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Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)
did not like it
When I heard of the new genre “New Adult” I thought it was a great idea. Readers who enjoy YA in high school would like novels with protagonists their ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
What Happened
it was amazing
The day after the 2016 election, I woke up to the horror of Donald Trump being our next president. I went into my husband’s office and cried on his sh ...more
Jan 16, 2018
Jan 05, 2018
In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation
it was amazing
When I noticed the author was Tom Smart, I thought he was Elizabeth’s father, and assumed that this book would be a maudlin as-told-to account of a la ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2012
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
it was amazing
At first I was mostly exasperated by Strayer, who spent weeks before her 1,100-mile trek along the PCT shooting up heroin instead of trying to walk wi ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 13, 2014
The Haight-Ashbury: A History
it was amazing
I love this book. Perry gives detailed, factual information and insightful commentary. My high school students giggle at the mention of the word "hipp ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Would I Lie to You (Gossip Girl, #10)
did not like it
Uses the f-word in every part of speech. No, just five of them. I don't think you can use it as a preposition or conjunction. Cardboard characters tha ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2009
Circle of Friends
it was amazing
This novel is not great literature. I chose it as a cozy book to read at bedtime to fall asleep. It was slow and not very interesting, but doing what ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Jan 18, 2016
A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story
it was amazing
In my research for my novel-in-progess about cults, A PLACE CALLED
WACO by David Thibodeau gave me just what I was hoping for: an
Mar 2012
Jan 06, 2012
In One Person
liked it
I’m an Irving fan and was drawn to the themes of this novel, but a quarter of the way through, I merely wished it were over. I have a hard time believ ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
The Barber's Wife
it was amazing
The barber’s wife is a nurse, Mayme Holloway, who is known to practice medicine both inside and outside the hospital of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, during th ...more
Aug 04, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction
it was amazing
I admit in all my thirty or so years of fiction writing, I have never made it through a book about how to write fiction. I would read only a few pages ...more
Feb 08, 2017
Nov 05, 2016
Another Brooklyn
really liked it
I read this in a single sitting. Woodson makes writing look easy when it's not. Rather than a narrative, this reads like a personal essay; the charact ...more
Feb 10, 2017
Feb 06, 2017
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
it was amazing
From one Trump hater to another, this is a love letter. Wolff substantiates what I have surmised from the news this past year: that there is a failed ...more
Jan 28, 2018
Feb 04, 2018
The Language of Flowers
liked it
This beautifully-written novel is for flower-lovers and reveals that the Victorians gave a meaning for every flower. The story about Victoria, orphane ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2015
Life After Life
it was amazing
This stunning novel, brimming with eloquent yet quiet epiphanies, explores the meaning of a life lived and the anticipation of death, ambitious themes ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
Orange Is the New Black
really liked it
This is not sensationalized like the Netflix series it inspired. White upper-middle class Kerman is a pretty deft writer and does well describing her ...more
May 03, 2016
May 03, 2016
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
it was amazing
Simply amazing. That an author could have such wisdom, pathos, and understanding of the human condition at age 23 must mean she's a literary genius.
not set
Mar 03, 2015
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this fascinating book, which chronicles Harper Lee's attempt to write a "nonfiction crime novel" much like her friend Truman Cap ...more
Jul 27, 2019
Jul 26, 2019
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
it was amazing
Since Trump's outrageous campaign and victory sickened me, causing me to lose faith in the American people's ability to vote intelligently, fairly, hu ...more
Oct 28, 2017
Oct 15, 2017
The President Is Missing
it was ok
I’m a fan of Clinton as a president; as a novelist, not so much. In interviews, Clinton claims the fictional president Jonathan Duncan is not him. The ...more
Sep 16, 2018
Sep 07, 2018
Brown Girl Dreaming
it was amazing
In this striking memoir set in verse, which was a National Book Award Winner, author Jacqueline Woodson makes the point that at the time of her birth ...more
not set
Apr 13, 2015
The Turn of the Screw
really liked it
This novella is either a Victorian ghost story or a tale of psychological terror in which the apparitions appear only in the narrator’s mind. The narr ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2014
Big Little Lies
it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about helicopter Kindergartener moms, Australian style. The plot, which includes some rollicking twists, centers aroun ...more
Feb 14, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
liked it

This fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald reminds me of Wicked in which the one who’s blamed for causing all the trouble gets to tell her side of the
not set
May 11, 2014
In Cold Blood
it was amazing
One of the two best true-crime books I've ever read. Capote called it a novel, but I would say it's creative nonfiction. He weaves a tapestry of highl ...more
Nov 30, 2016
Nov 21, 2016
The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation
it was amazing
I loved this book! Pat Brown was the governor of California most of my childhood, and my parents, especially my dad, were ardent supporters. His visio ...more
May 14, 2019
Apr 21, 2019
The Best of Everything
liked it
I chose to read this novel because my Book-a-Day calendar suggested it and I’m researching the fifties for the novel I’m writing. This book reads like ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2013
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
it was ok
About a quarter of the way through this book, I began to suspect there wouldn’t be much for me to take away from it, and I was right. I didn’t enjoy t ...more
Jun 30, 2017
Jun 24, 2017
The Queen of the Night
liked it
I looked forward to this book because it’s set in the opera world of the nineteenth century, but I was sorely disappointed. Obviously the protagonist ...more
Apr 02, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
Now What?
it was amazing
This collection of autobiographical short fiction and nonfiction works, both light-hearted and serious, is of great historical significance. For sixty ...more
Feb 18, 2018
Jan 17, 2018
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