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Zorro
3.75
it was amazing
This was the Branigan BookClub selection for November 2005.

Reading ZORRO confirms Allende's well deserved reputation as a brilliant, passionate story
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Nov 2005
Jul 23, 2009
 
In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language
4.07
it was amazing
This book is a joy. Okrent offers 26 chapters of insights into some of the world's hundreds of invented languages. She is selective, of course, and or ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
 
Hissy Fit
3.96
really liked it
This was the Branigan BookClub selection for September 2005.

What do you do if, at your wedding rehearsal dinner, you discover your husband-to-be and y
...more
Sep 2005
Jul 23, 2009
 
Good Poems
4.19
it was amazing
What a great anthology! There are poems in here for just about every mood and situation which you could encounter.

As a Keillor fan, I can imagine him
...more
Jan 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
Down and Out in Paris and London
4.10
really liked it
I was reading Anthony Bourdain's inflamatory little memoir 'Kitchen Confidential' when I stumbled across a mention of George Orwell's book. Bourdain r ...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
The Return of the Dancing Master
3.90
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Having read several of Mankell's Kurt Wallander books, I thought I would try a mystery by him not in that series. My evaluation: ful ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 04, 2009
 
Jarhead : A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
3.63
really liked it
This is some of the very best war writing, and hence reading, I have ever encountered. An added bonus for me was listening to the Recorded Books, LLC ...more
Jan 2005
Jul 02, 2009
 
92 Pacific Boulevard (Cedar Cove, #9)
4.13
really liked it
Weather you are a new reader or an old fan of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series, you will not be disapointed in this new addition. Established fans ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
 
Life Mask
3.48
liked it
Life Mask is an incredibly detailed and long novel examining the intersecting lives of several of the Beau Monde in 18th century England. Here, Donogh ...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
The Shape Shifter (Leaphorn  & Chee, #18)
3.98
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This book was the Branigan BookClub August 2007 selection.

Picking my favorite Tony Hillerman book would be just as hard for me as it
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Jun 2007
Jul 16, 2009
 
Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems (A Palm of Her Hand Project)
4.17
it was amazing
Alice's poetry is a raw call for us to be kind and forgiving to others as well as ourselves. It's a call to "all grandmothers" to help replenish under ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
The Help
4.45
it was amazing
This inspiring story set during the civil unrest in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, follows the everyday lives of three different women. Aibileen, a soft s ...more
May 28, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
 
Long Time Gone (J.P. Beaumont, #17)
3.98
liked it
This was the Branigan BookClub selection for December 2005.

LONG TIME GONE, Jance's 17th Jonas Piedmont Beaumont novel has Beau trying to sort out a nu
...more
Dec 2005
Jul 23, 2009
 
The Illumination
3.38
it was amazing
A journal passes through the hands of several people and throughout we see their pain-ridden circumstances and the extraordinary means by which they a ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
 
Ellen Foster
3.75
really liked it
From the first page, an eleven year Ellen grabs you and keeps her welfare on your heart. Unlike some Oprah Selections, this book presents an uncomprom ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
 
Cricket in the Web: The 1949 Unsolved Murder That Unraveled Politics in New Mexico
3.68
really liked it
A recent and well-written investigation into one of the most notorious murders in Las Cruces, New Mexico’s history. In 1949, a young woman’s body was ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
 
Murder Near the Crosses
2.50
it was ok
The author is the son of the Sheriff's Deputy and DA's office investigator who was determioned to solve the Cricket Coogler Murder case in the late 19 ...more
not set
Jul 16, 2009
 
The Sociopath Next Door
3.75
it was amazing
According to Stout, 4%, or one out of every twenty fivepeople in the population is a sociopath, someone who has no conscience, who has absolutely no i ...more
not set
Jul 23, 2009
 
Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the GAP, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America
3.71
it was ok
In this collection of essays, Evan Wright introduces us to skaters, soldiers, Earth Liberation Frontsmen, porn stars, neo-nazis, and small-time drug d ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
 
Before Women Had Wings
3.99
really liked it
This was the Branigan BookClub selection for July 2005.

As an avid birder, I have always thrilled at the sight of an avocet. I suppose that that was al
...more
Jul 2005
Jul 22, 2009
 
In Cold Blood
4.05
it was amazing
The first true crime book, the stick against which all others are measured. This is just a fascinating book, the depth of research, the fully develope ...more
Jan 1998
Jun 05, 2009
 
I, Lucifer
3.64
it was amazing
Glen Duncan's novel features the Prince of Darkness in the body of down-and-out writer Declan Gunn (anagram, anyone?), just about to slit his wrists. ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 22, 2011
 
A Trace of Smoke (Hannah Vogel, #1)
3.83
it was ok
An evocative and dark novel about the end of Weimar Berlin. Rebecca Cantrell's A Trace of Smoke follows Hannah Vogel, a crime reporter as she tries to ...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1)
3.78
really liked it
Up Inspector Kurt Wallander of the Ystad (Sweden) Police!! Blessings on the day I bought another Wallander novel at a used bookstore and
discovered th
...more
Jun 2009
Jul 02, 2009
 
Jane Bites Back (Jane Fairfax, #1)
3.45
it was amazing
There is an entire cottage industry surrounding the novels of Jane Austen. Dozens of authors have tried their hands at expanding her works, continuing ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
 
The Little Stranger
3.51
really liked it
Sarah Waters makes a bit of a departure with this, her fifth novel. The Little Stranger is a gothic mystery that draws on historical literary predeces ...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
Whiteout
3.76
liked it
With a movie forthcoming, I had been hearing a lot of buzz about this book and wanted to see what it was all about. Whiteout follows Carrie Setko, a U ...more
Aug 13, 2009
Aug 13, 2009
 
Silent Joe
3.84
really liked it
Bittersweet thriller about a man's anguished search for his father's killer. Joe Trona is a dutiful son, but horrible facial scars have made him an ou ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
 
My Uncle Oswald
3.91
it was amazing
Roald Dahl had a gimlet eye for human foibles and he could write a story that peeled back all the layers of ridiculousness that cloak our society and ...more
May 1995
Jul 17, 2009
 
Timeline
3.83
really liked it
What would you do if offered the chance to time travel to the middle ages? Are you the adventurous type who would take it? Or, are you (as I am) the c ...more
Jan 2001
Jul 17, 2009
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