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Once Upon a River
3.69
really liked it
4 1/2 stars. A rather somber literary tale about a 17 year old girl from the backwoods of Michigan, where she lives hunting and fishing amidst her kin ...more
Jun 07, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
Origin
3.50
really liked it
I highly recommend this atmospheric literary mystery. The fascinating main character, Lena Dawson, is a lab tech in snowy, frigid Syracuse, NY, who ha ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 08, 2011
 
A Thousand Days in Venice
3.48
really liked it
To continue my travel memoir kick. . . this was a pleasing memoir with a lovely literary style of writing and wonderful descriptions of food and cooki ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 11, 2010
 
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
3.87
really liked it
A touching and quirky debut novel, not perfect but overall a pretty engaging effort with a sympathetic protagonist. T.S. is a 12 year old mapmaking pr ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
Alice I Have Been
3.64
really liked it
The author's note says she was inspired to write this novel when she stumbled across an exhibition of Lewis Carroll's photography. She was startled to ...more
May 2010
May 04, 2010
 
Angelology (Angelology, #1)
3.41
really liked it
Pretty good lyrical & fairly literary thriller about the war between humans and the nephilim, the cruel, powerful and beautiful immortal offspring ...more
Mar 04, 2010
Feb 25, 2010
 
Alena
3.25
liked it
First lines:
“Last night I dreamed of Nauquasset again. It was dusk. Somewhere beyond the scrubby hills, full of brambles and beach plums and pine tree
...more
Nov 2013
Nov 12, 2013
 
The Silent Land
3.62
liked it
A haunting, Lost-like novel about a young British couple who are on a ski vacation in France and are caught in an avalanche. They narrowly escape and ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
The Three Weissmanns of Westport
2.89
it was amazing
This novel is a well done homage to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, but has a charm all its own. It's both funny and smart. It starts….

When Josep
...more
Mar 2010
Feb 25, 2010
 
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
3.19
liked it
Not sure what to say about this novel. It features young Rose, who when eight discovers that she can taste the emotions of the people who made her foo ...more
not set
Sep 19, 2010
 
Familiar
3.29
liked it
Strange but oddly mesmerizing. Intense, 40-something Elisa is driving home from visiting her son's grave six hours away, when she realizes the crack i ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 14, 2012
 
State of Wonder
3.86
really liked it
The perfect amount of just enough literary married with suspense, interesting science, contrasting cultures, and poignancy, set in modern times in Min ...more
Aug 2012
Apr 06, 2012
 
Station Eleven
4.02
it was amazing
A moving, wonderful story set in dystopian America, following a traveling Shakespeare theatre troupe after the Georgian Flu has wiped out most of the ...more
Oct 07, 2014
Sep 20, 2014
 
Zone One
3.25
really liked it
Zoiks! Zombies and Colson Whitehead! I should finally insert my review of this book here. This was ok.
Well written, satirically humorous, metaphor fo
...more
not set
Jul 25, 2011
 
The Wolf Road
3.96
it was amazing
Fierce, scary, poignant. Coming of age story set in an alternative dystopian western setting. Elka has been raised from childhood by an adoptive fathe ...more
Jul 13, 2016
Apr 26, 2016
 
The Orchardist
3.76
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not set
Aug 14, 2012
 
1984
4.15
really liked it
None
May 25, 2010
May 26, 2010
 
Bel Canto
3.92
it was amazing
None
not set
Jul 07, 2013
 
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1)
3.82
really liked it
None
Aug 23, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
 
The Road
3.95
it was amazing
None
Jan 2009
May 18, 2010
 
The Little Book
3.72
really liked it
None
not set
Apr 28, 2010
 
Never Let Me Go
3.80
really liked it
None
Jan 2009
Jan 27, 2009
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