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The Gargoyle
it was amazing
This is a most unusual tale. It is the love story of a severely burned ex-porn star and a schizophrenic sculptor on it's surface. Which is interesting ...more
Aug 30, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Handle with Care
it was amazing
I haven't read anything by Picoult in a few years, and I had forgotten how brilliant she is at blending multiple voices throughout a hefty, impressive ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
The 19th Wife
really liked it
This book is rather unusual because it's actually two books in one. One of the books is a well researched historical fiction novel about Ann Eliza You ...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
The Art of Racing in the Rain
it was amazing
This book is a heartbreaking, can't-put-it-down treasure. The story is told by the family dog, Enzo, who is highly evolved and intellectual and prepar ...more
Mar 2008
May 12, 2008
The School of Essential Ingredients
it was amazing
***oops--I misposted this review with the wrong book earlier this week. Sorry! I'm blaming holiday craziness!

This is a glorious book. It's about food
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
it was amazing

This book smashed into my heart like no other, and I freely admit that I sobbed uncontrollably through the last 25 pages or so. This is a story of gre
May 25, 2011
May 29, 2011
Little Face (Spilling CID, #1)
it was amazing
If you like crime drama and psychological suspsense, don't miss this book. This is a magical onion kind of book--the surface is nothing like the cente ...more
Jun 13, 2008
May 22, 2008
A Reliable Wife
really liked it
This book, the #1 IndieNext list pick for April 2009, is an infinite loop of love turning to hate and hate turning to love and what all that kinetic p ...more
Apr 07, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
The Household Guide to Dying
it was amazing
Don't let the title fool you, or at least read the whole title, which continues "a novel about life". Because that's certainly what it is. The main ch ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
really liked it
One day Laura Schroff, a busy ad exec, was walking down a street and barely registered a small boy ask her "Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare cha ...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Raven Stole the Moon
it was amazing
This is a slightly updated re-release of Stein's first novel originally published in 1996 and out of print for some time. Don't expect any Enzo-like c ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death
really liked it
I spent 3+ years a decade and a half ago taking care of my dying mother. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book--it was a difficult time that I'm ge ...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
it was amazing
70 authors came together to tell their stories. Most are about being bullied. Some are
about being the bully. Some are about not stopping a bully or he
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
A Fortunate Age
did not like it
The folks at Scribner are really excited by this debut novel. IndieNext is really excited about this book. Me--not so much actually. It's clear that R ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
The Well and the Mine
it was amazing
This book, Phillips' debut novel, came out last year on Hawthorne Books, which has now belongs to Penguin, who will be re-releasing it sometime in the ...more
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
Before I Go to Sleep
it was amazing
I predict that this is going to be one of the hottest books of this summer. Not only is it brilliant, fast paced and impossible to put down, it's alre ...more
Mar 20, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
Time Is a River
it was amazing
This book is a July 2008 Indy Pick (aka BookSense)

This is a soothing and rare treasure of a book. Monroe has really outdone herself this time with the
Apr 2008
May 07, 2008
Bodies of Water
it was amazing
T. Greenwood has created a heart-breaking love story that will resonate in my mind for a very, very long time. Her characters are vibrant and believab ...more
Sep 04, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir
it was amazing
I am soooooo in love with this book! Josh is an ex-drag queen and writer turned advertising maven, Brent is "Dr Brent" on The Martha Stewart Show. The ...more
May 16, 2010
May 29, 2010
Zone One
it was amazing
I have, by design and general constitution, largely avoided the whole zombie craze. It's just not my thing. But when a publisher's rep came cloyingly ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Conspiracy of Silence
it was ok
To me, this is a great story told very badly. The premise of a woman discovering she's adopted after the death of her single mother is very intruiging ...more
Nov 09, 2008
Nov 05, 2008
The Radleys
liked it
Yes, it's true. It IS another vampire book. But with some interesting new ideas about "abstaining" vampires (they don't drink blood anymore--just eat ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
liked it
I've never read anything by Paulo Coelho before, so I was rather surprised by the pagan spirituality of this little novel. It's the story of Brida, an ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 05, 2008
Labor Day
it was amazing
This is only a bound manuscript at this point, but I believe it's scheduled for late summer 2009 publication.

I haven't read anything by Maynard before
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
really liked it
This is 384 pages of pure '80s geekfest fun, turbo injected and ready to bogey to every video on the brand new MTV. I spent my whole teens in the 1980 ...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
The Postmistress
it was amazing
I've read a lot of books that have examined life in the early days of WWII, but never one like this. Blake's novel concentrates on 3 American women du ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Nov 28, 2009
House of Earth
really liked it
I've spent the last couple of days lost in the 1930s Dust Bowl, specifically on the Texas plains. It's a hard, nasty place to be, but it was enlivened ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Dog on It (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #1)
really liked it
February might be a short and bleak month, but this year we have the debut of a new, unstoppable, hilarious, hard hitting crime fighting duo--Bernie a ...more
Nov 14, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
My Mother's Secret
it was amazing
This book is one of the most beautiful I've ever read. While it's set in the time of the Holocaust, there is love, joy, compassion and profound braver ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
The Aviator's Wife
it was amazing
I've been a fan of Melanie Benjamin since I met her shortly before her first book, "Alice I Have Been", was published. And I've read and loved quite a ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
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