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Hard Choices
really liked it
This is a finely crafted book on her foreign policy successes and failures during her time as Secretary of State for the first four years of the Obama ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
VietnamEazy: A Novel About Mothers, Daughters and Food
really liked it
I just finished reading this charmingly written novel that looks at the Vietnamese culture, a family’s idiosyncrasies, and, of course, the importance ...more
Jan 06, 2017
Jan 06, 2017
The Master Butchers Singing Club
liked it
I read this book with very little knowledge/expectations on its content or quality of writing. The book provided an interesting perspective on the lif ...more
Feb 22, 2017
Feb 18, 2017
Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
liked it
Yes, fellow book club buddies, I finally finished it. Did I like it? Let’s say I agreed with some of the other reviewers. . . There’s an unmistakable ...more
Jun 06, 2016
May 18, 2016
The Girl on the Train
it was amazing
The “girl on the train” is Rachel, a daily commuter into London. Every morning she daydreams about the lives of the couples that she encounters throug ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 15, 2015
The Alaskan Laundry
it was amazing
To experience the ultimate Alaskan adventure has always been at the top of my “bucket list.” So needless to say, when Book Browse gave me an opportuni ...more
Feb 08, 2016
Jan 31, 2016
Be Frank With Me
it was amazing
My new hero is Frank Banning, full of eccentricities, with a movie style wardrobe and his head filled with vast fascinating knowledge. He’s obviously ...more
Oct 17, 2016
Oct 13, 2016
News of the World
really liked it
"News of the World" is a lovely book combining two of my favorite genres; historical fiction and coming of age novels. Having survived three wars and ...more
Apr 04, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
Swift Justice: Murder & Vengeance In A California Town
it was amazing
I recently had the unique experience of attending the San Jose’s Tabard Theater’s production of the newly adapted play based on the 1933 lynching of t ...more
Mar 13, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss
it was amazing
Who would have though that moments exchanged between a mother and son who have spent much of their lives in the spotlight could produce such an enchan ...more
Sep 13, 2016
Sep 03, 2016
Lucky Boy
really liked it
With two alternate story lines dealing with an infertile Indian couple and an illegal young Mexican immigrant who has a baby boy, I found this book ha ...more
Aug 24, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
Behind Closed Doors
really liked it
I must start this review by saying that there will be those who love this book and those that do not. For this reader, I had a hard time putting it do ...more
Jan 14, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
Olive Kitteridge
really liked it
As the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a recent four-part mini-series, based on the novel, I thought it was time that I, too, should experience Olive ...more
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir
it was amazing
The Sound of Gravel. . . whether it was the sound of the boys’ bike wheels on the Colonia roads, the feel of the gravel beneath the children’s feet as ...more
Mar 15, 2016
Mar 13, 2016
A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis's Graceland to Bruce Jenner's Caitlyn & Songs in Between
really liked it
In good conscience, I must admit having grown up with Elvis' music, I have and always will be a FAN! So to state that I really enjoyed this book is a ...more
Sep 09, 2016
Sep 05, 2016
Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
it was ok
After having read several of Amy Tan’s novels, I was looking forward to hearing about her younger life and family history. There is one major flaw in ...more
Dec 11, 2017
Nov 04, 2017
The Silver Linings Playbook
it was amazing
Never saw the movie and I am glad that I didn't! I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written novel that gives the reader a different perspective of mental ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
really liked it
Life in the 1950’s – Non-fiction story of a stay-at-home mom who manages to keep her family of 10’s heads above water. Irish Catholic and living in a ...more
Jun 22, 2015
Jun 17, 2015
We Are Called to Rise
really liked it
While reading this tender story, I found myself becoming attached to each of these characters, Avis, Luis, Bashkim and Roberta. All in their own way s ...more
Sep 22, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
it was amazing
“Tallgrass” is set during World War II and focuses on the plight of the American born Japanese that were "relocated" to internment camps. It is told t ...more
Sep 26, 2016
Sep 26, 2016
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
liked it
This is a very different type of book. Without giving away any spoilers, the story is about Eva - from infancy to young adulthood. She is born with an ...more
Aug 09, 2016
Aug 09, 2016
Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley
really liked it
Having grown up listening to the rock and roll of Jerry Lee Lewis, I was drawn to this book. Three cousins, born within 12 months of each other, in a ...more
Oct 15, 2014
Oct 11, 2012
Redemption Road
it was amazing
On the front cover of Redemption Road, David Baldacci states “John Hart can flat-out write. . . .read this novel! And so I did and what a dynamic ride ...more
Aug 12, 2016
Aug 09, 2016
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
it was amazing
Could you live alone for 27 years in the woods of Maine surviving the intensity of the weather and the silence of isolation? Most of us could not or w ...more
Jun 06, 2017
Jun 01, 2017
The Little Paris Bookshop
it was amazing
A charming warm-hearted novel – a love letter to books, as one critic so rightfully put it. It all begins with a bookshop on a converted barge in the ...more
Aug 12, 2015
Aug 11, 2015
it was amazing
An absolutely enchanting look at the heartbreaking relationship between a young boy and his fox. Pennypacker once again shows us what an expert storyt ...more
Jul 05, 2016
Jun 28, 2016
A Life in Parts
really liked it
When I read a review of "A Life in Parts" by the author’s ex-spouse, I immediately knew I needed to read and/or listen to this man’s journey. The revi ...more
Mar 22, 2017
Mar 17, 2017
I'll Give You the Sun
liked it
I think this one was a 3.5 for me. There were things I liked but then there were things that bothered me. In the beginning I had a difficult time with ...more
Jul 15, 2017
Jul 08, 2017
The Nest
liked it
As another reviewer put it quite nicely. . . Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that ...more
Aug 27, 2016
Aug 17, 2016
The Winter People
really liked it
When I picked up this novel at the local library, I thought I was in the mood for something creepy. Not the kind of book that I am normally attracted ...more
Apr 02, 2016
Apr 02, 2016
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