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The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #15)
3.95
A Review by V.S. (Violet Sepotho)

Back at the Botswana Secretarial College, where I distinguished myself in the middle of the class, I met a young woma
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Nov 09, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
 
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
3.74
Let me answer the big question first. Yes, there is a lot of new information about Huguette Clark in this book by journalist Dedman and Huguette's cou ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.69
It is curious that the author invented a fictional town in the Cinque Terre instead of using one of the five actual ones, but then used the real Richa ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
 
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
3.71
I enjoyed this more as travelogue than thriller. Anyone who has spent time in Florence will be one step ahead of Langdon as he attempts to get from th ...more
May 21, 2013
May 14, 2013
 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
3.98
What a bonbon. I can't resist books set in bookstores. They should hold no romance for me since I once toiled in a bookstore and know what hard work i ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
 
We Are Not Ourselves
3.77
This is a novel about Alzheimer's that outdoes even The Corrections. I'll confess to having cried a couple of times. There's an expression "no tears i ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Aug 29, 2014
 
A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal
3.67
What a nifty little history. This book is certain to be the last word on chowder (not just clam) for years to come. The authors strike a good balance ...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 19, 2013
 
The Burgess Boys
3.51
I loved the prologue...why don't we ever hear about this mother and daughter again? They seem like more fun, gossipy company than this Burgess family ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
 
Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece
3.44
A very thoughtful book on the dream that is Greece. Her journey follows the church calendar and her description of a Greek Easter alone makes her acco ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #13)
4.08
Another comfortable addition to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. At this point, I can practically finish McCall Smith's sentences, and it is ...more
May 09, 2012
May 04, 2012
 
The Goldfinch
3.87
Perhaps I've been watching too much Homeland, but in what universe does the victim of a terrorist museum bombing (who also lost his mother in the inci ...more
Nov 12, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.25
Another classic from J.K. Rowling. I haven't been so consumed by a novel since The Help. It's a sharp take on modern English village life and the need ...more
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Sep 22, 2012
 
Chronicles of a Cruise Ship Crew Member; Answers to All the Questions Every Passenger Wants to Ask
2.81
This is a really fun book about that eternally interesting topic: why some people choose to work on the sea. The author dispenses a lot of good inform ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
 
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
3.30
I loved this latest outing from my favorite cozy author. This is a sort of modern take on the classic Henry James plot of a naive American facing the ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
 
The Sinking of the Bounty
3.64
The conventional wisdom about ships being better off at sea during a hurricane will forever be questioned after what happened to the tall ship Bounty. ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
Honolulu
4.01
This was not at all the book I expected to read, and I am pleasantly surprised by that. The novel provides a very complete life arc for Jin, while als ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
 
Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate
3.66
After reading this book you will want to knit a warm cap for a seafarer. It should be required reading for everyone on the planet since we are indebte ...more
Oct 26, 2013
Oct 19, 2013
 
The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King, His First Love
3.80
This has been on my shelf for years and seeing Gatsby last night compelled me to read more about Ginevra King, the model for Daisy. To think if Fitzge ...more
May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013
 
The Bone Clocks
3.85
There is nothing new I can say about this novel or David Mitchell. But I can relate my own reading experience. Back in October I bought two signed cop ...more
Jan 28, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
This novel and this series is diabolically addictive. What would you get if you crossed a heartless despot with a genius at mass media manipulation? P ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.95
I read this in a day after postponing the pleasure for too many years. I haven't read Bradbury before and was gripped immediately by his ability as a ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
Jackie Old: A tale of the future told in the past (Kindle Single)
3.82
It is 1999 and John John is First Lady of San Francisco, married to Mayor Jade Jagger Kennedy. Truman Capote has found religion and is desperately try ...more
May 17, 2014
May 17, 2014
 
Savages
3.83
I like my thrillers with an overlay of literary polish. But not too much. Although at times you might wonder if Winslow is channeling ee cummings with ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
 
A High Wind in Jamaica
3.79
I really liked the beginning and ending of this novel. The early scenes in Jamaica, particularly the earthquake and hurricane, are remarkable. I loved ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
 
The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii
3.69
Great stories about Hawaii, whose themes still resonate today. House of Pride is one of the saddest tales I've ever read about brothers. Koolau the Le ...more
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
The Circle
3.42
A surprisingly funny novel about the complete loss of privacy to the transparency of online life. The fictional company The Circle is so instantly rec ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
 
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
3.88
I bought this after a visit to Iolani Palace, where I saw the room
where Hawaii's last queen was imprisoned and the quilt she embroidered there. This b
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Mar 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
 
Ken Burns: The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single)
3.91
This is the perfect companion to Ken Burns' new film on the Roosevelts. Find out what it was like to direct Meryl Streep or to make Geoffrey Ward cry. ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
 
In One Person
3.62
Do you ever finish a book and want to hug the author? That's what I wanted to do after finishing In One Person. I didn't think John Irving would ever ...more
Jun 11, 2012
May 10, 2012
 
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
4.12
The Glass family ruins the wedding but not the story in "Raise High....". The same cannot be said about "Seymour, An Introduction". I wish Salinger ha ...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
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