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Out Stealing Horses
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
Nov 2007
Aug 22, 2007
The White Tiger
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
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)
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
Feb 23, 2009
Sep 19, 2008
Beautiful Ruins
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
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
The Last Lecture
it was amazing
I'm appending this with the review I wrote for my paper:

I read this because I am doing continuing coverage on
Mar 28, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
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)
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)
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
Sep 30, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
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
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
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
Oct 2007
Sep 12, 2007
The Photograph
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
Aug 26, 2008
Sep 04, 2007
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
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
Nov 2007
Oct 29, 2007
A Man Called Ove
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
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
Feb 28, 2008
Dec 28, 2007
Back When We Were Grownups
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)
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
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
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
it was ok

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


For my tastes, it was actually two books: one was a set of compe
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
The Myths of Happiness
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
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
Apr 07, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
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
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
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
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
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
The Brain: The Story of You
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
Feb 26, 2016
Jan 21, 2016
Under the Glacier
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
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
Jun 21, 2008
Aug 27, 2007
Our Souls at Night
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
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 12, 2015
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