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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Full Disclosure: I received a free galley from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a review.

I want to mention the positive things about Scatter, A
Jul 18, 2013
Jun 07, 2013
The Luminaries
I have read books with higher page counts than The Luminaries, for sure. Regardless, this may be the longest book I've ever read. I've stopped paying ...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jul 09, 2013
My Dog Tulip
I have an eighteen-month-old sable border collie mix named Yiya, who is the apple of my eye and more dear to me than I ever could have imagined. I me ...more
Mar 09, 2012
May 02, 2011
Don't Eat Cat
Bare in mind - I reserve one star ratings for works that I find morally offensive. This one is just bad.

I am beginning to feel like a broken record a
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Travels with Myself and Another
I was brought to Gellhorn's writing after finishing The Postmistress, where Gellhorn gets a cameo and a few shout-outs for her war-reporting. They did ...more
Jun 07, 2010
May 25, 2010
Suite Francaise

Suite Française debuted in English in 2006,and i was immediately drawn to the tragedy of the author's story: Irene Nemirovsky, a talented and prolific

Feb 10, 2012
Mar 31, 2011
Strange Fruit
I found this book when I ordered another book by the same name through inter-library loan [[book:Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race D ...more
Sep 09, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
All the Living
I loved this.

Aloma is a mission-school educated orphan teaching piano in west Texas when she meets Oren (forgive the spelling mistakes, I listened to
Dec 12, 2011
Jul 27, 2009
The Pursuit of Love
The Clearing

This is the tale of my nasty book-buying addiction. Since 1998 or so, for every five or six books that I bought, I'd read maybe one, leavi
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
The Tiger's Wife
The Tiger's Wife is an excellent debut novel from Tea Obreht. Natalia is a doctor, living somewhere in the former Yugoslavia. The war that ended in h ...more
Aug 11, 2011
Oct 05, 2010
The Bay Of Angels

The Optimist's Daughter meets The Wings of the Dove, set against the glaring light of the Med, The Bay of Angels made me feel horribly sad. (view spoi

May 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2011
Cloud Atlas
The Clearing

This is the tale of my nasty book-buying addiction.

Since 1998 or so, for every five or six books that I bought, I'd read maybe one, leavin
Nov 19, 2013
Oct 23, 2009
The Autobiography of an Execution
This book is several things: an intimate and humane argument against the injustice of capital punishment, a critique of other anti-capital punishment ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Feb 15, 2010
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
I was on the fence whether or not to read this, but then Janet Maslin went and trashed it. Not only did she trash FOG, she also trashed Pillars of the ...more
not set
Sep 23, 2010
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2010: The Travel Skills Handbook
I haven't been to Europe in over 10 years, and this was a really helpful guide to the practical things one needs to know: advice on money, accomodatio ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2011
The Book Thief
This is a very moving story about the experience of a 11-yr old German girl during World War II. I'm not sure I've loved a character more than Liesel' ...more
Oct 06, 2010
Nov 28, 2008
Arcadia & Piscatorial Eclogues
Will someone buy me this book? It is only $400.
not set
Aug 11, 2013
THis is the best book that I have ever read that I could only rate two stars.

I loved Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, and I couldn't wait to pick up
Oct 05, 2008
Oct 05, 2008
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Though the middle-third of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was quite a slog, I thoroughly enjoyed the recounting of the love affair of Gilbert Markham and ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Jan 25, 2010
Well, this was underwhelming. Having not dug into Shakespeare in nearly ten years, it was a with great excitement that I tackled Othello (using Marjo ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 02, 2010
The Life of Samuel Johnson (Hardcover, Abridged)
I am ~1/6 of the way through an abridged (at 600 pages!) edition of this work, right about the point at which Samuel Johnsonis writing prologues for t ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Jul 26, 2010
Then We Came to the End
Joshua Ferris' Then We Came to the End was one of my favorite novels published this year. No other book that I have ever read has focused on the reali ...more
Oct 2007
Dec 11, 2007
Family: Two Novellas
Family is the book that Jonathan Franzen probably wishes he was writing when he was writing Freedom. This is my first Ginzburg novel (or rather, nove ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
Everyone Leaves
There is a general rule of thumb that if you make it (100-your age) pages into a book, and you aren't captivated, you should give up, given that life ...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jul 18, 2013
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
I don't have time to write a full review at the moment, but I must say that The Emperor of All Maladies is an absolute must read for anyone who works ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
The Man in the High Castle
In this alternate history by Philip K. Dick, World War II was won by the Axis, and the world is divided between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, with ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Oct 17, 2010
The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin

Isabella Goodwin was a thirty-nine year old widowed mother of four and a police matron in 1912 when she was sent undercover as a maid at a boardingho
May 22, 2012
May 22, 2012
Glass, Irony and God
"Some people watch, is all I can say."

A really great collection of poetry and essay, crowned with 'The Glass Essay': a meditation on lost love, mortal
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
Archangel by Andrea Barrett
Another great collection by Andrea Barrett, one of my favorite authors. A wonderfully structured collection, too, the five stories create a nice symme ...more
Feb 08, 2014
Nov 18, 2013
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
This is a reluctant three stars. I spent most of this book bored or annoyed and sometimes I was downright angry. I would have put the book down at pag ...more
Apr 29, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
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