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Small Island
The story mainly takes place in 1948 UK. It is told from different character's perceptions. Hortense is a Jamaican teacher who aspires to become a "h...more
Aug 24, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
Posting this article as a follow up as it so succinctly says what I would wish to:

Zeitoun Unbound: Did Hurricane Katrina Hero Try to Kill His Wife?
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May 03, 2014
Drinking with Men: A Memoir
Again...wish we could give 1/2 stars as I'd give it a 4.5 for sure. (I only save 5 stars for my very favorite, most transformative books.) Anyhow, I a...more
May 05, 2013
May 08, 2013
The Dogs of Babel
A quick, easy, and engaging read. This book is well-written. This is a story of Dr. Paul Iverson, who is dealing with the loss of his beloved wife who...more
Dec 2009
Dec 18, 2009
Finding Ben: A Mother's Journey Through the Maze of Asperger's
I ingested this book in one sitting. To say it was a bit of bibliotherapy for me is to put it lightly. It was also a heaping dose of tough love. My so...more
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 09, 2012
How to Be a Woman
Meh, I'm ambivalent. I heard her on NPR and found her interview with Terry Gross engaging and witty. (I think now it may have been Terry Gross..... )....more
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Apr 26, 2013
Loving Frank
I thank Ms Horan for conjuring up the ghost of Mamah Borthwick Cheney, and giving her an (imagined) voice. Living close to Falling Water, I am drawn t...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Parasite (Parasitology, #1)
Set in SanFrancisco in the relatively near future of 2027, the world has succumbed to new threats of viral infections due to a century-long zeal of ri...more
Jan 12, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners: Master the Slippery Rules of Modern Ethics and Etiquette
I loved it! She put into words so much the way I think about things. This book should be required reading for all in this "too busy to think about any...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
Geek Love
I just couldn't even finish this. I've never thought that characters need to be likable in a novel. In fact, it's the dark, unlikable ones that just m...more
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Jan 26, 2014
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Beautifully written tale of immigrant life in the US. A tale of hope and love, sadness and grief. The author perfectly highlights the tensions of gent...more
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Apr 08, 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Abso-friggin-amaze balls! I loved this book do much! I tore through it in a single sitting and then had to go back and re-read it again just to savor...more
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Jan 27, 2014
Not having read a Steven King since high school, I was really taken with this one. I loved the concept and he had me engaged, (even addicted), for the...more
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Apr 23, 2012
Dora: A Headcase
Wish I could give it a 3.8 really. I loved the concept, reimagining Freud's famous case study as a modern teen. The story had great voice. I loved the...more
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May 05, 2013
The Goldfinch
Life is too short to finish this book. Sorry I'm 3/4 of the way through and at various points I've been engaged with the story but more often than not...more
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Mar 10, 2014
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The whole project for a year amongst New Yorkers schtick is wearing thin. Though I did glean some useful tips, her book felt like reading an extended...more
Nov 11, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
Wide Sargasso Sea
Ms Rhys tries to conjure up Mr Rochester's mad wife from Jane Eyre and give her voice. Unfortunately I don't feel she accomplished her goal the story...more
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May 18, 2014
The Year of Magical Thinking
Really a 2 star book, but I'll give her an extra for the crappy, horrible, no-good, very bad year in which she wrote about. However, it was choppy, pr...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 25, 2013
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
I am sure I'll be accused of being a culturally insensitive boor because I could not fall all over this novel. Yet I was unable to get past It's treat...more
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Dec 12, 2013
Amazing! I am not normally a fan of science fiction novels, but this one is quite different. Her use of time travel to depict slave life juxtaposed wi...more
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Apr 17, 2013
The Red House
While I adored "A Curious Incident", I just could not get into this book. The character development and writing were still solid. I just detested the...more
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Oct 18, 2012
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
OK, I have to confess that I skimmed through the last half of the book as his shtick gets tired after the first couple chapters. BUT, I did find the s...more
Aug 2009
Aug 21, 2009
The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage
Some I related to, some I did not. Nevertheless, I think the concept is amazing of putting these essays of modern womanhood at home together. I think...more
Jan 2010
Dec 28, 2010
The Glass Castle
I found this book amazing. Though I doubted her credibility during several instances as an accurate reporter of events, (a memory that clear from even...more
Mar 05, 2009
Feb 02, 2008
A Thousand Splendid Suns
What can I say? This is a must read. I actually liked it better than the Kite Runner; I think mainly because I so identified with the female character...more
Sep 2007
Nov 21, 2007
The Doctor's Wife
While I appreciated and liked the politics of this book, it read like it was written to be made into a Lifetime movie. Not a compliment in my book. Ho...more
Apr 2009
May 07, 2009
Friend of My Youth
Just astounding! How she packs so much in the short stories is amazing! She takes the mundane and uncovers something fascinating and complex about eac...more
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Aug 04, 2013
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
Eek. I was prepared to love it but it just could not hold my attention. When 1/4 if the way in, I found myself skimming judiciously, I decided "life's...more
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Apr 03, 2014
The Sense of an Ending
Though I found many of the characters either unlikable or droll, I enjoyed the exploration of the subjectivity of one's memories, particularly as they...more
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Apr 23, 2012
Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn
Meh, call me a Western schlump, but what's with all the hitting? Cannot get past that. Yoda, I dig. Corporal punishment as heightened awareness, not s...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
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