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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
really liked it
20th century medicine is another area of institutional racism that the story of Henrietta Lacks illustrates in very fine detail. Those who claim there ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
 
Middle Passage
3.82
really liked it
Another story I had not heard, written this time by U of W professor, Charles R. Johnson, and it makes good listening. Glen skipped reading out loud s ...more
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 15, 2015
 
Cal
3.46
really liked it
Life ain't easy if you coming of age in N. Ireland during the years the constant conflict between the IRA & Loyalists. Tough times, tough choices ...more
Jun 02, 2016
Jun 02, 2016
 
New Orleans Stories: Great Writers on the City
3.79
liked it
Nice primer for our upcoming visit to New Orleans, renewed my interest in Truman Capote and stimulated my interest in Ellen Gilchrist. There are many ...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
 
Herself in Love
3.32
it was ok
If this had been the first collection of short stories that I read, then i wouldn't have ordered every book she's written to read more. Oh well,on to ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
 
A World Away
3.26
it was ok
O'Nan can write action packed, interesting, curious and compelling stories, but not this one. Oh well, can't love 'em all.
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
 
Vagabond
3.46
really liked it
Not my usual type of fiction, a thriller, but after buying seats on Air Canada for Ireland in October, I found this book in our local library as "Iris ...more
Apr 17, 2016
Apr 24, 2016
 
The Fifth Sun
3.43
liked it
New Orleans stories have been of interest to me since my one & only visit to this fascinating city. The Fifth Sun is written from the perspective ...more
Aug 24, 2015
Aug 24, 2015
 
Slammerkin
3.69
it was amazing
Where history is brief, Emma Donoghue fleshes out myriad details that astonish, devastate, and delight repeatedly. Nothing in this story is anything I ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 10, 2016
 
Hood
3.56
liked it
Hood offers insight into the suffering in silence by a young widow of a same sex lover/partner of 13 years. Set in Dublin in the 21st century, the les ...more
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
 
Astray
3.57
liked it
Great collection of short stories, none disappoint, by Emma Donoghue.
Jun 16, 2016
Jul 10, 2016
 
Frog Music
3.13
it was amazing
Frog Music is my favorite so far by Emma Donoghue and I'll continue reading everything I can find by her. She is good. Juggling life in San Francisco ...more
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
 
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
3.17
liked it
Great first memoir that reads like a very funny novel in places. Rhoda Janzen takes on tough subjects like the Mennonite community and her bi-polar hu ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 02, 2012
 
Paradise
3.38
really liked it
Enjoyed McMurtry's travel memoir to the South Pacific and specifically to former homes and artistic inspirational places of Gaugin. How I would love t ...more
Oct 12, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
 
The Sealed Letter
3.31
really liked it
Emma Donoghue does not disappoint with her historical fiction covering the feminist movement in England in the mid-19th century. Love triangles and in ...more
Jun 08, 2016
Jun 08, 2016
 
Purple Hibiscus
4.11
really liked it
Some stories ring so true, they are difficult to accept as fiction. This is one of those heart breaking, realistic coming of age stories that I can ho ...more
Feb 28, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
 
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
4.04
liked it
The mystery of depression is not solved by Wm Styron's memoir of madness. His descriptions of his bout with depression are interesting and deeply feel ...more
Nov 04, 2015
Nov 04, 2015
 
67 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs
3.86
really liked it
As the proud owner of two new cats, I enjoyed this comparison of cats to dogs but our three dogs didn't. Insulting at the very least to our canine fri ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 01, 2015
 
Swamplandia!
3.21
liked it
This book may be one of those that is better enjoyed when read to oneself than when heard. Interesting and unique in many of the Southern Florida deta ...more
Mar 14, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
 
Triangular Road: A Memoir
3.52
really liked it
Some of what Paule Marshall describes in her memoir, Triangular Road, was described in greater detail in her first book, Brown Girl Brownstone and bot ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
 
The Land of Spices
3.89
it was amazing
A small book store owner in Dublin recommended this book to me and I'm so glad. In the context of the Catholic church still operating most schools in ...more
Oct 17, 2016
Oct 16, 2016
 
Trans-Sister Radio
3.73
liked it
Much like a Scarlet letter, this contemporary story of an outraged village is full of characters who are convinced they know where the moral high grou ...more
Jan 09, 2016
Jan 09, 2016
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.32
really liked it
Learned more about folks from the North West USA and their personal challenges including learning how to crew at the University of Washington. I espec ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
 
The Paris Wife
3.79
really liked it
Surprisingly good considering it was guess work based on Hemingway's early fiction and on biographies of him and Hadley, his 'Paris wife'. Loved the d ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 01, 2012
 
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
3.88
really liked it
No question about the tough life the author grew up in, and yet she fails to give us much of a perspective except hers. I would have liked some insigh ...more
Jun 28, 2015
Jul 12, 2015
 
Penrod
3.93
it was ok
Booth Tarkington has an interesting personal history and a refined sense of humor, but the references & jokes he makes at the expense of African A ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
Eye of Water
3.75
liked it
Amber Flora creates lasting images with her poetry and word play. This is a fun collection to hear out loud.
Jun 07, 2016
Jun 07, 2016
 
Tesserae: Memories  Suppositions
4.32
it was amazing
This memoir is the fist writing I've read by Denise Levertov and I loved the flow of her words. She tells her personal story in a series of short essa ...more
Dec 07, 2015
Dec 07, 2015
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.71
really liked it
Karen Joy Fowler has a great way of making the obvious very funny, and her observation are plentiful. Learned lots about chimps from the decades of ea ...more
Jan 04, 2017
Jan 04, 2017
 
The Granny (Agnes Browne, #3)
4.26
liked it
The last in the trilogy by Brendan O'Carroll about the Browne family in Dublin, has more unexpected twists and turns that take the story out of Dublin ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
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