.readallday.o ...more
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Mar 23, 2011
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912
Wonderful book for kids, boys and girls. Historically accurate, fascinating details about the Titanic, engaging characters, and moving story of one gi ...more
May 03, 2011
May 04, 2011
Caribou Island
For a better book on the breakdown of a marriage, read Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich. This one was just complete misery, with only one halfway likable ...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
A Novel Bookstore
Loved this book which will touch a chord with book lovers everywhere. Full review on, at link ...more
Sep 2010
Mar 07, 2011
Drawing Conclusions (Commissario Brunetti, #20)
Is Leon becoming formulaic? I love Brunetti, his wife Paola, and, of course, Venice, but this 20th addition to the Commissario Brunetti series fell sh ...more
Apr 07, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Aunt Dimity, #16)
Always fun and entertaining, I saw many of the twists coming but who cares? This series is so much fun, so light-hearted, that the books are always a ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
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