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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The way Skloot blends all three of these elements in this account are what makes this an immensely readable account.  The bare facts of the science, while interesting, are not news, but Skloot does …
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
In the tradition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, or the film Last Chance Harvey, Helen Simonson tells the story of Major (ret.) Ernest Pettigrew, a fine old English gentleman doing his best not to fade …
reviewed A Visit from the Goon Squad. March 04, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
   Because I am dragging myself through a list, The 2011 Tournament of Books, in order to impose a challenge and to experience some other tastes in literature, I didn't abandon this book …
reviewed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. February 17, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
   The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the story of the medical and scientific progress brought about with the help of the longest-surviving cell line in history; it's also the story …
reviewed The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic St.... February 17, 2011
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
   I am the grandchild and great-grandchild of white immigrants to America who came from southern and eastern Europe. This is not my ancestors' story. But it is a story of moving from one …
reviewed Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel. February 13, 2011
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
This book has been on my wishlist for months, and I finally got a paperback copy as a Christmas gift, and then of course I was reluctant to start the book because I was afraid it woudn't live up to the …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. February 10, 2011
Freedom: A Novel
Too many of the pivotal scenes in Freedom have a ridiculousness to them. They are just real enough that the characters seem in earnest, but sufficiently unreal that they seem to be part of a joke. The …
reviewed The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biogra.... December 10, 2010
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
   Screw the suspense, I’m just going to start with this: If you are going to read one work of nonfiction this year (or in the next five years), make it The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha …
reviewed A Visit from the Goon Squad. December 10, 2010
A Visit from the Goon Squad
   Lovers of the linear narrative and start-at-point-A-and-end-at-point-B story beware! Jennifer Egan is back, and she’s not messing around. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a collection …
reviewed Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment .... December 07, 2010
Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the
   I love this type of memoir --  journeys of self-discovery, rigidly planned adventures into the unknown, uncharted soul.These journals detailing the progress and process of the adventure …
reviewed iPad. November 24, 2010
iPad
April 2010 was a big month.  The iPad was finally released after months of hype and all I knew is that I wanted one.  Unfortunately, during that portion of the year and my wedding coming up, …
reviewed iPad. November 09, 2010
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iPad
On a recent cross-country flight with my soon-to-be two year old daughter, I discovered the true magical nature of the iPad -- its ability to keep her entertained for several hours while confined to her …
reviewed The Jackson Family on Oprah on 11/08/10. November 08, 2010
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Oprah and Katherine Jackson
Michael's beloved mother Katherine has just come out with a book called "Never Can Say Goodbye" which is a tribute filled with thoughts and memorabilia about her son that she still …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. October 19, 2010
Freedom: A Novel
   Well remembered for his masterful readings of such titles as "Water For Elephants" and "The Second Horseman," David Ledoux gives a praiseworthy narration of FREEDOM, a story in which he's …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. October 04, 2010
Freedom: A Novel
  Freedom has the two-and-a-half-dimensional feel of reality television. I enjoy reading it, but I'm not convinced that any of the characters (especially Patty) is really so good at taking …
reviewed iPad. September 17, 2010
iPad
  I bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November.  I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. September 16, 2010
Freedom: A Novel
Franzen's long-awaited fourth novel - it's been nine years since his National Book Award winning The Corrections - stands up to the anticipation. Mining similar territory - educated middle-class dysfunctional …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. September 09, 2010
Freedom: A Novel
I read "Freedom" in two days over the Labor Day weekend. I've structured this review in two parts - impressions that I jotted down while reading it, with a few paragraphs that try to provide …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. August 31, 2010
Freedom: A Novel
I will avoid the plot review, because so many others seem compelled to summarize, and the repetition becomes tiresome. I enjoyed this novel, and I think you will too. I gave it four stars because it is …
reviewed iPad. August 22, 2010
iPad
Pros: Just the right size; lightweight, 64GB of RAM; big, bright display; many functional uses.      Cons: Could use a USB ports; no multi-tasking.      The Bottom …
reviewed iPad. August 15, 2010
iPad
I'm saving my money up for this one.  I have a friend who has one and I fell in love with it.  Read books, have it read to you, and a GPS all in one.  It doesn't get any better …
reviewed Super Sad True Love Story. July 27, 2010
Super Sad True Love Story
I like dystopias. Or I like books about them. I don't like smartphones. But I feel it's inevitable that I must use one and that will draw me away from reading print into scanning not even text-bits …
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
My emotional 'reaction'  to this book was actually more of an understanding, and more importantly, an awareness of  "presence".  I felt very calm and present while reading …
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
Personal transformation is no joke when it comes to this book. A New Earth presents a lot of the same material and philosophy as The Power of Now, Tolle’s previous book, but in a new format. A New …
reviewed The Good Earth. June 30, 2010
The Good Earth 1st edition cover
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck was such an odd book. That said, it is completely memorable. I read it when I was quite young (junior high I think) and I still remember vivid mental pictures of the harsh …
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