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Stargazing Dog

Stargazing Dog, by Takashi Murakami. NBM Publishing (2011), 128 pages. Stargazing Dog was first published in...

Stargazing Dog
posted on: Jun 6, 2013 | author: Donna

The Murder of the C...

The Murder of the Century, by Paul Collins. Broadway Paperbacks (2011), 325 pages. Nostalgia for the past,...

The Murder of the Century
posted on: Feb 27, 2013 | author: Cindy

Gone Girl

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. Crown (2012), 419 pages. Flynn is a writer in the mystery and crime genres—two...

Gone Girl
posted on: Feb 2, 2013 | author: Cindy

Dog Boy

Dog Boy, by Eva Hornung. Viking (2010), 288 pages. I don’t know if there any other novels about abandoned...

Dog Boy
posted on: Jul 20, 2012 | author: Donna

Major PettigrewR...

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson. Random House (2011), 353 pages. I borrowed this from a...

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
posted on: Jun 22, 2012 | author: Donna

Throw This Book Awa...

Time to toss your copy of Zeitoun in your curbside recycling bin; it can land on top of Three Cups of...

Throw This Book Away
posted on: Jun 12, 2012 | author: Donna

Citrus County

Citrus County, by John Brandon. McSweeney’s (2011), 216 pages. Reviewed by Donna I happened to read this...

Citrus County
posted on: Apr 20, 2012 | author: Donna

The Snow Child

The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. Little, Brown and Company (2012), 386 pages. Easily the best book I’ve read...

The Snow Child
posted on: Mar 14, 2012 | author: Donna

The Vanishing of Ka...

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant. Penguin (2009), 304 pages. Back-cover reviews describe...

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
posted on: Feb 26, 2012 | author: Donna

The Invisible Mount...

The Invisible Mountain, by Carolina De Robertis. Vintage Books (2009), 424 pages. This is a book that will...

The Invisible Mountain
posted on: Jan 19, 2012 | author: Donna

The Family Fang

The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson. Ecco (2011), 309 pages. I normally go out of my way to avoid books...

The Family Fang
posted on: Oct 27, 2011 | author: Cindy

Broken Glass Park

Broken Glass Park, by Alina Bronsky. Translated from German by Tim Mohr. Europa Editions (2010), 211...

Broken Glass Park
posted on: Sep 16, 2011 | author: Donna

Formerly Favorite A...

What a disheartening year it’s been for those of us who want to believe that an author’s subsequent book...

Formerly Favorite Authors Suffer Simultaneous Brain Damage
posted on: Jul 2, 2011 | author: Donna

The Angel’s G...

The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Anchor Books (2010), 531 pages. Blech. What a relief to be done...

The Angel’s Game
posted on: Nov 8, 2010 | author: Donna

Freedom

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2010), 562 pages. Much like my favorite...

Freedom
posted on: Oct 11, 2010 | author: Cindy

The God of Animals

The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle. Scribner (2007), 305 pages. This was another one of those serendipitously...

The God of Animals
posted on: Sep 30, 2010 | author: Donna

Beauty

(This review first appeared in November 2005) Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the...

Beauty
posted on: Jun 5, 2010 | author: Donna

The Namesake

The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Houghton Mifflin Company (2004), 291 pages. This is a very well-written book...

The Namesake
posted on: May 28, 2010 | author: Donna

The Hole We’r...

The Hole We’re In, by Gabrielle Zevin. Black Cat (2010), 283 pages. This is one of those novels that...

The Hole We’re In
posted on: May 25, 2010 | author: Cindy

About a Boy

About a Boy, by Nick Hornby. Riverhead Books (1998), 307 pages. This cover is the worst, most misleading...

About a Boy
posted on: May 4, 2010 | author: Donna

The Blue Orchard

The Blue Orchard, by Jackson Taylor. Touchstone (2010), 416 pages. Taylor’s novel about abortion in...

The Blue Orchard
posted on: Apr 29, 2010 | author: Cindy

The Shadow of the W...

(This review first appeared in January 2006) The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Penguin Books...

The Shadow of the Wind
posted on: Apr 14, 2010 | author: Donna

Little Bee

Little Bee, by Chris Cleave. Simon  Schuster (2009), 288 pages. Little Bee is a fourteen-year-old girl from...

Little Bee
posted on: Mar 18, 2010 | author: Cindy

What Was She Thinki...

(This review first appeared in August 2007) What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller. Henry...

What Was She Thinking?
posted on: Mar 13, 2010 | author: Cindy

The Book Thief

(This review first appeared in February 2007)  The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Knopf (2006), 552...

The Book Thief
posted on: Mar 9, 2010 | author: Cindy

The Miraculous Jour...

