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The Drowning House
The book jacket synopsis describes a story about a heartbroken woman returning home to Galveston after suffering an unspeakable tragedy and the deteri ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Her Fearful Symmetry
Such a disappointment.

While I certainly didn't expect this to be a clone of The Time Traveler's Wife (and I hate when authors write the same novels ov
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Oct 01, 2009
The Lake of Dreams
I made it to about page 100 before giving up.

The author had too many subjects in this book; women's suffrage, Vietnam war, environmentalism are just
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
Tapestry of Fortunes
Berg's lost her spark. Her last good book was Home Safe.


Main character is a motivational speaker who speaks in that motivational speaker lingo (Op
May 21, 2013
May 20, 2013
Mercy Snow
Story about the fallout from a suspicious bus accident in a paper mill town in the northeast. The main character in this book is the town and the "cul ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
This book, about the maritime mystery of the ghost ship Mary Celeste, started off great. The author draws you in to the Briggs family and their losses ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
This book has a very dreamy quality about it and as it covers one day (with flashbacked memories interwoven) of Isabel's life, it's pace is like a str ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Some good points, but most of the suggested solutions are pretty obvious. (Relax, play, center yourself spiritually whatever that means to you, stop s ...more
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Oct 22, 2010
Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine
Ah, tell-all books by celebrity children. Love them, beware of them. I don't believe half of what went on in Mommie Dearest (think about it, if your a ...more
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 05, 2013
Unbroken: A World War II Book of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Mind. Blown.

I can't write a coherent review because my head is still spinning. I spent the entire weekend reading this book, reading passages out loud
Apr 2013
Mar 24, 2013
Quiet Dell
The problem with this kind of hybrid fiction/non-fiction book (and this one is based on a real crime from the 1930s) is that the reader spends the ent ...more
Dec 25, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume lll: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963
I've never read a complete book of someone's letters but I'm glad I plugged away at this one - it was fascinating to witness this man's life and the i ...more
Mar 02, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows
One of my favorite celebrity memoirs is As I Am by Patricia Neal. In her book she writes about the abbey at Regina Laudis in CT - a place she was enco ...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Two stars = it was ok.

Lots of detail about Manhattan/New York history, lots of detail about the two main characters - Coralie, the daughter of the cur
Mar 24, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal
I read the first few pages and it just didn't click for me. I returned the book.
Jan 2008
Apr 08, 2008
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Beautifully written in the voice of a 14-year-old in 1987. The voice is just perfect - not too adult, not that sarcastic, Juno-esque, wiser-than-adult ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
The Parade's Gone By...
This is more of a reference book than one I choose to read from beginning to end. Having just immersed myself in the Hollywood documentary (from the l ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
The Moonflower Vine
May, 2013

I liked it even more the second time through and found that I'd mellowed towards some of the things that bothered me about the characters the
May 09, 2013
Feb 11, 2010
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Ok, here's the thing.

This is a great method for baking bread and the results in my own kitchen have been nothing short of astonishing.

But it doesn't t
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Oct 21, 2009
Her: A Memoir
Probably cathartic and necessary for the author to write this after she suffered the terrible loss of her twin sister to a drug overdose but a complet ...more
Jan 03, 2014
May 17, 2013
I really liked this book, but gave it three stars because I only really liked most of it. The book addresses interesting "issues": the challenges of b ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 01, 2014
Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr
The first time I saw Hedy Lamarr on Turner Classic Movies, I gasped and thought "who is that?". I'd heard her name, but didn't know her face and I've ...more
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Jan 28, 2011
Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook
Probably not ever going to make the crispy squid or duck hearts (the first is restaurant fare, the second just not appealing), but there are a few rec ...more
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Apr 14, 2013
Little Bits Quilting Bee: 20 Quilts Using Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters
I was looking for a book of simple patterns for pre-cut fabrics (charms, layer cakes, jelly rolls, etc), and maybe not even patterns per se, but metho ...more
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Nov 13, 2012
Yes, Chef
Always enjoyed Samuelsson as a Chopped judge, but didn't know much about him. This was a nice read. Samuelsson has a sweeping personal story from his ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; For Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel
An informative and interesting book for this novice quilter. The author provides a comprehensive look at fabric design - even though I have little int ...more
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Dec 28, 2012
Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew
Engrossing read; a fascinating look at one of Classic Hollywood's most elusive stars, Jean Arthur.

A talented comedienne with a pleasant but very disti
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Jul 28, 2010
Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis
Not much new here, but I wanted to get more personal info about Mr. Lewis and from someone other than himself (see Surprised By Joy).

C.S. Lewis and hi
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Feb 11, 2010
The Authentic Swing: Notes From the Writing of a First Novel
In this slim volume Steven Pressfield walks you through his creative process for writing the novel The Legend of Bagger Vance, from the spark of the i ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
(3.5 stars)

Bonaventure Arrow is a little boy born into tragedy and unable to speak, but he has an incredibly honed sense of hearing that allows him to
Dec 03, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
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