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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
3.89
it was amazing
This sweet, sad, and sentimental novel has at its core what all great journey stories need: a spiritual awakening. The echoes of Pilgrim's Progress th ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
 
Van Gogh: The Life
4.09
really liked it
Now that I've finished the book, I understand why the authors took 600+pages to get to the last two years of Van Gogh's life, during which his most in ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
 
The Temple Dancer (Novels of India #1)
3.43
it was ok
I found the female characters compelling, but the plot just plodded along. The author does try to be literary/artistic, but oftentimes the prose is po ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 27, 2008
 
So Much for That
3.71
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I guess this is somewhat of a spoiler: this is a book about dying. Given that one of the primary characters has an extremely rare, d ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
really liked it
This is a beautiful book, although it is slow going. The novel is heavily descriptive and frequently digresses from the main storyline with surgical d ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
 
John Adams
4.06
it was amazing
I picked up this book when the HBO series came out. I didn't know much about John Adams--just that he was a Founding Father and was married to an exce ...more
Aug 2008
Oct 04, 2008
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.91
really liked it
Epistolary...after a fashion. Much of the story is told via emails exchanged between characters, which adds to the disjointed and fragmented feel of t ...more
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
 
Swamplandia!
3.22
liked it
I'm not sure about this novel, which is the classic hero journey set in the swamps of backwoods Florida. It is beautifully and stylishly written--so y ...more
May 26, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
 
Conversion
3.33
really liked it
As a mother of a teenage girl, this book strikes just a little too close to home. The author is riffing on Miller's The Crucible and the historical ac ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
 
Salvage the Bones
3.86
it was amazing
One of the better books I've read this year. Playing with the Medea myth, Jesmyn Ward presents the story of a pregnant teenager who just wants someone ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
 
Flight Behavior
3.76
it was amazing
This book is frightening in its unflinching description of a sick planet. What at first seems beautiful--the unexpected arrival of millions of monarch ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Aug 04, 2013
 
The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior
3.86
it was ok
Seemed voyeuristic--more about exposing the strange than dealing with how we treat mental illness in our country.
Feb 18, 2018
Feb 17, 2018
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.85
it was amazing
Clever, clever book. I never thought I'd sympathize or LIKE Thomas Cromwell, the villain of A Man for All Seasons and one who history has portrayed as ...more
Jun 25, 2012
May 26, 2012
 
The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium, #4)
3.74
really liked it
Fun read. It is a fitting addition to the series.
Nov 28, 2015
Nov 27, 2015
 
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
3.92
liked it
I'm reading along, settling in to enjoy a new novel when, unexpectedly, the protagonist begins talking to a ghost. I admit I didn't know anything abou ...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
 
True Grit
4.13
it was amazing
During the publicity tour of the Coen Brothers' adaptation of True Grit , reviewers described Charles Portis as an unsung master of American letters. ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
 
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.99
really liked it
Krakauer is a fine writer; this particular book reminds me of the stylistic and organizational qualities of In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multipl ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
The Girl on the Train
3.89
liked it
A poor man's Gone Girl.
Mar 2015
Mar 01, 2015
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
really liked it
I enjoyed the series for what it is: an escapist fantasy. This isn't high art, and I'm somewhat disturbed in seeing the novels show up on high school ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
 
The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)
4.07
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I thoroughly enjoyed The Winter Sea and its device of uniting two story lines in the character of Carrie McClelland, a writer of his ...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
4.39
it was amazing
A truly excellent story of survival and courage. Hillenbrand is a meticulous researcher, but the writer is not bogged down by minutiae. Instead, the n ...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.45
really liked it
I picked up Game of Thrones because I enjoyed the HBO series, which is a fairly faithful rendition of the novel. I'm not normally a person who reads i ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.82
it was amazing
In the Garden of Beasts is just what you'd expect from Erik Larson--literary, well researched, and compelling. The book recounts the period in which W ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
 
The Sisters Brothers
3.83
it was amazing
I almost checked "comedy" on my shelves list, because this is one hilarious book. One of the critical blurbs on the dust jacket claims "If Cormac McCa ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
3.41
liked it
Like her subject, Karen Abbott's biography of Gypsy Rose Lee is a flawed yet compelling work. Abbott presents the strands of Lee's life you would expe ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
 
The Widower's Tale
3.66
really liked it
I expected to be impressed with The Widower's Tale, if for no other reason than I enjoyed Julia Glass' Three Junes so much. Both books share narrators ...more
Dec 24, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
 
Some Luck
3.61
it was amazing
Good, old-fashioned novel that allows you to get lost in the plot. Fun read--I'm looking forward to the next books in the series.
Sep 27, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
 
The Prize: Who's In Charge of America's Schools?
3.99
it was amazing
This is a must-read for those interested in improving education. The author presents a fair and insightful glimpse into the vexing problems and challe ...more
Oct 11, 2015
Sep 22, 2015
 
The Cookbook Collector
3.31
it was amazing
A beautiful as well as a very literary book. The comparisons that critics make between Goodman and Jane Austen are apt--there are echoes of Sense and ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
The Goldfinch
3.88
really liked it
Pretty good summer read. Gets a bit repetitive at times, but given that the book is about making sense of the nonsensical and finding patterns in the ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
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