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Left Neglected
3.95
really liked it
Barnes & Noble are return Nazis. When I tried to return a Christmas gift for store credit (no receipt - it was a gift), the clerk was quite nasty ...more
Jan 05, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
Muhammad
4.12
really liked it
I've been on a quest to read more about Islam, (so I will not be an absolute ignoramus about it, as Americans are often accused of being.). I've read ...more
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
 
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
3.61
it was ok
In the end, it's really all about her.

Okay, I get it: it's a memoir. I hate it when I have nothing nice to say about a memoir, because I feel like I'm
...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
 
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
3.95
really liked it
You know what I have really missed in my life? A Librarian. Not a librarian, small l, but a Librarian - that mystical, magical woman who watches what ...more
not set
Mar 24, 2009
 
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
3.39
really liked it
When I read Eat, Pray, Love a couple of years ago, I remember thinking to myself: "Elizabeth Gilbert is hilarious and sweet and very, very interesting ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
 
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
3.19
liked it
Sometimes I really, really want to like a book. I really wanted to love "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," because the lovely Sherry H so kindly ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
 
Same Kind of Different as Me
4.22
liked it
The first thing I noticed about this book is that it was reviewed by Barbara Bush, and her review made me throw up in my mouth a little. (In case anyb ...more
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
 
Gourmet Rhapsody
3.21
really liked it
I know this is my pre-teen, Nancy-Drew-loving self that is saying this, but I will say it anyway: I hope Muriel Barbery writes a book about EVERY SING ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
 
Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal
3.12
it was ok
Geez Louise. When I read the blurb of this book (it's a memoir of a woman who, after her husband's sudden death, discovers that he was a serial cheate ...more
Jul 07, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness
4.20
did not like it
When I heard that my city was going to read this book (One Book, One Community), gosh, I got all excited. People with chronic mental illness suffer so ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
3.92
liked it
Well, gosh, this was kind of disappointing, and I'm not sure why. Gail Caldwell's memoir of her long, tender friendship with Carolyn seems to have all ...more
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
 
Tamsin
4.00
it was amazing
Sometimes I forget about Peter Beagle, because I don't actually read that much fantasy. He wrote, of course, the fantasy classic "The Last Unicorn," w ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2009
 
Losing Mum and Pup
3.82
really liked it
Christopher Buckley was the only son of the Messiah of Conservatism, William F. Buckley, and his wife, the style icon and socialite Pat Buckley. When ...more
Jul 07, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
The Help
4.45
liked it
Okay, here's the deal: I am just not a big fan of "Our black maid raised me and we were just like mother and daughter." I'm sorry, but the experience ...more
Feb 20, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
 
A Civil Contract
3.72
really liked it
Aww, Georgette Heyer. How come I never review her books? I became a huge Heyer fan in my romantic teens, and I have to say, her books never pall; if a ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
 
The Sea Hawk
4.03
really liked it
Rafael Sabatini! Oh, this generation doesn't even KNOW. This is a classic swashbuckling novel by the author of Captain Blood, and it is deliciously ov ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
 
The New Yorkers
3.26
it was ok
Meh. I hoped for better things with this book, because I liked the premise: a group of New Yorkers who become a community because of their dogs. Becau ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
 
Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir
3.71
it was amazing
"Donna, I don't know if you're going to the funeral, but I hear Daddy is gonna try to raise Randall from the dead. Call me."

That's the opening line of
...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom but Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side
2.91
liked it
Oh, I was so eager to get this book! Mommy wars fascinate me, and the Tiger Mother controversy was a particularly fierce-fought battle. Kim Wong Keltn ...more
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
 
The Anthologist
3.76
it was amazing
Well, this may be the most delightful book I have read this year.

Paul Chowder's life isn't going particularly well. Sometime poet and current antholo
...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
 
Dream Boy
3.92
really liked it
Wow, I don't know what to make of this. I heard about it on NPR; the commentator, a gay man, said he wished he had had this book when he was a teenage ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
The Long Goodbye
3.91
it was amazing
First of all, you should know that Meghan O'Rourke writes like an angel.

I am a fan of the memoir, and of course I have read those two iconic journals
...more
Apr 14, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
 
Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers
3.15
it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book! Because, what's not to like? Victorian spinsters chucking their restricted lives of drudgery to their pompous men ...more
Jun 02, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
 
The Cost of Hope: A Memoir
3.90
really liked it
Whoa. Whoa. Okay, that HAS to be the most peculiar pair of lovers ever to pack their house with bagpipe chanters, Arabic flash cards, Chinese literatu ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
 
The Queen of the Tambourine
3.56
it was amazing
Every now and then I have a craving to read something that is beautifully crafted, a book that is all lovely words. I heard about Jane Gardam on NPR(I ...more
Oct 31, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.74
it was amazing
I don't think I have ranted about reading things in translation in this space: the short version is, I hate reading things in translation, and I try n ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
 
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
3.57
liked it
I will confess that this surprised me a bit. Based on the blurb, I thought I would be reading a rather cheery book...until I read the opening scene, w ...more
not set
Aug 16, 2012
 
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness
3.99
liked it
It's interesting: I think I read this book several years ago (although it is possible I read THROUGH THE NARROW GATE, her previous memoir, instead). I ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
 
City of Thieves
4.28
it was amazing
This may be the only time in my life you will hear this: I regretted reading the end of this novel first. Usually reading the end first enhances my re ...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 09, 2010
 
26a
3.47
it was ok
Disappointing. This is the second Orange Award book I have read, and I'm starting to wonder if my literary tastes are simply so American than I cannot ...more
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
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