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The Interestings
Ok, I will give it to you straight. Ms. Wolitzer is gifted in her nuanced ability to really develop a character, but it was frustrating to me that she...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
Anonymous Sources
Alexandra James, a plucky reporter for the The Chronicle has stumbled upon a story that is bigger than she had ever imagined, involving people at the...more
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Jan 02, 2014
The Relationship Shoppe
Marian and Belle, two friends who met at a support group for troubled people have joined forces in this life-affirming novel, The Relationship Shoppe....more
May 04, 2012
May 15, 2012
Goldberg Variations
Here's the thing about Susan Isaacs, we all know she's sharp and insightful and with this latest book she has presented a fascinating character study...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
The Widow Waltz
I started off rooting for Georgia, a widowed woman in her fifties, previously living a life of luxury who discovers upon her husband's death that he w...more
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Nov 17, 2013
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
I am a long time fan of Ms. Quindlen's and I enjoyed this book for what it was...a simple story told in a layered fashion that will resonate with each...more
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Mar 30, 2014
The Splendour Falls
This was my first experience with Susanna Kearsley and based upon the reviews I've been reading it probably wasn't the best place to start. However, h...more
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Feb 09, 2014
The Paris Wife
Overall I enjoyed this book. Living the story through Hadley's eyes, Hemingway's first and often thought his greatest love, was fascinating. The tone...more
May 30, 2011
May 22, 2011
To Be Sung Underwater
This lyrical, haunting book will stay with you long after you're done reading. It's about life and the choices we make and all the consequences of our...more
Dec 03, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
So, yes, we all know J.K. Rowling can write, and yes there are some very good elements here, but J.K. Please learn to tighten up your storyline! The c...more
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Mar 02, 2014
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Here's the thing about the main character Bernadette, depending upon who you are and what your life philosophy is, you either find her appalling or wi...more
Nov 25, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Defending Jacob
This is a gripping understated tale that sneaks up on you with its depth and insight. It seems as an everyman tale, but trust me, you would not want t...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
The Golem and the Jinni
Intriguing read...the author deftly weaves biblical mysticism authentically with everyday life of sixty years ago on the lower Eastside of Manhattan....more
Oct 25, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
The Witness
When you open a Nora Roberts book, you know exactly what you're about to read, like a comfortable conversation with a dear old friend, predictable, ye...more
May 16, 2012
May 20, 2012
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
OK, dispense belief and buckle up for this breathlessly breezy update of GHOST. Charley is the Whoopi Goldberg character who communicates with dead pe...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Gone Girl
Ok, here's the thing about this book that has burned up bestseller lists. It's a well-crafted and observational story about two incredibly selfish, un...more
Oct 2012
Oct 07, 2012
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
If you like witch/vampire combos, then this is your dream book. The characters are richly drawn, but we've definitely met them before in other novels...more
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Mar 13, 2012
I was so excited when this book came out that I even bought it as a gift for someone. It started out great with a terrific premise, but halfway throug...more
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May 03, 2011
Emily and Einstein
Emily and Einstein is a delight. Although formulaic at times, it delivers a good read as its strong heroine whose life gets turned upside down triumph...more
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Jan 17, 2012
The Stuff That Never Happened
I liked the voice of this first-time author. She told her story with tremendous insight and left the build up to the climax linger satisfyingly. My cr...more
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May 03, 2011
Domestic Violets
This book is great! It's written in the style of Jonathan Tropper, an exasperated everyman who somehow finds hinmself involved in other people's nonse...more
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Oct 07, 2012
Sixkill (Spenser, #39)
I am a fan of Robert Parker and was greatly saddened by his death. This is vintage Spenser with a new sidekick. I miss Hawk and wasn't satisfied with...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read,very honest and full of conflicting emotions--just like life. I didn't think I'd enjoy a book that feat...more
Jun 04, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
The Weird Sisters
Fabulous book. It kept my interest throughout. Although not much happens plotwise, the author's insights and family interactions are compelling in the...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
The Medusa Amulet
This was an intriguing read that tried to fashion itself after the fashion of the Da Vinci code. I'd just returned from Italy so I especially enjoyed...more
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Sep 09, 2011
The Merzetti Effect
Even thought this is yet another vampire story, you get the sense the author is having a great time writing her story and developing nuances for her c...more
May 19, 2012
May 23, 2012
The Violets of March
This book is a decent read. The mystery here is thin, and owing to the fact that the author changes the characters' names with aplomb, the outcome fee...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
The Ridge
Very entertaining, great attention to detail, unusual selection of subject matter and held my interest throughout.Delivered admirably in the thriller...more
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Jan 05, 2012
This is Where I Leave You
I'm a HUGE Jonathan Tropper fan...almost everything he writes is laugh out loud funny, poignant and incredibly insightful. He's the reason I started w...more
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Mar 30, 2011
The Silent Girl (Rizzoli & Isles, #9)
Typical Tess, a fast read with characters we are familiar with, but it feels as if her energy is waning.
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Dec 11, 2011
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