book reviews

I review all the books I read for a book review group led by my friend Gordon.  I’m way behind right now, but hope to catch up soon.  Below are all of my reviews, roughly in the order I read the books, with the most recent at the top.

2010 Reviews

Diamond Ruby by Joe Wallace

Flash Reviews of The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; Christ in a Changing World: Toward an Ethical Christology by Tom Driver; Good Will by Jane Smiley; The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro; Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy; and Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.

Charming Billy by Alice McDermott

Dubliners by James Joyce

If I Loved You I Would Tell You This by Robin Black

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Lit by Mary Karr

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

2009 Reviews

Becoming Native to this Place by Wes Jackson

In the Woods by Tana French

The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Adam Bede by George Eliot

Four Weeks to a Better Behaved Child by Christine Chandler with Laura McGrath

Biting the Moon by Martha Grimes

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollen

The Sun and The Moon:  The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth Century New York by Matthew Goodman

2008 Reviews

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The Conservative Soul: Fundamentalism, Freedom and the Future of the Right by Andrew Sullivan

Middlemarch by George Eliot

A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman

The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

Almost Catholic: An Appreciation of the History, Practice and Mystery of Ancient Faith by John M. Sweeney

Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw

Northanger Abby by Jane Austen

Frida: A Biography of Frida Khalo by Hayden Herrera

Careless in Red by Elizabeth George

Third and Indiana by Steve Lopez

Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Once Upon a Country by Sari Nusseibeh

Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Deep Economy:  The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Economy by Bill McKibben

Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen

Living at Natures Pace: Farming and the American Dream by Gene Logsdon

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

2007 Reviews

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

The Girls Who Went Away:  The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

Brother Juniper’s Cookbook: Slow Rise as Method and Metaphor by Peter Reinhart

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Encounters with Merton by Henri N. J. Nouwen

The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and N. T. Wright in Dialogue ed. by Robert B. Stewart

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs

The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness by Pam Reed

Case Histories and One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver by Arthur Allen


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