Books by Fiction
Backyard (2014)
3.46 of 5 Votes: 3
Actually bringing a sense of the absurd as we meet fanatical gardeners who are highly competitive, Draper’s writing style and interactions are equally lighthearted and somewhat over-the-top. While a bit slow to start, this story was a nice break from more action-packed reads as George and Nan wo...
Against the Country: A Novel (2000)
2.4 of 5 Votes: 1
Fun, but I couldn't quite get into it and did not fully finish. The book is described as a “gift for fans of Southern Gothic and metafiction” but for me it didn't live up to that claim -- perhaps it is just too self-aware about what it wanted to be. Angry, biting satire can be a great thing, but ...
It Won't Always Be This Great (2014)
3.44 of 5 Votes: 3
This book is unlike anything I've read before. It's hilarious, poignant, familial, engaging, and utterly original. If you're a fan of Seinfeld or great Woody Allen films, this is the book for you. But even if you're not, the simultaneously hilarious and serious storyline will keep you interested....
Hissy Fitz (2000)
3.56 of 5 Votes: 4
Synopsis- Hissy Fitz is definitely the master of his house. So how come Georgie, the young girl he lives with, can’t seem to tell when he wants to sleep, and talks and pets him nonstop! And the grown male in the house bangs on wood at the worst possible moments – when all Hissy wants to do is sle...
You Could Be Home by Now (2014)
4.16 of 5 Votes: 1
Reading it, I could feel myself going along for the ride and seeing what happens next with Lily, Ben, and Seth. Those three characters' voices really stay with you throughout the story and you just can't help but giggle when Lily comes on the scene, she is the glue that held all of the pieces of ...
Girl Underwater (2000)
3.71 of 5 Votes: 2
This was such a different book to what I normally read. I went into it thinking that it would be a romance book with the plane crash as the background. This was so far from what this story became. It was a story of survival with romance as a very distant background.The story is told in Avery's...
The Children's Crusade: A Novel (2000)
3.93 of 5 Votes: 1
This is a beautifully written, honest portrayal of one northern California family spanning the 1950's to present day. It is an examination of how the familial experiences of a childhood can mold a person's adult identity. I loved the complicated and fully developed characters; Bill, the loving, a...
The Age of Magic (2014)
3.5 of 5 Votes: 5
I feel frustrated after completing this book. It promised so much but ultimately under-delivered especially given how much I loved Okri's previous book, The Famished Road. The Age of Magic looks beautiful and at times reads beautifully but for the most part I felt like I was missing something. I'...
The Wednesday Group (2000)
4.46 of 5 Votes: 4
Sylvia True has written a wonderful book about marriage, trust, and friendship. Initially I was worried that I would be reading with one hand over my eyes -would there be uncomfortable sex scenes? - but happily, I came away with a warm and positive feeling that friendship and introspection can tr...
Fields of Exile (2014)
4.21 of 5 Votes: 1
This book was very intense. It depicts the anti-semitism on the campus of a small Canadian college. The heroine is a rather humorless woman who is not very happy and feels like an exile even in her actual homeland. The consequences of standing up for her beliefs are tragic and life-changing. Alth...
Outside The Ropes (2000)
4.79 of 5 Votes: 4
~*~ Netgalley provided a copy in exchange fir an honest review ~*~"All that was left of me were the parts that belonged tp him, the parts that he had saved from drowning."This debut novel opens with an exuberant high energy fight scene that sets the tone for this 5 star read. Rea, the strong but ...
The Defendants (2014)
3.36 of 5 Votes: 5
Rookie attorney Thaddeus Murfee is hired to defend Ermeline Ransom, accused of murdering the man who carved his name in her chest. Ermeline's persecutors are not only the District Attorney but also the Chicago Mob and Illinois governor. Set in small-town Illinois, the Governor is in the business ...
The Question of the Missing Head (2014)
3.67 of 5 Votes: 3
This is the first of what I hope will be a series featuring Samuel Hoenig, a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome, the high-functioning manifestation of autism. People with Asperger’s Syndrome are often intellectually gifted and limited in their emotional range. Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Spock and a f...
Seek and Hide (2014)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 2
This book is everything. The language itself is absolutely stunning, a masterpiece of words. And then the story...I am a fan of dystopian literature, but this is somehow more real than fantasy. It sucked me in with just how possible it seemed, how...close. This could so easily be our future. The ...
Hausfrau: A Novel (2000)
4.28 of 5 Votes: 1
Anna Benz is an American expat living in Zurich with her Swiss husband, Bruno, and their 3 young children. By all other accounts, Anna has a great life but, to Anna, life has become a prison. Her relationship with Bruno has cooled into marital co-existence. Her parents are deceased and Anna ha...