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The Japanese Lover
3.80
it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this. Didn't want it to be over. Allende is masterful in the way she reveals details about her very interesting character's lives ...more
Nov 22, 2015
Nov 23, 2015
 
Small Great Things
4.36
it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this! If you are thinking at all about the issue of race in the USA, please read this book.

I usually adore Jodi Picoult's books be
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Nov 03, 2016
Nov 04, 2016
 
Euphoria
3.84
liked it
I enjoyed reading this because of my personal connection with Papua New Guinea. It was really interesting to read the fictional account of what was ob ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
 
Gone Girl
4.03
really liked it
I finally read this best seller from five years ago. I loved it. Mind games and unreliable narrators abound. Which narrator is unreliable? It is diffi ...more
Mar 31, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
 
Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
3.70
liked it
This memoir is frank about an unhappy childhood in a violent household. There are many happy moments, but Sonia Manzano lived in fear of her father mo ...more
Aug 19, 2016
Aug 19, 2016
 
Loving Day
3.57
really liked it
Wow. What a stark look at race in America today. It was fun to read because of my familiarity with the setting- Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia.

Wend
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Aug 17, 2015
Aug 19, 2015
 
The Girl on the Train
3.88
really liked it
Whoa, talk about an unreliable narrator! Rachel is an alcoholic who doesn't remember some of the things that she does when she is drunk. When a woman ...more
Jan 2016
Jan 03, 2016
 
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
4.27
it was amazing
Fantastic. Louisa Clark loses her job as a cafe waitress in a small tourist town in England. The only other job she can find is as a companion to a qu ...more
Jan 30, 2016
Feb 01, 2016
 
Golden Boy
4.07
really liked it
A really compelling read about keeping secrets and how damaging that can be. Max is a golden boy, a soccer player (well, football, because this is a B ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
The Zookeeper's Wife
3.44
liked it
Not quite narrative non-fiction, this still kept me reading. The pre-war zoo is so interesting, so is the look at Warsaw during World War II. I may wa ...more
Feb 07, 2016
Feb 08, 2016
 
The Things They Carried
4.12
it was amazing
Well written book about Vietnam. The stories within may or may not be true- which is something O'Brian explores throughout- what is truth?

The first st
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Apr 13, 2016
Apr 13, 2016
 
A Breach of Promise (William Monk, #9)
4.04
really liked it
I found this book different than the others in this series from the very beginning. In addition to the cases that seem to be separate from each other, ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
 
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
4.18
liked it
I enjoyed this even though werewolves, vampires, and fae aren't usually my thing. I will keep reading the series, especially as one of my favorite fam ...more
Jun 19, 2017
Jun 19, 2017
 
The Silver Linings Playbook
4.01
it was amazing
Fantastic! Started to read it at 10pm and didn't stop until I finished. It kept me awake thinking about it for a while afterward too.

Pat Peoples is r
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Feb 17, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
 
Maya's Notebook
3.80
it was amazing
I love Allende and this story is peeled back in metaphorical brilliance.
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
really liked it
Powerfully written. Coates makes great points.
Dec 28, 2015
Dec 28, 2015
 
The Red Scarf
3.78
it was amazing
Whoa. Great book. I actually described the plot to my family at dinner yesterday and my husband sarcastically said, "It sounds really boring." My six- ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
 
The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New
4.07
it was amazing
At first I was disappointed that this was not entirely new essays. However, I so enjoyed reading my favorite essays from Annie Dillard's other books. ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2017
 
The Glass Castle
4.23
really liked it
I had never read a memoir that I couldn't put down. Until now. Jeanette Wells had a family life that was never boring. Never easy, but always exciting ...more
Mar 04, 2015
Mar 04, 2015
 
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
3.86
really liked it
Greg Mortenson’s new account of what happened to his NGO, Central Asian Institute, after the end of Three Cups of Tea is fascinating. Though I haven’t ...more
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
 
Big Girl Small
3.35
really liked it
This was reviewed in School Library Journal as an adult book that would appeal to high school students and it is just that. The very first page talks ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
Trans-Sister Radio
3.73
really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book about gender identity. Bohjalian did a great job at making me think about the interesting social questions around trans-sexu ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Sep 14, 2012
 
Flight Behavior
3.75
really liked it
I love Barbara Kingsolver's books, usually. This one took me a little longer to read, but near the end I was worried that I was going to miss the main ...more
Mar 03, 2015
Mar 04, 2015
 
Love May Fail
3.54
really liked it
I don't know what it is about Matthew Quick, but I find his books impossible to put down. Not because there is a mystery to be solved, or a plot that ...more
Jul 28, 2015
Aug 10, 2015
 
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
3.60
liked it
Rachel, a bi-racial girl, falls off the roof of a nine story building in Chicago, with her whole family. Rachel survives the fall and is taken to live ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
 
Speak
3.60
really liked it
What an unusual book! The reader gets glimpses of all different time periods, the past and the future, with characters dealing with Artificial Intelli ...more
Nov 05, 2015
Nov 08, 2015
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
it was amazing
Gorgeous book, complex story moving back and forth through time. Werner is a German soldier, and we follow his tale from when he is small and then whi ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 23, 2014
 
My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.
4.09
really liked it
This turned out to be a great book to read this week. I loved seeing Coretta's view of the Civil Rights Movement. By the time she wrote the book, she ...more
Nov 11, 2016
Nov 13, 2016
 
At the Water's Edge
3.64
really liked it
I listened to this book, and got really caught up in it. In the beginning it is difficult to be empathetic towards the main character, once Maddie, he ...more
Mar 11, 2017
Mar 13, 2017
 
A Princess Found: An American Family, an African Chiefdom, and the Daughter Who Connected Them All
3.78
really liked it
Sarah Culberson was adopted as a young child. She is biracial, while her adoptive family is Caucasian. This is her fascinating story of identity and t ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 16, 2010
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