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Provenance
3.87
really liked it
A quest. With a not quite noble purpose. Ingray is compelled to do something no one has done before in order to gain the attention of her assemblywoma ...more
Oct 18, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
 
The Goldfinch
3.88
liked it
I don't know what I think. The art is well done, and the prose about art and its hold on the life of the viewer is beautiful. Hobie's talent is gorgeo ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
 
A Thread of Grace
4.01
it was amazing
On the ground, a drunk, coughing German officer, a girl of 14 with green eyes, dapper Italian grappa lover with a taste for costuming, his mother, a q ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 14, 2015
 
The Secret History of Fantasy
3.88
liked it
Peter Beagle's introduction tells us that once upon a time all literature was fantasy. Ancient peoples sitting around the campfire had to explain what ...more
Jun 03, 2014
May 23, 2014
 
The Circle
3.45
liked it
Frown or meh or something in between. I'll give the author credit for chronicling the speedy transition to a world overseen by something, whether it's ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Once In A Great City: A Detroit Story
3.72
it was amazing
Detroit is where I was born, where I worked, played and loved. Before the freeways (that wiped from the map Paradise Valley, Black Bottom and the rich ...more
Jun 10, 2016
Jun 05, 2016
 
Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy
3.66
it was amazing
A fireworks display of research, prose, statistics, chromosomes, genes, hormones and nerve circuitry. A guest blog on NPR's 13.7 Cosmos & Culture ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
 
Leopard at the Door
4.00
liked it
The setting is the star in this novel; the lighting, sounds, weather and beauty of Kenya. All the prose devoted to the scene is stellar. The character ...more
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.33
it was amazing
Nine boys, most from working class roots, show up to try out for the University of Washington's rowing program with a couple hundred others. Lanky, hu ...more
Mar 13, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
 
Aspects of the Novel
3.83
it was amazing
There is a Note at the front of this edition (1954) that sets the tone for the remainder: a series of lectures at Trinity College Cambridge. One longi ...more
Apr 02, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
 
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
3.93
liked it
Did we need one more book that describes how humans can justify misogyny, patriarchy and the general cussedness of religiously motivated literacy sinc ...more
Oct 15, 2017
Sep 14, 2017
 
The Weirdness
3.55
liked it
William Harrison Ridgeway is a 30 year old schlep who would like to be a writer, and writes enough to have a file of writing, but not so much that he ...more
May 26, 2014
May 23, 2014
 
Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
4.25
liked it
McBride's book is sorted into sections that work well. It begins with identifying whether you indeed grew up with a narcissistic mother (spectrum diso ...more
May 09, 2014
May 10, 2014
 
Black Water Rising
3.41
it was amazing
Texas 1981. That's the first line in the book. I love first lines like this. All you say in your head is. Okay. Orient yourself to that year there. It ...more
Jul 22, 2016
Jul 23, 2016
 
Snuff (Discworld, #39)
4.16
it was amazing
I went home this week twice. Back to Grosse Pte., and back to Discworld. I have an Ankh Morpork passport and a couple of coins and one of these days I ...more
Nov 11, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
Amberlough (The Amberlough Dossier, #1)
3.96
really liked it
The cover grabbed me. Donnelly credits Victo Ngai for the irresistible art. Aristide Markricosta took it from there, emceeing Cordelia Lehane, Malcolm ...more
Mar 19, 2017
Mar 19, 2017
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.97
it was amazing
Excellent science fiction for geeks, nerds, fans and those who have yet to make up their minds. 50 years ago, I liked the technology of scifi, knew th ...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
 
A Country Called Home
3.47
really liked it
The blurb writer did not read this book. No hope, no idealism, no luminous. No home. No country for that matter. The Idaho wilderness is the bass note ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
 
A Fighting Chance
4.16
it was amazing
This book was shelved next to the book I just took back. I remembered where it was, and picked it up for the holiday weekend, and darn it, I read it i ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 02, 2016
 
Embassytown
3.86
it was amazing
Mieville changed my brain. Being immersed in Embassytown is like being a kid again, believing all that hormonal, egocentric, galactically connected, c ...more
May 29, 2011
May 05, 2011
 
Pachinko
4.25
it was amazing
A wonderful friend recommended this wonderful book. She said she didn't want it to end, and I didn't either. Min Jin Lee is an author who can tell a s ...more
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 14, 2017
 
Green
4.03
it was amazing
The star choices disappeared. All I see is "clear." Which frees me to give this book 12 stars. The benefit of reading the not-so-great Caldecott winne ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
4.25
it was amazing
This is my favorite book. I have bought countless copies of it for gifts and bribes for family, friends, coworkers, management consultants and other a ...more
Sep 15, 1993
Aug 10, 2009
 
Solaris
3.98
it was amazing
Talking with a friend about movies, she mentioned seeing the newer version of Solaris (George Clooney). Better yet, read this book. Fascinating, icy, ...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
The Man with the Compound Eyes
3.76
it was amazing
Well now. This novel is a dream on different planes of existence. As a scifi book, it's quirky and has the gift of touching a serious subject with a w ...more
Jan 03, 2016
May 26, 2014
 
Galore
3.73
it was amazing
This is a book of such potency, it feels alive in your hands, fills your head with its characters, the names whispering in dreams in the middle of the ...more
Apr 29, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
 
The World as We Know It
3.84
it was amazing
This book is a life experience. Allard, Ed, Sarah and their parents are so real I am tempted to walk over the hill and take them some vegetables I pic ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
Julie and Romeo
3.68
it was amazing
I read Jeanne Ray's Eat Cake recently, and like all good things, immediately wanted more of Ray's writing. Julie and Romeo is her first novel, publish ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
Autonomous
3.64
it was amazing
Romp, total romp. There are so many engaging characters in this novel, there's a favorite for every reader. Even the shadowed are a blast to read. Pir ...more
Sep 23, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
 
Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self
4.39
it was amazing
This is an amazing reference book to have on your shelf when you need to understand what you might have in your backpack that's tripping you up. Judit ...more
Nov 23, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
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