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The Drowning House
2.88
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
3.22
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
3.15
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
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Feb 15, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
 
Tapestry of Fortunes
3.42
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
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May 21, 2013
May 20, 2013
 
Mercy Snow
3.69
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
3.17
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
 
Glaciers
3.73
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
4.14
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
3.35
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
4.45
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
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Apr 2013
Mar 24, 2013
 
Quiet Dell
3.29
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
4.45
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
4.03
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
3.71
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
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Mar 24, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal
3.35
I read the first few pages and it just didn't click for me. I returned the book.
Jan 2008
Apr 08, 2008
 
The Moonflower Vine
3.91
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
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May 09, 2013
Feb 11, 2010
 
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
4.11
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
 
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
4.03
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...
4.45
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
 
Her: A Memoir
3.68
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
 
Fangirl
4.20
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
 
Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis
4.08
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
 
Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook
3.82
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
 
A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; For Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel
4.34
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
3.94
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
 
Little Bits Quilting Bee: 20 Quilts Using Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters
3.64
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
3.79
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
 
The Authentic Swing: Notes From the Writing of a First Novel
3.97
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
 
Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr
3.54
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
 
At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, #1)
4.07
I recently reread the Mitford series of books. I like the Mitford books ... Father Tim and his wife Cynthia are thoughtful people and well read (great ...more
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Dec 23, 2009
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