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My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.88
it was amazing
Written by the reclusive Italian writer Elena Ferrante, "My Brilliant Friend" ("L'amica geniale") is the first of her Neapolitan trilogy centered on t ...more
Dec 05, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
The Book of Aron
3.69
really liked it
Fine, sad, novel from the POV of orphaned Polish Jewish boy, Aron, during WWII when his path crosses that of physician, philosopher, and martyr Janusz ...more
not set
May 26, 2015
 
The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
4.19
really liked it
Entirely diverting and charming fan-fiction for devotees of Sherlock Holmes, Faye focuses on the warm relationship between Holmes and Watson while the ...more
Feb 2017
Jan 24, 2017
 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
3.97
it was amazing
Warm, huge-hearted, unabashedly bookish, Anne-Tylerish novel of the life of A.J. Fikry, cranky indy bookstore owner who loves books more than most peo ...more
not set
Mar 05, 2014
 
The Bone Clocks
3.81
it was amazing
Much enjoyed this rich, entertaining, multiple POV, genre-bending novel which begins, as so many good stories do, when our 15YO main protagonist and b ...more
Oct 03, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
4.04
This book's unusual. Even though it's published for adults, it's really just as much a novel for older teens and because it bridges those forms it's a ...more
Mar 03, 2017
Jan 16, 2017
 
Lincoln in the Bardo
4.02
it was amazing
I need a box I can check when I both listen and read at the same time, which I did with this amazing book. More later.
not set
Jan 16, 2017
 
Another Brooklyn
3.89
it was amazing
Beautiful, moving, prose-poem of a book about motherless girl and then young woman, August, coming of age among diverse close-knit friends in changing ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2016
 
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
4.03
it was amazing
NetGalley.


Book Review from Shelf Awareness June 4 2012

Review: Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (Dial Press, $25 h
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Jun 20, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
 
The Garden of Evening Mists
4.07
it was amazing
Extraordinary audio. Sculptor and lit-loving husband loved and passed recommendation onto me.
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
 
A Tale for the Time Being
3.97
Mark as possible YA?/Alex Award?

This review is from ShelfAwareness 3/12/2013

Book Review

Review: A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being by R
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not set
Mar 12, 2013
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
really liked it

I both read and listened to this fine, dense fantasy (superbly read by the actor Roy Dottrice) after watching the HBO series. Dottrice's audio reading
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not set
Jul 12, 2011
 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
3.81
it was amazing
Haunted by his abrupt, unexplained exile from a close quintet of high school friends 16 years before, Tsukuru goes in search of answers from his forme ...more
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
 
The Cat's Table
3.58
it was amazing
Michael Ondaatje (Anil's Ghost, The English Patient) is one of my very favorite authors and this is his loveliest and most accessible book so far, a a ...more
not set
Oct 04, 2011
 
Shadow Tag
3.36
As other national reviews have noted, parts of this novel, about the "iconic" marriage of well-known painter Gil and his muse-wife Irene America (frei ...more
not set
Mar 13, 2010
 
Our Souls at Night
3.96
really liked it
Haruf's final novel, again centered in the fictional small town of Holt, in his usual spare, elegiac, large-hearted form. Nicely read.
not set
Jun 08, 2015
 
The Widower's Tale
3.65
I love Julia Glass. I loved "Three Junes" a bit more, but that's like saying I love almond cream cake a bit more than tiramisú.
not set
Nov 16, 2010
 
The Paying Guests
3.39
really liked it
Excellent audio performed by Juliette Stevenson though story a tad overlong.
not set
Dec 29, 2014
 
Lush Life
3.69
really liked it
Richard Price was only 24 when he wrote "The Wanderers," his coming-of-age classic about gangs in the Bronx (http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/06/07...) ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 14, 2008
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
3.60
really liked it
"It would be better to imagine how men might become more suitable for dogs and not the other way around." -Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Betw
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Jul 25, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
 
True Grit
4.12
Two people have said great things to me about this in the same week (likely because it's soon to be a Major Motion remake directed by the Coen Brother ...more
not set
Oct 11, 2010
 
And the Dark Sacred Night
3.53
really liked it
Happiness is a new novel by Julia Glass, this one about fatherhood and what it means to be a family, among many other things. Fenno, from "The Three J ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
 
Portable Childhoods
4.10
liked it
Three and a half stars. Liked this odd collection of short stories for grown-ups, one of which became The Green Glass Sea, but a couple of them felt l ...more
not set
Dec 30, 2008
 
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)
4.03
Book on CD. Pretty good detective story about missing B-list author and the many who wanted him dead, entertainingly read, but marred by persistent cr ...more
not set
Aug 17, 2014
 
The Whites
3.62
it was amazing
I'm a fool for Richard Price and this literary police procedural about a close-knit police group's "whites" --the criminals that got away and haunt th ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2015
 
Home (Gilead, #2)
3.96
I love Marilynne Robinson's books and bought this for myself for Christmas.
not set
Dec 17, 2008
 
City of Thieves
4.28
it was amazing
I'm going back to giving five stars to books I really love, till I can find time to properly review them.
Feb 10, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
Queen of America
3.90
Happiness is a new book by Luis Urrea.
not set
Dec 14, 2011
 
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
3.57
it was amazing
4.5/Audio - Beautiful fictionalization of the relationship and later marriage of Fanny Osbourne and Robert Louis Stevenson.
not set
Mar 14, 2014
 
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
3.88
Pretty good story of a modern everyman on a personal pilgrimage, though as with most dark nights and pilgrimages, overlong and trying in places.
not set
Sep 02, 2012
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