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People of the Whale
3.95
really liked it
I had such a good conversation with my BF about this book. I think Linda Hogan is a fantastic writer. This is a relatively short book but it took me q ...more
Jan 2001
Dec 24, 2008
 
Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself
3.45
it was ok
How could this book be compared to Like Water For Chocolate? The book wasn't horrible, but it wasn't very good either. The writing style was mediocre, ...more
Aug 29, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
Paradise (The Trilogy, #3)
3.78
liked it
This book has THE BEST opening chapter I have ever read. I HATED the ending. I was mad at Morrison who refused to provide answers to the ending. Basic ...more
not set
Jun 25, 2008
 
Amrita
3.62
really liked it
I like Yoshimoto but I don't think this one lives up to her N.P., Lizard, and Kitchen. It's a saga of a Sakimu who injures herself and while recoverin ...more
not set
Jul 02, 2008
 
Purple Hibiscus
4.14
really liked it
An impressive debut novel that haunted me long after I finished it. Kambali and JaJa's lives are painfully sad under their oppressive, religiously fan ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
 
Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds
3.62
liked it
Like James Frey's Million Little Pieces, this book exudes controversy over what is real and what is not. The author has admitted that some of her stat ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 01, 2014
 
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
3.88
really liked it
I loved See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, but I wasn't crazy about her Peony in Love. I had no idea what to expect from this book. I'm happy to sa ...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
 
The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands
3.95
really liked it
Let me preface my review by saying that I loved The Devil's Highway, and it made me evaluate assumptions that I didn't even realize I had about immigr ...more
Jan 2017
Jan 06, 2017
 
The Good Braider
3.91
really liked it
Written in verse fiction, Viola strikingly narrates her family's struggles to assimilate (but not too much) into American culture in Portland, Maine a ...more
Oct 10, 2015
Apr 07, 2016
 
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
3.63
liked it
China's cultural revolution and reeducation of kids, teens, etc. I liked learning the history and the relationship between two best friends is interes ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2008
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
it was amazing
A FABULOUS story that is a long saga of two brothers in the medical field. I found the cultural references to India and Africa mesmerizing. I was entr ...more
Aug 23, 2010
Jul 29, 2010
 
The Farming of Bones
4.07
really liked it
This was beautifully written but painful to read - the agony suffered. I learned history of Haiti/Dominican Republic.
not set
Jun 24, 2008
 
We Should All Be Feminists
4.46
really liked it
Adichie fans should read this tiny book which is a transcript of a Ted Talk she gave. Watch the Ted Talk as well. In a few pages, Adichie tackles why ...more
Apr 07, 2015
Apr 07, 2015
 
Unaccustomed Earth
4.12
liked it
I liked this collection of short stories more than I did her Interpreter of Maladies which won the Pulitzer. The characters had more depth to them - p ...more
not set
May 22, 2009
 
Wench
3.69
liked it
A fine debut novel that centers around three summers at a resort in Ohio that really did exist in the 1800's. The author adeptly brings the characters ...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
 
Runemarks (Runemarks, #1)
3.73
liked it
Had to force myself to open the cover of this book despite my love of mythology. Of course, I am more a Greek myth gal than a Norse myth warrior. I li ...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
 
My Beloved World
4.05
really liked it
I'm glad my book club selected this book because I don't think I would have chosen to read this on my own. I love Sotomayor's attitude and the lessons ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
 
Girls Burn Brighter
3.83
it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow. This is a debut novel. Again I say wow! Everything, and I mean everything, is wonderful - the story, the writing, the chapters that alt ...more
May 26, 2018
Jun 07, 2018
 
Songs of Willow Frost
3.65
really liked it
Ford delivers another historical fiction piece that so strongly portrays the time period, culture, and people that it's both painful and pleasurable t ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
The Secret Chord
3.56
really liked it
If she writes it, I will read it. Brooks' Year of Wonder was my first foray into her writing, and I've enjoyed everything else she has written. Year o ...more
Nov 30, 2015
Dec 02, 2015
 
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
4.24
really liked it
Thank you, Lisa See, for sharing Li-yan's journey with me. I love how the story begins with the small village life of the Akhan with their small hopes ...more
Jun 03, 2017
Aug 03, 2017
 
American Street
4.02
really liked it
Imagine the excitement of leaving Haiti with your mother to move to Detroit to live with your aunt and her three daughters. Unfortunately, your mother ...more
Jun 20, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
 
Untwine
3.68
really liked it
There are a handful of books with openings that are so wonderfully written that I can still vividly remember them many years later. This is true of Bo ...more
Feb 11, 2016
Mar 02, 2016
 
LaRose
3.87
liked it
A fine exploration of love, loss, and grief, Erdrich fans will not be disappointed with her style of mixing Native American mythology, traditions, and ...more
Aug 02, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
 
The Valley of Amazement
3.61
really liked it
The title is indicative of the story. First, the amount of research Tan conducted for this novel is amazing, and the descriptions are tragically horri ...more
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
 
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
4.09
it was amazing
With all that is going on with women in Arab countries because of religion, politics, the Taliban, etc., some might think this book is just another of ...more
May 31, 2016
Jun 25, 2016
 
The Japanese Lover
3.80
liked it
Oh, how I wanted to love this book, but I found myself bored in the middle, and I even wondered if the author worried that Ichimei's and Alma's story ...more
Feb 14, 2016
Mar 02, 2016
 
The Baker's Daughter
3.95
really liked it
I had low expectations for this book, mostly based on the title because the last two Holocaust books I've read, a baker and bakery have been integral ...more
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
 
The Plum Tree
4.02
liked it
To be honest, I wasn't all that interested in the book, but a friend recommended it. Of course the Holocaust is a horrific event that deserves to be w ...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
 
The God of Small Things
3.92
liked it
Read this years ago. I can't remember all of the plot, but I do remember that reading the book was painful. I get bored with too many details and desc ...more
not set
Mar 06, 2009
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