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Gone Girl
4.03
really liked it
Gone Girl is astounding. It is a gripping story of the courtship and marriage of a narcissist and a sociopath. They appear to be experiencing the norm ...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
 
In One Person
3.65
liked it
John Irving is a unique force in contemporary fiction. He can be a brave and bold voice for fairness and common sense. The complexity of his plots is ...more
May 21, 2012
May 12, 2012
 
Death Comes to Pemberley
3.20
did not like it
This is perhaps the worst of all the Pride and Prejudice sequels and prequels. Over the years I've read some outlandish stuff-Elizabeth and Darcy enjo ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 24, 2011
 
The Good Lord Bird
3.74
it was amazing
If Mark Twain and Mel Brooks had ever collaborated, they would have invented a comic character like Henry(etta) Shackleford, a light-skinned slave boy ...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
 
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.31
it was amazing
I think my cats would like this book very much, if only they could read. I will probably have to read it to them until the movie is made. Then we will ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
 
A God in Ruins
3.92
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Teddy Todd is a character from Kate Atkinson's earlier novel Life After Life. He is the beloved baby brother, and favorite son at Fo ...more
Jun 10, 2015
Jun 02, 2015
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.67
really liked it

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Beautiful Ruins is a revelation. It contains shimmering prose and a life-affirming message. Spanning 50 years and two continents, it asks some tough
...more
Mar 19, 2013
Nov 17, 2012
 
The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3)
4.49
really liked it

I finished reading the entire trilogy in three days so I guess it captured something in me. Although it's touted as a book for young readers there is
...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
 
NW
3.41
really liked it
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, li
...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
 
The Marriage Plot
3.42
really liked it
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To compare this to Middlesex is a mistake-akin to comparing grand opera to an intimate chamber piece. This book succeeds because it takes the structu
...more
Jan 06, 2012
Nov 27, 2011
 
Defending Jacob
3.97
liked it
Normally, when a book screams at me, I'm going to be a movie, someday! I let it go. In the case of Defending Jacob, I sullenly read on, primarily bec ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Aug 23, 2012
 
Wuthering Heights
3.82
it was amazing

Revised review 7/12/16

I first read Wuthering Heights after discovering the films of literary classics from Hollywood's Golden Age. I remember being sw
...more
Jul 12, 2016
Nov 23, 2011
 
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
4.11
it was amazing
This so depressing (7/13/14):
http://www.alternet.org/some-point-pr...

Maybe some positive news (5/8/14):
http://www.alternet.org/economy/rober...

If you'
...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jul 22, 2013
 
Longbourn
3.61
really liked it
Dirty linen might seem like a unsavory topic in a novel set in Regency England, but when the linen belongs to the Bennet family from Jane Austen's Pri ...more
Jan 02, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
 
Go Set a Watchman
3.31
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Atticus Finch is idolized by millions of readers all over the world. Skeptics* have sometimes argued that he was also a projection, ...more
Jul 14, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3.80
it was amazing
I've read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many times. First as a teenager, then as a young man in college and until last week, as a thirty-somethi ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Nov 23, 2011
 
Bleak House
3.99
it was amazing
I find it hard to believe that it's only been a month since I first entered Bleak House. The Goodreads group read had been going on for some time and ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Mar 23, 2013
 
MaddAddam (MaddAddam, #3)
3.98
really liked it
MaddAddam is the final installment in what has come to be known as the MaddAddam Trilogy. Margaret Atwood refers to it as a piece of speculative ficti ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
And the Mountains Echoed
4.03
liked it
We've all been told to avoid making mountains out of molehills. I think the inverse is also true: don't reduce mountains into molehills. You can somet ...more
Nov 11, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
 
Infinite Jest
4.32
it was amazing
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Infinite Jestis an extraordinary accomplishment, for both its author, David Foster Wallace and his readers, most of whom demonstrate some degree of ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Aug 24, 2012
 
The Help
4.45
it was amazing
I have avoided reading this for a variety of reasons, but primarily because I assumed that its popularity rendered it unworthy of my attention. Forgiv ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
A Hologram for the King
3.30
it was ok
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I really disliked this. I preordered it from Amazon last July after reading glowing reviews in newspapers and magazines. Other "goodreaders" commente
...more
Sep 20, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.05
really liked it
Read this book AND watch the TV adaptation:
https://arstechnica.com/the-multivers...

This is a wonderful novel. Written as a dystopian view of a futuris
...more
Apr 17, 2017
Nov 23, 2011
 
Mudwoman
3.23
really liked it
Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThis is an engrossing but unsettling psychological tale about an accomplished academic who begins to unravel after long-repressed memories from early ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
4.13
really liked it
I have been stalling about writing a review. Just as I stalled about finishing the book. Buddenbrooks didn't exactly grab me in the beginning. The fir ...more
Jun 22, 2013
May 08, 2013
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.40
really liked it

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand's unforgettable tribute to courage and grace, tells the harrowing story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who suffer
...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
 
Telegraph Avenue
3.36
really liked it


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Telegraph Avenue is a major commercial thoroughfare in a minor California city. It is also the setting of Michael Chabon's brilliant slice in the lif
...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
 
Lady Susan
3.56
really liked it
Janeites rejoice! Lady Susan is a winner. I've been saving this for a rainy day and today it rained. I had a difference of opinion with a new goodrea ...more
not set
Jul 22, 2013
 
The Paris Wife
3.79
liked it
This is a very confounding novel to write about. Maybe it was intentionally dull for the first three quarters. It eventually achieved a level of convi ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
 
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
4.03
really liked it
Back in the halcyon days of the 1950's American kids basically raised themselves. Once you demonstrated that you could cross the street without gettin ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
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