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We Need to Talk About Kevin
4.07
liked it
It's hard to review this book when I am so appalled at what it represents. I appreciate the author's attempt to get into the whys and wherefores of te ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
It's Kind of a Funny Story
4.14
liked it
Take a good helping of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," add a heaping spoonful of "Girl, Interrupted," and stir in a dollop or two of "Extremely Lou ...more
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Dec 01, 2007
 
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
4.02
did not like it
I opened this book, hoping to find something inspiring, eye-opening, and life-changing. Instead, it appears to be filled with the same old New Age bab ...more
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Feb 02, 2008
 
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)
4.05
it was amazing
I tend not to like historical fiction, but this one blew me away. I challenge any thriller-and-suspense lover to try this book and not get hooked by t ...more
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May 12, 2008
 
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
3.94
it was ok
I wanted to love this book, I really did. But I didn't. In fact, it made me want to grab a big bag of partially hydrogenated Cheetos and an aspartame- ...more
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Apr 04, 2008
 
Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, #4)
4.16
really liked it
I love thrillers, but I hate the type where every page is a blood bath, and the author focuses more on grossing out the reader than on trying to creat ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
Book of the Dead (Kay Scarpetta, #15)
3.63
it was ok
Ugh.

Why is it that when an author becomes as famous as Patricia C. that suddenly the editors are afraid to say when something is awful???

Even if they
...more
Mar 20, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
 
The Pact
4.00
liked it
After you've read a few Jodi Picoult books, you come to expect certain things. A compelling, flashpoint topic (teen suicide, stigmata, school shooting ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
Then Came You
3.68
it was ok
Jennifer Weiner has a way with words -- there's no doubt about that. She has an ease with the written word that carries the reader along easily, and i ...more
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Sep 06, 2011
 
What to Expect When You're Expecting
3.75
liked it
When I was pregnant with my first child, I picked up nearly every book on the bookstore shelves having to do with pregnancy and childbirth. I wanted c ...more
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Dec 01, 2007
 
Water for Elephants
4.07
it was amazing
If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. It has everything one could want -- romance, intrigue, mystery, a murder, and a little bit of ...more
Apr 15, 2008
Dec 02, 2007
 
Saturday
3.61
it was amazing
Rare is the author who can write a compelling story in clear prose. Rarer still is the author who can create fine and distinct layers of meaning while ...more
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Dec 02, 2007
 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.15
it was amazing
As an over-privileged white American, it can be tough to even begin to fathom the struggles and atrocities that Africans face. When I started reading ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
The Year of Pleasures
3.68
it was ok
Over the past few years, there have been some standouts dealing with women rediscovering themselves. Lolly Winston's "Good Grief" comes immediately to ...more
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Dec 02, 2007
 
Comfort Food
3.31
it was ok
Zzz... oh, I'm sorry, did you say something? I apologize -- I was put into a deep sleep by this latest book from Kate Jacobs. A great cure for insomni ...more
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Aug 14, 2008
 
The Lifeguard
3.76
it was ok
Oh my goodness, but this was bad! I love James Patterson, but I won't be looking for a book co-authored by Andrew Gross any time soon. And, guys? We a ...more
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Nov 28, 2011
 
The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One
3.87
really liked it
Anyone who has three books going at the same time, who hates the thought of constraining him- or herself to just one "thing," or who gets swallowed up ...more
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Dec 01, 2007
 
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
3.65
liked it
Nora Ephron is, hands-down, one of the funniest women in America. Her novels, movies, and essay collections have brought me to tears by way of laughte ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
Possible Side Effects
3.97
it was amazing
Augusten Burroughs is that wonderfully witty guy in the cubicle behind the filing cabinet who sends you snarky e-mails about your co-worker's shoes an ...more
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Dec 01, 2007
 
The Tenth Circle
3.48
really liked it
I'm always up for a good psychological thriller, and Picoult certainly knows how to pick her topics. Memory regression, teen mass murder sprees, suici ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
Why Do Men Have Nipples?: Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini
3.41
it was ok
Did I miss something here? I read the whole book (okay, ALMOST the whole book -- I admit I skipped over the nonsensical instant messaging transcipts t ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
The Almost Moon
2.67
did not like it
This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. Not because the writing is poor -- in fact, just the opposite. Sebold is such a talented writ ...more
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Dec 02, 2007
 
Eat Cake
3.68
really liked it
Before Chick Lit there were women's contemporary writers like Elizabeth Berg and Barbara Kingsolver -- writers who touched at the issues and concerns ...more
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Dec 02, 2007
 
Sweet Revenge  (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #14)
3.76
it was ok
This could very well be the worst Goldy mystery yet. Not only are the characters mere two-dimensional puppets, Goldy has turned into a narcissitic bus ...more
not set
Nov 30, 2007
 
The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club, #1)
3.41
it was ok
**spoiler alert** If this weren't about knitting..I probably wouldn't have picked this up. While the premise is entertaining, the executing left somet ...more
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Feb 19, 2008
 
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
4.18
it was amazing
This book spoke to me in the ways I needed, right when I needed it. Talk about divine intervention! And because I listened to the audio version, I lit ...more
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Mar 07, 2013
 
Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life
3.83
really liked it
I'm not particularly a Donald fan, and I've never seen The Apprentice, but when someone is as famous as Donald Trump, I figure it can't hurt to take a ...more
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Nov 21, 2008
 
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (Isabel Dalhousie, #2)
3.62
it was ok
I have really enjoyed this series, and was intrigued by the idea of "cellular memories." But I was so disappointed in the resolution of this book -- I ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
Inside My Heart: Choosing to Live with Passion and Purpose
3.61
it was ok
I'm very hesitant to write this review. Why? Because I am a huge fan of both Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw. I admire them both tremendously, and think bot ...more
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Dec 01, 2007
 
Jeff, One Lonely Guy
2.50
did not like it
If I could give this less than one star, I would.

When I read that Jeff Ragsdale, a down-and-out comedian, posted signs with his phone number around Ma
...more
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Apr 06, 2012
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