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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 ...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 ...more
May 09, 2014
May 16, 2014
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 ...more
Nov 26, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
Three Junes
really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
The Unconsoled
really liked it
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
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 ...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 ...more
Jun 2015
Jun 01, 2015
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,
Oct 21, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
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 ...more
Mar 02, 2019
May 14, 2013
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
really liked it
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 ...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 ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
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 ...more
Apr 30, 2016
Apr 26, 2016
Beautiful Ruins
really liked it
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
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 ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
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
The Ringer
really liked it
"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, ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2011
The Bonesetter's Daughter
really liked it
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 ...more
not set
Dec 10, 2009
When She Flew
really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
Helen Keller in Love
liked it
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 ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez, #1)
really liked it
"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 ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
The Book of Unknown Americans
it was amazing
I was impressed with the unique structure of this book, which shows how so many lives intertwine to create community. I loved how deceptively easy it ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
really liked it
Wolf is a wonderfully weird and darkly funny read about a post-apocalyptic future without dogs, and therefore without a soul. Through that future ...more
Jun 10, 2018
Jul 12, 2014
it was amazing
I adore this hilarious, heartfelt story. Andrew Sean Greer reminds me that reading deeply meaningful literature need not entail emotional suffering - ...more
Oct 23, 2018
Oct 24, 2018
it was amazing
Although this book is marketed as middle-grade fiction, it has a depth and complexity that I believe will appeal to sophisticated readers in all age ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
The Devil's Highway: A True Story
it was amazing
I wish everyone with an interest in or opinion on immigration and border issues would read this book. Luis Alberto Urrea's account pushes his ...more
Apr 12, 2014
Apr 02, 2014
Justice for Bonnie: An Alaskan Teenager's Murder and Her Mother's Tireless Crusade for the Truth
really liked it
This was an emotionally tough read because I know the people involved, but it's a compelling true-crime drama that offers moving insights into the way ...more
Dec 30, 2015
Aug 29, 2014
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
it was amazing
A fantastic book for any reader of any age who has ever felt unsure of his or her place in the world - guess that covers just about everyone. Just ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
Broken: A Love Story - Horses, Humans, and Redemption on the Wind River Indian Reservation
really liked it
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 ...more
Dec 2009
Nov 25, 2009
The Art of Racing in the Rain
really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
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