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Winter's Bone
The writing in this novel was pretty intense. It reminded me of Cold Mountain, and the storyline is similar as well in its journey motif. A young woma ...more
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Aug 25, 2012
A Little Life
Because I don't consider myself qualified or entitled to designate a book with 5 stars based on the writing alone (although I make liberal use of lowe ...more
Jun 14, 2015
Feb 22, 2015
The Goldfinch
The only reason I didn't give this remarkable book 5 stars is that it was probably about 200 pages longer than it needed to be. The writing is consist ...more
Feb 11, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Big Brother
I love everything I've read by Lionel Shriver, and it shocks me that she isn't discussed in the realm of American novelists that includes the likes of ...more
Aug 11, 2013
May 26, 2013
The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order
This book sounded remotely interesting, but the index format, I think, would have been more powerful if it hadn't been so specific to this author's ex ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Unearthing Venus: My Search for the Woman Within
I enjoyed the first half of this memoir much more than the second half, which I found myself skimming through at times. Cate Montana's theme--that Ame ...more
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
& Sons
I hate myself for reading this book, but find consolation in the fact that I got it from the library and did not purchase it. My reason? It's elementa ...more
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Oct 29, 2013
The House of Mirth
MY. FAVORITE. BOOK. EVER. So complicated, yet so simple. I have read this book more than ten times and loved it more each time. Still extremely releva ...more
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Apr 22, 2011
Everything I Never Told You
This is a book in which various characters consistently treat each other badly and from time to time jump (or get pushed) into a lake. I think it was ...more
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Jul 26, 2015
The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son
I read this book sort of by accident -- it was on the New shelf right near the checkout desk at the library and I remembered reading an excerpt in the ...more
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Apr 07, 2013
Look at Me
I read this when it first came out in late 2001, before "friend" became a verb, and I remember really liking it. I grabbed it off my bookshelf recentl ...more
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Feb 28, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
If you accept this book for what it really is -- a Harlequin romance for the 2000s, with a new millennium cover -- then you probably will be satisfied ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
We Are Water
I imagine it's hard for an author whose first major novel (She's Come Undone) was so successful. This novel was disappointing in almost every way. The ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
If you didn't already think so, this book will prove that leaders in the Church of Scientology are sadistic megalomaniacs, beginning with The Master h ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
The Price of Salt
I really like Patricia Highsmith -- the bibliophile's Alfred Hitchcock. This book was probably groundbreaking when it came out, but I found the exposi ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
God's bodkins.
I will never hear the Happy Birthday song in quite the same way after reading this book. And not that I pay that much attention to ants
Feb 16, 2015
Nov 06, 2014
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
This book was fascinating and chilling. It was also about 200 pages longer than it needed to be -- did we really need an entire chapter (Chapter 1 no ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
This is Where I Leave You
I really wanted to give this book five stars, but I am trying to reserve this rating for books that changed my life. This one did not change my life, ...more
May 19, 2011
May 03, 2011
I started reading this because it had been sitting on my husband's table since I bought it for him when it first came out, and I had just finished Ame ...more
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May 03, 2011
Rat Girl
Once again my 5-star rating is a bit narrow. I have loved Throwing Muses since they appeared in Champaign in 1985, and have followed their music since ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
I wanted to read this to find out about the behind-the-scenes life of a notorious rock star, and there is definitely some of that here. Keith spends m ...more
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Mar 28, 2011
The Spectacular Now
I read this because the movie has been getting a lot of positive press and I just saw the lead actress, Shailene Woodley, on the Daily Show and she is ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
And When She Was Good
I really like Laura Lippman's earlier mystery novels and short stories, but this one just seemed silly. For one thing, it seems made up as it goes alo ...more
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Jun 07, 2013
Let the Great World Spin
This rating is totally unfair, because the writing in this book is wonderful. I just got annoyed when I realized it was actually a book of loosely int ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Dec 16, 2012
Full Dark, No Stars
I am a person who thinks that Stephen King is actually a really good writer, and I went into reading this book believing that his novellas are the bes ...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
By Nightfall
I wasn't sure if I should give this four stars because I went in already loving this author because of The Hours. If I had reviewed halfway through, I ...more
Jun 11, 2011
May 08, 2011
The Woman Upstairs
I'm really not at all the careful, thoughtful reader I think I am. If I were, I would not have been so utterly stunned by the "reveal" that comes at t ...more
Jun 07, 2013
May 10, 2013
The Casual Vacancy
I feel dirty and ashamed for reading this book. I have never read the Harry Potter series, not because I didn't believe it was any good and not even b ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Dec 30, 2012
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
This book was somewhat disappointing because the first few chapters pretty much recycle ideas of Zen and other Buddhist philosophies about embracing u ...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice
Ganga White is brilliant. He has studied yoga in every corner of the world with the most prominent teachers of this century, and then distilled the im ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
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