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We Need to Talk About Kevin
4.04
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
4.15
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
 
The Alienist
4.03
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
 
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
3.95
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 Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
3.96
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
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
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
 
What to Expect When You're Expecting
3.73
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
 
The Pact
3.97
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
3.65
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
 
Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, #4)
4.12
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)
3.60
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 Year of Pleasures
3.67
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
 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.13
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
 
Possible Side Effects
3.96
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
3.44
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
 
Saturday
3.59
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
 
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
3.60
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
 
The Almost Moon
2.64
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
3.66
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
 
The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One
3.82
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
 
Sweet Revenge  (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #14)
3.70
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
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Nov 30, 2007
 
The Lifeguard
3.74
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
 
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
4.18
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
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
 
The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, #3)
4.10
Rare is the thriller that can scare me enough to leave the lights on at night, while bringing me to tears. The Sinner did both. Filled with more twist...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
Inside My Heart: Choosing to Live with Passion and Purpose
3.58
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
 
The Ivy Chronicles
3.40
It's been a long time since I've disliked a protagonist as much as I hated Ivy Ames. While the premise of the book was intriguing (an insider's view i...more
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Oct 13, 2008
 
Snippets: Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking
4.47
The absolute best book I've ever written. :)
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Nov 17, 2008
 
Jeff, One Lonely Guy
2.46
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
 
The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club, #1)
3.39
**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
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