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The Whole World Over
liked it
I loved the descriptions of food in this book as the main character is a successful pastry chef in New York. I thought that the relationship between G ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2008
Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis
liked it
Jimmy Carter is an amazing humanitarian and I respected him already for his humanitarian efforts. I really liked how he explained why Christian's shou ...more
May 2007
Aug 30, 2007
Absalom, Absalom!
it was ok
Obviously, I'm not enough of a literary intellectual to fully appreciate "freakin' Faulkner" as I came to refer to him while I muddled my way through ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Maybe in Another Life
really liked it
Perfect summer read. I enjoyed the author's style of explaining two possible courses of the main character's life by alternating chapters to tell both ...more
Jul 08, 2017
Jul 10, 2017
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
it was amazing
One of the craziest books I've read in a long time! The narrator of the story is one of the most marginal characters so it's a unique point of view an ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
The Last Lecture
really liked it
Many people, including me, saw Randy Pausch's lecture before the book came out. It was aired on You Tube and TV. A professor at Carnegie Mellon, he wa ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Apr 05, 2009
Digging to America
really liked it
A story about two couples, one quintessentially American and the other Iranian-American, who meet by chance at the Baltimore airport as they are both ...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
liked it
Shanghai Girls is another beautifully written novel by Lisa See. The story of two sisters who grow up in Shanghai in a privileged, pampered life only ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail
really liked it
This true story of Malika Oufkir, recounts her shocking (and yet recent) upbringing as the daughter of one of the king's most trusted advisors in Moro ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
A Soft Place to Land
liked it
The tale of two half-sisters , Ruthie and Julia, who are torn apart when their parents die in a plane crash and Ruthie moves to San Franciso to live w ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
really liked it
It's hard to rate this book as having "liked it" because it was so hard to read. Not in the literary sense but in the emotional sense. This true, raw, ...more
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 11, 2015
Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore, #1)
liked it
The story is about a woman named Jude who decides to quit her teaching career after her divorce and go to Ireland for a few months to visit her family ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy
liked it
Really interesting book. I didn't know much about Ted Kennedy at all and finally found out what the "scandal" was. This book is an amazing tribute not ...more
Jun 15, 2009
May 28, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
really liked it
This story is told through a series of letters which was a bit confusing for me at the beginning but stick with it because as the letters continue, th ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
The Choice
liked it
A friend loaned me this book just as I was headed for a long plane ride and needed some easy reading material. I have to admit that the characters and ...more
Aug 2016
Aug 16, 2016
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
really liked it
Harold is an elderly man who gets a letter from an old friend and in the process of trying to send her a response by walking to the post office, he in ...more
Jun 05, 2016
Jun 20, 2016
The Casual Vacancy
it was ok
I read this book because I'm such a fan of the Harry Potter series and wanted to see how Rowling would do with a completely different subject. There w ...more
Jul 11, 2015
Jul 20, 2015
Pigs in Heaven
really liked it
A follow up to The Bean Trees which I read many years ago. Taylor finds herself on the run with her adopted daughter Turtle after a lawyer from the Ch ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
liked it
A quick, cute read that I read on an airplane ride. Step, Ball, Change is the story of a couple who are getting ready for retirement and looking forwa ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy #1)
really liked it
Another epic novel by Ken Follett. This one covers the events of World War I and is told from the point of view of several nations involved in both si ...more
Jul 22, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
Cutting for Stone
it was amazing
A novel about twin boys and their struggles with being orphaned at birth and raised in Ethiopia at a medical facility where they both learned so much ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
liked it
I read this book largely out of curiosity because I've seen it on so many book lists and knew it had received the Pulitzer Prize and heard it referred ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Aug 28, 2007
The Shack
liked it
I usually like a good story when I read and this wasn't that. While the author had a story to tell, it was obvious that the book was written to descri ...more
Oct 23, 2008
Oct 24, 2008
Anna Karenina
really liked it
I'm conflicted over this book. On the one hand, there were parts of the book that I found boring and inconsequential. The dialogue regarding politics ...more
May 26, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
did not like it
I read this book because my 11 year old daughter had a copy from a friend and was going to read it and I wanted to know what it was about before she d ...more
May 25, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight
really liked it
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight is a teen romance novel, but very well done. The story is about Eliot and Calliope (Cal) and switches from each character's ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Jul 08, 2008
Nine Stories
really liked it
I've always wanted to read Salinger and heard this book was great from Goodreads readers. Nine Stories is a collection of nine short stories that were ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Oct 12, 2007
Change of Heart
liked it
I do appreciate that Jodi Picoult obviously researches her subject matter and this book was no exception. This story centers around the controversy su ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 30, 2008
Life and Death in Shanghai
really liked it
This autobiographical account of life for Nien Cheng during the "Cultural Revolution" in China was incredible. I learned so much about history, commun ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Aug 24, 2007
Girl with a Pearl Earring
liked it
Girl With a Pearl Earring is a story about a girl who comes to be a maid in order to help her family financially. She works for the family of a painte ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 15, 2009
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