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The History of Love
I've read books before where the author used the lot device of "a book within a book." Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. In this case, it c ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Sinners Welcome
A beautiful collection of poetry that is lyrical and thought provoking. The pieces cover different topics pertaining to our modern world and how we ca ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
Viper Rum
I've several of her books and I really enjoy Mary Karr's writing. This particular book has a nice selection of poems, but it also contains a well cons ...more
Jul 08, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
The Sound of Glass
A young widow named Merritt inherits the house in which her husband was raised by his grandmother, and so she decides to move to a new state and new l ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 20, 2015
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
I really enjoyed Gladwell's previous works, such as The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and Blink: The Power of Thinking wi ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
Get in Trouble
Kelly Link has written a wonderful collection of short stories that transcend traditional genres. The writing is experimental and yet accessible. Some ...more
Mar 16, 2015
Feb 28, 2015
Pirates, Ghosts, and Coastal Lore: The Best of Judge Whedbee
This is a fun read about pirate legends in North Carolina, including many references to Blackbeard and stories related to him. I enjoyed the different ...more
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
The Art Thief
There are a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, especially the theme of iconography and its influence on art. I also liked the mystery aspect of ...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
Last Night at the Circle Cinema
There were some things that I really loved about this book - it's a contemporary story filled with characters who are fun to read about because they'r ...more
Jun 24, 2015
May 31, 2015
The Gracekeepers
The book is based on the premise that the world has been divided into two groups: land dwellers and sea dwellers, and the groups are not considered eq ...more
May 15, 2015
May 07, 2015
The Word Exchange
The book takes place in the not too distant future and may be characterized as a literary sci-fi novel. Technology reigns supreme and rules the lives ...more
Apr 2014
Mar 20, 2014
Tropic of Cancer
Wow! What a controversial book. I can see why it was banned and why so many opinions are polarized in the ratings. First of all, I have to warn anyone ...more
Dec 21, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
Hello From the Gillespies
This is a light holiday read that follows the daily struggles of the Gillespies as each member of the family attempts to find peace with themselves an ...more
Oct 10, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
The Book Thief
Extremely well written and engaging. Loved the characters and how Zusak portrays them.
Jun 17, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
Cramp Slash & Burn: When Punk and Glam Were Twins
This book was artfully and thoughtfully put together with beautiful images/ photography from the punk and glam scene during the 1980s. I read the eBoo ...more
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
This is an eclectic and yet incredible collection of actual letters (some photographed so that you can see the handwriting or stationery upon which th ...more
Jun 19, 2014
May 20, 2014
The Blue Fox
This short book is more of a long parable or novella. Don't let the short length fool you — in true parable form the book is packed with meaning and r ...more
Dec 03, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
Twig is a young girl in a small New England town and her family has a secret: they've been cursed by a witch. As her family attempts to hide the effec ...more
Feb 10, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present
One of the most interesting things about this nonfiction book is that it was written during the early years of rap music as the industry was just begi ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential
This is a short but meaningful book that discusses the importance of the psalms for Christians. The author explains how the psalms add to the richness ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
Let's Get Lost
This book was different from what I had anticipated. I think I was expecting a YA version of On The Road written from the female perspective (I have t ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
The Modern Art Invasion: Picasso, Duchamp, and the 1913 Armory Show That Scandalized America
This is a book for fans of modern art as well as individuals who work in the arts. While other types of artists may not be as interested in some of th ...more
May 08, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
Widow: Stories
Michelle Latiolais has a different approach to writing short stories, and anyone looking for an action-packed adventure will be disappointed. This is ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
Girl with Curious Hair
David Foster Wallace delivers some beautiful commentary on modern culture through fiction. While some readers may find these stories difficult to get ...more
Oct 25, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
The God of Small Things
This had been on my TBR for a very long time, and I'm glad that I finally got around to reading it. The book is set in India and follows the lives of ...more
Jun 24, 2015
May 14, 2015
The Stranger
This is a book that, while well written, I have difficulty recommending to everyone. In fact, I feel like I need to read it again to fully appreciate ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Incredibly written, this work of historical fiction follows a Portuguese priest as he attempts to bring the residents of Japan to salvation. This is n ...more
Apr 07, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
Outer Dark
There's plenty of darkness inside Outer Dark. This book has some beautifully written passages, but I found less hope in this story than I did in The R ...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
The Things He Wrote to Her (1914)
I really enjoyed this short book, and my only complaint is that it was over too soon. It's set up as a series of letters going back and forth between ...more
Nov 21, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
Anansi Boys (American Gods, #2)
Even though the book is well written it started out a little slowly for me. Not sure why because I'm usually quickly drawn into Neil Gaiman's books. R ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 13, 2011