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Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.
3.66
really liked it
Delia opens the book with the death of her sister but unlike other memoirs of loss, she reports on the loss but you don't feel it. This whole book is ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2014
 
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
3.89
liked it
Such mixed feelings about this book. She captures the push and pull of marriage and its complications. She writes well and weaves in the views of othe ...more
May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
 
This Is Not the Ivy League: A Memoir
3.58
it was ok
Mary Blew wrote a candid memoir of her striving for an education and wish to become a university professor during the 60's and 70's with an unsupporti ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness
3.39
it was amazing
I spent a long time with this book as McWilliams meanders through her memories of her life while she is confronting increasing blindness caused by a r ...more
not set
Apr 10, 2012
 
The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop
3.71
it was ok
Heard a good review so listened to this book. Osborne somehow made it on the Moth radio hour. Not sure why. he tries to humanize police work but to be ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2015
 
Every Moment of a Fall
4.52
it was amazing
As an EMDR therapist, this book is a compelling read and offers the overview of EMDR for both single incident trauma and long term trauma. Read it one ...more
Nov 2016
Nov 05, 2016
 
Mannequin Girl
3.26
really liked it
A book unlike any other I have read about a young Jewish Russian girl growning up in a back brace, with parents who neglect her in their "glamour" and ...more
not set
May 02, 2014
 
The Fifty-First State
4.44
really liked it
This is a lovely, well-written coming of age story that takes place on the shores of sothern New Jersey, an areaa that is both unexplored in writing a ...more
not set
Dec 24, 2013
 
The Panopticon
3.62
it was amazing
This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is a funny painful read about coming of age in a world where you aren't wanted and that you never have a ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 13, 2014
 
Migratory Animals
3.41
really liked it
I would of given this book a 4.5. It is not earth shakering but a totally satisfactory read about the lives of a group of college friends as they move ...more
not set
Feb 26, 2015
 
Snow White Must Die (Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, #4)
3.75
really liked it
This is a small town mystery set in Germany with an interesting cast of characters. One is less involved in who is "guilty" and more interested in the ...more
Aug 18, 2016
Aug 20, 2016
 
The Ivy Chronicles
3.44
liked it
Silly but occationally amusing book about how badly the filthy rich of NY behave to get their kids into Kindergarden. Listened on tape so could ignore ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2015
 
Sweet Caress
3.94
really liked it
Big fat historical novel of one women's life as a war photographer. Found it interesting and enjoyed going back to it. Compared to most writers, Boyd ...more
Feb 29, 2016
Feb 29, 2016
 
The Big Seven (Faux Mystery)
3.36
it was amazing
I loved this book about an aging detective-fisherman. The story is ridiculous. One reads it for the fine writing and and the 66 year old's musing abou ...more
not set
Mar 07, 2015
 
Border Songs
3.63
really liked it
A quirky cast of characters Interesting take on post 9/11 America in rural Pacific Northwest.
Sep 12, 2015
Sep 12, 2015
 
A Spool of Blue Thread
3.40
did not like it
While the family dynamics are captured well, didn't care about any of the characters or the story. Boring.
not set
Apr 06, 2015
 
The High Places: Stories
3.43
liked it
Wish I could give this book a 3.5 as some of the stories, all located in Australia, were solid 5 but the collection was uneven. I will still look for ...more
not set
Sep 28, 2016
 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
3.96
it was amazing
This is a fascinating memoir about a culture long misunderstood. It is also one that shows that there is not an easy way to break away from poverty an ...more
not set
Mar 17, 2017
 
Some Possible Solutions
3.67
liked it
I think I would of enjoyed these stories more if i had come upon then one at a time but grouped together I got bored by their weirdness instead of int ...more
not set
Aug 23, 2016
 
Unremarried Widow
4.00
liked it
What I found interesting about this book was not the story of her widowhood. I have lived that story and while I could relate to it, her writing did n ...more
May 11, 2014
May 10, 2014
 
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
3.78
liked it
I struggled with this book. I LOVED Infinite Jest and the The Broom of the System. I hated that Wallace committed suicide but this book, while well re ...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
 
The Grief of Others
3.34
it was amazing
Beautifully written book that I didn't want to end. Leah Hager Cohen allows you access to the inner life of all the main characters and while you don' ...more
not set
Sep 26, 2011
 
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
4.12
it was amazing
I think this book should be read by entire towns and chosen by freshman deans for the book all the kids read. Much has been written about racism and p ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2015
 
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
3.81
it was amazing
This book just won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Well deserved. A funny, painful look at how ridiculous we are as a Nation where the Dallas ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2013
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.26
really liked it
This book just confirms ever suspicion you have every had about how dishonesty rules the markets and that with each regulation passed, the traders fin ...more
May 21, 2014
May 22, 2014
 
A Long Way from Verona
3.84
really liked it
I love Jane Gardam's writing. This is not one of her best but still in the same style of her others and a pleasure to read. A story of Jessica's adole ...more
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
 
Who's Sorry Now?
2.74
did not like it
I a sorry now that I wasted my time reading this book. Funny? I don't think so. It grabs you in the beginning and I stayed bc of other books of his bu ...more
Feb 02, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
 
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
4.14
it was amazing
I found this book incredibly painful to read. Hochschild does a great job helping us understand the heart of Louisiana's Tea Party but the level of de ...more
not set
Jul 14, 2017
 
The Wonder Garden
3.53
it was amazing
Each chapter portrays a particular family in a CT old historical town. As you move through the novel you begin to see the same characters appear but f ...more
Sep 18, 2015
Sep 18, 2015
 
Up Against the Night
3.39
really liked it
Well written novel set in both Cape Town and London with complicated characters, with complicated histories. you get a wonderful feel of the main char ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2016
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