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Reviews

13 Rue Therese by Elena Mauli Shapiro

Susan of Suko’s Notebook

Alison of Alison’s Book Marks

Cassandra of Indie Reader Houston

Mary of Bookfan

Jen of Devourer of Books

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree

Donna of BookBound

Amy of Entertainment Realm

‘Nise of Under the Boardwalk

Jennifer of Rundpinne

Julie of Booking Mama

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Candace of Beth Fish Reads

Karen P’s thoughts:

A box full of tantalizing clues to the life of a woman long dead lead an American scholar on a fascinating journey of discovery.

Be patient with this unusual illustrated novel.   The plot of  13 rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro develops a bit slowly, but if you stick with it, you’ll be rewarded with a gem of a story.

The 500 by Matthew Quirk

Julie of Booking Mama

America Pacific by Anna North

Swapna of S. Krishna Books

The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore

Jennifer of Rundpinne

Julie of Booking Mama

Holly of 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews

Mary of Bookfan

Black Hills by Dan Simmons

Wisteria Leigh of Bookworm’s Dinner

Jen of Devourer of Books

Donna of BookBound

Alison of Alison’s Book Marks

The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler

Jen of Devourer of Books

Vicki of I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Julie of Booking Mama

Kathy of BermudaOnion’s Weblog

Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Book Reviews

Jen of Devourer of Books

Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books

Alison of Alison’s Book Marks

Karen P.’s thoughts:

In Bossypants, Tina Fey pens a memoir about her career in show business.  It  includes a stint at Saturday Night Live, and reveals the backstory of 30 Rock .   An amusing book filled with feminism and humor, it is one you’re sure to enjoy.

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree

The Complaints by Ian Rankin

Nise of Under the Boardwalk

The Cut by George Pelecanos

Julie of Booking Mama

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Jen of Devourer of Books

Julie of Booking Mama

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

Nicole of Linus’s Blanket

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Day For Night by Frederick Reiken

Kerry of Entomology of a Bookworm

Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog

Julie of Booking Mama

Candace of BethFish Reads

Jennifer of Rundpinne

Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books

Jen of Devourer of Books

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

Heather of Capricious Reader

Karen P.’s thoughts:

Jonah Rabinowitz with his wife and daughter flee the Nazis from Poland to Lithuania hoping to obtain visas and get to safety in the United States.  Able to get only two visas he sends his wife and daughter ahead hoping that he’ll soon be able to follow them.  Instead he and four hundred ninety-nine other Jewish intellectuals are marched to a fort outside Kovno where they are summarily executed.  Rumor has it that two survive.  This complex tale follows the lives of a diverse group of individuals from across the U.S. to the Virgin Islands and finally to Israel; and slowly reveals how they are all interconnected.  As you read the story and make the connections you’re left wondering just  who is the mysterious Katherine Clay Goldman/ Helen Ariadne the woman with all the aliases?  Is she a member of a radical collective wanted by the FBI or some kind of guardian angel?

Doors Open by Ian Rankin

Cheryl of CMash Loves To Read

Alison of Alison’s Book Marks

Karen P. had this to say:

What happens when a banker, a college art professor and a software millionaire plot the “perfect” art heist?  Throw in one bad Edinburgh crime boss, a Viking enforcer named Hate, and one very tenacious police detective and it all spirals out of control.  Commencing with its gripping prologue you must read Ian Rankin’s, Doors Open, to find out just what happens to this unlikely cast of characters.

Julie of Booking Mama

Nicole of Linus’s Blanket

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Julie of Booking Mama

Karen P. had this to say:

Lizzie and Evie are thirteen years old, neighbors and long time best friends.  One day  Evie suddenly disappears.  The End of Everything by Megan Abbott is the story of a seemingly perfect family, the Ververs.

This is sort of a mystery novel with Lizzie as the detective.  As she doggedly searches for clues as to the whereabouts of her best friend, she unwittingly uncovers some very ugly secrets.  There are some plot twists in this winner of a tale you won’t see coming.

Flashback by Dan Simmons

Jennifer of Rundpinne

Donna of BookBound

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

Karen P. had this to say:

Chess Cousins seems to have it all;  beauty, talent and the perfect financée.  The wedding plans are well under way when she inexplicably breaks the engagement, quits her job, shaves her head and moves back home.  Chess, her sister Tate, mother Birdie and Aunt India decide to spend a month at the family’s summer home on isolated Tuckernuck Island for some much needed soul searching.   This novel of love and passion is one very engaging read.

Jennifer of Rundpinne

Julie of Booking Mama

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

Mary of Bookfan

Dawn of She Is Too Fond of Books

Jo-Jo of Jo-Jo loves to read!!!

The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Jen of Devourer of Books

Alison of Alison’s Book Marks

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Julie of Booking Mama

Cheryl of CMash Loves to Read

Dawn of She Is Too Fond Of Books

Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup

Alison of Alison’s Book Marks

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Kerry of Entomology of a Bookworm

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

Julie of Booking Mama

Mary of Bookfan

Jennifer of Rundpinne

From Karen P.

Marriage and Other Acts of Charity is not your usual memoir.    Kate Braestrup is a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service and her latest book is  a wonderfully uplifting story of love in all its forms.    It’s during her contentious first marriage that she has a life changing epiphany.  “As much as you can, as long as you can:  Just love.”  Isn’t that a fantastic credo to live by?  Do read this book and open your heart and mind to love.

