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The Kitchen House
4.18
really liked it
A real page turner with short chapters and non-stop dramatic action. At points I was thinking, "c'mon, all this craziness can't be happening!" but it ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 17, 2010
 
Mare's Nest
3.24
did not like it
I wanted to love this book, but I didn't even like it. I love Lesley Kagen's other books, especially "Whistling in the Dark." That's a book I recommen ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Dec 07, 2014
 
The Language of Flowers
4.07
liked it
**spoiler alert** Pretty good.
Victoria is a warden of the court and has her last opportunity to be adopted with Elizabeth. She falls in love with her,
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not set
Jun 12, 2012
 
The Resurrection of Tess Blessing
3.57
it was ok
Off the top of my head, I cannot think of an author who is as inconsistent as Kagen. Whistling in the Dark is one of my favorite books of the last cou ...more
Jun 07, 2016
Dec 07, 2014
 
Bloodroot
3.76
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Depressing.

Takes place in the Appalachians. Mother goes insane after marrying a bad man and having twins in fear of his family's ret
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not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
Blacklands
3.64
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Young man feels his life is plagued by the uncle he never knew who was abducted and murdered when he was Steven's age. His mother, h ...more
Nov 06, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
 
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
4.06
really liked it
Shirley Jackson was an absolute literary genius and a regular ol' mom and wife. She really was Superwoman. Her creative and perceptive mind combined w ...more
Mar 13, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
 
Tomorrow River
3.84
liked it
**spoiler alert** Like the author but miss the WI setting. The ending was tidied up a bit too quick and wasn't super believable. The mom came back fro ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, a Daughter, a Reporter's Notebook
3.73
liked it
I really enjoyed this book after I read the first couple chapters but less so as it went on. People with money to spend on designer clothes, collectib ...more
May 16, 2015
May 16, 2015
 
Difficult Women
3.97
liked it
These stories didn't seem to be so much about difficult women as the difficult world they inhabit. The women themselves are not difficult, but life is ...more
May 19, 2017
May 23, 2017
 
The End of Everything
3.35
liked it
While I found this book to be pretty disturbing, I also found I couldn't put it down. When you think it's over, it isn't, and nothing is entirely what ...more
Jul 09, 2015
Jul 12, 2015
 
Little Bee
3.70
liked it
**spoiler alert** An American couple traveling in Africa come upon two young girls who are about to be killed by gunmen. The man's finger is cut off, ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
Five Days Left
3.88
really liked it
While I loved & loathed the 2 characters whose voices tell this story, and I found them both to be the extreme of selfishness and selflessness, it ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
 
Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family's Lives Forever
3.96
liked it
I abhor "Eat, Pray, Love" so don't think it's an accurate comparison to this book. These people are a family who are helping others, not a self indulg ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
 
My Name Is Memory
3.70
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Similar to but not as good as Time Traveler's Wife.

Man remembers his past lives which are often connected to one woman who he killed
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not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
Saint Training
3.50
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Very enjoyable read about a young girl caught between her own desires to serve God and help her family and become her own person wit ...more
not set
Aug 19, 2010
 
All Saints
3.10
did not like it
My review is pretty much the same as another's I just saw. I too wanted to like this book written by WI author, Liam Callanan, but it was excruciating ...more
Oct 10, 2015
Oct 03, 2015
 
The Fates Will Find Their Way
3.17
**spoiler alert** I only got through the first half of this one. I didn't care for the voice she used of the boys telling the story and constantly mus ...more
not set
Feb 13, 2011
 
Cinnamon Girl
4.20
did not like it
I have no idea why I finished this book. I like to read books by local authors, with a WI connection, or set in WI, so that's why it was on my list. I ...more
Oct 10, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
 
The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba
3.69
really liked it
I hope Cooke is still traveling to & writing about Cuba, because I'm interested to read her perspective on the continued changes happening. This b ...more
Jul 11, 2017
Jul 16, 2017
 
How High the Moon
3.99
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Cute, fun read. Little, misfit girl is taken under wing of revered, high school debutante who isn't so perfect after all. Little gir ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
A Life of Bright Ideas
4.01
liked it
**spoiler alert** I suppose some readers found this follow up to Kring's Book of Bright Ideas satisfying, but I think it tied things up a little too n ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
Angelology (Angelology, #1)
3.41
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Didn't get a chance to finish. Like Da Vinci Code but wordier.

Two angelologists competing to be the best. One is from a prominent fa
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not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
The Night Circus
4.04
it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I'm so glad a coworker recommended this to me. That is one of the many benefits of working in a library, working with people who lik ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Mar 22, 2015
 
Stiltsville
3.64
liked it
**spoiler alert** I recommended this book to my mom because of the location, but it was just OK. Frances is introduced to Dennis by her friend, Marse, ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2011
 
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
3.92
it was ok
Meh. I would have preferred to hear more about these women's unruliness in their own words. I am pretty familiar with media studies and most of the wo ...more
Nov 18, 2017
Nov 10, 2017
 
The Pier Falls: And Other Stories
3.95
really liked it
I haven't read anything by Haddon since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which I loved. I also really dig short stories. Some of the ...more
May 31, 2017
May 29, 2017
 
Darth Vader and Son
4.14
it was amazing
Hilarious! I highly recommend this book to any Star Wars fans w/ kids, especially 4 year olds. Young Luke Skywalker and my own little one seem to be t ...more
not set
Oct 30, 2012
 
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1)
3.87
it was amazing
Outstanding! I love how self referential this is. The paper girls are the same age I was in '88 so of course I love it. Why is it that Brian K. Vaugha ...more
May 09, 2017
May 10, 2017
 
Memoir of the Sunday Brunch
3.56
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Personally I preferred the first half of the book about Julia's childhood as opposed to her adulthood and her father dying, but the ...more
May 21, 2013
May 16, 2013
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