Review Archive (2011)

4 Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Y.A., Audiobooks

*****Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter (7/11)
*****Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy (12/10) (short stories)
*****Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel (3/11)
*****What Is The What by Dave Eggers (1/11)
*****Started Early Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson (4/11)
*****The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (5/11)
*****The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (6/11)
*****War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy (8/11)
*****The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (12/11)
****A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (3/11)
****The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (12/11)
****The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle (2/11)
****The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill (8/1)

****Roots by Alex Haley (7/11)
*** The Luminist by David Rocklin (10/11)

***Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (7/11)
***Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (12/10) 

***The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison (7/11)
***The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow  (1/11)
***The Help by Kathryn Stockett (5/11)
***An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy (4/11)
***The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale (3/11)
***The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo (1/11)

***The Odyssey, adapted by Gareth Hinds - graphic novel (7/11)
***Beowulf, adapted by Gareth Hinds - graphic novel (7/11)
***Dante's Divine Comedy, adapted by Seymour Chwast - graphic novel (7/11)
***To Join The Lost by Seth Steinzor (11/11)

***Emma by Jane Austen (3/11)
***The Radleys by Matt Haig (1/11)
***The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (11/10)

***The Map of Time by Felix Palma (6/11)
***Favorite Sons by Robin Yocum (7/11)
***The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (6/11)
**Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress (2/11)
**The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton (7/11)
**The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (3/11)
**Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (2/11)
**The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle (12/10)
**Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet & Wil Huygen (12/10)

*****Made To Stick by Chip & Dan Heath (11/10)
*****What Is The What by Dave Eggers (1/11)
*****The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok (1/11)
*****And The Pursuit Of Happiness by Maira Kalman (5/11)
****The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard (5/11)
****Bright Wings (poetry anthology), ed. Billy Collins; ill. David Allen Sibley (2/11)
****Blessing of the Animals by Brenda Miller (7/11)

****The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp (6/11)
****Change Anything by Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMilland and Switzler (7/11)
****Citizen You by Jonathan M. Tisch with Karl Weber
****Run Like A Mother by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell (8/11)

****Rumi:  Bridge to the Soul, tr. Coleman Barks (4/11)
****Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (2/11)
****Switch by Chip & Dan Heath (12/10)

****Fires in the Mind by Karen Cushman (2/11)
****Pigeons by Andrew Blechman (11/10)

Young Adult & Middle-Reader Fiction
***Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (12/10)
**Stolen by Lucy Christopher (5/11)
**Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (3/11)

Audio Books
*****The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, read by Ron Silver (5/11)
*****The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, read by Graeme Malcolm (4/11)
****Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand (8/11)
**** Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin, read by Tom Parks (4/11)
**** Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, read by Debra Wiseman and Joel Johnstone (5/11)
****Cutting a Dash by Lynne Truss (7/11) BBC radio precursor to Eats, Shoots, & Leaves (7/11)
****Change Anything by Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMilland and Switzler (7/11)
****Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (6/11)
***In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (6/11)
***All Things Shining by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly (6/11)

Star Code
***** Surprisingly fine. Must badger everyone I know to read this.
**** Beyond expectations, with moments of glory.
*** A solid book, worth the time.
** Wouldn't choose to read it, knowing what I know now. 
* I couldn't even bear to finish it. Hence, not reviewed.
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