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The Post-Birthday World
3.52
it was ok
Great Premise with Unlikable Results

Being a fan of Lionel Shriver's previous novel, "We Need to Talk about Kevin", I was thrilled to find that she h
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Mar 21, 2007
Apr 24, 2008
 
Half-Blood Blues
3.63
it was amazing
"That was why I come. Not to find a friend, but to finally, and forever, lose one."

The downside of being an avid reader is that you can go through a g
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Feb 06, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
4.26
it was amazing
"Those who are made can be unmade."

Let's begin with an admission: I have an extremely love-hate relationship with Wolf Hall, the Booker Prize-winning
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Apr 13, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
Forever
3.93
it was ok
This was not the book that I expected it to be. Every plot summary of this novel describes it as a history of New York City as experienced by a man wh ...more
Aug 04, 2007
Apr 24, 2008
 
Out Stealing Horses
3.79
liked it
Sumptuous Prose, but Largely Redundant

Picking up this novel (translated from its original Norwegian), it is easy to understand why “Out Stealing Hor
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Feb 08, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
Run
3.53
it was ok
Ann Patchett’s “Run” explores the concepts of race, religion, class and, most importantly, family through the eyes of a pair of families over a twenty ...more
Aug 2007
Apr 19, 2008
 
The Woman Upstairs
3.31
it was amazing
"I want to make my nothingness count."

First, I should tell you that Claire Messud and I have a complicated history. To be blunt: I hated her last book
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Apr 28, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.89
it was amazing
“I did all I could and it still wasn’t enough.”

“You really want to know what being an X-Man feels like? Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a co
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Sep 29, 2007
Apr 08, 2008
 
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
3.73
liked it
“Disaster’s always best when it’s on a grand scale.”

… and the scale certainly is grand in Tom Robbins’ rollicking riot of a novel. It opens with the
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Aug 21, 2007
Apr 18, 2008
 
The Story of Forgetting
3.66
really liked it
“Could there be anything more sad and more lonely than remembering what terrible things the future will bring?”

In his ambitious debut novel Stefan M
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May 11, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
 
All That Is
3.35
liked it
“There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.”

Hmmm.
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Dec 11, 2013
Dec 03, 2013
 
Netherland
3.40
really liked it
“How do you re-imagine your life?”

When I first read about “Netherland” it was presented as a 9/11 novel. This is not entirely the case. In fact, 9/1
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Jan 2009
May 21, 2008
 
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
2.96
it was ok
“An Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England” is the odyssey of Sam Pulsifer, a perpetual but completely accidental ne’er do well. His life s ...more
Sep 05, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
 
Knockemstiff
3.97
it was amazing
“Forgetting our lives might be the best we’ll ever do."

The stories found In “Knockemstiff,” Donald Ray Pollock’s raw and powerful literary debut, ar
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May 15, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
 
This Is How You Lose Her
3.75
it was amazing
"This is what I know: people's hopes go on forever."

I'm going to be blunt here: if This is How You Lose Her isn't already on your reading list, add it
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Jul 04, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
One Day
3.77
it was ok
Not Quite When Harry Met Sally
One thing is certain: David Nicholls is an adept humor writer. There are plenty of amusing moments and sharp one-liners
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Jul 19, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
 
The People in the Trees
3.64
it was amazing
Hanya Yanagihara is truly a literary talent to watch for. The People in the Trees, her debut novel, is a disquieting, affecting, gorgeously written ta ...more
Dec 28, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
 
Room
4.03
really liked it
"People are locked up in all sorts of ways."

One of my common gripes as an avid reader is that there are so many books out there that are utterly fam
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Aug 23, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
 
Then We Came to the End
3.45
it was amazing
“Do you realize how insane we’ve all become?”

In the post-Dilbert world of “The Office,” examinations of the everyday absurdities and indignities of
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Dec 17, 2007
Apr 24, 2008
 
Homegoing
4.41
it was amazing
Two half-sisters arrive at a castle on the coast of Ghana in the 1700's. One is the wife of the white commander and lives above. One has been kidnappe ...more
Sep 02, 2016
Aug 26, 2016
 
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
4.26
it was amazing
"You never know what's in a person's heart until they're tested, do you?"

I've been a fan of the movie adaptation Fried Green Tomatoes for a great many
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Jul 11, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
 
A Little Life
4.27
it was ok
"...things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to com ...more
Jan 18, 2016
Dec 14, 2015
 
LaRose
3.87
it was ok
“Getting blown up happened in an instant; getting put together took the rest of your life.”

Louise Erdrich has made a career out of writing novels abou
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May 26, 2016
May 15, 2016
 
Full Circle
4.08
it was amazing
Ned Brummel, a history professor living in Maine with his partner of 12 years, is sent on a trip down memory lane when he receives word that an old fr ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
 
Dept. of Speculation
3.72
it was amazing
“The only love that feels like love is the doomed kind. (Fun fact.)”

Dept. of Speculation first caught my eye when The New York Times Book Review calle
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Apr 03, 2015
Apr 02, 2015
 
The Leftovers
3.38
really liked it
“There's not some finite amount of pain inside us. Our bodies and minds just keep manufacturing more of it."

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to re-use t
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Aug 04, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
 
Fourth of July Creek
3.83
liked it
"The world is a blade and dread is hope cut open and spread inside out."

I was really excited to read this book for a couple of reasons. First, it has
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Aug 20, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
 
Call Me by Your Name
4.14
it was amazing
"Between always and never."

Here we have a rather intense exploration of desire and passion masquerading as a coming of age story. Conflating the two t
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Dec 11, 2010
Dec 01, 2010
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
it was amazing
"Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever."

At the risk of overstating things, All the Light We Cannot See is far and aw
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Mar 07, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
3.59
really liked it
This book shows that Arundhati Roy's gift for captivating stories has not diminished since The God of Small Things almost twenty years ago. Ministry i ...more
Aug 11, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
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