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The Road Home
4.34
it was amazing
I woke up this morning missing the characters from The Road Home. As though we had met at a honky-tonk at some backroads junction and had a great time ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
 
Desperate to Be a Housewife
3.96
it was amazing
Meg Bortin's riveting memoir of coming into adulthood and a professional career offers a close-up and (very) personal look at how first-wave feminism ...more
Jan 27, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
Tita
4.22
really liked it
Beautifully written and evocative of an earlier time when the line between what could and could not be done in "good" society was all that mattered. M ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home
3.34
it was amazing
Wise and emotionally sensitive advice for sorting out family stuff. This is a very helpful book and a pleasure to read!
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
Religion in America: A Political History
3.93
it was amazing
This is a strong analysis of the role of religion in the American political landscape, particularly pointing out the nuance in specific areas that are ...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
 
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
3.90
liked it
Interesting in both its examination of religion and of secularism, and the role both have played in shaping culture and society. Armstrong has reached ...more
Mar 15, 2015
May 03, 2015
 
The Saffron Road: A Journey with Buddha's Daughters
4.20
it was amazing
The Saffron Road is a fascinating journey to meet women around the world who have chosen the path to enlightenment over material gain or social succes ...more
Jun 04, 2015
Jun 14, 2015
 
Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software
3.27
really liked it
I totally enjoyed most of this book. Chandra brings together cultural dynamics in a fresh and original way, linking coding to fiction writing to lingu ...more
Sep 07, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
The Blazing World
3.67
really liked it
Intellectually challenging, built on the shifting sands of postmodern identity. Whose voice are we hearing, whose art are we seeing? Hustvedt explores ...more
not set
Nov 03, 2014
 
Trailing
3.88
really liked it
A vividly written, courageously honest account of the difficulties of adjusting to a new life. Whether changing country as a trailing spouse or indepe ...more
May 17, 2014
May 06, 2014
 
The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941
3.60
it was amazing
A delightful tour

When it comes to Americans in Paris, it isn’t all about sex and money. No, really. Nancy Green has dived deep into the archives of Am
...more
Oct 06, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
 
The Lost Vintage
4.04
really liked it
Lost Vintage has a strong story line, warm and vivid voices and interweaving plots that hold the reader's interest tenaciously. It tells the story of ...more
not set
Jun 22, 2018
 
Call Me Brooklyn
3.48
liked it
Having read the book in translation (floja soy!) I won't be too critical, there's a layer of interpretation that comes through the translator. But it ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
 
Moral Imagination: Essays
4.16
liked it
David Bromwich's collection of essays have stood the test of time, for the most part, and those that seem dated are interesting in their reflection of ...more
Apr 30, 2015
May 03, 2015
 
Natchez Burning (Penn Cage, #4)
4.14
liked it
I used to love Greg Iles' books, 24 Hours, Sleep No More, they were don't-talk-to-me-I'm-reading kind of stories. Maybe I've changed as a reader, mayb ...more
Jan 02, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
 
Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City
3.66
it was amazing
A well-researched, clearly written, tightly told tale of the restructuring of Paris in the second half of the 19th century. Stéphane Kirkland brings t ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
4.41
it was amazing
Molon labe, baby. High drama in exalted prose takes you into the one of history's most consequential battles. I would like to say it will make a Spart ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2018
 
Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam
4.29
it was amazing
Vivid, in-the-moment oral history of the individual soldiers who fought during the siege of Khe Sanh in 1968. Author Gregg Jones puts the reader on th ...more
Jan 2018
Feb 25, 2018
 
The Good Lord Bird
3.76
really liked it
Lovely, strong, authentic narrative voice, with a paradoxically weak racial/gender identity. The perfect witness to the end game of John Brown, whose ...more
Apr 12, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
 
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
3.66
it was amazing
Dinaw Mengestu manages the remarkable feat of making you care intensely about someone who appears not to care about himself, of bringing you in close ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
 
The Secret of Magic
3.79
it was amazing
A bold and beautifully written novel of Jim Crow Mississippi and the challenges its society presents to a young African-American lawyer from the New Y ...more
Jul 2014
May 04, 2014
 
Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age
4.12
it was amazing
A cultural history of the early 20th century, centered on WWI and the rise of Nazism, that brings into focus the how and the why of its darkest days. ...more
Jan 2014
Nov 16, 2013
 
Gone Girl
4.06
it was amazing
A terrific deconstruction of marriage as psychosis, à la George Cukor's Gaslight. Sure-footed pacing gives it thriller edge while the intimate and aut ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 22, 2013
 
The Flamethrowers
3.48
really liked it
Beautifully written, a universe (re)created of 1970s detail with a psychological drama to match the period. I enjoyed Telex from Cuba and appreciated ...more
Jun 2013
Sep 22, 2013
 
South of the Big Four
3.84
it was amazing
Lyrical writing, vivid characters, an intimate view of life in a small midwestern farming community. Don Kurtz made farming life feel as limited as th ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
 
The World of Yesterday
4.46
it was amazing
Reading Stefan Zweig on the willful complacency of Europeans before the onset of catastrophe is chilling and sad, and frames the present day in an omi ...more
Nov 04, 2015
Aug 20, 2015
 
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
3.79
liked it
Sturdy, readable biography. It made me more sympathetic to Andrew Jackson and filled in some gaps in 19th century US history.
Jul 2013
Sep 22, 2013
 
American War
3.80
it was amazing
Beautifully written, with the details of south-north discord perfectly outlined. A cautionary tale for our days!
Jun 2017
Feb 25, 2018
 
In the Dark
3.27
really liked it
Snappy dialogue, scintillating sex, romantic suspense the way it's meant to happen. Sally Eggert is a talent to watch!
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
 
The Various Haunts of Men (Simon Serrailler, #1)
3.81
liked it
Cozy English mystery, lots of tea and late-night baths, but good tension in the plot and vividly drawn characters.
Nov 2013
Nov 16, 2013
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