Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Coolidge by Amity Shlaes



I think Shlaes' politics are ridiculous, but this was still an enjoyable book.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I Found You by Lisa Jewell



Normally, I like Lisa Jewell, but the character development was poor and the plot too contrived.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Great Dissent by Thomas Healy



Interesting. (It's amazing to me how much our attitudes about the priority of free speech have changed over the years.)

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally



One of the most interesting books I have read in a long, long time. Highly recommended.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Year Zero by Ian Buruma



Excellent. (Depressing, but excellent.)

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Victoria's Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard



I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz



This was a fun read--a great send-up of the academic environment. I did find the ending somewhat disappointing.

Review copy provided by publisher.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai



The first half of this book was utterly perfect; the second half was decent.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Woman Behind the New Deal by Kirstin Downey



I was completely fascinated by this book.

Friday, March 17, 2017

To Sleep with the Angels by David Cowan



Very well done; a moving and sad story.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Marvels by Brian Selznick



I really liked this book.

Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill



I loved this so, so much.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen



I thoroughly enjoyed this; it was like reading Downton Abbey.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Trophy Child by Paula Daly



Lots of good material here and an interesting read, but the ending felt like it came out of nowhere.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed



This was fascinating, despite the sometimes pedantic writing.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Opening Skinner's Box by Lauren Slater



I almost didn't read this because I read the blurb and realized that I am already basically familiar with most of these experiments, but . . . this book was amazing. She doesn't just recount the experiments but provides excellent backstory and context. She also considers the philosophical implications of the experiments. And she is a truly gifted writer. So this one is highly, highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel



I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. Wickedly funny, thought-provoking, and with a big heart. I'm off to see what else Frankel has written . . .

Review copy provided by publisher.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner



There's a fine line between "interesting plot twist" and "way, way too convoluted" and this book crossed that line.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst



I really, really enjoyed this.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee



I really, really enjoyed this. I kept anticipating what would happen next and I kept being wrong. That was a good thing.

Review copy provided by publisher.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella



Ack, normally I love Kinsella for funny, romantic fluff, but this book did not deliver. Characters didn't quite gel, plot didn't quite work.

Review copy provided by publisher.

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