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Cambridge
3.12
One of the best books I've read all year. I think people are getting confused about how to read this work and this is affecting how they're rating it. ...more
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Dec 15, 2013
 
Songs for the Deaf: stories
4.42
Fans of fabulists such as Russell Edson will thoroughly enjoy John Henry Fleming's collection of off-kilter tales, Songs for the Deaf. These lines fro ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Dec 04, 2013
 
The Vacationers
3.18
There's a lot to praise in this novel--in particular, Emma Straub's use of floating point of view. I've yet to find a contemporary novelist who walks ...more
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Jul 17, 2014
 
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
3.54
I was fortunate to receive an advance reading copy of Some Assembly Required through the Goodreads giveaway program. I'm a big fan of Ms. Lamott's wor ...more
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Feb 01, 2012
 
This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother's Grief, an African Village's Plight and the Medical Clinic That Brought Fresh Hope to Both
4.53
This Is Paradise is the inspiring story of how an ordinary Irish woman transformed her grief over the loss of her son into good for others. Mags Riord ...more
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May 20, 2014
 
Pulphead
4.00
I had never read any of Sullivan's work before, and I was thrilled to discover his fresh and funny voice. Five stars for the writing! Four stars for t ...more
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Apr 05, 2012
 
The Starboard Sea
3.64
If you are interested in writing so-called "crossover" coming-of-age stories, this is the book for you. I will definitely use this novel in some of my ...more
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Apr 15, 2012
 
Breathless
3.97
I think this book will really appeal to my students who want to write Y-A fiction and I'm going to include it on my syllabus next time around, as it i ...more
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May 12, 2012
 
Insane City
3.67
Well, what's not to like about a Dave Barry novel? Quirky, funny, full of eccentric characters, lots of ridiculous situations. The guys are all doofs, ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
The Divorce Papers
3.30
While I admired the "veracity" of the case files, memoes, etc., I found the story got buried beneath the official language. This is definitely a high- ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
Up in the Air
2.83
I'm usually a big fan of Walter Kirn's writing, but I found this novel got bogged down in tedious details--I kept trying to find a conflict to hang on ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical
3.44
This was one of those Kindle impulse purchases. I'm glad I downloaded it, as I really enjoyed Bourdain's take on Typhoid Mary. This is not a book for ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff
3.71
Even some of Trillin's columns from the 70s and 80s still hold up remarkably well. And his political doggerel verse--well, nobody does it better! I la ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
4.26
An extremely thoughtful exploration of end-of-life concerns. The sections dealing with the death of the author's father are particularly moving. This ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 26, 2014
 
The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success
3.71
Feel like a failure? Read this book and you'll understand that failing--sometimes over and over--has its role in every success story. Highly recommend ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
Delicious!
3.71
As many readers have noted, Ruth Reichl excels at writing nonfiction. This novel does not live up to its promise and hopefully does not discourage rea ...more
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Jul 17, 2014
 
Shoplifter
3.51
Liked the art. Story was not very compelling. I think this book is of limited interest to anyone over the age of thirty. Younger readers will identify ...more
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Oct 31, 2014
 
Comfort & Joy
3.19
Three Christmases in one woman's life.

Part One--loved it

Part Two--wanted to tap author on the shoulder and say, Hey, go back to Part One and finish wh
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Mar 12, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
 
Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust: A Mother-Daughter Journey to Reclaim the Past
3.89
This is one of the most outstanding Holocaust memoirs I've read. It is beautifully written, with vivid detail, and every scene has the potential to mo ...more
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Oct 01, 2013
 
The C List: Chemotherapy, Clinics and Cupcakes: How I Survived Colon Cancer
4.31
This how-to book would be very useful to women actually going through the experience of cancer. It is less a memoir and more of a coaching guide.
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Jul 17, 2014
 
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
3.89
This fantastic graphic memoir is among the best books I've read all year--so funny, so sad, so well-drawn, so well-written. I can't recommend it enoug ...more
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Jul 17, 2014
 
I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood
3.75
I recently re-read this because I wanted to take another look at his hysterical parody of the Twilight series. Oooh. Wicked good!
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Apr 21, 2014
 
Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope
4.06
A very powerful and beautifully written memoir about the author's sudden loss of her husband. The opening and ending chapters are especially effective ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
Sag Harbor
3.34
Beautifully written--screamingly funny--but as many have already pointed out, absolutely plotless!
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Jun 03, 2012
 
The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband
3.80
I found this book both hilarious and sad--and a wonderful glimpse inside the author's quirky mind.
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Apr 05, 2012
 
Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke
3.60
This was a very moving book and I look forward to reading his other works.
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Mar 06, 2014
 
Past Imperfect
3.45
Recently reread this. For the third time. That good!
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Mar 06, 2014
 
Sideways
3.65
I read this novel back to back with Emma Straub's The Vacationers. The two books actually have quite a bit in common--highly dislikeable characters ta ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
 
Russian Reckoning (Jo Epstein Mystery, #2)
3.88
It was a pleasure to delve into Russian Reckoning, in which author Joyce Yarrow takes P.I. Jo Epstein to the Soviet Union to investigate a murder and ...more
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May 10, 2014
 
Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood
4.01
This book will be of interest to anyone curious about publishing history and the manufacturing of a best seller.
Nov 27, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
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