Reviews

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Note: These are all books I've bought, borrowed, or received as gifts from friends, with no expectation of anything except me reading them.   

BY AUTHOR
Abbey, Edward - Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi - Half of a Yellow Sun
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi - Purple Hibiscus
Adiga, Aravind - The White Tiger
Allende, Isabel - The House of the Spirits
Auchincloss, Louis - Pursuit of the Prodigal
Azzopardi, Trezza - Winterton Blue
Basso, Hamilton - The View from Pompey's Head
Baxter, Charles - First Light
Beavan, Colin - How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World
Belben, Rosalind - Our Horses in Egypt
Belleville, Bill - Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape
Belleville, Bill - River of Lakes
Berger, John - G.
Boccaccio, Giovanni - The Decameron
Bradbury, Ray - Fahrenheit 451
Buck, Pearl S. - The Good Earth
Carroll, Lewis - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
Pema Chodron - Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better 
Cisneros, Sandra - The House on Mango Street
Connell, Evan S. - Mrs. Bridge
Dennis, Carl - Practical Gods
Dillard, Annie - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Doctorow, E.L. - World's Fair
Doyle, Roddy - Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Duncan, David James - The Brothers K (plus a little more)
Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems
Enright, Anne - The Gathering
Epel, Naomi - Writers Dreaming
Farrell, J.G. - The Siege of Krishnapur
Faulkner, William - Light in August (with background)
Flaherty, Tina Santi - What Jackie Taught Us
Forster, E.M. - A Room with a View
Forster, E.M. - Aspects of the Novel
Forster, E.M. - Howards End
Gallo, Carmine - Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds 
Gardner, John - Grendel
Godden, Rumer - The Greengage Summer
Gogol, Nikolai - The Overcoat
Gordimer, Nadine - The Conservationist
Gordon, Jaimy - Lord of Misrule
Guillebeau, Chris - The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
Hartnett, Sonya - The Silver Donkey
Hazzard, Shirley - The Great Fire
Heinlein, Robert A. - Stranger in a Strange Land
Hemingway, Ernest - Islands in the Stream
Hemon, Aleksandar - The Lazarus Project
Hewitt, Ben - $aved: How I Quit Worrying About Money and Became the Richest Guy in the World 
Hollinghurst, Alan - The Line of Beauty
Hughes, Ted - Birthday Letters
Huxley, Elspeth - The Flame Trees of Thika
Jacobsohn, Rachel W. - The Reading Group Handbook
James, Marlon - A Brief History of Seven Killings
Jones, Edward P. - The Known World
Joyce, James - Ulysses (plus this)
Barbara Kingsolver - The Lacuna
Kelman, James - How Late It Was, How Late
Kunitz, Stanley - Selected Poems
Lahiri, Jhumpa - The Lowland
Lahiri, Jhumpa - The Namesake
Lamb, Wally - I Know This Much is True (preliminary here)
Lao Tze - Tao Te Ching
Lim, Shirley Geok-lin - Joss and Gold
Lowell, Robert - Life Studies and For the Union Dead
Malamud, Bernard - The Fixer
Mantel, Hilary - Bring Up the Bodies
Mantel, Hilary - Wolf Hall
Mason, Herbert (ed.) - Gilgamesh
McCann, Colum - Let the Great World Spin
McPhee, John - The Survival of the Bark Canoe
Middleton, Stanley - Holiday
Millay, Edna St. Vincent - Mine the Harvest
Miller, Karen Maezen - Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life
Miller, Madeline - The Song of Achilles
Moore, Jeffrey - Red-Rose Chain
Murdoch, Iris - The Black Prince
Murdoch, Iris - The Sea, The Sea
Naipaul, V.S. - In a Free State
Nhat Hanh, Thich - The Art of Communicating
Obreht, Tea - The Tiger's Wife
O'Hagan, Andrew - Personality
Okri, Ben - The Famished Road
Porter, Katherine Anne - The Collected Stories
Proulx, Annie - Brokeback Mountain
Proust, Marcel - Remembrance of Things Past
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan - Cross Creek Cookery
Robinson, Marilynne - Housekeeping
Roth, Philip - Goodbye, Columbus
Rushdie, Salman - Midnight's Children
Sanders, Scott Russell - Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World
Sarton, May - The Fur Person
Scott, Paul - Staying On
Shields, David - The Thing About Life is that One Day You're Dead
Shomer, Enid - Tourist Season
Smith, Alexander McCall - The Double Comfort Safari Club
Smith, Alexander McCall - The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
Smith, Alexander McCall - The Miracle at Speedy Motors
Smith, Laura Lee - Heart of Palm
St. John of the Cross - Dark Night of the Soul
Strout, Elizabeth - Olive Kitteridge
Swift, Graham - Last Orders
Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
Syjuco, Miguel - Ilustrado
Thayil, Jeet - Narcopolis
Unsworth, Barry - Sacred Hunger
Welty, Eudora - The Optimist's Daughter
Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth
White, E.B. - The Second Tree from the Corner
White, Randy Wayne - Deceived
Wright, David (trans.) - Beowulf 
Wright, Richard - Native Son

