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Rockbound
3.81
it was amazing
This was a perfect book to discover on the shelf of my family's place in Maine. Written in 1928, the language is smooths and masterful, and the story ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
 
The Night Circus
4.03
really liked it
A beautiful book about wonder, magic, love, and stories. The narrative could have been a little bit tighter, and not all of the characters seemed full ...more
Aug 08, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
 
The Art of Fielding
3.99
really liked it
So, just to get it out of the way -- this was a beautifully crafted novel. The writing was elegant, an unapologetically poetic at times, and the chara ...more
Aug 27, 2017
Aug 23, 2017
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
it was amazing
Read it. Pass it on. Listen to black voices, from those with microphones and publishers like Coates' to those in our hallways and on our street corner ...more
Sep 28, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
 
The Magic Maker: A Portrait of John Langstaff and His Revels
3.87
it was amazing
While I am certainly biased in favor of anything about the history of Revels, of which I have been a part my entire life, I found this a thought-provo ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 04, 2012
 
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
3.87
really liked it
I enjoyed this book - most of the time. Colonel Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali were well-rounded characters, and their friendship and later romance is charmin ...more
May 2012
May 02, 2012
 
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
4.24
liked it
Scott Lynch sure has an awesome imagination. In this second of the Gentlemen Bastards series, he creates another deliciously believable piece of the l ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
 
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
3.75
it was amazing
I gave this five stars because it's a well-researched exposure by the reputable Jon Krakauer of the misdeeds of Greg Mortenson, founder of the Central ...more
Apr 19, 2011
Apr 19, 2011
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.93
really liked it
This book had some great writing in it, and dealt with some difficult themes and stories. Ultimately, there were enough narratives that it was difficu ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
 
The Cat's Table
3.58
it was amazing
This is the first book of Ondaatje's that I've read - I think I should read more of him. On the surface, it's the story of a young boy journeying from ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
 
Mr g: A Novel About The Creation
3.53
it was amazing
The first book I read of Alan Lightman's was Einstein's Dreams, which I found incredibly thought-provoking and original. "Mr. G" was just as interesti ...more
Apr 2012
May 02, 2012
 
Carry On
4.19
really liked it
What a fun book! It was hard for me not to laugh out loud on every other page, with the oblique references to Harry Potter, and the alternative magica ...more
Dec 16, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
 
Reamde
3.96
really liked it
Neal Stephenson pulls off a ridiculously interesting, exciting, and smart book, as usual. The premise was creative and original, and unbelievably topi ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
 
1Q84
3.89
really liked it
This is the first Murakami novel I've read, and it was unlike anything I've experienced before. I'll warn you - it's probably worth knowing something ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)
4.34
it was amazing
A wonderful and illuminating story about friendship, love, and growing up. There are so many important things about this book that reflect an America ...more
Mar 2014
Sep 21, 2015
 
Anathem
4.18
it was amazing
This was a great science-fiction novel, but it was also so much more. The philosophical discussions that Stephenson played with in this book were amaz ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
 
The Hollow Land
4.12
it was amazing
What a wonderful book of stories about a small English town that stays small, and the pull that landscapes from childhood can exert on us all through ...more
Oct 10, 2015
Sep 10, 2015
 
The Preservationist
3.64
really liked it
Well, I'm biased in favor of anything Noah's Ark. It's the one and only obsession left from my childhood that won't go away. That said, I think this i ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
 
The Imperfectionists
3.54
really liked it
This was a great little book. It was a well-orchestrated outline of an ex-pat community's history, from start to finish, at an international newspaper ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
 
The Long Cosmos (The Long Earth, #5)
3.85
it was amazing
This book is only worth reading if you've read the other four in the series, but whoa -- what a finish. Stephen Baxter seemed to have fully embraced t ...more
Sep 08, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
 
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1)
3.93
it was amazing
A few years ago I read Amitav Ghosh's nonfiction book "In An Antique Land." I loved it - he presents history in a beautiful and compelling way, and I ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
 
Into the Wild
3.95
it was amazing
Travel writing and nonfiction are my two favorite genres. Krakauer and his book Into the Wild are, in my mind, the quintessential author and book for ...more
Oct 08, 2017
Oct 10, 2017
 
American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center
4.05
it was amazing
This is one of the best nonfiction pieces I've ever read. Langewiesche manages to be sensitive to all impacted sides of the tragedy of the Twin Towers ...more
May 15, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
The Bones of Paris (Harris Stuyvesant, #2)
3.50
liked it
This was a fun, slightly predictable mystery set in 1920s Paris. I hadn't read any Laurie King before, although I've been meaning to read her Holmes/R ...more
Jul 27, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
 
The Expats
3.42
really liked it
I'm pretty impressed with Chris Pavone's ability to merge exciting, suspenseful spy narratives with mid-life crisis relationship drama. While the big ...more
Oct 20, 2016
Oct 07, 2016
 
The Gap of Time
3.72
really liked it
In The Gap of Time, Winterson undertakes the challenging task of modernizing the characters, plot, and language of one of Shakespeare's more quirky st ...more
Jan 13, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
 
Tinkers
3.37
liked it
This book took itself a little too seriously, but in the end didn't build a strong connection with the characters, and also didn't seem to have much t ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 17, 2012
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
really liked it
I've heard for a while that this was a great book, so I'm glad to have finally read it. The characters and settings in this book were utterly compelli ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
 
Middlesex
3.98
liked it
While this was a great novel in many ways, it did not have a satisfying conclusion. The historical time periods wove together in fascinating ways, and ...more
Jun 2010
Apr 05, 2011
 
The Frog Run: Words and Wildness in the Vermont Woods
4.12
it was amazing
A beautiful set of essays by and a wonderful portrait of John Elder, one of my best professors at Middlebury. This is a true, direct, and poignant gli ...more
Oct 03, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
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