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The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.69
it was ok
You know that fashion rule where, before you leave the house, you're supposed to quickly turn to a mirror and then take off the first accessory that c ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
 
The Goldfinch
3.87
it was amazing
There are so many beautiful, perfect sentences in this book, my heart hurts.

Donna Tartt knows a lot about so many things: art, furniture, grief, pills
...more
not set
Aug 01, 2013
 
Netherland
3.40
liked it
I want to say something about this novel because although it impressed me and I respected O'Neill's skills as a writer, I didn't find it that enjoyabl ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Aug 07, 2008
 
The Robber Bride
3.82
really liked it
My sister Lauren once said something both wise and ridiculous, and I think Atwood's beautiful, readable, and funny novel echoes the sentiment: "Women ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Dec 23, 2008
 
If You're Not Yet Like Me
3.74
it was amazing
This book is amazing!
(Okay, okay, I wrote it.)
not set
Oct 04, 2010
 
California
3.22
it was amazing
A tour de force!
not set
Oct 04, 2013
 
Woman No. 17
3.39
it was amazing
Thoroughly brilliant! Sui generis!
not set
Aug 18, 2016
 
Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter
3.66
really liked it
I really liked this book! It's beautifully written, with prose smooth as silk (or, um, sanded wood? Oh god, sorry, that's bad). I loved the literary r ...more
not set
Dec 17, 2014
 
Then We Came to the End
3.45
liked it
I was tempted to write this review in the plural first person so that you all would be impressed with how clever I am, but, fuck it, I have a novel to ...more
not set
Feb 20, 2008
 
Look at Me
3.39
it was amazing
Re-reading!

***

I am so hot for Jennifer Egan right now. As I read this book (about a whole lot more than a model who gets a new face after a car accide
...more
Mar 2008
Aug 23, 2007
 
A Little Life
4.27
I read this book far more quickly that I thought I would. I feel wrung out now. It's beautiful and profound, and at times so brutal I could barely kee ...more
not set
May 18, 2015
 
The Golden Notebook
3.75
did not like it
I just found out Doris Lessing won the Nobel, and now I feel compelled to explain my one star review of her most famous book.

My gal pals and I read th
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Jun 2005
Jul 10, 2007
 
Station Eleven
4.02
it was amazing
I loved this book, and I think it's the best of Emily St. John Mandel's novels. I liked the shifting back and forth in time, and in a way it reminded ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2014
 
My Salinger Year
3.72
it was amazing
Vivid, precise, utterly absorbing. I was reading this as I made my son scrambled eggs this morning...I could not tear myself away. I loved the descrip ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2014
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.90
really liked it
This was a truly pleasurable read. I zipped through it in a few days, and whenever I wasn't reading it, I wanted to be doing so.

I laughed and I laugh
...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
 
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
3.99
it was ok
I know it's terrible to admit this--but I didn't dig Brideshead Revisited. Well, I did, at first: I liked the descriptions of Oxford after WWI, and Se ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2008
 
The Story of a Marriage
3.50
it was ok
Taking this to Kauai...

...So I took this on my trip because the plot intrigued me, and because I've been curious about Andrew Sean Greer's work for a
...more
not set
Jul 29, 2008
 
Off Course
3.36
it was amazing
This book is so beautiful. Although I loved the prose and the setting from the beginning, its episodic style was hard to get into. I had a difficulty ...more
not set
Dec 13, 2013
 
Big Machine
3.32
really liked it
For the first 200 or so pages, Big Machine was my favorite book of the year. It's smart, it's really fucking funny, the world I was pulled into was fa ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
 
Stoner
4.28
it was amazing
My oh my what a beautiful book.

***

I just re-read this and it stood up to a second look. I'm stunned by how connected I feel to Stoner, and how his li
...more
Jul 24, 2009
Nov 16, 2008
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.89
it was amazing
I just loved this: passionate and intense and so astute about how people communicate (or don't). It was also an informative look into a working class ...more
Dec 03, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.96
it was amazing
I don't think there's actually anything crazy amazing or groundbreaking about this memoir, but I crazy enjoyed it and I could not put the thing down! ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
 
Losing It
2.50
it was amazing
I reviewed this one for the SF Chronicle and really enjoyed it. You can read my review here:

http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/L...

I've mostly stoppe
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not set
Aug 21, 2016
 
Songs for the Missing
3.41
liked it
I was going to give this book only two stars because it didn't seem particularly innovative or enthralling, but then I thought about the sad family in ...more
not set
Dec 17, 2008
 
City of Thieves
4.28
liked it
Taking this to Kauai...

...This book is incredibly fun to read--at every turn there was something to discover (Will they be killed? What's in that cabi
...more
Aug 11, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
 
So Long, See You Tomorrow
3.93
it was amazing
I should have read this in a single sitting, but I couldn't--or wouldn't--point is, I didn't, and I regret it. This novel is not only beautiful and he ...more
Dec 13, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Rich and Pretty
2.76
I blurbed this book!

“Engrossing, funny, and wise, Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam is the story of two young women growing up and growing out of their p
...more
not set
Jun 11, 2016
 
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
3.21
it was amazing
I can't really judge this novel objectively as the author is a dear friend of mine. We were in our nonfiction workshop at Oberlin together! I attended ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
 
The Vacationers
3.14
really liked it
This book is a wonderfully pleasurable read. I love Emma's prose--it's buttery and smooth and precise and funny and fluid and fun to read. I loved bei ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2013
 
Freedom
3.73
liked it
I found this book to be at times entertaining, at times quite tedious. Sometimes the prose dazzled, sometimes it exhausted, a few times it left me und ...more
Nov 2010
Oct 10, 2010
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