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Gap Creek
3.72
it was amazing
I loved this book. I selected it to read because my public library's website said that if you liked "These is My Words", you would like this one. Howe ...more
Aug 05, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
 
The Stone Diaries
3.85
it was ok
I didn't like this book, but it was mostly because I didn't like the main character and her lack of personal substance. She never, ever, even once, fe ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
 
Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer
4.03
it was amazing
This was not my first read from Naslund, nor will it be my last.

I loved this book! I'll address some of the other readers complaints to start.

The st
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Mar 17, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
 
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
3.84
did not like it
I could not finish this book. For the most part, every page was a chore. The few times there was a story relayed from the husband's Civil War experien ...more
Aug 26, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
 
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
4.13
it was amazing
This was a GREAT book for anyone who wants to learn about the way animals process information - and as a bonus, you learn about how humans do as well. ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
 
Dragon Seed
4.05
liked it
While this will never be one of my all time favorites, especially in comparison to Buck's The Good Earth, it was a worthy book. I did not like the end ...more
Feb 25, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
 
Oh Danny Boy (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #5)
3.96
did not like it
I didn't enjoy this book. I managed for force myself to read about half of it, and finally gave it up.

In my opinion, this author has little talent. I
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Nov 2008
Oct 01, 2008
 
Jewel
3.65
liked it
Lott does a terrific job with this book. The story essentially covers the entire life of the main character, Jewel, but the author does so in a way th ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
 
From Sea to Shining Sea
4.26
it was ok
This is my least favorite of Thom's books so far. This novel follows the lives of the Clarks in early America. I found the depiction of the family, pa ...more
Nov 28, 2009
Dec 16, 2008
 
Breaking The Tongue: A Novel
3.75
it was amazing
This book is brilliantly written. I have been trying to think of how to describe her style; structurally, she in some ways reminds me of Amy Tan, and ...more
Dec 12, 2008
Dec 06, 2008
 
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
3.88
it was amazing
Another page-turner from Lisa See. This book had a very different feel from Peony and Snow Flower, and in some ways actually reminded me more of an Am ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Mar 02, 2009
 
Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party
4.08
it was amazing
This book was fascinating. I was not familiar with the Donner Party's ordeal until I heard some snippets from this book on NPR a few times (mostly fro ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
This Rock
3.68
really liked it
I could hardly put this book down, but at times found it sad and a bit depressing. It ends well enough, but this isn't one of those books in which the ...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
 
In the Presence of Horses
3.32
it was ok
This book was terribly sullen and hollow. The main character has a tremendous amount of baggage with which she does not deal, but instead tries to eva ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
 
Russian Winter
3.75
it was amazing
I loved this book. Russian Winter was my first read from this author, and I found it very pleasing. From beginning to end I was entertained and engage ...more
Feb 09, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
 
Red Azalea
3.84
it was ok
I found the author's voice often felt choppy and a bit disjointed, particularly in the beginning of this book. It was actually distracting to me for t ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
My Ántonia (Great Plains Trilogy, #3)
3.77
really liked it
This is a beautifully written book. I actually preferred the novel Shadows on the Rock by the same author, but I did love My Antonia and look forward ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
 
The Signature of All Things
3.82
it was amazing
What a delicious, beautiful exploration of our humanness. This is my first read from Elizabeth Gilbert, and I hope she has other gems for me to discov ...more
Apr 09, 2016
Mar 20, 2016
 
Long Knife
4.25
really liked it
While Thom has written other books I enjoyed more, this book was informational and interesting throughout. I actually read this some years ago and had ...more
Dec 06, 2008
not set
Nov 17, 2008
 
The Book of Ballads
3.95
did not like it
I picked this book because I saw on a website that it contained a short story by Sharyn McCrumb. It isn't really a book of short stories, though - mor ...more
Sep 2008
Jul 08, 2008
 
Pug Hill
3.27
really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While I can't say it's the best piece of literature I've ever read, it was highly entertaining. I received this book a ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)
4.09
Oh, my. I do love historical fiction... but this one is a struggle for me so far. After about a week of reading a few minutes here and there, I'm on p ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Dec 22, 2011
 
Shadows on the Rock
3.98
it was amazing
I picked up this book for a few cents at a used bookstore, then set it aside for a while. I actually thought I might be bored; it isn't the sort of hi ...more
Sep 2010
Jan 03, 2011
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.06
it was amazing
Like all the books I find that I truly love, the ones I can hardly stand to put down and feel so bittersweet about finishing, this is a story about wh ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Dec 09, 2008
 
Clara: The Early Years: The Story of the Pug Who Ruled My Life
4.03
really liked it
Don't be deceived - this book is more about the author's adoption of a child from Russia than about the dog, although Clara is an important part. Very ...more
Jan 2000
Jun 03, 2008
 
Madame Bovary
3.65
really liked it
I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. I generally don't like novels about affairs, but I did enjoy the author's voice very much. I also fou ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
 
O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy, #1)
3.85
liked it
Of the books I've read from this author, this is my least favorite so far. As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed the author's voice. However, I found the sto ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
 
Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
2.78
really liked it
I didn't love this like I loved the author's first novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. But it was interesting if you like books that offe ...more
Dec 02, 2017
Nov 01, 2017
 
Bluegrass
3.63
it was ok
I hadn't read anything from this author before, and it was marginally entertaining, for the most part. I didn't like about 25% of the book at all, but ...more
Apr 23, 2016
Apr 18, 2016
 
The Wind in the Willows
3.98
it was amazing
This book was big fun. In spite of being a children's book, I found the story carried me along well, and I enjoyed getting to know the characters.

The
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Feb 13, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
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