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The Shack
did not like it
Pure drivel. This book read like a Betty Crocker recipe gone bad: take one all-American Jesus lovin’/fearing family, add one unexplainable tragedy, mi ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 01, 2008
My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut
did not like it
How this book received an average of 4 stars is beyond me. Proof that our attention spans have are decreased with that of a flea and that glossy paged ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife
it was amazing
Shattered Dreams is a fascinating look at a way of life totally foreign to most people. Irene Spencer grew up in the branch of the Mormon faith that s ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 27, 2007
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
it was ok
The only other book I've read by this well known and respected author was "Black and Blue" which I absolutely loved, so I was surprised when I so disl ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
Couldn't Keep it to Myself:  Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution
it was amazing
Any book that can give voice to the voiceless should be celebrated. No one feels this more strongly than Wally Lamb, editor of Couldn't Keep It to Mys ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 26, 2010
The Soul Thief
liked it
The first half of the novel follows the brief arc of Nathaniel Mason's graduate career in 1970s Buffalo, N.Y., which centers on his two girl friends a ...more
Feb 2012
Apr 17, 2008
Shark's Fin And Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
liked it
I loved the premise of this book; travel writer paired with a English born Chinese trained, Sichuanese chef. This is a fun, interesting and easy read ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 15, 2009
All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir
really liked it
Ashley Judd’s memoir is actually two books in one; a memoir of her highly dysfunctional childhood growing up as a Judd (but not at all part of her mot ...more
May 2011
May 09, 2011
A Piece of Cake
it was amazing
Cupcake Brown (that's her real name) was 11 in 1976 when her mother died. Custody of Brown and her brother was given to a stranger—their birth father— ...more
May 2007
May 21, 2007
Porcelain: A Memoir
liked it
I didn't like this book nearly as much as the masses, and it's not because I don't love Moby, I like him enough, and I've been to enough Raves, and ca ...more
Jun 18, 2016
Jun 20, 2016
Say When
it was ok
This book poured out like sticky, sappy maple syrup. A tale about a couple separating and coming back together that was crammed with enough filler to ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
it was ok
One of the most self absorbing, self pontificating and truly obnoxious memoirs I have ever read. After reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, ask yo ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Borderline (Anna Pigeon, #15)
did not like it
This book tried to make “Deliverance” look like water ride at Disney.

Set on the Rio Grande, Borderline centers around an unbelievable and unlikeable
Aug 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Song Yet Sung
really liked it
After the 1oth or so page, i flipped to the back of the book to see how long it was and said "thank god, another 340 pages....". Yes, it is that good. ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 17, 2008
Claire of the Sea Light
really liked it
Claire of the Sea Light, is about a young girl born into both love and tragedy in the small fishing town Ville Rose, Haiti.

Seven-year-old Claire Faust
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
Skeletons at the Feast
really liked it
Chris Bohjalian is becomming one of my new favorite authors. This book was outstanding.
Outlining the brutal landscape of Nazi Germany as German refug
Jun 2008
Jun 06, 2008
liked it
I am pretty surprised that Wave is on so many top ten books of the year (including the NYT). I loved the beginning of the book the deftness in which t ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
really liked it
In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood.

Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is abo
May 2012
May 04, 2012
Water for Elephants
it was amazing
Stripped of everything after his parents' untimely death, twenty-three-year old Jacob Jankowski has failed to sit for his veterinary exams at Cornell, ...more
Jan 2007
May 21, 2007
A Good Fall
it was amazing
It must be a good omen if the first book I read in 2010 has a five star merit! Actually, I was somewhere between four and five stars, but the simplici ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 03, 2010
Cry, the Beloved Country
it was amazing
"Cry, the Beloved Country is a beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the t ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 07, 2008
The Swans of Fifth Avenue
really liked it
I listened to this book on audio and the narrations were exquisite. I felt transposed in time to NYC circa 1950's and 60's where society woman did not ...more
Apr 21, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
Still Alice
it was amazing
What a set up this is: a 50 year old woman who is a cognitive psychologist and research professor at Harvard is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 27, 2009
The Satanic Bible
it was ok
Szandor LaVey spends more time stating what Satanism is not that what it is. The book is poorly written and flogged with exclamation points. What I di ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 16, 2008
Eventide (Plainsong, #2)
really liked it
I listened to this book on audio and the narration was perfection. Haruf takes us down a slow (sometimes very slow) winding road in the prairie town o ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2016
Lilac Girls
really liked it
I listened to this book on audio and was instantly pulled in by the superb narration. A story of three very different woman whose stories cross contin ...more
Oct 27, 2016
Oct 28, 2016
Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)
really liked it
I love reading books about the lives I will never live;good or bad, indulgent or impoverished, it doesn't matter. Reading "Driving the Saudis", remind ...more
Nov 2012
Dec 01, 2012
it was ok
I certainly acknowledge that I am in the minority with my bleak two star rating of this well loved book and if there was a separate category for the " ...more
Apr 02, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
The Lower River
it was amazing
I waited a long time for Paul Theroux’s newest book and he did not disappoint. Lower River is about a middle age man (Ellis Hock) who greatly desires ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 28, 2012
The Goldfinch
it was amazing
I can’t remember the last time I read a book just shy of 800 pages and thought that not one paragraph, one sentence, one word could have been omitted. ...more
Nov 28, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
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