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Gone Girl
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
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
The Good Lord Bird
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
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
Death Comes to Pemberley
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
Beautiful Ruins

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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
Mar 19, 2013
Nov 17, 2012
The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3)

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
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
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
Jul 11, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
The Marriage Plot
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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
Jan 06, 2012
Nov 27, 2011
Defending Jacob
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
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
This so depressing (7/13/14):

Maybe some positive news (5/8/14):

If you'
Jan 16, 2014
Jul 22, 2013
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
Infinite Jest
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 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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
And the Mountains Echoed
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
MaddAddam (MaddAddam, #3)
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
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
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
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
Bleak House
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
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
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
Telegraph Avenue

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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
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
The Paris Wife
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
Wuthering Heights
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As much as I admire the work of Jane Austen, I take comfort in the knowledge that another great novelist from the 19th Century was foraging in the m
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Nov 23, 2011
Lady Susan
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
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Jul 22, 2013
A Hologram for the King
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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
Sep 20, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
In March, Geraldine Brooks imaginatively writes a back story for Little Women by turning a beloved children's novel into an adult tour de force. She ...more
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Dec 05, 2011
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
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This is an essential book for anyone who cares about the plight of slum dwellers around the world. Ms Boo has written a powerful, unforgettable descr
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Mar 05, 2012
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
“I was leaving the South
to fling myself into the unknown . . .
I was taking a part of the South
to transplant in alien soil,
to see if it could grow dif
Sep 14, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
The word persuasion appears thirteen times in Jane Austen's first novel, Sense and Sensibility. It appears only seven times in her last novel, althoug ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Nov 23, 2011
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