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Home
3.87
**spoiler alert** Home is a sort of companion piece to Marilynne Robinson's brilliant Gilead. The characters in this novel are the neighbor's of Gilea...more
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Nov 14, 2008
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.00
David Sedaris has a new book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, which is always great news. It wasn't quite as good as Me Talk Pretty One Day, but it w...more
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Jul 06, 2008
 
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
3.98
In Living Dead in Dallas, there is a murder in Sookie's home town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and her vampire boyfriend's (Bill) boss, wants her to use h...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Holy Fools
3.56
Holy Fools is set in France in 1610. Juliette, a former rope dancer and traveling performer, has escaped from her troubled past and joined a convent....more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Breathing for a Living: A Memoir
3.77
**spoiler alert** I wanted to like this book so much, because I have something of an interest in chronic illness and cystic fibrosis, but I found it d...more
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Aug 26, 2008
 
The Secret Life of Bees
3.96
The Secret Life of Bees was like a paint-by-numbers Oprah Book club novel. Precocious child narrator? Check. Tragic circumstances--ie, dead mother and...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Dude, Where's My Country?
3.36
I enjoyed Dude, Where's My Country?, but I don't think I could have stood to read it if the election hadn't gone the way it did. It may be a little ou...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #3)
4.04
**spoiler alert** In Club Dead, Bill goes missing and Sookie travels to Jackson, Mississippi to find Bill and meets an interesting new man, Alcide, wh...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.81
The Year of Magical Thinking was well-written, but it didn't knock my socks off. It's a memoir of her husband's death and her daughter's serious illne...more
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Dec 01, 2008
 
A Death in the Family
3.91
A Death in the Family, originally published in the 1950s and written even earlier, holds up well to the test of time. The scene in which the wife awai...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
The Daily Coyote: Story of Love, Survival, and Trust In the Wilds of Wyoming
3.96
**spoiler alert** The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming is a fairly decent book about a woman who moves to Wyo...more
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May 17, 2009
 
Thin Is the New Happy
3.25
Thin is the New Happy was vapid, though the body image memoir lends itself to shallowness. I wanted the author to take a stand and stop thinking it wa...more
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May 17, 2009
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.43
I avoided Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia for a long time, thinking what could be more boring tha...more
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Apr 11, 2009
 
Bluegrass : A True Story of Murder in Small-Town Kentucky
3.21
**spoiler alert** Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky didn't knock me off my feet, but it was okay as far as true crime books go. What stood...more
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Apr 11, 2009
 
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
3.89
I was surprised to be charmed by The Bean Trees because I am not a big fan of Kingsolver's most well-known work, The Poisonwood Bible. I think that bo...more
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Aug 26, 2008
 
The Almost Moon
2.64
The Almost Moon was an utter disappointment. I love The Lovely Bones; it's an all-time favorite, but Sebold managed to replicate absolutely none of th...more
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Jan 27, 2008
 
Eat This, Not That!: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution
3.75
Eat This, Not That! is based on a feature in Men's Health magazine and shows you the healthiest and un-healthiest choices at almost every restaurant i...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #7)
4.06
I thought that All Together Dead put some of the thrills back into the series. Sookie must travel to a vampire summit, where there are threats to the...more
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Apr 11, 2009
 
Class Matters
3.65
Class Matters, about social class and how it shapes American lives, was an interesting book, but probably not worth buying. It's also a quick read, du...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Love in the Time of Cholera
3.85
I had a hard time choosing between this and One Hundred Years of Solitude for my favorite book of 2007. The only way I can explain is that One Hundred...more
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Jan 27, 2008
 
Mop Men: Inside the World of Crime Scene Cleaners
3.59
Mop Men: Inside the World of Crime Scene Cleaners started off as a magazine article and it shows. It’s painfully obvious that Emmins is stretching the...more
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May 17, 2009
 
The Solace of Leaving Early
3.78
I enjoyed The Solace of Leaving Early, but I thought that larger philosophical issues that Haven Kimmel tried to raise detracted from the incredibly c...more
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Jul 06, 2008
 
Love Junkie: A Memoir
3.36
While I pitied the author for her terrible childhood, writing a memoir about your addiction to sex/unhealthy relationships is inherently sordid and pr...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
In the Company of the Courtesan
3.72
I found In the Company of the Courtesan to be a richly imagined and engaging book. It opens with a famous courtesan, Fiammetta, and her dwarf/business...more
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Nov 14, 2008
 
The Flamingo Rising
3.77
I loved this book, and it is definitely a contender for my top ten of 2008 list. Hubert Lee builds the world's biggest drive-in theater, the Flamingo,...more
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Aug 26, 2008
 
This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation
3.46
This Land is Their Land is book of essays filled with righteous liberal outrage. I enjoyed it, but it probably would have felt better (or angrier) to...more
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Apr 11, 2009
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)
3.97
This post-apocalyptic novel is something that I wouldn't have thought that I would like, but the humanity and richness of the characters transcended m...more
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Jan 27, 2008
 
102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
4.22
Everyone has their own memories of September 11th, but this book gave me a new perspective of what really happened to the ordinary people who went to...more
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Jan 27, 2008
 
Five Quarters of the Orange
3.80
In Five Quarters of the Orange, Framboise Simon returns to her small French hometown as an old woman. The novel tells the intertwining stories of a tr...more
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Nov 14, 2008
 
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
3.58
I noticed this book in stores and didn't pick it up for a long of time because of the strange title. I got it from a paperback exchange store and love...more
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Jan 27, 2008
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