Joelle V. (JoellevdB) - Reviews

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Angela's Ashes
Angela's Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/24/2007
Helpful Score: 13


This book won the Pullitzer prize and is excellent. It is hard to understand the kind of poverty that drove so many immigrants to this country. This book recalls the Northern Ireland childhood of the author and is the story of his family and their survival. An amazing story that is, in a way, the story of many of our grandparents who came here to find a better life not only for themselves but their decendants- us. If you are not grateful, you will be after reading this book.


Angels All Over Town
Angels All Over Town
Author: Luanne Rice
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 188
Review Date: 3/8/2007
Helpful Score: 1


"The Cavan sisters are an inseparable trio." Of course, that can't last forever and it is the men who enter their lives- as well as the man who has left it- that complicate their relationship and change it. An enjoyable read though Rice has been sloppy with her background research. I found her Dutch character's use of German and his supposed Prussian-ness odd. As if Rice doesn't know the difference between Dutch and German. And no one ever got married in The Hague on New Years Day!


Atonement
Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 886
Review Date: 5/19/2007


A Booker Prize finalist. A NY Times Book Review Editor's Choice.


Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science
Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science
Author: Carl Sagan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 5/19/2007


For those who love Sagan's intellect and his wit.


Cane River
Cane River
Author: Lalita Tademy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 134
Review Date: 3/28/2007


A family saga of an unusual Louisiana family from its roots in slavery to the 20th century.


Child of Awe
Child of Awe
Author: Kathryn Lynn Davis
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/29/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Reasonable if not spectacular romance set in Scotland.


Chocolat
Chocolat
Author: Joanne Harris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 232
Review Date: 10/28/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A tale about who is really good and who is not- and how that may not be so readily obvious.


Confessions of a Contractor
Confessions of a Contractor
Author: Richard Murphy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 7/26/2009


Henry Sullivan is an experienced and talented contractor renovating the homes of the wealthy in Los Angeles.

He owes his success to his talent, hard work, and a couple of basic rules: Don't take on too many jobs at once and don't sleep with the clients.

One complicated summer, he breaks all his own rules.

Funny and smart and insightful. Why people do what they do.


Deception
Deception
Author: Amanda Quick
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/1/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Typical Quick. A heroine whose intellect has made her unaware of her feminine side until it is awakened by, in this case,Viscount Chillhurst masquerading as the tutor hired by her uncle to teach the nephews she has taken under her wings. Add a lost treasure and a few villains... a good light read...


The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 861
Review Date: 5/19/2007


The TRUTH abot the world of high fashion news. Glamour is indeed hard work. Hilarious.


Eva Luna
Eva Luna
Author: Isabel Allende
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 10/29/2006


St amid Latin American turmoil, a tale of a young woman's passage through life as she changes from a jungle birthling to anti-governemt activitist.


Everyone Worth Knowing
Everyone Worth Knowing
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/19/2007


From the author of The Devil Wears Prada, a new story of life among the rich and famous. Once again the glamour is not all it appears to be from the outside. Funny and a little sad sometimes. It is fun to learn that some of that some "rich and famous" images are self-induced and well-paid for.


Fairest of Them All
Fairest of Them All
Author: Teresa Medeiros
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/24/2007
Helpful Score: 2


A tale of adventure, humr, and tender sensuality that sweeps from the pagentry of an English jousting tournament (where a huge bearded menacing Welshman wins the prize- the bride herself) to the brooding mystery of an isolated castle in Wales ( a place haunted by gosts and legends) . Of course, all's well that ends well.


Fox's Earth
Fox's Earth
Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 55
Review Date: 12/24/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Very Siddons: The good and the not so good are clearly identified yet still a surprise at the end. I enjoyed reading it.


Girl, Interrupted
Girl, Interrupted
Author: Susanna Kaysen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 707
Review Date: 10/28/2006


A young girl's rough journey into adulthood. Funny and hearthbreaking.


Golden Girl
Golden Girl
Author: Joan Wolf
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 10/28/2006


The young duke needs money to save his reputation and family; her Cit grandfather has money and wants a title. She wants only the freedom to be a painter. A marriage that begins with a deal....


The Good Earth
The Good Earth
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/19/2007
Helpful Score: 2


The Pulitzer Prize winning classic tale of China. China when the Last Emperor rules and the rumbling of change is just a whisper of unease. Wonderful and humane book. One of the world's great books.


The Hope
The Hope
Author: Herman Wouk
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 20
Review Date: 10/29/2006


Main selection of Book-of-the-Month-Club


The House of the Spirits
The House of the Spirits
Author: Isabel Allende, Magda Bogin (Translator)
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 391
Review Date: 5/19/2007


A book about family, pride and loss in another land, another culture and yet, all families are somehow the same. Isabel Allende is a fabulous writer.


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Author: Susanna Clarke
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 194
Review Date: 12/24/2006


My cover is not in perfect condition but then this book is a REAL read-1006 pages. A story about when magic came back to England.


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