Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Periodically, I read reviews from the New York Times book list and pick out likely candidates. The reviews are often the best thing about the book, th...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
Tropic of Night (Jimmy Paz, #1)
This is a new addition to my shelf. I've read it once before, and on this second read I realized it was one I would want to read again and that I woul...more
Feb 13, 2014
May 07, 2009
The Other Wes Moore: The Story Of One Name And Two Fates
Three stars are more for the idea than the execution. The writing was something of a distraction - and not in a good way. More like a police report th...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
The Road to McCarthy: Around the World in Search of Ireland
I savored this because there isn't another one.

McCarthy is back on the road, searching for his Irishness or Ireland, or just a great pub. I love his...more
Jun 13, 2012
May 31, 2012
An Unlikely Witch (Witch Central, #2)
Yay, more witch stories. I managed to realize that the crystal ball given to Lauren was the replacement for the witch tracker of the last series, and...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
The Shadow of Malabron (Perilous Realm, #1)
This is a finding-oneself sort of book, where a young person runs off and ends up in another world and has to find their way home which they realize i...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Penny Dreadful
The ending is wonderful, the story is much fun. It is a story about discovery - Penelope discovers Penny, her dad discovers cooking, her mo...more
Feb 2011
Jan 31, 2011
Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle, #1)
This book is one of those I read every few years and I'm never disappointed. It is a story of abandonment and resilience, and of healing. Dicey, age 1...more
Mar 16, 2008
Mar 16, 2008
Shooting the Moon
I picked up this book because of the title - shooting the moon is a term from the game Hearts and playing Hearts is a Good Father memory. That the boo...more
Jul 26, 2008
Jul 26, 2008
The Naming (The Books of Pellinor, #1)
The Naming is from the "coming of age" genre, but is more the "I've gotten through puberty and now am trying to figure out who I am and it would be ea...more
Mar 22, 2008
Mar 25, 2008
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7)
Making Oz invisible did nothing for the stories leaking out. Apparently Ozma didn't have any more control over the media than other rulers. But I like...more
Nov 07, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
The Speckled People: A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood
The language is soft and gentle, and the descriptions are from a child's perspective. The combination makes the tyranny of the father even worse, the...more
Mar 10, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
My favorite sentences from this book are:

"He could see pink and white blossoms in nearby orchards, and farther away, the brief yellow of the daffodils...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 08, 2008
The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness, and Baseball
There are only a few books I consider perfect: Tuck Everlasting, Book Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird, Search for Delicious...I'm not even sure I can des...more
Jul 13, 2008
Jul 09, 2008
The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
I suppose that Wilde's tales are "fairy" tales. Animals talk, there are mermaids and princesses, and magical things happen. In Wilde's tales, however,...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
This is one of my surviving Hardy Boys books (most were lost in a basement flood years ago). I found it recently and enjoyed re-reading it. Again. The...more
Sep 28, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
Out of My Mind
**spoiler alert** Melody's cerebral palsy keeps her from walking, talking, caring for herself but definitely not from learning or thinking. The book i...more
May 21, 2010
May 21, 2010
When I was 14, I ran away from home and lived in various places for a year. Fortunately, I had a family that made sure it wasn't on the street, but I...more
not set
Dec 27, 2008
The 19th Wife
This is a work of fiction, the author comments in his " Author's Notes" at the end. He weaves convincing historical and academic sources about the ear...more
Aug 17, 2008
Aug 02, 2008
The Magic Brush: A Story of Love, Family, and Chinese Characters
I don't know when a children's book has affected me so much. This book has beautiful pictures, a sweet story and deals with grief and loss in the simp...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
This is a tough book to review. On the one hand, its very well written and the story is compelling, the book is put together well. On the other...the...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
In the Shadow of Blackbirds
I thought the sentence "the year the devil designed: 1918" was brilliant. The war was horrible enough, but the flu brought random, painful death into...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
The Dragon Done It
Once I adjusted to the fact that I'd incorrectly interpreted the word Dragon in the title to mean "stories with dragons", I enjoyed most of the storie...more
Dec 23, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
The Velvet Room
Its interesting to re-read books when you are an adult that you remember being important when you were young. Difficult to identify exactly WHAT made...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
Darker than I expected - some was pretty dark, even for me, but I appreciate Gaiman's darkness perhaps because he sees the dark so differently. I enjo...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13)
In the version of Gaudy Night I just finished, the last chapters are actually the first chapters of Busman's Honeymoon and being a very observant sort...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
A Mango-Shaped Space
**spoiler alert** At first, I thought it was a story using a literary device that turns a disability into something magical as a way of writing about...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)
I bonded with Jane Marple when I was about 9. It was summer vacation, I found the book What Mrs McGillicudy Saw, and was hooked. Its not because the b...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
My Father's Daughter
I always feel like I'm eating a rich, savory dish with some lovely, complicated sauce when I read Konigsburg. There is a sense of balance to the words...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
Five Little Peppers Midway (Five Little Peppers, #2)
More great tales from Polly and friends. The family continues to live with the King family, and none of the honeymoon has worn off. Grandpapa (Mr. Kin...more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
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