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The Pilot's Wife
3.50
did not like it
An airliner explodes over the Atlantic, and at home the wife of the pilot is left to pick up her own life, as well as deal with the implications that ...more
Jan 2008
May 22, 2007
 
The Bible Salesman
3.10
liked it
In 1950, Henry, a rather guileless 20-year-old Bible salesman (who sleeps in barns, and finds much to question in the Bible) is scooped up by a myster ...more
not set
Aug 29, 2008
 
Invisible Life
4.30
did not like it
Having learned of author Harris via his recent death, I was curious about his introductory groundbreaking novel that was one of the first to acknowled ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2009
 
Rebecca
4.21
really liked it
After all these years I finally read "Rebecca" after seeing the BBC movie "Daphne" (about "the secret love life of Daphne du Maurier"). It was fascina ...more
Jun 03, 2008
May 16, 2008
 
To Siberia
3.58
liked it
The spare writing was intriguing, and the setting of Jutland, Denmark pre- and during WWII (when the Nazis occupied Denmark) was ripe for exploration, ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Nov 01, 2008
 
The Gate
3.82
liked it
In turns, I admired this book, and yet was frustrated by it. It plays in two halves, starting with Frenchman Francois Bizot's capture by the Khmer Rou ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
 
Stir-Fry
3.57
liked it
Though this book isn't written for young adults, I think they are the perfect target for this story of a small-town somewhat naive 17-year-old girl wh ...more
not set
Mar 03, 2008
 
Alternatives to Sex
3.31
liked it
I have always found Stephen McCauley's books to be enjoyable, witty, lightweight reads. William is a real estate agent with a bit of an internet hook- ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 02, 2007
 
I Was Seven in '75
3.82
really liked it
This wee book is awful cute, and as Ellen Forney is only a couple years older than me, I found much to relate to, from the obnoxious brother, to overb ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2008
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.32
it was amazing
Lovely and sad and vivid. Two converging stories in WWII. A French blind girl and a German soldier boy, both with wide-eyed inquisitive spirits, thoug ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2015
 
Cycler (Cycler, #1)
3.24
really liked it
For me, Cycler started out as light teen reading, but the book actually improved as the story went along, becoming much more emotionally complex. High ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
Parrotfish
3.74
really liked it
At the start of Parrotfish, teenage Angela has just announced to her family and the world that she would like to be addressed as he, and his new name ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.17
it was amazing
This book is simply epic. At over 600+ pages, at first I wondered how I would get through it, but now that I'm finished, I already miss it. Spanning o ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
 
Red Water
3.69
really liked it
A fascinating historical novel based on real people, Red Water is told from the perspective of three different women, who happen to be three wives of ...more
not set
May 19, 2007
 
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
3.40
it was ok
Read this aloud in a book group. Some characters were enjoyable, but talk about a story that tries to wrap up every loose end in pretty much the last ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2015
 
Landing
3.41
liked it
The story of a long-distance relationship in the internet age, Landing starts out promising then just sort of stalls (perhaps in the same way the rela ...more
Jan 29, 2008
Jan 22, 2008
 
Dear American Airlines
3.10
liked it
In the form of one very long bitter letter to American Airlines, one man rails on and on against airlines and airports in general while he is stuck at ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
The Heartbreak Diet
3.36
liked it
This graphic novel is a very frank account of one woman dealing with her husband's infidelity. She goes through a range of emotions from suspicion to ...more
not set
Aug 08, 2008
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
This beautifully written story tells the tale of a young German girl growing up on a poor street in the suburbs of Munich during WWII. Her foster pare ...more
Dec 2007
Aug 06, 2007
 
Envy
3.09
it was ok
I've liked Katherine Harrison (The Seal Wife) and been intrigued if a bit weirded out by her (The Kiss), and now I found a book of hers I didn't like. ...more
not set
Mar 03, 2008
 
Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery
3.53
really liked it
Sherman Mack, who is almost 15, is a self-proclaimed ladies man. He adores the ladies, and thinks he has the smooth moves to be irresistable, that is ...more
not set
Jul 10, 2009
 
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
3.47
it was amazing
This is a book that a friend of mine and I wanted to write 10 years ago. Seriously, we had the EXACT same idea! But we were lazy slackers with no time ...more
not set
Jun 16, 2011
 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
4.16
really liked it
Yikes! On its 2-year voyage that left Nantucket in 1819, the whaleship Essex got rammed and sunk by a sperm whale somewhere in the Pacific between the ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.64
liked it
The story of a mountain climber who became a humanitarian (building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan), Three Cups of Tea is a great story, and very ...more
not set
May 22, 2007
 
À la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers
3.38
liked it
I love the idea of this simple coffee-table book. Hillary Carlip created looks and backstories for the people she imagined who discarded their shoppin ...more
not set
Sep 01, 2008
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.06
it was amazing
Wow, this was exactly the book I needed to take a break from academic reading! This thrilling, fascinating, and brutal tale follows a man with a slipp ...more
not set
Apr 05, 2012
 
True Porn Clerk Stories
3.75
liked it
Originally a blog, the author writes about her experiences working in a video store that had a popular porn rental room just down the stairs (yes, the ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 14, 2011
 
Starters (Starters, #1)
3.91
really liked it
In the aftermath of the Spore Wars, where biological warfare killed all the healthy adults, Enders (old folks) obsessively try to preserve their youth ...more
not set
Jan 27, 2013
 
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
3.99
really liked it
Henry Lee is a Chinese-American boy living in 1940s Seattle. His immigrant parents, like most others, are staunchy anti-Japanese in this time of war. ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2010
 
The Ghost in Love
3.47
it was amazing
I can't remember how I discovered this strange, funny, touching, and curious novel... it certainly wasn't the dull title. But I was immediately sucked ...more
not set
Mar 23, 2009
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