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The Hummingbird's Daughter
it was amazing
"The Hummingbird's Daughter" quickly made my list of 25 favorite books ever. Every one of the 20 years Luis Alberto Urrea spent on this story was wort ...more
Feb 2009
Jul 10, 2009
Patriarch Run
it was amazing
As a teenage boy comes of age, he’s caught in the crossfire of his father’s battle. It’s a battle for a piece of technology that can either save or de ...more
May 09, 2014
May 16, 2014
Three Junes
Julia Glass is a superb writer, and my mind sank into her luxurious words the way my body might sink into a thick quilt or warm beach sand. I enjoy st ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
The Bone Clocks
it was amazing
Another masterpiece from David Mitchell. This book was a compelling, satisfying read from start to finish. One thing I love about Mitchell is that eve ...more
Nov 26, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
Broken: A Love Story - Horses, Humans, and Redemption on the Wind River Indian Reservation
it was amazing
To me, this achingly honest book is all about surrender. Lisa Jones set out to write a magazine article about a quadriplegic Native American horse gen ...more
Dec 2009
Nov 25, 2009
The Book Thief
it was amazing
This book is breathtaking. The author is a magician with words, who tells a story that is greatly about the power of words.

"Death" is the narrator, a
Oct 21, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
The Unconsoled
it was amazing
If you've ever been stretched too thin by life's demands, if you've ever felt yourself pulled in too many directions by the needs of others, if you've ...more
Jan 20, 2016
Jan 05, 2016
Rock Paper Tiger (Ellie McEnroe, #1)
it was amazing
This was an excellent political thriller, with many more layers of meaning than I've usually found in this genre. The descriptions of China were vivid ...more
Dec 25, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
New York 2140
it was amazing
This book is amazing! There were multiple points where the story could have ended - all of them terrific, including the actual ending - but I didn't m ...more
Jul 07, 2019
Jun 02, 2019
it was amazing
A truly unusual story - I've read nothing else like it. Although it is not a thriller, I found myself eager to turn pages, feeling the sort of suspens ...more
Jun 2015
Jun 01, 2015
The Ringer
it was amazing
"The Ringer" is the story of what happens to two families after one father, a police officer, shoots and kills another father, a Mexican immigrant, du ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2011
Three Rivers
it was amazing
I've been waiting impatiently to read this book for a few years, ever since I heard author Tiffany Quay Tyson read an early version of the scene were ...more
Aug 08, 2015
Aug 07, 2015
Invisible Cities
it was amazing
This beautiful book turned my world upside down as both a reader and a writer. Italo Calvino overturned my certainty about the elements that fiction m ...more
Mar 02, 2019
May 14, 2013
Augusta Locke: A Novel
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Augusta Locke may be the strongest, most compelling female character I've yet discovered in literature. The reader meets her as a pl ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Dec 29, 2010
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
it was amazing
This book was both charming and subtly moving. I was impressed by how much the authors were able to reveal about characters through the exchange of le ...more
Sep 04, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
All the Light We Cannot See
it was amazing
All the Light We Cannot See is full of the painful frailties and unexpected strengths of human nature: often we overcome not because we're brave but b ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2)
it was amazing
I loved The Three-Body Problem, and this second book in Liu Cixin’s trilogy took the story up another notch. This story delivers on multiple layers of ...more
Apr 16, 2020
Apr 18, 2020
Woman of Light
it was amazing
Woman of Light is an exquisite work of art, and I felt sublime sorrow and kindred joy in reading it. Kali Fajardo-Anstine focuses her lens on an intim ...more
Jul 24, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Billy (the Kid)
it was amazing
A delightful read in the tradition of the Wild West tall tale. It's also a thoughtful allegory on aging: growing old and deciding what of our wild you ...more
Jun 2020
Jan 07, 2020
it was amazing
I could not stop turning the pages of this beautiful, compelling story because the writer made me care so deeply about the characters. I worried for t ...more
Apr 30, 2016
Apr 26, 2016
Beautiful Ruins
This novel satiated my thirst for a light summer read, yet still retained the sort of well-crafted words, depth of feeling, and food for thought that ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
A Someday Courtesan: A Memoir in Stories (My Whorizontal Life)
it was amazing
A Someday Courtesan is not your usual girl's coming-of-age story. This frank, refreshing, and unsettling memoir dives deep into a question most such t ...more
Aug 28, 2022
Aug 30, 2022
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
it was amazing
It took me a marathon session to finish the second and third books in this trilogy because, as with the first one, I couldn't stop. I lost sleep. I ha ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez, #1)
"The Nymphos of Rocky Flats" is about a Mexican-American Iraq war veteran whose guilt about killing an innocent person leads to him becoming a vampire ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
The Bonesetter's Daughter
Amy Tan is a master at painting mother-daughter relationships complicated not only by a generation gap, but a cultural gap. She draws such evocative p ...more
not set
Dec 10, 2009
The Art of Racing in the Rain
I bought this book after a talk by Jennie Shortridge, author of "Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe." She said that her friend, Garth Stei ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
What Is the What
it was amazing
Though Dave Eggers presents it as a novel, this book is basically the true story of one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who walked across his country to es ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
The Next 15 Minutes: Strength From the Top of the Mountain
Kim Kircher deftly draws parallels between her adventurous life as a ski-patroller and the year she spent navigating her husband's life-threatening li ...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
When She Flew
it was amazing
This sweet and compelling tale is based on real events. Its fast pace provides an interesting counterpoint to its quiet depth. I felt so concerned abo ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
Helen Keller in Love
It was refreshing to discover another side of Helen Keller, whom I'd read of when I was a girl. I appreciated the opportunity to relate to her as a fl ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
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