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Cutting for Stone
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
Izzy's Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust
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
Still Alice
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
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
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...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
The Catcher in the Rye
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 Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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
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 (The Ender Quintet, #1)
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
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
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
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
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 Newlyweds
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
The Signature of All Things
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
The Book Thief
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
A Hardboiled Murder: An Aggie Underhill Mystery
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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
West with the Night
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
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
This is my second time reading this one. I read it several years ago then suggested it for a bookgroup, so I read it again to refresh my memory. It is...more
Apr 20, 2008
Mar 20, 2008
A Moveable Feast
My bookgroup read this in conjunction with The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, a fictional account of Hemingway's relationship with his first wife during...more
Sep 10, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife
Well, the good news is that I'm not going to worry so much about my occasional memory lapses. Apparently this affects many if not most people "in midl...more
Apr 03, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
I learned more about football from this book than I ever wanted to, but it was mostly painless. This story of a young man given a chance at a privileg...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
How to Be a Woman
This was described to me as reminiscent of both Tina Fey's Bossypants and Bridget Jones' Diary. I guess you could say that. Caitlin Moran pulls no pun...more
May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013
The Inner Circle
Not bad. I'm not really into political thrillers, although I've ended up reading a few lately for various book groups. This one centered on events in...more
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
The Optimist's Daughter
I'm not sure I really "got" this book. I will be interested in the discussion at bookgroup later. I didn't dislike it, I guess I just didn't see the p...more
Feb 08, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
Behind the Kitchen Door
An eye-opening book about how poorly restaurant workers are often treated and paid. There has been a lot in the news lately about raising the minimum...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
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