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Book Review: The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my last great book of 2015, and boy did it knock my socks off! It’s got everything I love: flawed, fascinating characters, complex parent/child relationships, class conflict, great writing. This is a story of an upper middle class couple who decide to […]

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Crime Fiction Book Review: After We Fall

After We Fall by Emma Kavanagh My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was flawed yet strangely compelling. I feel that the debut author had an ambitious idea but didn’t quite possess the technical skill to pull it off. The story is told from four points of view (always tricky): a stewardess who survives […]

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Book Review: FLORENCE GORDON

Florence Gordon by Brian Morton My rating: 5 of 5 stars FLORENCE GORDON is about a smart, cantankerous, plainspoken old feminist, exactly the kind of old lady I aspire to be (some might say I’ve already achieved my goal). She’s honest to the point of tactlessness and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. As the book opens, […]

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Review: THE GUILTY ONE

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne My rating: 5 of 5 stars All summer, I’ve been longing for a book that would draw me in completely and make me ignore my responsibilities to keep reading. Finally, I found it in THE GUILTY ONE. Let’s get one thing straight: this is not a mystery/thriller even though […]

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Book Review: After the Storm

After the Storm by Linda Castillo My rating: 3 of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book. Many mystery fans whose opinions I respect love Linda Castillo, and I had never read her work. After reading a glowing review of After the Storm, I decided to take the plunge. The novel starts with […]

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Book Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins My rating: 2 of 5 stars Stupid women making bad choices with abusive men. That’s my one sentence synopsis for this book. Yet again, a mystery is compared to GONE GIRL because it has a hard-to-like protagonist. What everyone who makes that comparison seems to miss is […]

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Book Review: Everything You Never Told Me

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng My rating: 3 of 5 stars Celeste Ng has written a book about family members who genuinely love one another, but nevertheless manage to do terrible harm to one another. This would seem to be very fertile territory indeed, but somehow the book lacks emotional impact. The […]

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Book Review: The Art Forger

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro My rating: 4 of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book while I was reading it. I loved the glimpse into the world of artists, museums, and galleries that it provided. The information about painting technique was very well woven into the texture of the novel, so it never […]

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Book Review: WANT NOT by Jonathan Miles

Want Not by Jonathan Miles My rating: 4 of 5 stars WANT NOT is a novel of ideas which nevertheless has plenty of compelling characters and some witty writing. It is told from the alternating points of view of three unrelated family groups: a young “freegan” couple squatting in an abandoned NYC building and getting all […]

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