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Pudd'nhead Wilson
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has biting social commentary, but Puddin'head Wilson has all-out black humor. It's the story of Roxy, a light-skin ...more
Jan 2002
Jul 07, 2008
Ballet Shoes
The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettab ...more
May 1990
Jul 14, 2008
As I've said before, my criterion for rating a psychology book a 5 is if it changes my life positively. This novel solidified for me my criterion for ...more
Dec 08, 2008
May 20, 2008
By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House, #5)
It was toward the beginning of this novel that I abandoned the Little House books at age eleven, and to a large degree, I blame the television series. ...more
Sep 1978
Mar 15, 2011
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
I am hoping to review all the Little House books in the order I read them, so even though Little House on the Prairie is the second in the series, it ...more
Oct 1975
Mar 08, 2011
The Day of the Scorpion (The Raj Quartet, #2)
After I finished The Jewel in the Crown, my mother, who adores the Raj Quartet, was amazed that I didn’t immediately ask to borrow the next in the ser ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Dec 16, 2013
The Long Winter (Little House, #6)
Review #1 - The Little House series was so popular in my school in 1975 that after I’d finished Little House on the Prairie, the only book available i ...more
Jan 1976
Mar 09, 2011
The Last of the Just
Amongst the literature of the Holocaust, this is an absolute masterpiece. It's based on a twist of the Chassidic legend that there are 36 righteous pe ...more
Aug 1990
Jul 30, 2008
A Star for Mrs. Blake
In 1929, Congress passed a law to cover an all-expense paid trip by boat for American mothers whose sons were killed in World War I and buried in Fran ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 23, 2014
The Book Thief
Like most Jews, I've read many books on the Holocaust, but this one is something unique. For one thing, it's narrated by Death, which makes for some b ...more
Nov 24, 2012
Sep 22, 2011
The Good Earth
Like many, I was assigned this book in junior high, which means that I got very little out of it because it was "boring." Now that I've read it as an ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Sep 29, 2009
About Time: 12 Short Stories
I usually prefer novels to short stories, but this beat Time and Again (a novel by the same author) hands down. All the stories but one are about time ...more
Mar 06, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
City of Thieves
Every one of my GR friends who read this book rated it a 5, so I figured it must be something extraordinary. One of them described it as a tragicomic ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Jul 02, 2010
After falling in love with Daniel Deronda a few years ago, I knew I should read Middlemarch, widely regarded as George Eliot’s masterpiece. My intere ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Dec 10, 2010
An Artist of the Floating World
Kazuo Ishiguro portrayed the British butler mentality so wonderfully in The Remains of the Day that I was curious what he had to say about his native ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
Knowing my love of historical fiction, my husband picked this up for me at a library discard sale. That probably means it was unpopular, just another ...more
Jun 2006
Apr 02, 2008
The Last Angry Man
This novel is based on the life of the author’s father, a Jewish doctor who remained in his old neighborhood in Brooklyn even when it turned into a sl ...more
Oct 2006
Mar 30, 2008
The Secrets of Mary Bowser
Few people know about Mary Bowser, but as a servant/slave in Jefferson Davis’ Gray House, she may well have been one of the most important spies of th ...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
The Jewel in the Crown (The Raj Quartet, #1)
The Raj Quartet is my mother’s favorite series of all time, so like with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I’ve heard raves about it for decades, but i ...more
Dec 14, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
I was a Little House fan as a girl, but since Farmer Boy is the story of Almanzo’s childhood and not Laura’s, I didn’t bother with it. Who wanted to r ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 06, 2008
The Signature of All Things
Eat, Pray, Love seems to be one of those books that people either love or hate. Anyone who loved it is certain to love this book, but even if you hat ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Nov 04, 2013
On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House, #4)
Of all the Little House books, this was my childhood favorite. I was exactly Laura’s age when I read it – eight – and at last, her life experience was ...more
Feb 1977
Mar 14, 2011
Between Two Worlds
The 19th century was a period of mass assimilation amongst the Jewish people, largely made possible by the Age of Enlightenment. Though that Age broug ...more
Jul 26, 2014
Jan 31, 2011
Ghosts I Have Been (Blossom Culp, #2)
For Harry Potter fans looking for a magical adventure that isn’t a rip-off, this is a must-read. Like Harry Potter, it mixes magic, drama, humor, and ...more
Jun 2004
Jun 12, 2008
Mr. Was
My teenage son called this book “awesome,” and when he says that about something that isn’t a computer game, I’m instantly intrigued. Now that I’ve re ...more
Dec 25, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
Mr. Popper's Penguins
My son the nature-lover, who is not as avid a reader as his brothers, is a die-hard fan of this book. His enthusiasm began in school when his teacher ...more
Mar 2008
May 29, 2008
This book is exciting, addictive, and full of adventure, romance, and history, but after reading it, I felt like my mind needed the ritual purificatio ...more
Sep 30, 2001
Aug 25, 2009
Jeremy Visick
A book that begins with a bored kid in a history class who is destined to discover via time travel that history really is about life itself is a winni ...more
Sep 15, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
Stephen King may be irrevocably pop, but wow, can he spin a yarn! This book was so addictive, I read all 850 or so pages in less than a week. As the t ...more
Oct 04, 2012
Oct 03, 2012
The Survivors
I've read numerous books about Jewish assimilation in America, and numerous books about Jews during World War II, especially about those who directly ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
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