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Station Eleven
4.02
it was amazing
It has been a long time since I have loved a book this much.
Sep 08, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.05
it was amazing
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
 
The Paying Guests
3.39
I am an enormous Sarah Waters fan. I have given Fingersmith to so many friends, I think it is the best plotted novel I have ever ever read. I felt so ...more
not set
Apr 05, 2015
 
The Unseen World
4.15
it was amazing
My mother gave me a copy of The Unseen World even before she finished it, because she loved it so much. Another writer, Robin Black, had told me this ...more
not set
Jan 30, 2017
 
The Goldfinch
3.87
it was amazing
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
 
Friendship
3.08
it was amazing
Hey Emily Gould, you stole my entire Sunday. I was having one of those unambitious days, not knowing what should I do. I went for a run. I ran too far ...more
not set
Oct 07, 2014
 
Sarah Conley
3.43
really liked it
I bought this at a used bookstore for three dollars, happy to discover an old Ellen Gilchrist novel I had never read before. It turned out this was so ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2015
 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
3.82
really liked it
Haruki Murakami writes a new novel, it seems like I can't help myself. I go out and buy it and I feel happy. I was hoping for limited edition stickers ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2014
 
California
3.22
it was amazing
It's a sinister place, this dystopian future Ean Lepucki imagined. I wouldn't want to live there. I got lost in this book for a week though -- and I l ...more
not set
Jun 05, 2014
 
The Wonder Bread Summer
2.98
it was amazing
Funny -- and for a book that centers around a big bag full of cocaine -- surprisingly sweet. Loved reading this.
not set
May 29, 2013
 
Astonish Me
3.57
it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2015
Apr 10, 2014
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.90
it was amazing
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
not set
Aug 16, 2012
 
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
4.48
it was amazing
Wow. Often this book was difficult to read and I can only imagine how difficult it was to put on paper and then put out into the world. I the love the ...more
not set
Apr 29, 2017
 
Life Drawing
3.67
it was amazing
Robin Black is the kind of writer where I often want to stop after a sentence, just to reread it. I feel like the author knows things about life and t ...more
not set
Aug 08, 2013
 
Living in the Weather of the World: Stories
4.02
it was amazing
It felt really good to read these Richard Bausch stories. Honestly, in this time of political madness, I wonder what am I supposed to write about. And ...more
not set
May 14, 2017
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.93
really liked it
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
 
Summerlong
3.40
it was amazing
Strange, this book made me want to live in Iowa and go to Grinnell. Because I wanted to go to be able to go to meet ABC and Charlie Gulliver and have ...more
Dec 11, 2015
Nov 04, 2015
 
It Chooses You
3.87
it was amazing
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
 
Arcadia
3.64
it was amazing
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
not set
Jun 14, 2012
 
Heft
3.96
it was amazing
I went on a reading bender yesterday. I just didn't want to do the work that I had to do. Instead, I wanted to read about Kel after he finds his mothe ...more
not set
Mar 30, 2017
 
The Veins of the Ocean
3.79
it was amazing
One of the things I love about fiction is a book taking you to a place that I had never imagined. Like what it would be like if your beloved older bro ...more
not set
Nov 05, 2016
 
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
3.59
it was amazing
I discovered this book in a beach house and so, I read this book on the beach. And did not stop reading. I loved this retelling of Jane Eyre. I wish I ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2015
 
The Almond Tree
4.11
it was amazing
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
not set
Jan 11, 2013
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.27
it was amazing
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
 
City of Thieves
4.28
it was amazing
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
 
This Must Be the Place
3.13
it was ok
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
not set
Mar 04, 2013
 
Are You My Mother?
3.66
really liked it
I had a dream, after finishing this book, that I went to a some kind of conference and Alison Bechdel was my roommate and I stuck to her very closely. ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
 
Fame Shark
4.31
it was amazing
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
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Sep 07, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.04
really liked it
I read this book, to the end, and as Peter says: Now it is war. I am not big on battles even if the battles are well done. I liked Amy a lot. I wish t ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
 
Just Kids
4.14
it was amazing
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
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