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As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
really liked it
What an account! I am very thankful to say this is not the state of pediatric urology today. I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Urol ...more
Dec 2004
Jan 02, 2009
The Lost Garden
really liked it
What a lovely book! I realized halfway through, that I can think of at least 3 people locally who would love this book, though I might be reluctant to ...more
Apr 2006
Jan 14, 2009
Man Walks Into a Room
liked it
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book, now that I am through with it. I am convinced that Nicole Krauss is a marvelous writer. Of that, the ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Sarah's Key
liked it
This was another one of my "mountain healing" books that I read while up in the mountains. As I said in another review, this has been a brutal year fo ...more
Dec 28, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Cranberry Queen
really liked it
Once in a while you stumble upon a book that, while it may not be the most well crafted writing in the world, it touches something inside you and caus ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2009
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
liked it
Before there was Dumbo, before but not quite before there was Toomai of the Elephants, there was Modoc and there was Bram, the boy who loved her. Boy ...more
Aug 2006
Jan 12, 2009
A Thread of Grace
really liked it
Mary Doria Russell has enchanted me with several of her books. When I started this, I was hoping to be enchanted. I actually put it aside for a bit, b ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
Let the Great World Spin
liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I'm not a huge short story fan, and I am entirely enamored of the story of Philippe Petit and Man on Wire. ...more
Jun 22, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
The Third Angel
really liked it
Just finished reading this story of three women, in three different decades, each in love with the wrong man, involved in a love triangle. It was a ve ...more
Dec 07, 2009
Dec 23, 2008
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
really liked it
I don't think I could have read this book earlier than this year. It would have been far too painful, living with, and then losing, my own mother, who ...more
Sep 24, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
All the Fishes Come Home to Roost: An American Misfit in India
Read this over Thanksgiving and have been mulling it about in my little brain since then. On the surface, this is a decently written memoir about a gi ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
really liked it
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the ending of this series. This book, like the other two was powerfully written, though much darker than the ot ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Turn of Mind
it was amazing
The only reason I picked this book up was because it was the first of this year's Stanford Book Salon's selections. I have a deep, unholy fear of deve ...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Olive Kitteridge
it was ok
One of those books that is extremely well written, but that I didn't like. What a miserable person Olive is. I'm glad I don't know her. Characters in ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Nov 20, 2009
Birds of Paradise
liked it
The story Diana Abu-Jaber tells in Birds of Paradise is as multi-leveled as a buttery croissant or honey-drenched baklava. It is the story of one uppe ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
really liked it
Someone I love dearly had a child at a late age, though not as late as John Ames did, and we've talked several times about his worries he won't live t ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 13, 2008
The Dogs of Babel
liked it
I found this book enthralling, but sad. Sad for Paul, sad for Lorelei, and sad for poor, troubled Lexy, who burned so bright and so fast.

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Jan 12, 2009
Helsinki White (Inspector Kari Vaara, #3)
really liked it
(Mild spoiler alert, if you haven't read book 2)

I'm in a bit of a quandary in writing this review, because of the duality within this book. In the fir
Feb 20, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
really liked it
I have an interesting relationship with this book. It was recommended to me by my son, and left for me to read. When I was ready to read it, I began l ...more
not set
Dec 04, 2008
The Truth About Unicorns
liked it
I'm not sure when this book entered our household library, or even who might have brought it in. It could have been either my mother or myself, both o ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
To Dance with the White Dog
really liked it
A lovely little tale about growing older and recovering after loss. An old man, now alone after the death of his beloved wife, adjusts to his life. A ...more
not set
Dec 31, 2008
The Chosen
really liked it
This was a re-read for me -- last read probably in 1969 0r 1970. What strikes me now is the description of a lifestyle that has vanished or become par ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
liked it
This book is a fictionalized account of a true story. In 1835, Dorothea Newell and 8 others were shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Western Au ...more
Jan 2004
Dec 03, 2008
To Kill a Mockingbird
it was amazing
I recently re-read it and found that the movie images are etched into my brain. Atticus will forever by Gregory Peck in my mind. In a recent read-alon ...more
not set
Dec 05, 2008
Police (Harry Hole, #10)
it was amazing
I am so mad at Jo Nesbø right now. He left us in such limbo after the last book, but I forgave him, because I knew Harry wouldn't die just yet. I didn ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Aug 09, 2013
The Swallows of Kabul
really liked it
A book of utter desolation -- beautifully written, but heartwrenching in the world it depicts. (And U have no cause to believe it is an untrue view. K ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
really liked it
On one hand, I'm a Murakami fan, so it's hard to displease me with a novel of his (and the cover of this one is a clever play on something that become ...more
Nov 04, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Two If by Sea
liked it
Picked this up on a whim and found it to be quite intriguing, and also quite sad for a number of reasons. I also really thought I'd written a review o ...more
Jul 15, 2016
Jul 13, 2016
A Window Opens
liked it
If you're a working woman who has even the tiniest iota of regret about the things you missed or could have done differently had you not been working, ...more
Jan 11, 2016
Jan 10, 2016
Hard to Catch Mercy
really liked it
Not always an easy story to read, but a remarkably well written one. And one of my favorite things- a first novel by an author who went on to prove it ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2009
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