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The Marriage Plot
it was amazing
Having been a big fan of Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, it's needless to say that his latest, The Marriage Plot, immediately went on my virtual to-read ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Fourth of July Creek
liked it

Well, right away have to chalk this up to being unsure if he's read the same book as everyone else -- or maybe just another case of bad timing (possi
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
The Son
liked it
This is one of those books that didn't bear the weight of my expectations. Philipp Meyer's The Son certainly has been getting a lot of buzz -- recentl ...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
liked it
I have a checkered past with Andre Agassi. Having been a fan of pro-tennis since I was a kid, I was intrigued with Agassi when he debuted on the tour ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
The Submission
really liked it
A Muslim American named Mohammad "Mo" Khan wins a blind design contest for NYC's WTC memorial? That premise alone tells Amy Waldman's debut novel is a ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #8)
liked it
Ok, we're up to the 8th installment of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, it's pretty review-proof and/or just not a whole lot to say other than it's ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
State of Wonder
liked it
I am not sure what's going on between me and Ann Patchett. This is the third time around the block with her. I remember good things about The Magician ...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
it was amazing

I have a love affair with Italy having had the great fortune to visit it two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Venice and Florence were easy falls/love
Oct 13, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
liked it
I am feeling terribly cranky with my reading of late. Well, first I have to remind myself that 3-stars is not "bad," but still I do not usually get th ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
The Financial Lives of the Poets
really liked it
Heard good things about this book and since it was "if you like that one, you'll like this one" book recommendation from what was my favorite read of ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
How to Talk to a Widower
really liked it
I don't know why it took me so long to get back to read another book by Jonathan Tropper. A couple of years back I read his latest book This Is Where ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
really liked it
I am big fan of "quirky" and that word has been used a lot in describing Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette, so much so that I was almost afrai ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
Fifteen Dogs
it was amazing

While I am a dog lover, I have not been a fan of dog-related books/novels. They just tend to be too drippy sentimental and/or emotionally manipulative
Nov 10, 2015
Nov 05, 2015
liked it

Typically I write up these little "review" within 24 hours of finishing a book. But here, I finished it on the plane to vacation and here I am a week
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 23, 2013
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
liked it

Courtney Maum's debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You seemed right up my alley: a cross-cultural romantic comedy mixed with one of my f
Jun 26, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
The Middlesteins
it was ok
Jami Attenberg's The Middlesteins has been getting a bit of literary buzz, but perhaps not unlike the obese protagonist - Edie Middlestein - no matter ...more
Nov 2012
Oct 26, 2012
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
it was amazing

I've been debating to give Becky Albertalli's debut novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda either 4 or 5 stars (or even my unofficial 4.5 stars), but
Dec 08, 2015
Dec 04, 2015
really liked it

Entertaining and sweeping multi-generational saga where you are bound to learn something about Korean, Japanese, and Korean-Japanese culture and histo
Dec 24, 2017
Dec 08, 2017
The Malice of Fortune
did not like it
This review proves the adage "never say never." I never thought I would give a 1-star review.

First, I respect authors and feel that the only thing mo
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
Station Eleven
it was amazing

Having become a tad fatigued with the whole dystopia/post-apocalyptic sub-genre, I was a bit hesitant to dip into this novel. Regardless of said fatig
Oct 07, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
The Girls
really liked it

Always a bit wary starting a buzzed about book, particularly a highly paid advance for a debut novel, but Emma Cline's The Girls certainly lived up to
Jun 28, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
The Sisters Brothers
it was amazing
Despite living in the now suburbanized wild wild west sprawl of Phoenix, AZ (tho guns still allowed to be carried unless the establishment says otherw ...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
A Brief History of Seven Killings
really liked it

I had not intended to read Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings even after it made this year's (2015) Tournament of Books (ToB). While I do
Mar 18, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2)
really liked it

Well Go Set a Watchman ended up being quite the pleasant surprise, tho I should immediately state than I never quite put Atticus Finch or To Kill A Mo
Aug 2015
Jul 27, 2015
Life After Life
it was amazing
Life After Life is one of those "achievement" books. I am not sure how Kate Atkinson had all that story in her head, let alone put in all down in prin ...more
May 04, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
Life After Life
liked it
There is some really lovely stuff going in Jill McCorkle's Life After Life, basically a collection of character studies that coalesce with each other ...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
Ban en Banlieue
it was ok

There is something here, I just don't know what it is. I wasn't planning on reading Ban En Banlieue for this year's (2016) Tournament of Books (ToB)
Feb 09, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
Between the World and Me
it was amazing

Wow, don't even know where to start on this one. Having just finished it, part of me thinks I should give myself more time to process it, but the othe
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 20, 2015
Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales of the City, #8)
really liked it
I have such affection and nostalgia for the Tales of the City books and the subsequent mini-series so much so that when I was in NYC this fall, it was ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
A Gentleman in Moscow
really liked it
If you are looking for a charming novel, go no further than A Gentleman in Moscow where Amor Towles creates a cast of characters to fall in love with ...more
Dec 13, 2016
Nov 28, 2016
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