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reviewed March: A Novel. September 30, 2013
March
    Ask me what book influenced my life the most, and I'll answer unhesitatingly: Lousia May Alcott's Little Women.  I got it for Christmas when I was in Grade Two, and began reading …
reviewed March: A Novel. April 03, 2013
March
As a reader and a reviewer I will confess that I was biased against the genre of historical fiction, for my image or conveyance of it was of a gothic castle, a beautiful damsel in distress and a clichéd …
reviewed The Secret Scripture. July 07, 2011
The Secret Scripture
Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture is the story of Roseanne McNulty, who at around 100 years old has been living in a psychiatric hospital for most of her life. It may not sound like the promising …
reviewed Model Home: A Novel. February 23, 2011
Model Home: A Novel
A lesson of The Corrections seems to have been that the buying public likes a novel that tries to engage a broad array of American social issues through the lens of a disintegrating American family. Other …
reviewed Fragile: A Novel. November 22, 2010
Fragile: A Novel
Maggie and Jones live in the town they grew up in with their teenage son Ricky. When Ricky's girlfriend Charlene disappears, Maggie knows he is not involved but Jones is not so sure. When the polics …
reviewed Fragile: A Novel. September 25, 2010
Fragile: A Novel
Maggie and Jones have a relatively happy marriage...but with a teenager in the house sometimes things are tenuous. Their son Ricky is their usual source of conflict; where Maggie sees her beautiful, smart …
posted a Quick Tip about East of Eden. August 26, 2010
East of Eden
This sweeping masterpiece is expertly woven by a master of epic novels.
reviewed The Unnamed. August 24, 2010
The Unnamed
Pros: The paper can be recycled.      Cons: Everything but the font.      The Bottom Line: Worst book I have finished in a decade.      I am …
reviewed Substitute Me. August 24, 2010
Substitute Me
Spoilers, Substitute Me alternates points of view among Zora Anderson, a 30-year-old black woman who, after living in Paris, decides to take a job as a nanny to a white family--something she knows would …
reviewed The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. August 23, 2010
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
   Iris Lockhart (an oddly portentous last name) is at work in Edinburgh when she receives a shocking phone call, informing her that she is legal guardian for a great aunt, Esme, whom she …
reviewed Fragile: A Novel. August 12, 2010
Fragile: A Novel
From “When Jones Cooper was younger, he didn't believe in mistakes” to 323 pages later and “As she told them all about her buried memory, she felt an awe at how all their separate …
reviewed East of Eden. August 11, 2010
East of Eden
I loved this book.  I love being invited into a story that was written so long ago, yet so relevant to our world today.  That defines a truly timeless classic in my opinion.
reviewed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel. August 05, 2010
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
As I began to read Lisa See's meticulously researched novel based on 19th-century life in China, I was instantly transported to my girlhood days of reading Pearl S. Buck's wonderful books about China …
reviewed Fragile: A Novel. August 03, 2010
Fragile: A Novel
Unger goes off the beaten track in this novel, but not so far as for her work to be unrecognizable. While contemporary, this mystery dredges up a town's past and reawakens dark secrets that have altered …
reviewed Rush Home Road: A Novel. July 28, 2010
Rush Home Road: A Novel
I loved Lori Lansens other books, The Girls: A Novel and The Wife's Tale: A Novel so I started this book with high hopes.     I wasn't disappointed. Lansens has a great ability to …
reviewed The Poisonwood Bible. July 15, 2010
Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
I didn’t really know anything about this book before picking it up, but a close friend recommended it so I picked it up before a long trip through the Middle East. Poisonwood Bible was the perfect …
posted a Quick Tip about The Poisonwood Bible. July 15, 2010
Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
I took this book on a long travel and it was absolutely perfect. It even made me excited for down time so that I could keep reading. I love the different perspectives the book provides as it has five …
posted a Quick Tip about The Poisonwood Bible. July 13, 2010
Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
Complex and thought provoking. Not a light read but fascinating look at the legacy of colonialism and missionaries in Africa.
posted a Quick Tip about The Poisonwood Bible. July 13, 2010
Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
Pretty good examination of religious conviction, but the last half should have been cut... or at least published separately.
reviewed Seven Year Switch. July 13, 2010
Seven Year Switch
Like an ice cold drink on the hottest of summer days, Claire Cook satisfies with her latest release, Seven Year Switch.    After her husband suddenly abandoned her and their three-year-old …
reviewed East of Eden. July 12, 2010
East of Eden
This book written by John Steinbeck tells a story of several characters whose lives are entwined.  Set in the late 1800's into the 1900's the story is written so that it is told from the …
posted a Quick Tip about East of Eden. July 12, 2010
East of Eden
My all-time favorite book!!! A book that truly examines human character. Truly interesting and timeless with great lessons. A must read!!!
posted a Quick Tip about East of Eden. July 07, 2010
East of Eden
a very old book. read along with the grapes of wrath.
reviewed The Poisonwood Bible. July 06, 2010
Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible goes down as one of my sentimental favorites. It is a fairly quick read, as you meet the point of view of each character ... a band of sisters dealing with family, love, grief and …
posted a Quick Tip about East of Eden. July 04, 2010
East of Eden
loved the movie
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