Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.29
it was amazing
I heard Goodwin talk about this book on NPR, and she sounded like she'd been an eyewitness to the events. Sold me the book.

On June 17th--I've been a h
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Jul 07, 2011
Oct 10, 2008
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.20
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Note on May 18--Oh man. My book club's selection this month. Just started reading it last night. A dog narrator. And car racing. I d ...more
May 21, 2010
Apr 03, 2010
 
Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)
4.54
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I honestly didn't think Butcher could write a better Harry Dresden book than Dead Beat. Boy, was I wrong.

*****

Big. Fat. Spoiler. Ale
...more
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
 
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
3.91
it was amazing
For centuries Hondurans have told their children the myth of the Lost City of the Monkey God, but myths are often rooted in fact, and in the early Oug ...more
Dec 17, 2016
Dec 06, 2016
 
The Astronaut Wives Club
3.27
did not like it
There is a great story to be told about the wives of our first astronauts. This isn't it.

This was my book's club's selection for this month, and we ar
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Nov 02, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
 
The Goldfinch
3.88
did not like it
I try so hard not to have a knee-jerk reaction to books like these, the one that all the reviewers praise to the skies which then goes on to win the P ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
3.71
it was amazing
Lepore convincingly makes Wonder Woman the connective tissue between the suffragists and the women's movement, but the story behind her genesis is jus ...more
Feb 23, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.85
Mantel has given a wonderful voice to Thomas Cromwell in this novel of an eyewitness perspective on Henry VIII's split from the Church of Rome. All th ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
 
Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1)
3.79
really liked it
A fully enfranchised flapper in Melbourne after the first War, Phryne Fisher is a heroine after anyone's heart, and Greenwood's prose does her full ju ...more
not set
Jan 10, 2009
 
The Martian
4.40
it was amazing
Astronaut Mark Watney is left for dead on the surface of Mars as the rest of his crew escapes a deadly dust storm. But he's not dead, and now he has t ...more
Jun 12, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.25
Goodreads stars are too lacking in subtlety for me to use here. I can't say I loved a book it hurt this much to read. I can say that this story about ...more
Jul 09, 2013
Nov 25, 2012
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I really loathed this book, I think because it was such a lazy piece of work. The characters had absolutely no clue, no situational ...more
not set
Dec 11, 2008
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.98
really liked it
Those damn Goodreads stars--I don't know that I can really say I liked this book enough to grade it four stars, but considering what a bellweather it ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
 
Artemis
3.69
really liked it
A multiple-caper novel, because of course the first one goes horribly awry, and the kicker is all the capers take place in a community on the moon abo ...more
not set
Nov 22, 2017
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.70
did not like it
I wanted to be a good reader, I wanted to give it a good chance and not pick nits because it wasn't written by an Alaskan. But I just. couldn't. trudg ...more
not set
Oct 11, 2008
 
The House of Mirth
3.95
did not like it
Okay, I didn't finish it, I'm on page 41, I'm just not sure I can or want to continue reading. Wharton feels such contempt for all of her characters. ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
 
The Girl on the Train
3.89
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Nothing wrong with the writing, but not my kind of story. I was meant to feel sympathetic toward the three women but all I could fee ...more
May 17, 2015
May 17, 2015
 
The Widow
3.48
did not like it
In the less than glorious tradition of Gone Girl and Girl on a Train and this weird "trust no one" genre that seems to have sprung full blown from the ...more
Dec 07, 2015
Dec 07, 2015
 
To the Hilt
4.09
it was amazing
I've been rereading all the Dick Francis on the shelf in the Homer Public Library. This one is still my favorite, painter Alexander Kinloch, nephew of ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
State of Wonder
3.86
it was ok
I should have known there would be opera. After Bel Canto, I should have known. I'm sorry, but Patchett, Pretty Woman and Moonstruck notwithstanding, ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
 
My Life in France
4.16
really liked it
I spent the summer of 1987 in Paris, studying beginning French at the Sorbonne and staying at the Cité Universitaire, in a program geared toward older ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.32
really liked it
I told a European friend once that I prayed nightly for the success of the EU because it was the only thing that kept European nations out of war sinc ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
 
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
4.42
it was amazing
I give this book five stars not because I loved it but because it is what I would call a necessary read, and I mean necessary for everyone, young, old ...more
Nov 18, 2015
Nov 10, 2015
 
Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer
3.71
really liked it
Heather asked me for a blurb for this book last May. I warned her that I almost never do blurbs because, well, I suck at them. She sent me the book an ...more
Jun 05, 2015
Jun 05, 2015
 
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
4.26
it was amazing
First time Jesus Christ ever died that I felt like I'd lost a friend. Told from the first-person viewpoint of his best friend Biff, who first sees Jes ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2018
 
Sniper's Honor (Bob Lee Swagger, #9)
4.11
it was amazing
One of my favorite reads of 2014.

Retired sniper Bob Lee Swagger gets a call from journalist friend Kathy Reilly, who is writing a story on a Russian f
...more
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
 
Breaking Point (Joe Pickett, #13)
4.26
liked it
No one born and raised west of the Mississippi River hasn't had a justifiable mad on at the federal government a time or two. Here, C.J. Box fleshes o ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
 
If I Should Die (Joseph Stark)
4.11
it was amazing
One of my favorite reads of 2014.

Joseph Stark serves in the Territorial Army in the sandboxes of both Iraq and Afganistan and returns home wounded (a
...more
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
 
Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective
4.20
really liked it
One thing that is so attractive about Sagan is his ability to be humbled in the face of someone else’s intelligence, including a room full of first gr ...more
not set
Jun 15, 2010
 
A Quiet Life In The Country
3.88
liked it
Emily, Lady Hardcastle and maid/paid companion/best friend/Jane of all trades Florence Armstrong (think Bunter in a skirt) move from London to the rur ...more
Nov 27, 2016
Nov 22, 2016
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