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The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
Pure drivel. This book read like a Betty Crocker recipe gone bad: take one all-American Jesus lovin’/fearing family, add one unexplainable tragedy, mi ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 01, 2008
The Soul Thief
The first half of the novel follows the brief arc of Nathaniel Mason's graduate career in 1970s Buffalo, N.Y., which centers on his two girl friends a ...more
Feb 2012
Apr 17, 2008
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife
Shattered Dreams is a fascinating look at a way of life totally foreign to most people. Irene Spencer grew up in the branch of the Mormon faith that s ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 27, 2007
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
The only other book I've read by this well known and respected author was "Black and Blue" which I absolutely loved, so I was surprised when I so disl ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
A Piece of Cake
Cupcake Brown (that's her real name) was 11 in 1976 when her mother died. Custody of Brown and her brother was given to a stranger—their birth father— ...more
May 2007
May 21, 2007
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
One of the most self absorbing, self pontificating and truly obnoxious memoirs I have ever read. After reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, ask yo ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Say When
This book poured out like sticky, sappy maple syrup. A tale about a couple separating and coming back together that was crammed with enough filler to ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Water for Elephants
Stripped of everything after his parents' untimely death, twenty-three-year old Jacob Jankowski has failed to sit for his veterinary exams at Cornell, ...more
Jan 2007
May 21, 2007
Skeletons at the Feast
Chris Bohjalian is becomming one of my new favorite authors. This book was outstanding.
Outlining the brutal landscape of Nazi Germany as German refug
Jun 2008
Jun 06, 2008
Shark's Fin And Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
I loved the premise of this book; travel writer paired with a English born Chinese trained, Sichuanese chef. This is a fun, interesting and easy read ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 15, 2009
Cry, the Beloved Country
"Cry, the Beloved Country is a beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the t ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Still Alice
What a set up this is: a 50 year old woman who is a cognitive psychologist and research professor at Harvard is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 27, 2009
The Satanic Bible
Szandor LaVey spends more time stating what Satanism is not that what it is. The book is poorly written and flogged with exclamation points. What I di ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 16, 2008
Borderline (Anna Pigeon, #15)
This book tried to make “Deliverance” look like water ride at Disney.

Set on the Rio Grande, Borderline centers around an unbelievable and unlikeable
Aug 2011
Aug 08, 2011
I am pretty surprised that Wave is on so many top ten books of the year (including the NYT). I loved the beginning of the book the deftness in which t ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut
How this book received an average of 4 stars is beyond me. Proof that our attention spans have are decreased with that of a flea and that glossy paged ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
The Crush
This suspense novel reads more like a Harlequin Romance gone worse (I didn't say "bad" because they are already bad). Laced with only-to-be heard in s ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 19, 2011
Life with My Sister Madonna
I really enjoyed the lightness of this book, it is an easy, and fun read and not as one-sided as I thought it would be. If only a fraction of what is ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 28, 2008
Crime and Punishment
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. A very detailed, and thoughtful piece of work that goes into the great depths of madness, parano ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 23, 2008
The Hiltons: A Family Dynasty
If you are looking for a book that dishes on the lives of Paris and Nikky Hilton, this is not it.
This is a well researched, well written book that chr
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 10, 2014
I Am the New Black
I listened to the audio version of this book, and although Morgan’s story of rags to riches is somewhat interesting and inspiring, that is about all t ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home
Sadness and loss is the underlying feeling of Trail Crumbs. At first it's difficult not to envy the young woman swimming laps in the pool overlooking ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 09, 2009
This book came out over a year ago and I don't know how I didn't hear about it or its author. By far, the best book I've read this year. If you can, l ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 24, 2013
How to Cook a Tart
Everything about How to Cook a Tart, the debut novel from Washington Post food writer Nina Killham, is too much. Its heroine, cookbook author Jasmine ...more
Feb 09, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
When All the World Was Young: A Memoir
This story is so much more than a brilliantly observant girl growing up in WWII-era Washington, D.C., more than the story of growing up in a home with ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 12, 2011
Sunset Park
I've read a lot of Paul Auster's work and feel Sunset Park has a different style than his other writings. It is a straight forward narrative written f ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 13, 2011
Say You're One of Them
Nigerian author Akpan is a master of depicting gritty scenes of chaos and fear in this collection of five not so short stories set in war-torn Africa. ...more
Feb 2011
Nov 23, 2008
Perfectly Miserable: Guilt, God and Real Estate in a Small Town
A memoir that studies the foundation of New England WASP culture—class, history, family, money, envy, perfection, and, real estate.

The author does a
Nov 25, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
I listened to this book on CD and could not wait to get back in my car; wish my trip to work was even longer. I too, loved Drown, so I'm not sure this ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 15, 2009
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