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Small Wonder
In general terms I, too, am on the same side of the fence as Kingsolver. Maybe that’s why I was disappointed to find that this was not as engaging a r ...more
Sep 04, 2006
Jul 27, 2009
I was curious about Wifey as I had read & enjoyed her YA (young adult) novels several decades ago when I was a teenager. Reading Wifey today, I ha ...more
Jan 08, 2008
Jan 05, 2009
The Tao of Bruce Lee: A Martial Arts Memoir
If you are going to read one self-help book this is the one.
not set
Aug 18, 2009
Gone Girl
This is a very engaging read, once you start you just can't seem to put the book down.
It's hard to classify its genre, though. Is it a murder mystery
Jun 12, 2013
May 23, 2013
I was amazed by how restrained the writing is. Eggers allows the plotline, that is, the events and their sequence, to tell the story. It is a highly p ...more
Oct 09, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Burnt Shadows
I actually enjoyed reading it, and I would recommend it to others. But it failed to 'wow' me....
For some reason the plot seemed a tad too obvious. I
Feb 26, 2011
Dec 05, 2010
Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti, #2)
This second volume in the Commissario Brunetti series involves a more complicated story than Death at La Fenice.

The plot (the body of a murdered Amer
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
The New Basics Cookbook
This is more of an encyclopedia/ reference book than a cookbook. It's over 800 pages, to begin with. In addition to the recipes, there are countless s ...more
not set
Aug 18, 2009
Jerusalem Spring
I was so looking forward to reading Jerusalem Spring, mainly because - like the author - I spent my formative years in Lebanon during the civil war an ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
The Marriage Plot
For the most part this was a disappointing read.
It starts off with all sorts of lit-crit ambitions but it only goes so far. It's as if the author has
Jun 10, 2013
May 08, 2013
The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutiérrez
There's something offputting about the narrative voice, especially in the beginning - the forced lyricism coming off as stilted and stuckup - soon tho ...more
Sep 11, 2009
Sep 13, 2009
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Does it say anything about me that I much preferred reading the "stories" for their Dark Side content than for the literary merits of the collection? ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
Forbidden Pleasure (Bound Hearts, #8)
**spoiler alert** Lacking in the suspense dept (there's a killer on the loose), but delivers the goods in terms of the nasty bits.

One of the reasons
Jan 09, 2008
Aug 13, 2009
Committed: A Love Story
I tried to read Eat, Pray, Love and did not get far into it before I gave up. The author is just too full of herself, and has a tendency to Orientaliz ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal Is Doing to the World
An excellent insight into the food chain from farm (read: feedlot) to fast food tabletop.

It's not a pleasant subject to read, but Schlosser does an e
not set
Dec 12, 2013
The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition
The edition I read totals 185 pages, but only 122 of those comprise the text proper of The Vagina Monologues. There is a prologue (by Gloria Steinem) ...more
May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties
**spoiler alert** Maybe I had higher expectations from this book. Craig Unger's work is adequate; he has researched his subject well. But he is mainly ...more
Dec 17, 2007
Aug 13, 2009
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
I have a mixed response to this book.
The story is well-written. We are
spared the usual fairy-tale fluff, and it features a refreshingly modern
May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011
Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
Overall the book reads OK; the writing may not be outstanding or particularly detailed, but it's a pleasant read. There wasn't anything particularly o ...more
May 28, 2013
May 23, 2013
Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Funny in Farsi is a pleasant read, but I have to admit I didn't find it that funny overall, compared to other narratives with a similar theme (eg. the ...more
Feb 06, 2008
Aug 13, 2009
Run Catch Kiss
Read this under the duress of insomnia, almost in one go... and finished the last pages the next afternoon when I woke up again.
Not much to say excep
not set
Feb 06, 2013
The Road
The Road is not as frightening as it could be.
Reading the book I had the impression that the author tried hard to be as spare with the account of the
Jul 24, 2007
Jul 27, 2009
Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women
The title of this book is substantially misleading. It is not about 'bitches', not even by Wurtzel's concept of the term, and there is not much praise ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 27, 2009
Brokeback Mountain
Short story, yes. Novel, no.
The way I interpret the narrative is that both men find themselves, as individuals, pitted against the forces of nature -
Jul 27, 2006
Jul 27, 2009
Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
One cannot deny that the situation Ariel Levy documents in "Female Chauvinist Pigs" is apparently the norm in today's mainstream society. Deplorable a ...more
May 03, 2006
Jul 27, 2009
The Grand Complication
As a suspenseful mystery thriller, this novel could very well become an entertaining film, especially with the final scenes in the book.

I enjoyed the
Jul 25, 2005
Jul 27, 2009
Hooking Up: You'll Never Make Love in This Town Again Again
Too much gossip, not enough substance.

The first account by "Olivia" is such a simplistic one wonders if it's just a word-for-word transcript from a t
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women
A well-written, balanced, and informative inside look into the "sex-services" industry in Nevada, USA.

What I learned from this book:
Although legalized
Mar 03, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
The Tortilla Curtain
A contemporary rendition of Voltaire's Candide with an added dash of Steinbeck, set in California. The sanctity of the American Dream is threatened by ...more
Sep 10, 2004
Jan 30, 2013
The Help
It was an interesting read, but nothing exceptional.
Stylistically, it was a bit mixed up. On the one hand the narrative uses the first-person vernacu
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
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