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In Sunlight and in Shadow
I see from the other reviews that people either love or hate this book. I bought the stupid thing based on one rave review, and I hated it. Let me exp ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
This book is grim, violent, sad (dead kids, dead moms, dead dogs), and also hilarious and uplifting (passionate cops, a ferociously maternal doctor, a ...more
Nov 27, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
Monday Mornings
I'm only two chapters in, but this book contains one of the funniest bad sentences I've ever come across so I want to memorialize it in case I don't f ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
Sing Them Home
"Read" is cheating -- I read about 100 pages and quit. I would have thrown it against a wall but 1) it was a library book and 2) it's pretty fat, so i ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters
I'm obsessed by the Mitfords, so I devoured this. How can you not be fascinated by a family where the six sisters were a Communist, a Fascist, a Nazi, ...more
Dec 2007
Jan 10, 2008
The Widower's Tale
I'm very bitter about this book: it got rave reviews for its touching character studies and perceptive social commentary, so I bought it and waited fo ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
The Private Patient (Adam Dalgliesh, #14)
I found this to be so leisurely -- pages-long descriptions of car trips through the countryside, detailed listings of the stuff in every room -- that ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
Father of the Rain
I almost stopped reading after the first page, because it begins in a car with a girl, her new puppy, and her crazy drunk dad. I thought, it's the Che ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
The Gate House
This book is very, very long and NOTHING HAPPENS until the last 30 pages. Our hero drives around the Gold Coast, reminisces about events that happened ...more
Nov 14, 2008
Nov 15, 2008
Oh, I love Thomas Perry, he's such a good writer and his books move like bullet trains. But he seriously scares me. Many of his books feature professi ...more
May 20, 2008
May 20, 2008
Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story
I'm so mad. I bought this book based on a couple of good reviews, and because I needed to beef up a B&N order to get the $25 free shipping option. ...more
May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009
Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician
I usually love medical memoirs and he certainly raises some important issues (overtesting, overcharging, extending the end of life past the point of s ...more
Aug 31, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
Reconstructing Amelia
This novel was advertised as being a twisty page-turner a la "Gone Girl." Nope, sorry, not even close. Story: bright, sensitive daughter commits suici ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
Beautiful Day
I spent the second half of this wedding-in-Nantucket novel hoping that Jaws would Sharknado himself right into the rehearsal dinner and chomp down eve ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail
Man, I've been on a bad book streak lately. From the reviews, I thought this would be a sort of "Nickel and Dimed," a sharp and witty look at what it' ...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
Interesting story, but I kind of hated the author. In two different incidents he ran over his pet dog AND his own toddler son, which made me pretty un ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
The Red Book
Hugely disappointing. I was looking forward to well-written, juicy old-fashioned "four girls from college reconnect" novel (believe me, it's an actual ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Body Broken: A Memoir
The author tries to find a cure for her chronic neck and head pain, aided by her perfect family and friends, snug in her lovely house in her lovely ne ...more
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal
It started out promisingly, but the more I read the more annoyed I got. The story: her husband drops dead and she discovers he was a serial cheater. M ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater
I couldn't decide between three stars for the sincerity and good writing, or two stars for the irritation I felt while reading a 400 page book about o ...more
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance, #2)
I have GOT to stop buying this guy's books. He used to be so good, but, like P. Cornwell, he's marched right down I'm Too Important For An Editor Ave ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
I gave a million stars to "Wild" but I don't like this book at all. Here's the pattern: someone asks for help in solving a life problem. "Sugar" respo ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
Another Goodreads reviewer wrote that it's easier to admire the book than to like the author. She's SO belligerant and lecture-y that the tone becomes ...more
Oct 23, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
The Actress
This would have been a fine guilty pleasure summer read, but the author has the oddest writing style, and I found it distracting. Her character descri ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
My Dear I Wanted to Tell You
One of the most powerful books I've read about WWI: remember the battlefield scenes in "Saving Private Ryan"? This book is full of equally graphic and ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Off Course
I stayed up late into the night to finish this book. (And then I stayed up later to go online and order a copy for a friend's birthday.) It isn't a th ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)
This is disturbing. Somebody has kidnapped terse, cynical, grimly funny Dennis Lehane, the guy who wrote a series of excellent Boston detective novels ...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
I Don't Care About Your Band: Lessons Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated
Most of the other negative reviewers were turned off by all the sex and vulgarity. I love that stuff -- I hated this book because the author comes off ...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
An Absolute Scandal
Penny Vincenzi is my secret shame; I've read all of her books. The characters are unrealistic, the dialog is silly, and the plots are ludicrous, but I ...more
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Jul 27, 2008
The Rules of the Tunnel: A Brief Period of Madness
Once I got over the annoying second-person narrative technique ("You woke up in a panic, struggling to remember..." No, Ned, YOU woke up in a panic st ...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
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