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A Little Life
4.28
liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm not quite sure what to say about this book, which is both compulsively readable and so overwrought that when I described the plo ...more
Apr 14, 2015
Apr 14, 2015
 
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
3.97
it was amazing
This book is grim, violent, sad (dead kids, dead moms, dead dogs), and also hilarious and uplifting (passionate cops, a ferociously maternal doctor, a ...more
Nov 27, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
 
In Sunlight and in Shadow
3.44
did not like it
I see from the other reviews that people either love or hate this book. I bought the stupid thing based on one rave review, and I hated it. Let me exp ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
 
The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters
4.10
it was amazing
I'm obsessed by the Mitfords, so I devoured this. How can you not be fascinated by a family where the six sisters were a Communist, a Fascist, a Nazi, ...more
Dec 2007
Jan 10, 2008
 
Monday Mornings
3.45
I'm only two chapters in, but this book contains one of the funniest bad sentences I've ever come across so I want to memorialize it in case I don't f ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
The Widower's Tale
3.66
did not like it
I'm very bitter about this book: it got rave reviews for its touching character studies and perceptive social commentary, so I bought it and waited fo ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
 
Beautiful Day
3.75
it was ok
I spent the second half of this wedding-in-Nantucket novel hoping that Jaws would Sharknado himself right into the rehearsal dinner and chomp down eve ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
 
The Private Patient (Adam Dalgliesh #14)
3.78
liked it
I found this to be so leisurely -- pages-long descriptions of car trips through the countryside, detailed listings of the stuff in every room -- that ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
 
Sing Them Home
3.55
did not like it
"Read" is cheating -- I read about 100 pages and quit. I would have thrown it against a wall but 1) it was a library book and 2) it's pretty fat, so i ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
 
Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician
3.58
it was ok
I usually love medical memoirs and he certainly raises some important issues (overtesting, overcharging, extending the end of life past the point of s ...more
Aug 31, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
 
The Gate House
3.72
it was ok
This book is very, very long and NOTHING HAPPENS until the last 30 pages. Our hero drives around the Gold Coast, reminisces about events that happened ...more
Nov 14, 2008
Nov 15, 2008
 
Father of the Rain
3.86
it was amazing
I almost stopped reading after the first page, because it begins in a car with a girl, her new puppy, and her crazy drunk dad. I thought, it's the Che ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
 
The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy
3.79
it was ok
This is the funniest unintentionally funny book I've ever read (and it's utterly humorless, so that's quite an achievement). Pampered author, herself ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
4.29
it was ok
I gave a million stars to "Wild" but I don't like this book at all. Here's the pattern: someone asks for help in solving a life problem. "Sugar" respo ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
 
The Boston Girl
3.79
liked it
This book was EXACTLY like the big immigrant family sagas I used to love in my teens, by people like Belva Plain and Howard Fast. Nothing fancy, an O ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
 
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
3.20
it was ok
Interesting story, but I kind of hated the author. In two different incidents he ran over his pet dog AND his own toddler son, which made me pretty un ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
 
Happens Every Day: An All Too True Story
3.47
did not like it
I'm so mad. I bought this book based on a couple of good reviews, and because I needed to beef up a B&N order to get the $25 free shipping option. ...more
May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009
 
Reconstructing Amelia
3.82
it was ok
This novel was advertised as being a twisty page-turner a la "Gone Girl." Nope, sorry, not even close. Story: bright, sensitive daughter commits suici ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
 
Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail
2.60
did not like it
Man, I've been on a bad book streak lately. From the reviews, I thought this would be a sort of "Nickel and Dimed," a sharp and witty look at what it' ...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater
3.66
liked it
I couldn't decide between three stars for the sincerity and good writing, or two stars for the irritation I felt while reading a 400 page book about o ...more
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
 
Some Luck (Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga, #1)
3.61
really liked it
To my surprise, I absolutely loved the slower, more meditative first half of the book. Who knew that reading about oat production and plows and wells ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
 
The Actress
2.91
it was ok
This would have been a fine guilty pleasure summer read, but the author has the oddest writing style, and I found it distracting. Her character descri ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life
3.44
it was ok
Messy, overwritten, and completely useless as an analysis of suicide. She lost me right at the beginning when she used one of her own poems as a prelu ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
 
Fidelity
3.53
really liked it
Oh, I love Thomas Perry, he's such a good writer and his books move like bullet trains. But he seriously scares me. Many of his books feature professi ...more
May 20, 2008
May 20, 2008
 
Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance, #2)
3.81
it was ok
I have GOT to stop buying this guy's books. He used to be so good, but, like P. Cornwell, he's marched right down I'm Too Important For An Editor Ave ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
 
The Starboard Sea
3.64
did not like it
This book is being sold as adult fiction but it's Y/A at its lamest, an unholy brew of "Ordinary People," "Catcher in the Rye" and "Twilight" minus th ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
 
Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)
3.89
it was ok
This is disturbing. Somebody has kidnapped terse, cynical, grimly funny Dennis Lehane, the guy who wrote a series of excellent Boston detective novels ...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
 
A Fortunate Age
3.06
really liked it
This book was right in my wheelhouse-- next to medical memoirs and serial killer thrillers, I love nothing more than a big fat book that follows a gro ...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 10, 2009
 
I Don't Care About Your Band: Lessons Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated
3.40
did not like it
Most of the other negative reviewers were turned off by all the sex and vulgarity. I love that stuff -- I hated this book because the author comes off ...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
 
Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty
3.44
really liked it
I'm familiar with Harris Wittels from the Comedy Bang Bang podcast, so I know how funny he is, but I wasn't sure how he could talk about fake-ly modes ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
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