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reviewed No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Jou.... March 30, 2009
No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels
This is a raw, real and riveting memoir. Captivating from the first page, NO ANGEL thrusts the reader into the inner world of the outlaw motorcycle gang, the Hells Angels. This is the story of an obsessed …
reviewed Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polyga.... March 30, 2009
I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like the life story of Irene Spencer in her memoir Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife. Stories like this are seldom told. Either the subject …
reviewed Interpreter of Maladies. January 08, 2009
Interpreter of Maladies
This collection of nine stories was the choice for our January book club. Jhumpa Lahiri is a talented storyteller and the topic of "maladies," which is woven through each tale, made for interesting discussion. …
reviewed The Women. December 22, 2008
The Women
The star power alone is reason enough to view this film, a remake of the 1939 original, written and directed by Diane English. In this 21st century version, a group of four women, each a well-defined …
reviewed Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. December 10, 2008
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
From one-woman stage show to book, this is a natural progression for this talented, writer, actress, humorist. Slim—at less than 200 pages--with type large enough that we eyesight challenged middle-aged …
reviewed Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in t.... December 09, 2008
Too Close to the Sun
Written by the grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, this memoir is a unique perspective of what it was like to grow up in the bright spotlight (the sun) of the White House. Born Curtis Dall, …
reviewed The Tales of Beedle the Bard. December 08, 2008
Beedle the Bard
The loveable Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of the Hogwarts school and Harry Potter's mentor and commentator featured in these pages, lives on in this slim collection of five fairy tales. Told from the …
reviewed Twilight (book). December 08, 2008
My daughters will be disappointed that I rate this book four stars rather than five because they believe this is the greatest book ever published. It's definitely a great story and, like the Harry Potter …
reviewed The Book of Ralph by John McNally. December 03, 2008
The Book of Ralph by John McNally
This is a fantastic read--a real page-turner. Congratulations to John McNally for being a gifted storyteller and for putting this collection together in an interesting and creative manner. He has presented …
reviewed The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Che.... December 03, 2008
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
This is my favorite kind of book. One to pick up, savor each word and never want to put down. Chevalier has a rich imagination, basing this historical fiction on an existing series of fine tapestries …
reviewed Trans-Sister Radio. December 03, 2008
Trans-Sister Radio
This was the choice for our December book club and, as it turns out, the only reason I read it. Overall, it was a highly unpleasant reading experience because I had little interest in the subject matter. …
reviewed The Meaning of Wife By Anne Kingston. November 30, 2008
The Meaning of Wife By Anne Kingston
Author Anne Kingston deserves five stars-plus for her exhaustive research and objective presentation of the subject. The Meaning of Wife, which is by no means a quick or light read, is well written, engaging, …
reviewed A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Sol.... November 30, 2008
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
". . . if given a chance."     Ishmael Beah, author of this remarkable and very disturbing memoir, is living proof of this statement. It was a statement initially prepared for him …
reviewed Rhythm: A Novel by Robin Meloy Goldsby. November 26, 2008
Rhythm, Robin Meloy Goldsby
I am so pleased to offer a RAVE review for Rhythm, a Novel by talented writer and exceptional musician, Robin Meloy Goldsby. Having first read an excerpt from this work during the Amazon Shorts contest …
reviewed Piano Girl: A Memoir. November 26, 2008
This is a delightful collection of stories, culminating in a memoir spanning thirty years. Piano Girl, A Memoir portrays the life of an American woman and her observations from the bench of a grand piano. …
reviewed I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other T.... November 25, 2008
I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron, reflecting on the passage of time through a series of down-to-earth and funny topics, provides relatable essays on everything from "maintenance" to motherhood and a little more. Her trademark …
reviewed Life Laughs: The Naked Truth About Mo.... November 25, 2008
Life Laughs, Jenny McCarthy
Like the author, Jenny McCarthy, I was also raised Catholic in a Chicago suburb and attended Southern Illinois University. This is what compelled me to read Life Laughs, her third book. She starts out …
reviewed Things I Want My Daughters To Know: A.... November 25, 2008
Things I Want My Daughters to Know
I picked up this book because of the title. I have daughters. There are 'things' I want them to know. Upon reading the Foreword, I grew a little nervous. The tone seemed rather patronizing, and I felt …
reviewed Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search f.... November 17, 2008
So writes Elizabeth Gilbert in this very readable account of a year spent traveling in the pursuit of happiness. She structures the book with purpose, in three segments each containing 36 passages of …
reviewed Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of A.... November 17, 2008
Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons
I found this book, Odd Girl Out, not only helpful but also cathartic. It answered a lot of current questions I have about raising an adolescent daughter by enabling me to go back and visit my own youth …
