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Walking Distance
2.75
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I wasn't surprised to see that the author of Walking Distance had published in The New Yorker because there was something bloodless ...more
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Aug 26, 2008
 
Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home
3.25
liked it
Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home had a interesting premise, but didn't really deliver in the way I thought it would. The title i ...more
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Jul 06, 2008
 
Sick Girl
3.65
really liked it
**spoiler alert** At the age of twenty-four, Amy Silverstein suddenly and unexpectedly develops heart problems that eventually require a heart transpl ...more
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Aug 26, 2008
 
Home (Gilead, #2)
3.97
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Home is a sort of companion piece to Marilynne Robinson's brilliant Gilead. The characters in this novel are the neighbor's of Gilea ...more
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Nov 14, 2008
 
Holy Fools
3.59
it was ok
Holy Fools is set in France in 1610. Juliette, a former rope dancer and traveling performer, has escaped from her troubled past and joined a convent. ...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
3.97
really liked it
In Living Dead in Dallas, there is a murder in Sookie's home town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and her vampire boyfriend's (Bill) boss, wants her to use h ...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.04
it was amazing
David Sedaris has a new book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, which is always great news. It wasn't quite as good as Me Talk Pretty One Day, but it w ...more
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Jul 06, 2008
 
The Secret Life of Bees
4.01
did not like it
The Secret Life of Bees was like a paint-by-numbers Oprah Book club novel. Precocious child narrator? Check. Tragic circumstances--ie, dead mother and ...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.86
it was ok
The Year of Magical Thinking was well-written, but it didn't knock my socks off. It's a memoir of her husband's death and her daughter's serious illne ...more
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Dec 01, 2008
 
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #3)
4.03
really liked it
**spoiler alert** In Club Dead, Bill goes missing and Sookie travels to Jackson, Mississippi to find Bill and meets an interesting new man, Alcide, wh ...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
A Death in the Family
3.92
liked it
A Death in the Family, originally published in the 1950s and written even earlier, holds up well to the test of time. The scene in which the wife awai ...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
The Daily Coyote: Story of Love, Survival, and Trust In the Wilds of Wyoming
3.97
it was ok
**spoiler alert** The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming is a fairly decent book about a woman who moves to Wyo ...more
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May 17, 2009
 
Thin Is the New Happy
3.27
did not like it
Thin is the New Happy was vapid, though the body image memoir lends itself to shallowness. I wanted the author to take a stand and stop thinking it wa ...more
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May 17, 2009
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.51
really liked it
I avoided Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia for a long time, thinking what could be more boring tha ...more
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Apr 11, 2009
 
Bluegrass : A True Story of Murder in Small-Town Kentucky
3.30
liked it
**spoiler alert** Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky didn't knock me off my feet, but it was okay as far as true crime books go. What stood ...more
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Apr 11, 2009
 
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
3.95
really liked it
I was surprised to be charmed by The Bean Trees because I am not a big fan of Kingsolver's most well-known work, The Poisonwood Bible. I think that bo ...more
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Aug 26, 2008
 
The Almost Moon
2.67
did not like it
The Almost Moon was an utter disappointment. I love The Lovely Bones; it's an all-time favorite, but Sebold managed to replicate absolutely none of th ...more
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Jan 27, 2008
 
Eat This, Not That!: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution
3.71
liked it
Eat This, Not That! is based on a feature in Men's Health magazine and shows you the healthiest and un-healthiest choices at almost every restaurant i ...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #7)
4.05
really liked it
I thought that All Together Dead put some of the thrills back into the series. Sookie must travel to a vampire summit, where there are threats to the ...more
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Apr 11, 2009
 
Love in the Time of Cholera
3.89
it was amazing
I had a hard time choosing between this and One Hundred Years of Solitude for my favorite book of 2007. The only way I can explain is that One Hundred ...more
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Jan 27, 2008
 
Class Matters
3.67
liked it
Class Matters, about social class and how it shapes American lives, was an interesting book, but probably not worth buying. It's also a quick read, du ...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
The Solace of Leaving Early
3.79
really liked it
I enjoyed The Solace of Leaving Early, but I thought that larger philosophical issues that Haven Kimmel tried to raise detracted from the incredibly c ...more
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Jul 06, 2008
 
In the Company of the Courtesan
3.76
really liked it
I found In the Company of the Courtesan to be a richly imagined and engaging book. It opens with a famous courtesan, Fiammetta, and her dwarf/business ...more
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Nov 14, 2008
 
Love Junkie: A Memoir
3.40
did not like it
While I pitied the author for her terrible childhood, writing a memoir about your addiction to sex/unhealthy relationships is inherently sordid and pr ...more
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Mar 16, 2009
 
The Flamingo Rising (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
3.79
it was amazing
I loved this book, and it is definitely a contender for my top ten of 2008 list. Hubert Lee builds the world's biggest drive-in theater, the Flamingo, ...more
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Aug 26, 2008
 
This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation
3.52
it was ok
This Land is Their Land is book of essays filled with righteous liberal outrage. I enjoyed it, but it probably would have felt better (or angrier) to ...more
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Apr 11, 2009
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
4.00
really liked it
This post-apocalyptic novel is something that I wouldn't have thought that I would like, but the humanity and richness of the characters transcended m ...more
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Jan 27, 2008
 
102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
4.23
it was amazing
Everyone has their own memories of September 11th, but this book gave me a new perspective of what really happened to the ordinary people who went to ...more
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Jan 27, 2008
 
Five Quarters of the Orange
3.83
really liked it
In Five Quarters of the Orange, Framboise Simon returns to her small French hometown as an old woman. The novel tells the intertwining stories of a tr ...more
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Nov 14, 2008
 
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
3.63
it was amazing
I noticed this book in stores and didn't pick it up for a long of time because of the strange title. I got it from a paperback exchange store and love ...more
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Jan 27, 2008
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