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Jgknobler rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
Dissident Gardens
by Jonathan Lethem
read in June, 2015
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A disappointing and dull novel which I liked a little bit more after I realized it is really a collection of short stories. Which is to say this book is long on unpleasant characters and short on plot. The central character is a strong but obnoxious ...more
Jgknobler rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
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An undocumented Chinese immigrant woman and a PTSD-addled former US soldier meet in NY and have an unlikely romance. This is a tough book to read--bad things happen--and really only one of the characters-the hardworking Chinese woman--is sympathetic. ...more
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The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice  Miller
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A friend recommended this to me years ago, and I probably meet the criteria for both a child who tried to help my wounded mother and a mother trying to use my children for my own emotional gain. But I found this book very unhelpful. Miller has but on ...more
Jgknobler rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
Juliet, Naked
by Nick Hornby
read in June, 2015
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This has the usual Hornby characters--a man obsessed with a former singer-songwriter, a woman growing tired of her singer-songwriter- obsessed boyfriend--and is written with characteristic wit and insight.
Jgknobler rated a book 3 of 5 stars
NW by Zadie Smith
NW
by Zadie Smith
read in June, 2015
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I don't remember thinking that previous novels by Zadie Smith were confusing and difficult to read. In this one, she follows several characters who grew up in a London housing project--or council estate, as they are apparently called in England--and ...more
Jgknobler rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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This is an old-fashioned sort of book, set in a small liberal arts college in the midwest, and focusing on some members of the baseball team as well as the college president. Harbach makes you care about his characters and I found the tension over ho ...more
Jgknobler rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Doctor Sleep by Madison Smartt Bell
Doctor Sleep
by Madison Smartt Bell
read in June, 2015
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An American hypnotherapist in London suffers from chronic insomnia and somehow gets involved with a bunch of gangsters. Bell's writing is smooth and appealing, and generally I find anything written in the first person to be convincing, but the plot h ...more
Jgknobler rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Orange Is the New Black
by Piper Kerman
read in January, 2015
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OK, not as good as the TV show, but nevertheless an engrossing story, and what an accomplishment to write this after the stupidity and thoughtlessness of playing a part in the drug trade and the humiliation of a year in prison.
Jgknobler rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Four of a Kind by Valerie Frankel
Four of a Kind
by Valerie Frankel
read in January, 2015
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I always like to read books that take place in my own neighborhood, and this one imagines a "Diversity Committee" at the school my own kids attended. In fact, I used to be on that committee, and we were a serious and thoughtful group who sure as hell ...more
Jgknobler rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Mrs. Ames by E.F. Benson
Mrs. Ames
by E.F. Benson
read in January, 2015
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Published in 1912, this is set in a small town in England and is a social satire with a witty, arch, campy tone. While initially it appears to be about a competitive battle between a self-confident woman and a jealous rival over who can give the best ...more
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