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Half of a Yellow Sun
really liked it
I refrained from googling Nigerian history while reading this book and just let the story wash over me. Thankfully, the occasional use of the Igbo lan ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Nov 05, 2010
it was amazing
Took me a few pages to get my orientation, but then I was off and really could not put this book down. Sensitive, intellectual Margaret, still mournin ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
Falling Slowly: A Novel
it was ok
Reading slowly is more like it. Ever wonder what people are thinking during their morning commute; while idly listening to someone at a cocktail party ...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
The Observations
really liked it
"The Observations" is utterly compelling from page one. I could not put it down. Set in Victorian Scotland, Bessie is a 15 year old Irish girl who see ...more
Jun 19, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
Mr. Chartwell
really liked it
I may never look at a black Labrador in the same way again. In July 1964, on the eve of Churchill’s resignation from Parliament, Esther Hammerhans pre ...more
Aug 2011
Jul 28, 2011
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
liked it
The narrator of “In the Woods” is Detective Ryan. By chance, he and his partner and best friend are assigned to a child murder in the small housing es ...more
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
The Devil in the White City
liked it
Larson takes two largely forgotten, concurrent historical events: the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and one of America’s first documented serial killers a ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
really liked it
Two reasons I wanted to read this book: 1) it nicely fit in thematically with The Feast of the Goat, which I read a few months ago; and 2) people eith ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Oct 08, 2010
Moon Tiger
really liked it
Claudia Hampton lies dying in a nursing home, reflecting upon her life’s story. In her mind, she composes a history of the world and the reader is pri ...more
Feb 25, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
The History of Love
it was ok
I would have given The History of Love 2 stars if I could. It is written in a post modern, disjointed style with blank pages, pages with just one sent ...more
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Forever Amber
liked it
Whew! A marathon read, almost a thousand pages detailing 10 years in the life of Amber St. Clare; like a trashy version of Nora Lofts on steroids. I n ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
A Fine Balance
really liked it
“You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair”. The story opens with the first meeting of widowed Dina, the tailors Om and Ishvar who ...more
Jul 17, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
The Rules of Engagement
it was ok
Another Brookner read for IABD at The story centers on two childhood friends who connect and reconnect through the ye ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
White Nights (Shetland Island, #2)
liked it
The second book in the Shetlander Quartet, Inspector Jimmy Perez has another mystery to solve, when an “incomer” (non-Shetlander”) is found hanging in ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
really liked it
I read this for the Cornflower Reading Group at This “progressively lipogramatic epistolary fable“is a bit hard to d ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
The Falls
liked it
The beginning of “The Falls” is excellent, with great gothic and melodramatic overtones. Abandoned by her first husband on their honeymoon at Niagara ...more
Jun 04, 2011
May 23, 2011
The Egyptologist
liked it
“The Egyptologist” is a clever epistolary novel; darkly comical and touchingly pathetic. In Egypt 1922, Ralph Trilipush, Oxford scholar and amateur ar ...more
May 23, 2011
May 09, 2011
American Wife
liked it
Curtis Sittenfeld uses Laura Bush’s life as a template to write a fictionalized version thereof. I have to say, it seemed voyeuristic and I felt a lit ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
really liked it
Despite the fact that the prologue indicates how “Slammerkin” will end, I found this to be a very compelling book; a page turner, although sometimes, ...more
May 08, 2011
May 02, 2011
Last Bus to Woodstock (Inspector Morse, #1)
liked it
I am going to read all the Morse books, I think there are over 20. I like the PBS mysteries with Inspector Lewis, which developed out of the Morse TV ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
liked it
Reminiscent of Godsford Park (so much so, I wonder if it wasn’t an influence on Altman) or Upstairs Downstairs; Loving is a slice of life look at WWII ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
Miss Buncle's Book (Miss Buncle, #1)
liked it
In an effort to shore up her dwindling dividends (aside from the doctor, the vicar and of course the servants and trades people, no one has a day job ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
The Family Fang
liked it
“Art, if you loved it, was worth any amount of unhappiness and pain. If you had to hurt someone to achieve those ends, so be it. If the outcome was be ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
really liked it
“Angelica” begins as a Victorian ghost story and ends as a psychological novel. In a manner similar to “The Instance of the Fingerpost”, the story is ...more
May 31, 2011
May 26, 2011
Open House
it was ok
Good Bye Elizabeth Berg. I read A Year of Pleasures about 2 years ago and really liked it, but now I fear that all your books are variations on the sa ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
liked it
Joseph Campbell would have liked this book; a young boy leaves his home, goes on a journey and discovers his true nature. Sparrowhawk, lives on one of ...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Killing The Shadows
it was ok
A profiler who works with the police and lives with a crime fiction writer must take matters in to her own hands when a serial killer starts targeting ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Alias Grace
really liked it
Based on true events, Margaret Atwood uses her prodigious talents to imagine the story of Grace Marks, who was tried and convicted at the age of 16 of ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Q's Legacy: A Delightful Account of a Lifelong Love Affair with Books
liked it
I thought this was going to be about how Hanff’s self study via the writings of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (“Q”) lead her to greater learning and the s ...more
Apr 19, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin, #1)
liked it
This book should be annotated what with the many nautical terms, archaic speech, and references to the politics of the time. Unfortunately, I grasp th ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
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