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#59 ~ Gardens of Water

Gardens of Water: A Novel by Alan Drew Gardens of Water tells the story of how the lives of a working class, conservative Muslim family from outside of Istanbul were impacted by the horrible earthquake of 1999. Sinan Basioglu, a hard-working man with a club foot, tries to do his best by his family and […]

#52 ~ The Autobiography of Henry VIII

The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George As 2007 was the year that I fell in love with the Tudors, what better way to close it than by reading this book by Margaret George? It was a great choice. From the beginning where Will Somers and Catherine […]

#48 ~ The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen: A Novel by Alice Hoffman Something I’ve never really warmed up to in general fiction is not naming the narrator. I suppose that author’s have their reasons. I might by it in circumstances where the reader could be the narrator or “anyone” could be the narrator. This is not the case in […]

#47 ~ Without a Map

Without a Map: A Memoir by Meredith Hall I am angry. Correction. I am pissed. Really, I’m f*cking pissed off after reading this book. I am angry and hurt for Meredith in specific and for all women in general. That one woman should have lived through a teenage pregnancy is horrific to me. That this […]

Clear and Present Misogyny

Last weekend during her live web-cast, Philippa Gregory was asked on a couple of occasions which historical character she wishes she could have been. She jokingly selected Henry the VIII. In seriousness, she said that she would not want to go into the past to be any historical character before 1920 when women got the […]

#38 ~ You’re Not You

You’re Not You by Michelle Wildgen Okay, so it took a LONG while for me to write this review. The book, while enjoyable at the time, was not that remarkable or rememorable. The main characters (whose names have since escaped me and I’ve sold the book), are a young college woman (CW) having an affair […]

#36 ~ A Spot of Bother

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon As I was reading this, book I kept wondering to myself why it is that I don’t care for British comedies in film. A British comedy in writing just cracks me up. While I’m sure that I miss many things simply from not being British, a cussing Brit […]

#34 ~ The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier This book was an incredibly fast read and a wonderful experience. Before finishing this book I thought that this was the best Tracy Chevalier novel I’ve read thus far. The characters are interesting from the very beginning and, unlike some books – not just Chevalier’s, I never […]

#27 ~ Veronica

Veronica by Mary Gaitskill I am not sure why this book is entitled Veronica. This book isn’t really about her. It’s about how Alison, the narrator, wins and loses at modeling twice while looking down on others for their lack of style and beauty only to end up losing that for herself as the result […]

Middlesex: Has Oprah Been Reading?

Oprah has announced the latest book for her book club, and it happens to be Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides, one that I’ve already read and reviewed.  It is an interesting book and I hope that her book club members enjoy it.