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The World According to Garp
it was amazing
I'd say that "Lolita" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" are the two best written books I've ever read. But if I had to pick my all time favorite book ...more
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Jan 29, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
it was amazing
This book is a true wonder and treasure, the very definition of a 5 star read. I'm placing it in the exhalted position of one of my 3 favorite books o ...more
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Aug 21, 2008
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
liked it
When I read this book years ago, my first thought was that it would make an excellent Christmas gift for anyone who I couldn't figure out what else to ...more
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Mar 20, 2008
The Emperor of Ocean Park
liked it
The fact that this book explores university politics featuring east coast black upper-middle class characters made it stand out from the pack, but onc ...more
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Feb 19, 2008
See Now Then
it was ok
This book just did not do it for me. I am a fan of Jamaica Kincaid from previous novels so my hopes and expectations were high. Even had they been low ...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
Confessions of a Video Vixen
did not like it
Mindlessly entertaining if reading about a floozy sleeping her way to the top of the bottom amuses you.
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Feb 12, 2008
Salvage the Bones
it was amazing
Novelists like Jesmyn Ward don't come along very often. Only truly special writers can slip readers beneath the skin of a character, make them feel as ...more
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Nov 19, 2011
The Pleasure of My Company
really liked it
The greatest obtacles are those we impose upon ourselves. As for the deepest wounds, they tend to come from those who love us considerably less than b ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Dec 16, 2008
The Goldfinch
it was amazing
Extraordinary. The Goldfinch is a deeply satisfying blend of gorgeous literary writing with a thriller style plot and Charles Dickens-esque range of s ...more
Jun 24, 2015
Jan 27, 2014
Middle Passage
really liked it
What a wonderful, powerful, thought provoking, surprising read. The first two attributes are on account of Charles Johnson's mastery of the written wo ...more
May 09, 2011
Feb 01, 2008
Blind Man with a Pistol (Harlem Cycle, #8)
liked it
This novel by Chester Himes is basically an example of existentialism old school Harlem style. It may not be for everybody, certainly not for readers ...more
May 17, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
The Life and Loves of a She Devil
really liked it
Fay Weldon was in the zone when she penned this masterpiece, and that pen of hers cuts like a knife. The movie made from this book is the worst butche ...more
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Mar 17, 2008
The Cutting Season
liked it
I love a good mystery. I was intrigued by the mystery within a mystery concept of this book. I may have liked it even more if the narrative went back ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Dec 22, 2012
Sag Harbor
liked it
Colson Whitehead is a wonderful writer. Although I wasn't a Sag Harbor summer kid myself, the author and I are about the same age so much of his remin ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Aug 12, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
it was amazing
A classic that needs no introduction. A white lawyer defends a black man wrongfully accused of raping a white woman in the 1930's South. Readers see i ...more
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Jan 31, 2008
Disappearing Acts
liked it
"Waiting to Exhale" received all of the acclaim and is the book that changed the face of publishing to a significant degree as the industry suddenly r ...more
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Feb 08, 2008
really liked it
– The divine Toni Morrison has been giving us shorter novels to enjoy lately. As with A Mercy, Home comes in at an unintimidating page count. But in t ...more
May 02, 2013
Mar 29, 2012
The Mothers
it was amazing
Exceptional novel. Brit Bennett writes with a steady hand as she immerses us into the minds and lives of three people. Nadia and Aubrey are the best o ...more
Oct 09, 2017
Sep 28, 2016
really liked it
An excellent novel that wonderfully blends science fiction with literary fiction. The science fiction aspect is pretty spare for although the concept ...more
Dec 03, 2010
Feb 26, 2009
The Poisonwood Bible
it was amazing

Is a gif as entire review a cop out? I suppose so. So I'm back to add that this is one fantastic novel that I suggest everyone pick up and read. For s
Dec 16, 2018
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Apr 30, 2012
A Lesson Before Dying
really liked it
This may be the most heart breaking book it has ever been my sad pleasure to read. A young man is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and due to his ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Mar 05, 2009
Flyy Girl (Flyy Girl, #1)
did not like it
This book certainly has its fair share of fans. It didn't connect with me personally but many strongly disagree, so victory for Mr. Tyree. He must hav ...more
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Jan 30, 2008
The Road
really liked it
I expected another good read from this Cormac McCarthy book and as usual he did not disappoint. If you're looking for optimism or to be uplifted, stee ...more
Nov 2007
Jan 24, 2008
A Brief History of Seven Killings
really liked it
There is A LOT going on in this novel that I admittedly found to be a challenging read. Much of it takes place in Jamaica where perhaps you have visit ...more
Aug 19, 2018
Aug 19, 2018
Mar 18, 2015
The Underground Railroad
it was amazing
This novel is a grand literary achievement, well deserving of its accolades and the Pulitzer Prize. It is a story of American slavery, and of daring t ...more
Nov 2017
Oct 09, 2017
All the Light We Cannot See
it was amazing
Extraordinary. This book won a Pulitzer Prize* for good reason. The plot is deceptively simple, though the narrative is laid out in intricate and inve ...more
Mar 2018
Apr 20, 2015
really liked it
Interesting book that made for a quick read. It is filled with Mat Johson's trademark humor regardless of the seriousness of topic at hand. The plot r ...more
Sep 25, 2017
Sep 24, 2012
The Shipping News
really liked it
Annie Proulx has a lovely way with turns of phrase. That said, I expected a little more from this book since it won a Pulitzer Prize. Extra expectatio ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
The Taste of Salt
really liked it
The Taste of Salt chronicles the effects of alcoholism on an African American family. Liquor destroys a marriage that begins with much promise, its gr ...more
Jan 30, 2013
Sep 20, 2011
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
it was amazing
This is a beautifully crafted tale by Heidi Durrow. It is about a girl who is haunted by events that shaped her destiny early on without her having mu ...more
Oct 05, 2014
Oct 14, 2010
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