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Like Water for Chocolate
3.94
it was amazing
This now classic book is an exercise in passion for romance and food, sometimes the food builds the passion, other times it adds to the heartsickness. ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.86
it was amazing
Joan Didion lost her husband, John Dunne, from a coronary in 2003. To add illness, literally, to injury, his death occurred right after their only dau ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
Wines & Spirits Looking Behind The Label
4.08
it was amazing
You haven't seen much of me here since I've devoted myself "full time to wine". Too busy writing for two blogs and a magazine, going to and planning e ...more
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Sep 26, 2010
 
The Inheritance of Loss
3.41
really liked it
This one is not a debut – it’s actually the second for this second generation Indian writer (Her mother is Anita Desai). It’s 1980’s India, deep in th ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
The Glass Castle
4.24
really liked it
Hard to resist the start of Walls’s memoir as she describes spotting her homeless mother rooting through a dumpster while she herself is dressed to th ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
4.12
it was amazing
Before the book and subsequent film Into The Wild, Into Thin Air was Krakuer’s personal account of the catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest in Mar ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
4.19
it was amazing
First and foremost, anyone can enjoy some remarkable history by having it read to us! Secondly, it won the National Book Award! Thirdly, it can make t ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.51
it was amazing
Midlife crisis happens at thirty-one for Gilbert. In a cathartic moment crying on her floor for no apparent reason, she realizes that her happy marria ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
A Fine Balance
4.34
it was amazing
In a State of Emergency, called by the Indian government in 1975, four virtual strangers are forced together for protection, food and, a very possible ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
Interpreter of Maladies
4.12
it was amazing
This debut work, international best seller and Pulitzer Prize winner, introduced me to my love for Indian writers. Reading it on a plane trip I recall ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
Daughter of Fortune
3.89
really liked it
A romantic historical novel, bordering almost too much for my tastes on romance over history, it briefly visits four cultures: English, Chilean, Chine ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
Love in the Time of Cholera
3.89
it was amazing
Love in the time of Cholera Florentino, the boy, sees Fermina, the girl, and falls in love. Like Romeo and Juliet, it is not to be as they are forced ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
Before Night Falls
4.16
it was amazing
The autobiography of an exiled Cuban writer stricken with AIDS is outstanding, as it should be for his weighty talent. We read of Arenas childhood in ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
March
3.74
it was amazing
Brooks is also known for a more recent work, March. If you are a Little Women fan then this is the golden ticket for you. What was Mr. March truly doi ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
The Secret Life of Bees
4.02
it was amazing
It’s the US in 1964, when the rich southern accent of Lamia takes us to South Carolina and introduces 14 year-old Lily. Lily has run away from the abu ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
Family Matters
3.99
really liked it
How a family manages its patriarch stricken with Parkinson’s disease is sad in its truthful telling. Set during 1990s Bombay, the father’s illness is ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
3.68
it was amazing
Like reading “the making of” I Love Lucy, brothers Cesar and Nestor Castillo come to New York City from Cuba, to easily sweep us into 1949 with their ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
The Death of Vishnu
3.62
it was amazing
Another first novel, the story is about lazy alcoholic Vishnu, who lies dying on the first floor landing of the Bombay apartment building for which he ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
Birds Without Wings
4.16
it was amazing
Greeks, Turks, Armenians, both Muslim and Christian, are friends and lovers, in the same town in Turkey until war starts. This epic story (The longer ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
Bel Canto
3.92
it was amazing
In another work, Rhonda Fleming’s biography, she thanks author Ann Patchett. I wanted to read Flemings book only because of this work by Ann Patchett. ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
4.04
it was amazing
“On April 14, 1935, the biggest dust storm on record descended over five states, from the Dakotas to Amarillo, Texas.” How did that happen? And how ma ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.99
it was amazing
During the 1893 Chicago World's Fair Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect in charge of the fair, and H.H. Holmes, a s ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
3.65
it was amazing
Epron spots a homeless woman on the street and writes that she is only five beauty treatments away from looking just like her. That the new fifty look ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
4.21
it was amazing
Dr. Paul Farmer left behind most of his life in America to diagnose and cure infectious diseases in third world countries. Building medical facilities ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
Truth and Beauty
3.94
it was amazing
Another dual main character story this time combining Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless telegraphy, with Hawley Crippen, a seemingly shy doc ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
A Deeper Sleep (Kate Shugak, #15)
4.13
it was amazing
I love Kate Shugak! And I get a chance to fell the landscape of Alaska without leaving California...
Dec 09, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
 
The Snake Charmer: A Novel
3.37
it was amazing
Another debut tells the tale of a snake charmer, that, angry over a snake bite, bites and kills his snake. Consumed by guilt and nightmares he tries t ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
The Kite Runner
4.26
it was amazing
Hosseini reads his life-spanning book of “Af-wan” boys running kite races in Afghanistan to immigrant men working swap meets in America. Here, too, is ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.70
it was amazing
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
 
Middlesex
3.98
it was amazing
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency ...more
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Mar 22, 2008
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