The Goldfinch
I am floored by the ambition of this book. I went into in knowing nothing about it, I even read it on a Kindle so I had no back cover text. My friend...more
Jan 2014
Jan 08, 2014
The Wonder Bread Summer: A Novel
Funny -- and for a book that centers around a big bag full of cocaine -- surprisingly sweet. Loved reading this.
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May 29, 2013
Let the Great World Spin
I was blown away by the first section: the story of Corrigan, his childhood in Ireland, going to the Bronx, the prostitutes who used his bathroom, all...more
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
Astonish Me
You find out on page two that Joan is pregnant and the drama doesn't really stop from there. This book jumps everywhere, jumps in POV, Maggie Shipstea...more
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Apr 10, 2014
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
I loved this book. Tears in my eyes at the end. I'd read all of these reviews about how funny and fast and all of these good things this book was, but...more
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Aug 16, 2012
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
I loved this book. I benefited from not reading even the back cover, knowing nothing about it. I had never read anything by Shirley Jackson before exc...more
Feb 04, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
City of Thieves
I bought this as a birthday present for Jurgen and then read it first. This happens sometimes. I had never heard of this novel, which appears to be a...more
Nov 08, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
Fame Shark
I love this line: "It seemed that being a prerequisite for being a celebrity was being an asshole." So many great sentences and wry observations.

A te...more
Sep 07, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
Just Kids
I loved this book. A lot of people, I think, did. Patti Smith can really write. And really live. I loved that little story, when Allen Ginsberg paid t...more
Aug 14, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
Here is the thing about beach reads. I took this book to the beach with me, but I never even packed it in my beach bag, because I went to the beach wi...more
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Jun 14, 2012
The Sisters Brothers
I love this book. I ruined the ending, reading it during Nina's nap, and having her wake up and cry while I tried to read the last few pages. The book...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
I have mixed feelings about this fine book. At times, it felt unduly long. We are told from page on that the parents are going to rob a bank, an know...more
Sep 19, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
You Deserve Nothing
This book was a page turner. I didn't want to stop turning the pages, I didn't want to get off the bus when I was in the middle of the scene. I though...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
It Chooses You
This book pleased me very much.

Now I want to watch Miranda July's films which for reasons not quite clear to me -- envy perhaps -- I have avoided.
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Mermaid of Brooklyn
i have liked Amy Shearn for so long, just from FB and twitter and Instagram, pictures of her kids, posts about her kids, articles and lists published...more
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Feb 11, 2013
Patron Saint of Liars
Sometimes I loved this book and sometimes I didn't. I found it slow to get into and could put it down for a day at a time and forget to keep reading,...more
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Mar 30, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
Thought this book was wonderful. Started crying somewhere in the middle, and then had no tears when the book ended. As a writer, I wondered how in the...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
Alys, Always
I will be stunned if this isn't made into a movie. It seems like that will have to happen. I read reviews after finishing this novel and was surprised...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
The Almond Tree
I am proud to have worked with Michelle as her editor on The Almond Tree. I am not surprised by the enormous success her novel has received since publ...more
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Jan 11, 2013
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Oh, I loved this book. I did. Read it like candy, even though I live in a different world of food than Gabrielle Hamilton. And I loved her story and t...more
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Jan 12, 2012
What Has Become of You
I found this novel hard to get into, but I did not put it down. Catcher in the Rye. Serial killers. A sad forty year old English teacher who goes to b...more
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Jun 25, 2014
May We Be Forgiven
The opening chapters of this book blew me away. I could not believe what happened. Wham and then bam and the crispness of the prose. I have loved A.M....more
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Sep 02, 2012
I Couldn't Love You More
My goodness what a melodrama. In the big moment of tragedy, I couldn't read the pages, they were too awful and I had to skim through them because I co...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 19, 2012
It's Not Love, It's Just Paris
A lovely novel. A simple story. It has fairytale qualities. I loved the story about Lita's orphaned parents. I loved the way Engel was able to layer t...more
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Oct 03, 2013
Lost Memory of Skin
I love Russell Banks but I didn't love this book. It felt, honestly, way too long. And slightly improbable. Which is not to say that much of this nove...more
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Dec 02, 2013
The Lullaby of Polish Girls
I love coming of age novels, especially about girls. I loved the form of this book. Three coming of age stories, jumping from adolescence to adult hoo...more
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Mar 25, 2014
The Cradle
This book was a complete surprise and such a good one. I loved it.

I am glad that Patrick Somerville got a bad review in the New York Tims for his new...more
Jul 13, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
This Must Be the Place
This book was leant to me. I read it and it was easy to read but the wheels of the plot turning were a bit painful. I felt it all coming on -- and the...more
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Mar 04, 2013
The Summer Without Men
In the middle of the novel, Mia, the narrator, addresses the reader. She thanks the reader for bearing with her. She kisses her reader. I loved this....more
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Oct 12, 2011
Lost in the Forest
I never think of Sue Miller as a favorite writer but whenever I see a novel by her at the library or a used book store -- this time an Angelican Churc...more
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Nov 22, 2011
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