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Waiting To Exhale
3.95
it was ok
This is a case where I actually thought the movie was better than the book. The scene where Angela Bassett's character torches her philandering husban ...more
Jan 1992
Aug 08, 2007
 
The Enchanted April
3.96
it was amazing
On a rainy February day in England, a woman on the verge of desperation overcomes her natural reserve to invite another unhappy woman to share the ren ...more
Sep 12, 2008
May 14, 2008
 
Disappearing Acts
4.22
really liked it
I'm not really a Terry McMillan fan, but I really admired this book. I thought it was a pretty honest portrayal of the progression of a romantic relat ...more
Jan 1992
Aug 08, 2007
 
The Round House
3.92
it was amazing
Justice, patriarchy, coming of age, genocide, tribal sovereignty, loyalty and betrayal... All packed into the rough structure of a murder mystery.
Mar 02, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
 
Ellen Foster
3.76
really liked it
This was almost unbearably sad at points. Scenes from her childhood where she endured physical and emotional abuse are interwoven with scenes from lif ...more
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
 
A Shine Of Rainbows
3.93
really liked it
Though this was published (and presumably written?) in the 1980's, it has a 50's feel to it. The plot is very predictable, but so what? I am a sucker ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
Mrs Queen Takes the Train
3.58
it was amazing
I expected something along the lines of The Reader when I picked this up: a sly poking fun of the royals. So I was caught off-guard and thoroughly cha ...more
Apr 2014
Dec 31, 2014
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.08
really liked it
This is a great book, but it was so creepy that I just can't mark the 5th star. In fact, I almost marked the star for "I didn't like it." I can't say ...more
Jan 1993
Aug 05, 2007
 
Saving Grace
3.91
it was amazing
I read this because the author has my same initials, and thus satisfied the requirement for a reading challenge. Finding a book like this is the entir ...more
Feb 2015
Mar 10, 2015
 
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
3.48
it was amazing
Thought-provoking and disturbing, this novel demands a lot of its reader. I often found myself distracted and distanced from the story because the his ...more
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 03, 2018
 
44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, #1)
3.62
really liked it
Utterly charming-- Tales of the City in Edinburgh, told with great affection for Edinburgh and for the frailties of human nature.
The cast of characte
...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
 
Saving Erasmus: The Tale of a Reluctant Prophet
3.10
liked it
Gotta love a book that has the Angel of Death enter the scene by crawling through a washing machine in a laundromat. Andrew Benoit, a recent seminary ...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
 
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
3.19
it was amazing
This is the first book by Bender I have read. It's a kind of coming of age novel, but with a magical realist spin that makes it quite unlike anything ...more
Sep 12, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
 
In This House of Brede
4.33
it was amazing
I just loved this. It's a fairly complex novel that interweaves three layers of story: There's the personal journey of Philippa Talbot, a career woman ...more
Dec 2007
Aug 04, 2007
 
The Bad Book Affair (Mobile Library Mystery, #4)
3.42
really liked it
This book mercilessly pokes fun at two things I hold dear: libraries and Ireland. Sansom is so funny that I love his books despite that plus an irrita ...more
Nov 06, 2010
Nov 07, 2010
 
Lemon City
3.63
liked it
This is not really a mystery, as the author just borrows the structure of a mystery to tell the story of a family during the burgeoning Black Power mo ...more
May 20, 2009
May 17, 2009
 
The Lake Shore Limited
3.31
really liked it
The characters are well-drawn, and the plot is interesting. It hinges on a play written by one of the characters. In the play, a man with a troubled m ...more
May 27, 2011
May 27, 2011
 
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives
3.75
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I liked the first part of the book, and disliked the ending.

The characters are quirky and flawed, and the children are especially w
...more
Feb 25, 2018
Feb 25, 2018
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.33
it was amazing
I haven't read much sci-fi or fantasy since I was a teen, Back then, all the protagonists were male, and all the females were trophies or mata-hari ty ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
 
Claire of the Sea Light
3.63
it was amazing
Beautifully written, achingly sad.
Aug 02, 2015
Nov 02, 2015
 
She: Fiction
3.73
it was ok
I often like novels and movies that interweave characters who are connected tangentially without being aware of it. It doesn't really work in this boo ...more
Mar 26, 2017
Mar 26, 2017
 
A Proper Woman
3.58
liked it
Beckwith writes better memoirs than fiction in my opinion, but I still enjoyed this tale of a woman who endures abuse and hardship for years before fi ...more
Feb 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
Kraken
3.60
really liked it
For Valentine's, my local library had this book and others wrapped up for a literary blind date. I never would have read it otherwise, and I'm glad I ...more
May 16, 2015
May 22, 2015
 
The Bible Salesman
3.10
really liked it
Quirky tale of a young and naive bible salesman named Henry Dampier who unwittingly gets drawn into a life of crime by Preston Clearwater. Clearwater ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #1)
4.14
liked it
A charming, gentle read. This is the story of the day that a fair comes to Thrush Green. A doctor contemplates taking on a young partner for his pract ...more
Jan 2007
Dec 29, 2008
 
News from Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #3)
4.25
liked it
This is light and charming, a visit with interesting characters in an idyllic setting. The romance at the heart of this one is de definitely pre-femin ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 29, 2008
 
Gentlemen of the Road
3.42
liked it
Loved the adventure, not so crazy about the new vocabulary word almost every paragraph. I didn't want to stop to look things up, but my need to rely o ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
 
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa (Mr Malik #1)
3.79
liked it
Charming, light story of mild-mannered Mr Malik who is utterly smitten with birding group leader Rose Makibwa. He's spurred into action by the return ...more
Nov 06, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
 
The Map of True Places
3.66
really liked it
Zee Finch is a therapist whose patient (a woman eerily similar to her own mother) commits suicide. Zee goes to the funeral and stops off to check on h ...more
Dec 29, 2014
May 15, 2011
May 16, 2011
 
Mildred Pierce
3.93
really liked it
Absorbing character study of a woman who pulls herself out of poverty by divorcing her philandering husband, getting a job as a waitress, and then sta ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
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