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The Blue Star
really liked it
"The Blue Star" is a lovely snapshot of a year in a young man's life in Appalachian North Carolina in the years at the beginning of WWII. Themes of yo ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 07, 2011
The Lock Artist
really liked it
Wow - quite a page turner. But that's to be expected by 2011 Edgar Award winner for best novel. One of those books I made the mistake of starting when ...more
May 2011
May 04, 2011
Old Filth (Old Filth, #1)
it was amazing
The story of a "Raj orphan", born in Malasia to upper class British parents and shipped to Great Britain as a tiny boy. After a Dickensian early child ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The Marriage of Bette and Boo
it was amazing
I don't know that you NEED to have been raised Catholic to enjoy this, but it helps.

One of my favorite plays...
not set
Jan 14, 2008
The Children's Hospital
really liked it
First half: brilliant
Second half: confusing and a little messy
I promise you've never read anything like this before.
Nov 2007
Jan 14, 2008
Dark Places
really liked it
A murder mystery from the (almost) victim's POV. Dark, with a darkly funny narrator; I could not put it down.
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
The Strange Case of Edward Gorey
liked it
This is a very strange little book (much like the subject). It's essentially a list of the things Edward Gorey liked and didn't like: art, books, movi ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 17, 2011
What the Dead Know
it was amazing
Laura Lippman is a good writer, but she transcends her usual good, solid detective stories with this beautifully written and well-paced take on a real ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
it was amazing
Like the magazine Mark Harris writes for (EW), this book is both educational and fun, gossipy and factual, "Pictures at a Revolution" tracks the Best ...more
Aug 2010
Jun 27, 2011
House Thinking: A Room-By-Room Look at How We Live
liked it
A review of how we use and live in out dwellings, with a focus on how we interact with the space (as opposed to how we decorate it). I have to agree w ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 22, 2010
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