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Comfort Food
I loved the first three hundred pages. The details are on, the story line is engaging, and I am willing to suspend some disbelief.

But, I figured out
not set
Jul 24, 2008
Goldberg Variations
Take it for what you will, but I hate a book that is poorly paced. This one is so slow moving as to be deadly. That's a particular bummer because the ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Any Place I Hang My Hat
This book captures in an unexpected way the intersection between what we want from the people we love and our ability to trust them to give it to us. ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 18, 2010
Thirteen Reasons Why
I really liked this on several levels...

The dual narration works well, and I think it may be my favorite part. There is a balance empathy and straigh
Mar 2009
Mar 12, 2009
A Man Called Ove
This might be my favorite book so far this year (which is saying something). The voice, oh the voice. It is at once hilarious and vivid. I just loved ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 20, 2014
The Distant Hours
I am surprised to give this five stars... but, I am because it is so well done. The multiple narrative voices, the non-linear narrative, the way the s ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 21, 2011
A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage
There are things about this book that are both powerful and difficult to read. I wonder if this is because Kephart has worked so hard to be honest, ma ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 27, 2009
What the Moon Said
Sometimes, I pick a book for the cover ;)

The juxtaposition of the joyful narrator and main character with her circumstances was really well done. I l
May 2014
May 06, 2014
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes
I loved this one. I slowed down, only read a chapter or two a day.

In the end, what I like best is the idea that Niequist states here, '...the table i
Nov 2014
Apr 05, 2013
One Year in Coal Harbor (Coal Harbour #2)
This would be an interesting book club, or even older elementary kid book club pick. There are things about it that are really stellar, including the ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
I wanted to like this a little more than I actually did. I completely understand its popularity, but it sometimes felt like I was in a conversation wi ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 27, 2013
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
The writing here is unusually strong. I didn't expect to like the story as much as I did. The characterization is outstanding, and when the narrative ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 26, 2009
Code Talkera Novel About The Navajo Marines Of World War Two
I read this because I had considered giving it as a gift. It is a recommended high school book on many lists. I can see why, as both the story and the ...more
May 2014
May 06, 2014
Good Things I Wish You
To be fair,

I love A. Manette. I have read everything she's ever written, and I own most of it. I have her books ranked in my head, and one is in my t
Sep 2009
Oct 03, 2009
The Age of Miracles
This was the kind of stunning fiction where you're caught up in it enough to be surprised that it isn't real. The writer's power lies in surrounding t ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 06, 2012
America Pacifica America Pacifica: A Novel a Novel
If you pick it up, do so with the understanding that this is a post-Lost (the television show) vision of a dystopia. The idea that humanity has washed ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 08, 2011
The Mother Who Stayed: Stories
Among short story collections, this is one of the stronger I've read in some time. The stories are linked in groups of three. The third group has the ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 15, 2011
But Not for Long
The writing is very strong.

The book is very, very dark.

And, there were some plain old weird parts:
"Greta felt the work of her throat in great detail
Jan 2010
Jan 13, 2010
Eight Keys
I picked this up because it is a 2014-2015 Golden Sower (the Nebraska book award) nominee.

I liked the eight doors. I liked the idea that her father w
Feb 2014
Feb 21, 2014
Humility: True Greatness
Maybe my expectations were too high. I wanted the author to more actively engage me. It seemed like sometimes he backed away from the challenge I (and ...more
Mar 2008
Jan 17, 2008
Out Stealing Horses
This is a book that makes me want to be a writer. I like it when writers are so on that their prose carries you to a different place. To be honest, I ...more
Dec 2009
Nov 20, 2009
Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6)
This book has one of my favorite scenes in all of literature in it.

And I love it. I am sorry that Lucy Maud shifted to the children's perspective sta
not set
Jun 19, 2008
This is an author I think is unusually gifted. She is writing about a culture and a place that isn't written about enough. The writing is sharp, and t ...more
Aug 2008
Jun 19, 2008
Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea
I loved the title and the setting of the book, and I thought the imagery, from the red glass to the ocean rocks, was really effective. I love the part ...more
May 2012
May 07, 2012
The Heart is Not a Size
There were at least two things that I felt like were too simplified, and, oddly, they were not the issues of the text. If the two key issues are Juare ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Legend (Legend, #1)
This book clearly was published after Hunger Games, and the author's intent is obviously a screen play. I thought she brought the story to a climax at ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Left Neglected
Genova seems to miss all subtlety here, and that is a bummer. If there is a soap box about leading a slower, more focused life, she stands on it. And, ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 04, 2011
Second Nature
There are two things that really work here:

-The author sets the events into the future, but only 10 years in or so. This allows there to be scientific
Oct 2011
Oct 07, 2011
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
A finalist for the National Book Award, so reading I assigned myself.

From "Arabic Coffee"
"... When
he carried the tray into the room,
high and balance
Oct 2009
Oct 25, 2009
Keeper and Kid: A Novel
I liked this. The challenges of the kid rang true for me. I liked Keeper's friends. With the Love and Death store backdrop the scenery was interesting ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 17, 2008
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