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Izzy's Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust
really liked it
I chose this book because Jay Ipson, the founder of the Virginia Holocaust Museum and the son of the Izzy of the book's title, will be speaking at my ...more
May 16, 2010
May 10, 2010
Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)
really liked it
It took me a chapter or two to get into Bradbury's writing style, at which point I began to enjoy the book. This one is different from the Bradbury I ...more
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 22, 2016
Cutting for Stone
really liked it
The story of twin boys born to a nursing sister (nun) in an Ethiopian hospital. Their mother dies in childbirth and their father, the hospital's surge ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Mar 07, 2010
She's Come Undone
really liked it
This was not what I was expecting. Descriptions included the terms "comical" and "hilarious". Um, no. The narrator, Delores, lives a life where bad th ...more
Oct 29, 2015
Dec 22, 2014
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)
it was amazing
Very enjoyable book about a professor with Asberger's who designs a very detailed questionnaire to help him find a wife, but gets sidetracked by the v ...more
Apr 23, 2016
Jan 17, 2014
Still Alice
it was amazing
A great but heart-rending book. Alice, a psychology professor and conference speaker, discovers that at age 50, she is developing early-onset Alzheime ...more
Feb 02, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
House Rules
liked it
I enjoyed this enough to give it four stars, except for one major quibble (and this was shared by almost everyone in my bookgroup): Why didn't anyone ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
Girl in Translation
really liked it
4.5 stars.
I really liked this one. The author drew on her own experiences to tell this story of a young girl who emigrated to New York from Hong Kong
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
it was amazing
Wow - this is one of the best books I've read in a while. It was a church book club selection, and I usually don't participate, but I read the descrip ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
The Catcher in the Rye
it was ok
I never read this in high school, and maybe it would have been more appealing then, but I really did not enjoy it. I would not have finished it if it ...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
really liked it
Enjoyed this one. Charming story of a stuck-in-the-mud bookstore owner whose life changes when a baby is abandoned in his store.
Jul 04, 2015
Jul 07, 2015
Never Let Me Go
really liked it
Intriguing book that raises questions about cloning and the role of privilege.
May 06, 2015
Apr 28, 2015
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
it was amazing
I missed the bookgroup discussion of this, but it didn't matter. I LOVED this book. I was expecting it to be interesting-ish based on the write-ups an ...more
Dec 19, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
Salvage the Bones
it was amazing
Hard-hitting, brutal in parts, this is not a book that I would have picked up on my own. It takes place in coastal Louisiana right before Katrina hit. ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
really liked it
I first read this several years ago, but re-read it for the book group. I enjoyed the author's introduction, which was written for a re-issue of the b ...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
it was amazing
This is 4.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because I really liked the book. It's mostly about retired Major Pettigrew, who lives in a small English villag ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
really liked it
A fascinating look at living with schizophrenia. The author had many, mostly bad, experiences as the disease took hold of her mind, worsening as she w ...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
The Signature of All Things
liked it
I'll start by saying that this is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Gilbert. Since I was reading the Kindle version, I really didn't realize jus ...more
Mar 17, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
Evening Class
it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book. I've never read Maeve Binchy before, but this won't be the last one. The story revolves around Signora, a native Dublin ...more
Dec 10, 2016
Dec 11, 2016
The Book Thief
liked it
This is promoted as a YA novel, but it was quite well-received by my bookgroup, some of whom wondered why it was labeled YA. It's probably because the ...more
May 10, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
The Newlyweds
liked it
This story of a Bangladeshi Muslim woman who marries an American man that she met through an internet dating site had its interesting moments. The des ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
A Hardboiled Murder: An Aggie Underhill Mystery (A quirky, comical adventure): An Aggie Underhill Mystery
liked it
The story, a cozy-type mystery, was reasonably entertaining, but the typos (plenty of unnecessary apostrophes and some incorrect homonyms) were distra ...more
Jul 13, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #1)
liked it
This would have made a good beach read. Charles Lenox is a Victorian gentleman who is also an amateur (but very good) detective. His childhood friend ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
In the Shadow of the Banyan
really liked it
A very interesting read. Based on the author's life, the story follows Raami, a 7-year-old from a privileged family in Cambodia during the time of the ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jul 06, 2013
Bel Canto
liked it
I didn't really love this one. It started off kind of slowly, then there were sections of the middle to the end where I couldn't put it down, and then ...more
Mar 19, 2010
Mar 07, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
really liked it
I give this one 4 1/2 stars. I had a bit of trouble getting going with it, but once into it, I couldn't put it down! The story has elements of a locke ...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 25, 2009
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
it was amazing
I give this one 4.5 stars. I really liked it. It took a while to figure out what was going on. There are several different narrators, several time per ...more
Jun 11, 2010
May 19, 2010
really liked it
In 1950's Ireland, a young girl grows up in the shadow of her popular older sister, expecting to spend the rest of her life in her small town caring f ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
The Girl on the Train
really liked it
I liked this one more than I thought I would. Once I figured out the flow of the book (some of the chapters were told from a different time frame), I ...more
Feb 22, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
West with the Night
really liked it
I would not have chosen this book if it had not been a bookgroup selection, but I enjoyed reading it. It is well written, with a fascinating look at g ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
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