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Cane River
4.04
really liked it
I should divulge that I formerly lived along Cane River (the in-town part) and was given a free copy by our local National Park unit at a public sympo ...more
not set
Sep 03, 2008
 
Unsaid
4.02
did not like it
OMG, it's taken me almost two months to slog my way through this book. In fact, I actually took breaks from this book during which I read forensic thr ...more
Apr 2011
Dec 25, 2010
 
The Road
3.96
it was ok
I've just finished wiping the tears away after completing Cormac McCarthy's The Road. A father and son of indeterminate age (probably anywhere from 9- ...more
May 2015
May 05, 2015
 
White Man's Grave
3.92
it was amazing
I loved this book! The quick premise is that an ill/underprepared Peace Corps volunteer goes missing and his ruthless uber-capitalist father goes afte ...more
not set
Sep 21, 2008
 
The Lost Artist
3.57
liked it
The concept underlying The Lost Artist is quite clever--the "responsible sister" is murdered in her home because of something to do with a series of m ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 06, 2012
 
The Notebook (The Notebook, #1)
4.07
did not like it
Okay, please don't hate me for this review. Let me state from the outset that I'm married to the love of my life (i.e., not an anti-romantic) and not ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2009
 
The Biology of Luck
3.44
really liked it
The Biology of Luck is one of those rare books that is so cleverly conceived and well written, that it doesn't detract from my enjoyment when I don't ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 02, 2014
 
John Saturnall's Feast
3.53
it was amazing
John Saturnall's Feast is historic fiction set in a remote 17th-century English village known as Buckland. During a time of great civil and social unr ...more
Dec 2016
Dec 13, 2016
 
Hide & Seek
3.06
liked it
Told from the perspective of Harry Pickles, aged 9 and a bit, Hide & Seek is the account of the bad year in which Harry's younger brother Dan went ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 13, 2013
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
really liked it
Gaiman's latest, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, requires a good deal more processing than I have been able to do since finishing it earlier this af ...more
Aug 2013
Jul 10, 2013
 
Apostoloff
3.22
liked it
Apostoloff is a tough book to classify. It's a quirky sibling roadtrip, something extremely writerly (i.e., it's both literary and requires an investm ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 05, 2014
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.91
really liked it
While clearly both troubled and in trouble, Bernadette of book's title fame has a savage sense of humor, keen wit, and embodies the classic dilemma of ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 10, 2014
 
Loving Frank
3.74
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I have long been a fan of Wright's architectural genius, knowing full-well that he was a somewhat difficult (to say the least!) pers ...more
Sep 28, 2008
Sep 16, 2008
 
Journal: The Short Life and Mysterious Death of Amy Zoe Mason
3.38
it was ok
Journal: The Short Life and Mysterious Death of Amy Zoe Mason is a clever concept executed by sisters Kristine and Joyce Atkinson. The conceit is that ...more
May 2012
May 25, 2012
 
Varamo
3.75
liked it
Varamo is a quirky little novella that successfully juggles many themes. On the one hand, it's a 12-hour window into the life of a government worker i ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
Sarah's Key
4.14
it was amazing
I started this book just after finishing another one, thinking I'd knock out a chapter or two before turning in. The next thing you know it was 2:00 a ...more
not set
Apr 08, 2010
 
Gourmet Rhapsody
3.21
it was amazing
Gourmet Rhapsody is the most elegant book I've read in some time. Allow me to explain. The novel occurs in the same hotel particulaire in which Barber ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 06, 2011
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
Imagine Piers Anthony's On a Pale Horse meets The Diary of Anne Frank and that's the sensibility of this book. The story is narrated by Death, who is ...more
not set
Mar 29, 2009
 
Snobs
3.41
liked it
Three and a half stars for Julian Fellowes' 2004 wry portrayal of Britain's uber-class conscious upper-middle and upper upper classes as plays out aga ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 25, 2015
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.06
it was amazing
This is a special book about friendship that endures the worst and cannot be broken, even by death. Read the book, and then share it with your "old sa ...more
not set
Sep 04, 2008
 
Cat-Ice
1.00
did not like it
Avoid. This. Book. The cover is attractive, the brief little blurb is intriguing, and the book itself is a dud--at least, given that it's marketed as ...more
not set
Mar 12, 2009
 
The Grievers
3.70
liked it
The Grievers is part coming of age novel and part indictment of the hard facts of life (e.g., that life is hard, often unfair, that people who are jer ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 30, 2012
 
But Remember Their Names
3.04
liked it
But Remember Their Names is a legal thriller that pits newly-minted Harvard Law graduate Cindy Jakubek against wealthy clients layered behind large st ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 20, 2011
 
Follow Me Down
3.85
liked it
Follow Me Down contains a bit of a mystery surrounding a misdirected "dead letter" that arrives in a young woman's NYC (probably Brooklyn from the sou ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 21, 2011
 
Interred with Their Bones (Kate Stanley, #1)
3.43
it was amazing
I stumbled upon this at the library the other day and it was great--as in can't put it down, read it in a day great! The gist of the plot is that a br ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2009
 
The Pack (The Pack, #1)
3.25
liked it
The Pack is more suspense novel than horror story, despite the fact that it contains werewolves. When advertising account manager Simon Burns is unexp ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 26, 2011
 
The Comeback
3.97
liked it
I was shelving some books over the weekend and came across Perez' The Comeback. What a pleasant surprise! I don't even remember having purchased it. ( ...more
not set
Oct 17, 2009
 
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook
4.18
liked it
**spoiler alert** Christina Henry's Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook is well written, fast-paced, engrossing, and will rip your heart out, lig ...more
Aug 02, 2017
Jul 31, 2017
 
Tea of Ulaanbaatar
3.07
liked it
This book is extremely well written. Imagine falling into the midst of someone's fever dream, but an extraordinarily coherent incoherence. The only dr ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 09, 2011
 
Spark
3.70
really liked it
After reading the dust jacket I really wasn't altogether sure about this one, but since I'd so enjoyed John Twelve Hawks' The Traveler I opted to give ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 22, 2015
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