The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Vicki of Reading at the Beach

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons

From Karen P:

Upon arrival in England in August 1937 Jack Rosenblum is given a blue pamphlet titled, “Helpful Information and Friendly Guidance for every Refugee.”  It will have a transformative effect on him as he seeks to become a quintessential English gentleman.  Follow Jack’s trials and tribulations in this charming tale of a German Jew who yearns to belong and be accepted as a true and proper Englishman.

Heather of Tales of a Capricious Reader

Jennifer of Rundpinne

Jenny of Take Me Away

Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog

Donna of BookBound

Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books

Cheryl of CMash Loves to Read

Julie of Booking Mama

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Next by James Hynes

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Julie of Booking Mama

Vicki of Reading at the Beach

Karen P’s thoughts:

A 50-something editor in a relationship with a much younger woman secretly flies to Austin, Texas from Ann Arbor, Michigan for a job interview.  This introspective narrative follows Kevin Quinn as he moves around Austin killing time prior to his 2 P.M. appointment.  The story starts off slowly, but oh, what a stunning conclusion.  Too bad he didn’t listen to the cabbie who advised him, “You need to pay attention, man.”

The Patterns of Paper Monsters by Emma Rathbone

Amy of Entertainment Realm

Pam of I Write in Books

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

Alison of Alison’s Book Marks

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Faith of A Little Bit Of Faith

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

Julie of Booking Mama

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Jo of Jo-Jo loves to read!!!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog

Nicole of Linus’s Blanket

Julie of Booking Mama

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore

Julie of Booking Mama

Jen of Devourer of Books

Cheryl of CMash Reads

Susan/Suko’s Notebook

Candace of Beth Fish Reads

Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin

Julie of Booking Mama

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Here are Karen P.’s thoughts:

It all starts with an innocent e-mail..  It seems  Hope McMaster wants to find her birth parents and she needs some help.  Shortly after being adopted at the age of two, she emigrates from England to New Zealand with her new parents.  The only clue she has to go on is her birth certificate.   Jackson Brodie, 50ish, semi-retired private detective already in the middle of a search for his swindling, “fake” wife Tessa, reluctantly takes the case.   In doing so he opens a can of worms and discovers a decades old conspiracy.
Kate Atkinson’s latest book, Started Early, Took My Dog is first-rate.  You’re well into the story before all the pieces begin to fall into place and you start to figure it all out.   Besides being a mystery, this novel raises  a lot of moral and ethical issues that you will be mulling over long after you’ve finished the book.

Julie of Booking Mama

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Jennifer of Rundpinne

Nise of Under The Boardwalk

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

Still Midnight by Denise Mina

Cheryl of CMash Loves To Read

Vicki of Reading at the Beach

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

Susan of Susan’s Literary Cafe

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree

Candace of Beth Fish Reads

Julie of Booking Mama

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog

Heather of Tales of a Capricious Reader

Julie of Booking Mama

Michelle of My Books. My Life.

Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books

Alison of Alison’s Book Marks

Mary of Bookfan

Dawn of She Is Too Fond of Books

From Karen P:

Tim Farnsworth is a high powered attorney, a partner in a prestigious law firm, husband to Jane and Father of Becka.  One day Tim calls Jane and tells her, “It’s back.”  It being one very bizarre compulsion.  “Oh, banana!”
Long after you’ve finished reading this thought provoking novel of love, marriage and family you’ll be doing some soul searching of your own.

Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Jo-Jo of Jo-Jo Loves to Read

Nise of Under the Boardwalk

Wild Thing by Josh Bazell

Julie of Booking Mama

Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books

Wise Men by Stuart Nadler

Nicole of Linus’s Blanket

The Wolves of Andover/The Traitor’s Wife by Kathleen Kent

Jen of Devourer of Books

Jennifer of Rundpinne

Pam of I Write in Books

Nicole of Linus’s Blanket

Candace of Beth Fish Reads

Nise of Under the Boardwalk

Jo of Jo-Jo Loves to read

Karen P said:

Ascerbic tongued Martha, twenty-three years old, despairs of ever finding a husband.  When her father sends her to work for her pregnant cousin she meets a mysterious man named Thomas.  Martha soon finds herself falling in love, but Thomas’s past life may soon come between them.  Set in Massachusetts in the late 1600s, this is a story for romance and historical fiction lovers alike.

10 Responses

  1. My review of The Unnamed went up this morning. Not one of my favorites, but looking forward to Next and Black Hills!

    Link: http://www.alisonsbookmarks.com/2010/03/review-unnamed-by-joshua-ferris.html

  2. My review of Wolves of Andover is up. Good stuff, in general but a little bit confusing in parts. I need to go back and read Kent’s other stories and maybe the style will make more sense. http://iwriteinbooks.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/the-wolves-of-andover-kathleen-kent/

  3. I posted a review for 13 rue Therese on my blog this weekend. Really looking forward to reading my next Reagan Arthur Book. There are some great looking titles on the list!

    http://bit.ly/fCjP9H

  4. My review for 13, rue Thérèse is posted. Really enjoyed this book.

  5. My review of 13, Rue Therese is here

    My review of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English is here

  6. Holy cow you’re fast — I was just coming over to tell you my review of 13 Rue was up and the link was already here!

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