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A Stolen Life
3.86
What Jaycee Dugard experienced for 18 years is, beyond question, horrendous. And it is an achievement that her book keeps the sensationalism to a mini ...more
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Aug 22, 2011
 
The Half Brother
3.36
I read this whole book on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. Never done that before!

Like many others, I love a good prep school novel. Something a
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Feb 08, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
 
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
4.12
A fascinating, complex, devastating look at the opiate epidemic in middle America. It's a story that hasn't been told, and it gets an exceptionally de ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
 
Those Girls
4.07
From first glance, this looked like my kind of book. Girls, murder, and psychological drama. While I can occasionally be slow in starting books, this ...more
Apr 03, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
 
The Anatomy of Dreams
3.36
An excellent, dreamy (if I may), little mystery. Sylvie and Gabe meet at boarding school, and strike up a romance that is both innocent and emotionall ...more
Aug 03, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
 
Incubus
2.72
Hmm.

I wanted to like this novel a lot. The blurb sounds fascinating, and I love supernatural stories with an intellectual bent. However, this book fai
...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex
1.85
I received this from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

I'm always eager to hear well-balanced, engaging looks at the ways in which "kids
...more
Jan 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
Coming of Age at the End of Days
3.45
This is one of those books where you start out reading one thing, and then you realize it has turned into something else about three-quarters of the w ...more
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
Hades
3.91
I just blasted through this book. It took me less than two days to read, simply because it was just so easy to latch onto.

I love mysteries and thrille
...more
Feb 06, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
 
The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy
4.21
I must admit, I tend to be a skeptic with books like these. I take what I can from them, but often find them a bit too "woo-woo" or self-helpy for my ...more
Mar 28, 2015
Mar 28, 2015
 
Schooled
3.38
Like a lightweight Nanny Diaries, Schooled is a playful picture of the Upper East Side private school world. According to the notes, the author has ex ...more
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Dec 08, 2011
 
The Forgotten Girls (Louise Rick, #7)
3.57
I wish I'd liked this book more.

I expected to like it-- I love a good mystery and some crazy forensic and investigative stuff (I watch a lot of "Crimi
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Nov 28, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
3.58
I thoroughly enjoyed this little minx of a novel. Every other review makes comparisons to David Foster Wallace and Pynchon and a little Zadie Smith, a ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War
4.14
I received this as a Goodreads First Read.

What I expected to be a somewhat dry look at the issues of PTSD in the military was actually a compassionate
...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
 
Asylum: A Mystery
3.73
I love a good mystery thriller about asylums and murder (what young woman doesn't?), so I was looking forward to ASYLUM, the first book I've read by J ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
 
If This Is a Woman : Inside Ravensbruck - Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women
4.52
This is a remarkable, enormous feat of historical research, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

I have read a considerable number of books about the Ho
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Apr 20, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
 
The Bones of You
3.85
While The Bones of You is well-paced and engaging, it's not a traditional thriller. There are plot twists, which are fun and surprising, a slight para ...more
May 29, 2015
May 19, 2015
 
I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves to Get through Our Twenties
4.02
This book was definitely a familiar look at millenial life, with frequently relatable anecdotes, an intriguing cast of characters, and a healthy dose ...more
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 20, 2015
 
Golden State
3.68
An evocative page-turner; thoroughly enjoyable. While not quite as dark and probing as We Need to Talk About Kevin (since everyone else is comparing t ...more
Mar 20, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry
4.24
I usually love behind-the-scenes exposes of flashy industries, and the fashion industry is one that feels particularly foreign to me. While I apprecia ...more
Jun 25, 2015
Jun 25, 2015
 
A Small Indiscretion
3.62
Reading this book felt like reading a stranger's diary. It was startlingly intimate, occasionally rambled about things I didn't care about, and was ri ...more
May 02, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
Nest
4.00
While I'm not a middle-grade reader, I am a reader who appreciates fine writing. And Ehrlich's writing is beautiful. Lyrical, evocative, and earnest, ...more
Jan 2014
Nov 05, 2014
 
The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
3.46
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

I went into this book with doubts. I grew up with the Matthew Shephard case, ha
...more
Jan 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals
3.93
I've been a vegetarian for about fifteen years, and as a home cook, I never get tired of meatless meals. However, my boyfriend is a cattle-farm-raised ...more
Jan 2014
Aug 08, 2014
 
Science ...For Her!
2.64
I really like Megan Amram. I think she's super funny, super smart, and given the chance, I would LOVE to hang out with her. She's one of my favorites ...more
Jan 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
The End of Everything
3.38
As always, a delicious psychological thriller from Megan Abbott. As with most of her books, I blew through this in two days. Abbott manages to get a r ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
 
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
3.95
An eminently readable, engaging look at the men in power in Afghanistan. Rather than focusing on the complex strategies of the engagement, or vague po ...more
May 20, 2013
May 09, 2013
 
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
3.89
Utterly engaging, compulsively readable, and mysterious without being contrived. This novel is essentially a collection of memories about a young woma ...more
Jun 04, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor
3.80
I love a good mystery story-- even better if it's real. I bought this book based on the intriguing story of its hero/antihero, knowing very little abo ...more
Dec 08, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
The Girl with All the Gifts
3.91
This novel started out with immense promise-- Melanie was a fascinating narrator and I wanted to know everything about the world she inhabited. The pa ...more
Feb 06, 2015
Jul 03, 2014
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