Susan D. (4smd) - Reviews

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Author: Michael Chabon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 417
Review Date: 4/21/2006


Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Finalist in almost every other prominate book award. Unusual, imaginative, bit fanciful. Story grounded in the days when comics were entertainment for nearly everyone.


American Woman
American Woman
Author: Susan Choi
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 7/16/2006


Pulitzer Prize finalist. The writing alone is a joy but if you're over 40 the story behind the story will be both familiar and condtain many surprises.


Anil's Ghost
Anil's Ghost
Author: Michael Ondaatje
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 98
Review Date: 2/12/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Ondaatje writes of the unimagineable without preaching and with enough restraint to permit his reader to imagine what it would be like to live through such times. Wonderful.


Any Human Heart (Vintage International)
Any Human Heart (Vintage International)
Author: William Boyd
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 18
Review Date: 7/30/2006


I am not given to being overly effusive but the writing in this book is brilliant. Presented in journal format, this tory is life itself with all its gaps, surprises and let downs bundled in everyday thought. Read it!


Autumn Bridge
Autumn Bridge
Author: Takashi Matsuoka
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 3/4/2006


Toggles between Japan in 1300s and a very changed Japan in the mid 1800s. Epic, mysterious, sexy, seizing . . . . I really liked it.


Bastard Out of Carolina
Bastard Out of Carolina
Author: Dorothy Allison
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/10/2006
Helpful Score: 7


Hell of a writer. Tough story. Somehow makes you understand how some people grow up just plain mean. This book deserves all the prizes and accolades the author received.


A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
Review Date: 3/25/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Engrossing, tragic and ultimately uplifiting -- particularly for one who parented a child that shares much with subject John Nash. The movie does not touch the depth of his story. This is a compelling book.


Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 463
Review Date: 2/4/2007


I agree with People (who chose it as their Book of the Week -- it's Delightful, quirky, the characters are unique and the unexpected plot twists pull you throuhg to the end. Whoopie Goldberg proclaimed it as her all time favorite!


Biodegradable Soap
Biodegradable Soap
Author: Amy Ephron
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 2/4/2007


The critics raved about this one. I love Amy Ephron and I think this is one of her best.


Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 2)
Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 2)
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 27
Review Date: 3/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Booksense Top 10 Pick. I am not a "mystery fan" in the sense that genre label is usually applied but this book does not let the mystery overshadow very good writing. Premise is unusual and character development wonderful - all around compelling book.


The Book Borrower
The Book Borrower
Author: Alice Mattison
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 39
Review Date: 9/19/2006


NYT notable book. WSJ called it "an ambitious and original novel." I agree.


Brazzaville Beach
Brazzaville Beach
Author: William Boyd
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 8/12/2006


Disquieting, intelligent, imaginative tale excellently told. I will read more William Boyd.


Cloud of Sparrows
Cloud of Sparrows
Author: Takashi Matsuoka
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 2/4/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Story centers on 19th century Japan but bounces back to 13th century tales. Has the adventure chasing spirit of James Clavell without so much reliance on caucasion characters.


The Company
The Company
Author: Robert Littell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 25
Review Date: 4/21/2006


Ultimate tale of CIA. Great hindsight looking back from 911 and all the failures of the intelligence community.


The Company of Strangers
The Company of Strangers
Author: Robert Wilson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 1/29/2006


How do ordinary people end up being double agents in World War II and the Cold War aftermath? And, how can the tale be crafted as an entirely unsentimental love story? Robert Wilson does a great job pulling this off with a great read.


A Cup of Tea
A Cup of Tea
Author: Amy Ephron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 82
Review Date: 8/8/2006


Set in New York in 1917, this is a sentimental tale deftly told. Detailed and elegant.


Daughter of Fortune
Daughter of Fortune
Author: Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 361
Review Date: 8/28/2006


Historical fiction with a twist. Very good storytelling.


Disobedience
Disobedience
Author: Jane Hamilton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 76
Review Date: 7/16/2006


New York Times notable book. A 17 year old boy reaches for adulthood and separation from his mother who is having an affair and his oblivious educator-father and sister obsessed with civil war reenactments. Wonderfully written.


The Dive from Clausen's Pier
The Dive from Clausen's Pier
Author: Ann Packer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 502
Review Date: 3/29/2006


1st selection of Good Morning America's book club and NYT notable book. Utterly life like character development, gracefully written, emotionally provocative. I need my sleep and ended up reading till 2 am on a Tuesday because I could not put it down.


The Dogs of Babel
The Dogs of Babel
Author: Carolyn Parkhurst
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/11/2006


How does one write a tale about love, enveloping grief and a linguist trying to teach his dog to talk? Incredible and really good.


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