reviewed The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring. November 17, 2008
Book of Bright Ideas, Sandra Kring
I realize it's an overused phrase, "I couldn't put it down," however, if any book deserves to be described in this manner, it's this charming and beautifully-written story called The Book of Bright Ideas. …
reviewed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. November 17, 2008
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn VHS
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, is named as one of the Century's Best Books by the New York Public Library for a reason. Originally published some 60 years ago, even to jaded readers of modern contemporary …
reviewed Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on F.... November 17, 2008
These are the last three sentences of the book, Traveling Mercies by Anne Lemott. And they sum up this collection of stories beautifully. This is a book about faith and a book about gratitude. It is intelligent, …
reviewed The Tender Bar. November 17, 2008
From The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer:    "I hate when people ask what a book is about. People who read for plot, people who suck out the story like the cream filling in an Oreo, should stick …
reviewed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel. November 17, 2008
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
I had a hard time putting down this book and felt utterly transported to a village in the Hunan province in central south China during the early to mid-nineteenth century. The narrator, 80-year-old Lily, …
reviewed Bel Canto. November 17, 2008
Bel Canto
Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic …
reviewed The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. November 17, 2008
Knitting Circle, Ann Hood
I enjoyed every minute spent reading The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. Knitting is far more than just a device in this well-crafted tale. It provides the warmth and the intimacy, and is the central focus …
reviewed Suite Francaise (English) by Irene Ne.... November 17, 2008
Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky
I recommend reading the reprinted/translated preface to the French version of this book included in the end pages before reading the two novellas. It's essentially a biography of the author, Irene Nemirovsky, …
reviewed Kabul Beauty School: An American Woma.... November 17, 2008
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's easy to read and certainly provides an interesting and informative portrayal of what life is like for the women of Afghanistan. Unfortunatley, for me it dragged …
reviewed Three Cups of Tea. November 17, 2008
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote
This is a long 350-pages, which I feel can be summed up very briefly: Education is the key to world peace. The story of Greg Mortenson is worth reading, as it certainly educates on many fronts. He's a …
reviewed A Thousand Splendid Suns. November 17, 2008
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns will transport you to another world and immerse you in the lives of contemporary women living in war-torn Afghanistan. The author has a remarkable gift for storytelling, and even …
reviewed Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious L.... November 17, 2008
Too Close to the Sun, The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton is as much a detailed history of British East Africa--the country known today as Kenya--as it is the story of Denys Finch Hatton's …
reviewed The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. November 17, 2008
Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan
This memoir is filled with love, humility, honesty, compassion and a great sense of humor. Well-written and highly readable, the structure pulls you from cover to cover so quickly, it's readable in one …
reviewed Captivity. November 17, 2008
I eagerly paged through 291 pages of brilliant writing and storytelling to uncover the many layers to this fine story. Captivity, by Debbie Lee Wesselmann is one of the best novels I've read in far too …
reviewed The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantru.... November 16, 2008
Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death
Fans of Laurie Notaro's first-person stories will be delighted with this latest collection of "reflections." After a brief foray into the world of fiction with a zany, semi-autobiographical novel, once …
reviewed The Shack. November 16, 2008
The Shack
If I got anything out of this captivating story and this portrayal of one man's meaning of God it was to remember to bring in my focus to the immense importance of my family--those I love and those who …
reviewed A Thousand Veils. November 16, 2008
A Thousand Veils D.J. Murphy
This is the riveting story of an Iraqi writer escaping the tyranny of Saddam Hussein's regime one year after the events of September 11th, and the American attorney caught up in her case.     Fatima …
reviewed The Smart One and The Pretty One. November 15, 2008
The Smart One and The Pretty One
I love a good sister story and found this one, The Smart One and the Pretty One, to be a smooth, quick read. It's not a stretch of the imagination to guess we have two interesting young women, one a responsible …
reviewed Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitc.... November 11, 2008
. . . just to finish reading this book. It's a long one, especially when you devour each little word contained in the many footnotes, but worth every hour spent. Reading this thorough, well-researched, …
reviewed Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Wr.... November 11, 2008
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and
Anne Lamott is an accomplished novelist and essayist, and she is also a writing teacher. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life contains not only her classroom lessons, but also her whole …
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