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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Lila (Gilead, #3)
by Marilynne Robinson
read in December, 2014
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This prequel to Gilead left me feeling ho-hum. I cared about the story of Lila and Preacher Ames. It had a sweetness to it that was hard to resist. This author can paint midwestern scenes with poetic prose.I clearly imagined Lila's life as a feral ch ...more
Us by David Nicholls
Us
by David Nicholls
read in December, 2014
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How the passage of time and the addition of children affects marriage/love is a well worn conceit. David Nicholls, a talented British writer and actor, makes it fresh. The story is told from Douglas's (husband/father) quirky point of view and never r ...more
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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
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I'm so glad I read this book. It allowed me to base my objection to the death penalty on more than pure emotion.
Stevenson is an amazing lawyer dedicated to speaking for those without voices. He does this with eloquence and a selflessness that was bo
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
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I waited a week or so to rate this book because I felt the need to let it percolate. Then I realized that I truly loved this quirky little book. I don't have any strict critical guidelines for my ratings, just my subjective reaction. Many books annoy ...more
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles Blow
Fire Shut Up in My Bones
by Charles Blow (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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I guess it would be pretty lame for me to start by saying that this memoir was beautifully written. After all the author is a columnist for NYT and they aren't know for taking slackers. But it is--lyrical at times, gut wrenchingly honest, psychologic ...more
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
Nora Webster
by Colm Tóibín
read in October, 2014
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Colm Toibin is one of my favorite authors. He does not bring high drama to the page but deftly paints his characters one tiny brush stroke at a time. His unassuming prose allows me to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. His characters, such as No ...more
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
The Book of Unknown Americans
by Cristina Henriquez (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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One of the things that initially drew me to this book is that it takes place in my hometown of Newark, Delaware. Throughout I enjoyed references to local landmarks such as Bings Bakery and Newark Newsstand. However, as Henriquez gently revealed the c ...more
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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Every once in a while an amazing thing happens. A book transports me beyond the plot into a magical place where I am enmeshed with the story. I no longer question any choices the author makes; I just want to go along for the ride. This is one of thos ...more
Stress Fracture by Tara Meissner
Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis
by Tara Meissner (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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Several times a year I just have to read a book about mental illness. I am always ready to explore that fine line between sanity and insanity. I grew up in fear of causing my mother another nervous breakdown. She had them regularly and I was usually ...more
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