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really liked it
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed my second reading of this book by Ha Jin much more than the first. Perhaps it was timing or my still-maturing literary con ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 18, 2007
Go Tell It on the Mountain
it was amazing
I loved Baldwin's prose, it felt like I had fallen into my own thoughts, so familiar and natural were the cadences of his writing. Which strikes me as ...more
Apr 2007
Mar 26, 2007
The Florist's Daughter
really liked it
This is an excellent memoir of being a daughter, written as the author sat in the hospital room of her dying mother. Hampl's prose is marvelous, and h ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 07, 2007
Excellent Women / Jane and Prudence / An Unsuitable Attachment
it was amazing
Just finished Excellent Women for the ??? time. Delish!
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
Reading Lolita in Tehran
really liked it
I would love to give this book 5 stars, b/c of its theme and setting, and especially because of the courage displayed by the people in it. Unfortunate ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 28, 2007
The City of Falling Angels
really liked it
Ok, this was good. When this month's selection for our book discussion was announced, I was internally disappointed and resistant. And actually forgot ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
really liked it
Against my own wishes, given the stilted, too upper class, old boy's beginning and the rather bizarre ending, I liked this book a lot; though the char ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 01, 2008
it was amazing
This book was scary and hilarious. I kept wanting to be terrified about the future, but instead I'd find myself laughing. And, honestly, you would thi ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
liked it
This was ok. Skipped the chapter on cannabis. Some intriguing facts, and the potato chapter was a bit frightening, since a lot of it was about genetic ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2)
it was amazing
Classic story of the Battle of Gettysburg. I loved seeing the battle from both sides, and especially poignant was the realization that before the Civi ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
Never Let Me Go
really liked it
I am in the book discussion group at my local library, and we read this book for March's discussion. I think I was the only one that enjoyed it, but a ...more
Feb 2007
Mar 24, 2007
True History of the Kelly Gang
liked it
I'm sure at book discussion my opinion will not be popular, and maybe I'll even change my mind. Quite readable, but honestly.
May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013
The Book Thief
it was amazing
I was like "Not ANOTHER WWII story." Well, no, it was not just another book about Europe during WWII. Really.
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
really liked it
Ok, I know I just said another book was my favorite novel of the year so far, and now, hard on its heels, came this charmer, which must supplant the p ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Sep 02, 2008
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
Really enjoyed the title story, found the rest of the stories pretty bleak.
not set
Apr 13, 2012
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
it was amazing
Imagine if a group of Jesuits decided to organize a mission to the first planet known to have extraterrestrial life. Who would want to go? What would ...more
Jan 2000
Apr 01, 2007
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
it was ok
I don't remember exactly when we read this for book discussion, but I do remember not liking it much. Now reading Falling Angels by Berendt, for book ...more
Jan 1999
Sep 14, 2012
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
liked it
Maybe 4 stars. The first 3 chapters were so ho-hum I almost quit, so boring and platitudinous that it was really just wading through. The next 2 chapt ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
Pontoon (Lake Wobegon)
liked it
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
The Liars' Club
OK, really I didn't read this. I hated it, stopped around page 70, and the only reason I read that far was because it was for book discussion and I ho ...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
Digging to America
it was amazing
I really loved this book! Tyler explores themes I think about often within my group of friends and co-workers, some who have been here 30 or even 50 y ...more
Jun 12, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History
really liked it
I enjoyed this quite a bit, though it was pretty long.
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife
really liked it
This was excellent, though ultimately sad. But the story was fascinating, and the writing, too. Also, it was a really original twist on the old "time ...more
Sep 2006
Jan 17, 2008
House of Sand and Fog
liked it
This book is a page-turner, very well-written, and plausible -- to a point. What felt unsettlingly real is the way that each character's decisions led ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 04, 2007
The Inheritance of Loss
it was amazing
This book was so beautifully written, I had to give it 5 stars, although the portrayal of the characters was excessively harsh. The glimpses into the ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 18, 2008
The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
it was amazing
I have long been a fan of mysteries since my first Agatha Christie in 8th grade, but had never thought to enjoy a classic hard-boiled style whodunit. ...more
Apr 28, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
The Thirteenth Tale
liked it
The jury is still out on this one. Perhaps our discussion Monday night (11/19) will help me figure out what my opinion on this one is.

For now, I just
Nov 2007
Nov 17, 2007
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
it was amazing
This book is an unforgettable portrait of life in a Soviet prison camp and a classic. Of course, Solzhenitsyn is a master of his times, showing the br ...more
Apr 2006
Apr 09, 2007
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
did not like it
Far be it from me to disparage a writer of Flannery O'Connor's stature, but this was about the most dreary collection of depressing stories of violenc ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2008
Water for Elephants
really liked it
Now, this is what I think a novel can be: entertaining, original, a good story, with characters both admirable and despicable. There is dramatic tensi ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 30, 2007
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