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A Prayer for Owen Meany
I'm sure you can read a million reviews about this book. It seems to be many people's favorite. Let me just say that I have read 5 or 6 John Irving bo ...more
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Dec 31, 2007
Prodigal Summer
Prodigal Summer tells the stories of several different people clustered around a deep valley in Southern Appalachia. Deana is wildlife biologist who w ...more
Aug 26, 2008
Aug 04, 2008
Playing for Pizza
A good rule to live by is that any book that has detailed descriptions of Italian meals is worth reading. I found Playing for Pizza very enjoyable and ...more
Feb 03, 2008
Feb 02, 2008
The Lost Painting
Wow! It's been so long since I have read a book that dominated my thoughts for a couple of days; a book that I thought was amazing. Luckily for me I j ...more
Mar 21, 2008
Mar 19, 2008
The Brothers K
Alright. Some people like subtle stories that reflect real life and try to tell a story in which not a lot happens. This isn't that. It's the huge, ri ...more
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Dec 31, 2007
The Fault in Our Stars
A 5th grade student of mine insisted I read The Fault in our Stars. I read it a few days ago and wrote her this letter. I suppose it serves as a revie ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
The Lords of Discipline
The title of this book makes it sound like Fabio should be posing on the cover. However, the book is absolutely riveting. It's about Will Macleans's t ...more
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Dec 31, 2007
The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
On the surface this is a biography of an enigmatic man named Lev Nussinbaum who lived through the turbulent first four decades of the twentieth centur ...more
Feb 02, 2008
Dec 31, 2007
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time tells the story of Christopher, a 15 year old high-functioning autistic boy. One night as he is out ...more
Sep 09, 2008
Aug 04, 2008
For Love of the Game
I can easily imagine the many ways in which someone could put down this book. Words like sentimental, overly sweet, etc. would be tossed around, and t ...more
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Apr 17, 2011
Idiot: Beating "The Curse" and Enjoying the Game of Life
Let's just say at the outset that the title "idiot" is about right. Johnny Damon talks in depth about his career up to 2005. Time and time again he ex ...more
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Oct 17, 2011
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
At some point in most people's schooling years they realize that the teacher is often more important than the subject of the course. The same can be s ...more
Jan 16, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
When I read the first few pages of Open I was shocked. I was instantly aware of how very good the writing was. My shock was due to a certain level of ...more
Jul 31, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
Despite my somewhat lukewarm rating, I'm glad I read Pink's book, and I think that it's an important book for many different kinds of people to read. ...more
Feb 07, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
The Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild
I really feel like I should love this book. There's so much that's right with it. The Blue Bear is ultimately a story of admiration and love for a goo ...more
Nov 24, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily
This cookbook is a mixture of stories about the Italian grandmothers Jessica spends a year in Italy cooking with as well recipes that come from those ...more
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Jan 07, 2012
South of Broad
Every year the baseball season starts in Early April, and every year I can't wait until it does. Yes, in a basic sense, one baseball game is much like ...more
Apr 14, 2010
Mar 28, 2010
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
I have now read the first three books of George Martin's fantasy series, and I have yet to write a review. So what I write now is really a review of t ...more
May 03, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
Fall of Giants is a massive and exhaustive novel of historical fiction from Ken Follett. To anyone who has read other historical fiction from Follett, ...more
Aug 02, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
The Greatest Generation
I think any book that gets people to read about history is a good thing. Using short, anecdotal descriptions of various people who contributed to the ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Nov 30, 2009
The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America
I didn't make it through listening to The Supreme Court. What I didn't like about this book is that it felt artificial and pushed. The book is based o ...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
Stone's Fall
There is a genre of fiction, represented by authors such as Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy, that involve intricately woven plots leading to thrilling, u ...more
Oct 31, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
I haven't written a lot of reviews lately, and I'm not quite sure why I wanted to write one for A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (AHWOSG for ...more
Nov 19, 2012
Oct 13, 2012
Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
Oracle Bones is Peter Hessler's second book about his experiences as an American living in China. His first book, River Town, chronicled his experienc ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Nov 29, 2008
People of the Book
In "People of the Book," Hannah Heath, an Australian rare book expert and conservator, is hired to conserve a famous and rare Jewish prayer book. The ...more
Aug 2009
Mar 19, 2008
The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking
In The Code Book Singh simultaneously teaches the reader about some of the history of cryptography as well as the methods of creating and breaking typ ...more
Sep 18, 2010
Nov 04, 2008
The Historian
Several times while reading this book, which was not a quick process due to its length, a toddler, and an infant, people asked me what I was reading. ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #3)
Speaker for the Dead is a very different book than Ender's Game, and I believe it is even better. It continues the story, albeit 3,000 years later, of ...more
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Dec 31, 2007
Atonement starts in 1935 at an aristocratic manor house in England. 13 year old Briony misinterprets a couple of sexually charged scenes she observes ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Aug 13, 2008
An Instance of the Fingerpost
An Instance of the Fingerpost is essentially an historical mystery. Most mysteries unfold in a fairly linear way as more clues and information is disc ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Oct 31, 2009
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