(This review first appeared in March 2007) The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,by Kate...

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
posted on: Mar 5, 2010 | author: Cindy

The Darkest Child

(This review first appeared in November 2006) The Darkest Child, by Delores Phillips. Soho Press (2004), 387...

The Darkest Child
posted on: Jan 20, 2010 | author: Donna

The Story of Edgar ...

(This review first appeared in July 2008) The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski.  Ecco (2008),...

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
posted on: Jan 17, 2010 | author: Cindy

The Glass of Time

The Glass of Time: The Secret Life of Miss Esperanza Gorst, Narrated by Herself, by Michael Cox. W.W. Norton...

The Glass of Time
posted on: Jan 14, 2010 | author: Donna

Digging to America

Digging to America, by Anne Tyler. Ballantine Books (2007), 288 pages. Two families arrive at the Baltimore...

Digging to America
posted on: Dec 31, 2009 | author: Donna

Bone China

Bone China, by Roma Tearne. Europa Editions (2009), 378 pages. It was strange reading this just two months...

Bone China
posted on: Dec 6, 2009 | author: Donna

As Hot As It Was Yo...

(This review first appeared in February 2005) As Hot As It Was You Ought to Thank Me, by Nanci Kincaid....

As Hot As It Was You Ought to Thank Me
posted on: Dec 3, 2009 | author: Cindy

The True Story of H...

(This review first appeared in March 2004) The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, by Louise Murphy. Penguin...

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
posted on: Nov 30, 2009 | author: Donna

The Help

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.  Amy Einhorn Books (2009), 451 pages. Set in 1960′s Jackson,...

The Help
posted on: Nov 27, 2009 | author: Cindy

Lavinia

Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Mariner Books (2009), 284 pages. Rome has not yet been founded; it doesn’t...

Lavinia
posted on: Nov 24, 2009 | author: Donna

Zel

(This review first appeared in May 2003) Zel, by Donna Jo Napoli. Puffin Books (1996), 234 pages. This young...

Zel
posted on: Nov 12, 2009 | author: Donna

People of the Book

People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks. Penguin Books (2008), 386 pages. Geraldine Brooks is an exceptional...

People of the Book
posted on: Oct 31, 2009 | author: Donna

To Siberia

To Siberia, by Per Petterson. Picador (2009), 246 pages. (Originally published in Norway in 1996.) The...

To Siberia
posted on: Oct 19, 2009 | author: Donna

The Curious Inciden...

(This review first appeared in August 2003) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
posted on: Oct 17, 2009 | author: Cindy

Coraline

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman.  Harper Trophy (2003), 162 pages. Gaiman, in his young adult novel Coraline, has...

Coraline
posted on: Oct 9, 2009 | author: Cindy

Pharmakon

Pharmakon…or the Story of a Happy Family, by Dirk Wittenborn. Penguin Books (2008), 404 pages. The father...

Pharmakon
posted on: Oct 3, 2009 | author: Donna

The Cry of the Slot...

The Cry of the Sloth, by Sam Savage.  Coffee House Press (2009), 224 pages. Andrew Whittaker is an...

The Cry of the Sloth
posted on: Sep 30, 2009 | author: Cindy

A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick.  Algonquin (2009), 291 pages. Goolrick’s novel is set in rural...

A Reliable Wife
posted on: Sep 26, 2009 | author: Cindy

The Book of Lost Th...

(This review first appeared in April 2008) The Book of Lost Things, by John Connelly.  Washington Square...

The Book of Lost Things
posted on: Sep 24, 2009 | author: Donna

Korgi: Book 2

Korgi: Book 2, by Christian Slade.  Top Shelf Productions (2008), 94 pages. There’s another Korgi book!...

Korgi: Book 2
posted on: Sep 14, 2009 | author: Donna

Middlesex

(This review first appeared in November 2005) Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux...

Middlesex
posted on: Sep 7, 2009 | author: Donna

Korgi

Korgi, by Christian Slade.  Top Shelf Productions (2007), 88 pages. I read this seven months ago and have...

Korgi
posted on: Sep 3, 2009 | author: Donna

The Rapture of Cana...

(This review first appeared in December 2002) The Rapture of Canaan, by Sheri Reynolds.  Berkley Books...

The Rapture of Canaan
posted on: Aug 30, 2009 | author: Donna

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields, by Marina Lewycka.  Penguin Books (2008), 294 pages I loved this book. But before I...

Strawberry Fields
posted on: Aug 28, 2009 | author: Donna

The People’s ...

(This review first appeared in February of 2007) The People’s Act of Love, by James Meek.  Canongate...

The People’s Act of Love
posted on: Aug 25, 2009 | author: Cindy

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