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Out Stealing Horses
3.79
really liked it
I have a feeling this book may take root and blossom further within me over time, but for now, I must stop one star short of my top rating.

"Out Steali
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Nov 2007
Aug 22, 2007
 
The White Tiger
3.71
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Balram Halwai grew up in the Darkness -- the immense swath of rural India where the poor vastly outnumber the rich and where the rig ...more
Dec 05, 2008
May 06, 2008
 
The Tenderness of Wolves
3.74
it was amazing
For what it's worth, this is the first book I've read since I joined Goodreads to which I've given five stars. So, at the risk of gushing, I'm telling ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 09, 2007
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.11
it was amazing

I haven't had as much time for book reading lately, so it was sheer pleasure to have this page-turner to keep returning to. A financial charlatan, a s
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Feb 23, 2009
Sep 19, 2008
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.67
it was amazing

I would never have suspected that a novel about a small town actress, a decrepit Italian hotel, an ambitious writer, a crass Hollywood producer and Ri
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Aug 29, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
 
The Last Lecture
4.25
it was amazing
I'm appending this with the review I wrote for my paper: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08097/...

I read this because I am doing continuing coverage on
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Mar 28, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
 
Housekeeping
3.82
it was ok
Marilynne Robinson won great praise a couple years ago for "Gilead," and much was made of the fact that it had been 23 years since she had written her ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 31, 2007
 
The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)
3.84
it was amazing
I'm only reviewing this one book, but I've read the entire detective series by Henning Mankell, and I am a huge fan. I first became aware of him after ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 30, 2007
 
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
3.97
really liked it

Kate Atkinson returns to form in the third book in her Jackson Brodie series. With her usual mix of strong mystery plot elements and finely drawn rela
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Sep 30, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
 
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
4.00
really liked it
This is a quietly beautiful book. I think most Americans -- and maybe others -- are suckers for well-told tales of small town life, even though small ...more
Jul 2005
Aug 06, 2007
 
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
4.10
really liked it
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the notion of "flow" to describe the experience which we have all had -- but all too rarely for most of us -- of becom ...more
Mar 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
3.77
really liked it
What a thoroughly enjoyable book!

When Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs sets out to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, you can guess you're going to ge
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Oct 2007
Sep 12, 2007
 
The Photograph
3.31
really liked it

Thank you, thank you, Penelope Lively. At a time when I really needed a good writer to tell a good story about real grown-ups dealing with real situat
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Aug 26, 2008
Sep 04, 2007
 
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
4.16
really liked it
At first, this memoir seemed almost too painful to read.

I have witnessed firsthand the way in which clergy and church leaders can be stretched to the
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Nov 2007
Oct 29, 2007
 
A Man Called Ove
4.35
it was amazing
Before I give you my rave on this absolutely wonderful book, let me rant a bit. The fact that this book did not make any of the critics' best books or ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
 
Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
3.82
liked it

This was an interesting and enlightening book, but, imho, it engaged in false advertising.

Timothy Brook, an Oxford scholar, uses five Johannes Vermeer
...more
Feb 28, 2008
Dec 28, 2007
 
Back When We Were Grownups
3.51
liked it
I have only read about three of Anne's books, but in each case, I ended up feeling that she had delved deeply into my heart with lessons about life, l ...more
Jun 2003
Aug 20, 2007
 
City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8; Harry Bosch Universe, #10)
4.04
really liked it
A South African mystery writer recently said this was the best crime book ever written. I have no way of verifying that, but it was very, very good. T ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2008
 
Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All
4.16
really liked it

This is a well-written polemic in favor of the safety of vaccines and the life-saving benefits they provide, and against those who oppose vaccines and
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Jan 14, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
 
Tinkers
3.37
it was ok

I picked up this book because (a) it was short and (b) it won the Pulitzer Prize.

Sigh.

For my tastes, it was actually two books: one was a set of compe
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Aug 24, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
 
The Myths of Happiness
3.63
really liked it
I give this four stars not so much for the writing, but for the wisdom. Sonja Lyubomirsky has been a leader in the positive psychology movement, which ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
 
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
4.35
it was amazing
This was a difficult book for me to read, both because of how it was constructed and what it made me have to examine in myself.

Michael Eric Dyson, a G
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Apr 07, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
 
Minaret
3.52
liked it
Like "Brick Lane," this book allows us an intimate glimpse inside the life of an expatriate Muslim woman in London. But this heroine knew a life of ex ...more
Sep 2006
Jul 30, 2007
 
The Message: The Bible In Contemporary Language, Burgundy Bonded Leather
4.45
it was amazing
Have you ever longed to read the Bible but were put off by your memories of its language? This is your solution: an absolutely faithful translation in ...more
Dec 2004
Jul 24, 2007
 
The  Slave Ship: A Human History
4.04
it was amazing
Like many other overwhelming catastrophes -- the Holocaust, AIDS, the persistence of poverty -- America's history as a slave-owning nation is so hard ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 29, 2007
 
Istanbul Passage
3.59
it was amazing

All right, I'm officially a convert. This is my first experience of Joseph Kanon, and it was well worth it.

If you are going to write about the morall
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Jun 29, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
 
The Brain: The Story of You
4.20
liked it
I didn't learn a single new thing about the brain in this book -- but that's not a criticism.

It simply means I've been reading a lot of brain books in
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Feb 26, 2016
Jan 21, 2016
 
Under the Glacier
3.61
it was ok
It's not that I hated "Under the Glacier" or didn't get a chuckle from it occasionally (OK, more like a wan smile). But to call it, as Susan Sontag di ...more
Aug 19, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Then We Came to the End
3.45
really liked it

The first thing to say about this book is that no matter what else I think about the plot, the themes, the point of view, or any other aspect of this
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Jun 21, 2008
Aug 27, 2007
 
Our Souls at Night
3.96
really liked it
This is a book for grownups, in the best sense of the word.

This was the last novel Kent Haruf wrote before he died, and its tale of two older widowed
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Dec 16, 2015
Dec 12, 2015
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