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O Meu Pé de Laranja Lima
This is the first “real” book I remember reading – I also remember crying while I read it. I actually gasped when I came across this title while brows ...more
Jan 1974
Jan 31, 2008
The Grapes of Wrath

This is turning into my year of audiobooks. Lately I have been unable to find time to read, but I can listen to books as I do housework, and especiall
Aug 28, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
As I Lay Dying
I did love this book. Love may be the wrong word, as I was enthralled by it as much as I was sickened by the madness and destitution of those characte ...more
Jul 08, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Three Day Road
I love this book. It is definitely in the pack of books I would carry with me from a burning building. I read it 2 years ago or so, and recently brows ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jan 06, 2008
The Dream of the Celt
I am ready to bestow on Mario Vargas Llosa the title of “most disappointing author” I ever read. Maybe my mistake was to start reading him with The Wa ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
I loved this book. The narrator’s voice is intimate and meditative. It feels so personal that one forgets that it is a piece of fiction and not a real ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Oct 08, 2008
History of the Rain
Ruth is the most likeable narrator I have come across in years. It is impossible for anyone who loves books not to fall in love with her and her quest ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
“...I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they ...more
Aug 14, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
Man was a quiet and simple book to read. It is a novella really, composed of short chapters – some just one or 2 paragraphs long- that I read over tw ...more
Oct 02, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
It feels very difficult to verbalize the experience of reading these short-stories. They at times border on the fantastical, but mostly describe some ...more
Aug 26, 2013
Mar 16, 2010
A Time of Gifts
This book was waiting for me under the Christmas tree 2 weeks ago. I didn’t know then, but it was my best gift. I love everything about it: Fermor’s s ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Nov 22, 2010
Norwegian by Night
Yesterday we had our first serious snowfall. It was a grey and humid day that made me feel depressed at the idea that winter is here after all. So I d ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
The Adventures of Augie March
Saul Bellow had been on my list of authors to try for years. Truth be told, I was scared of him. Winner of the Nobel and the Pulitzer, I imagined Bell ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
Lolly Willowes
My paternal grand-mother went back to school in her sixties. She had always wanted to be a lawyer, but a girl born in 1917 in a traditional family in ...more
Dec 23, 2012
Jun 06, 2011
Invisible Cities
As a child I remember being mesmerized by a collection of fairy tales. I could read with proficiency for my age – maybe 6 or 7 – but much of the meani ...more
Dec 2008
Aug 01, 2008
The Bone Clocks
I am sorry, David! But it lacks a soul!

As one of your most enthusiastic fans, who have pushed your books on everyone and their dogs, I feel I have to
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
By a Slow River
I finished reading this book a couple of hours ago and maybe I should wait for it to sink in before I write a review. But I am so taken by it, perhaps ...more
Nov 2014
Jul 01, 2013
Letters of a Woman Homesteader
Letters of a Woman Homesteader hits close to my heart. My husband and I farm the land that his grand-parents first homestead in the 1910’s. I was not ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
The Summer Book
I finished this book yesterday, but I cannot let go of it. I loved the portrait of childhood against that of aging – the child and the grandmother see ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Jan 17, 2011
The Snow Child
There are a few things I liked very much about this book. Then, there are a few things that I disliked very much about this book.

First, what I liked:

Dec 08, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
I am struggling on how to rate this book. It has all the elements of the average mystery book: a hard core detective with struggles of her own, a disl ...more
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 07, 2014
This is a tender and deeply moving book. Frances Itani tells the story of a deaf woman (loosely inspired on her own deaf grandmother), waiting for her ...more
Jan 29, 2008
Jan 06, 2008
I have been playing this mind game while reading this book: If Jane Austen was to give it a title in the form of “pride and prejudice” or “sense and s ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
Mansfield Park
Once again I find myself baffled at the task of giving “stars” to a book. Just recently I gave Madame Bovary three stars, but today I am giving Mansfi ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Moon Tiger
I was to drive back to the farm this morning, after a few days in The City. But a snow storm blew in with more intensity than expected and I used it ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
A High Wind in Jamaica
We had a snow storm that lasted 36 hours or so. While the wind howled outside, I sat by the fireplace with this book all day yesterday. I grabbed it a ...more
Jan 09, 2011
Oct 22, 2009
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
I am not sure why I had this book in my reading list. I must have read a review somewhere and added it without much thought. Then, I sometimes feel I ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Oct 24, 2013
Indian Summer of a Forsyte
This book was a complete surprise. The truth is that I didn’t even realized I had bought it, as it came with the Audible version of The Man of Propert ...more
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
Indian Horse
This book is as beautiful as it is heart-breaking. It was an emotional marathon to read it, and more than once I had to push myself to keep on reading ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
84, Charing Cross Road
This is one of my all times favorite books. I have re-read it too many times to keep track, and I have given many copies to friends.

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Jan 07, 2008
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