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books

Jan 17 13:41

In the Age of Love and Chocolate

author: 
Zevin, Gabrielle

When you love the first book of a trilogy, but by the last you're meh.

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(Aside: How much of this book--nay, my life--have I spent "trying not to cry"? When I think of the wasted effort!)

reviewdate: 
Jan 12 2015
isn: 
978-0-374-38075-5
Jan 17 13:18

Far From You

author: 
Sharpe, Tess

When we meet Sophie Winters she's in rehab against her will and has survived a life-threatening car accident, addiction to painkillers related to the life-threatening car accident, and the murder of her best friend.

reviewdate: 
Jan 15 2014
isn: 
978-142318462-1
Jan 11 16:31

Station Eleven

author: 
Mandel, Emily St. John

It took me a little while to get into this post-pandemic novel, but once I was in it, I was uncomfortably in the lonely world where only .6% of the population survives a flu outbreak. I'm still not getting a flu shot, btw.

reviewdate: 
Jan 8 2015
isn: 
978-0-385-35331-1
Jan 04 20:52

Mockingjay

author: 
Collins, Suzanne

This is my second time through the Hunger Games series. I don't think I cared last time, but this time, I've concluded that I'm #TeamPeeta.

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In the hospital, I find my mother, the only one I trust to care for them. It takes her a minute to place the three, given their current condition, but already she wears a look of consternation. And I know it's not a result of seeing abused bodies, because they were daily fair in District 12, but the realization that this sort of thing goes on in 13 as well.

reviewdate: 
Jan 4 2015
isn: 
978-0-545-78829-8
Dec 27 2013

All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, the

author: 
Flagg, Fannie

Fannie Flagg novels always go down easy and are southern charming as all get-out. All-Girl centers on a 60-year-old woman who finds out she's not southern, at least not in the southern way of knowing who your people are a few generations back. It's also about Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). Unless you're a real crankypants, you should be moved by protagonist Sookie Poole's evolution, the WASPs accomplishments, or both. I sniffled quite a bit reading about the titular event while riding a New Jersey transit train home from Jewish Christmas.

reviewdate: 
Dec 25 2013
isn: 
978-0-8129-9463-6
Dec 26 2013

Teatime for the Firefly

author: 
Patel, Shona

The publisher is Harlequin MIRA, but it didn't occur to me when I originally read a review of this book that it was a romance. I'm still not sure if that was the intent, because, finding the protagonist and her love interest annoying, I put the book down 200 or so pages in. The MIRA imprint is meant to encompass literary and genres aside from romance, for women.

reviewdate: 
Dec 23 2013
isn: 
978-0-7783-1547-6
Dec 22 2013

Behind the Mountains

author: 
Danticat, Edwidge

Danticat tells a story similar to her own, but set about twenty years later and with plenty of other elements to differentiate it from a fictionalized memoir, about a Haitian girl, Celiane, moving to the US and reuniting her family.

reviewdate: 
Dec 19 2013
isn: 
0-439-37299-2
Dec 22 2013

Bone Season

author: 
Shannon, Samantha

In an alternate history clairvoyance is unnatural and a crime. Clairvoyants have to hide their power or risk being consigned to The Tower. It turns out there's something even worse than The Tower, an alternate government in Oxford, run by Rephaim, which Wikipedia and other sources define as giant spirits from the netherworld.

reviewdate: 
Dec 17 2013
isn: 
978-1-62040-140-8
Dec 15 2013

Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy

author: 
Crawford, Lacy

She was already the daughter of a celebrity; an alumni connection could help only so much more. Why on earth hire an independent consultant, too? But then, there were Anne's clients: the parents who left nothing to chance. They refused to play with a deck that wasn't stacked. They'd raise a child unvaccinated before they'd consider letting him apply to college unaided.

Anne helps privileged (and one unprivileged) students get into college, mostly by working with them on their applications essays, but also a little bit by handling their families.

reviewdate: 
Dec 11 2013
isn: 
978-0-06-224061-3
Dec 08 2013

Dark Currents

author: 
Carey, Jacqueline

Carey's new paranormal series has a wide variety of magical creatures, including mermaids, norns (?) and your run-of-the-mill vampires and werewolves. The protagonist is a halfie, herself, a hell-spawn doing her best to not invoke her birthright and thereby destroying the world. She's also a file clerk at the local PD, doing supernatural detective work on the QT.

reviewdate: 
Dec 6 2013
isn: 
978-0-451-46478-1