BY TITLE
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
A Room with a View - E.M. Forster
The Art of Communicating - Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Nonconformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World - Chris Guillebeau
Aspects of the Novel - E.M. Forster
Beowulf - David Wright (trans.)
Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes
The Black Prince - Iris Murdoch
A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel
Brokeback Mountain - Annie Proulx
The Brothers K - David James Duncan (plus a little more)
The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
The Collected Stories - Katherine Anne Porter
The Conservationist - Nadine Gordimer
Cross Creek Cookery - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Dark Night of the Soul - St. John of the Cross
Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
The Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio
Deceived - Randy Wayne White
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness - Edward Abbey
The Double Comfort Safari Club - Alexander McCall Smith
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better - Pema Chodron
The Famished Road - Ben Okri
First Light - Charles Baxter
The Fixer - Bernard Malamud
The Flame Trees of Thika - Elspeth Huxley
The Fur Person - May Sarton
G. - John Berger
The Gathering - Anne Enright
Gilgamesh - Herbert Mason (ed.)
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
Goodbye, Columbus - Philip Roth
The Great Fire - Shirley Hazzard
The Greengage Summer - Rumer Godden
Grendel - John Gardner
Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life - Karen Maezen Miller
Heart of Palm - Laura Lee Smith
Holiday - Stanley Middleton
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
Howards End - E.M. Forster
How Late It Was, How Late - James Kelman
How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World - Colin Beavan
I Know This Much is True - Wally Lamb (preliminary here)
Ilustrado - Miguel Syjuco
In a Free State - V.S. Naipaul
Islands in the Stream - Ernest Hemingway
Joss and Gold - Shirley Geok-lin Lim
The Known World - Edward P. Jones
The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
Last Orders - Graham Swift
The Lazarus Project - Aleksandar Hemon
Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann
Life Studies and For the Union Dead - Robert Lowell
Light in August - William Faulkner (with background)
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection - Alexander McCall Smith
The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst
Lord of Misrule - Jaimy Gordon
Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape - Bill Belleville
The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Mine the Harvest - Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith
Mrs. Bridge - Evan S. Connell
The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil
Native Son - Richard Wright
Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
The Optimist's Daughter - Eudora Welty
Our Horses in Egypt - Rosalind Belben
The Overcoat - Nikolai Gogol
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle
Personality - Andrew O'Hagan
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
Practical Gods - Carl Dennis
Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Pursuit of the Prodigal - Louis Auchincloss
The Reading Group Handbook - Rachel W. Jacobsohn
Red-Rose Chain - Jeffrey Moore
Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust
River of Lakes - Bill Belleville
Sacred Hunger - Barry Unsworth
$aved: How I Quit Worrying About Money and Became the Richest Guy in the World - Ben Hewitt
The Sea, The Sea - Iris Murdoch
The Second Tree from the Corner - E.B. White
Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selected Poems - Stanley Kunitz 
The Siege of Krishnapur - J.G. Farrell
The Silver Donkey - Sonya Hartnett
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
Staying On - Paul Scott
Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World - Scott Russell Sanders
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
The Survival of the Bark Canoe - John McPhee
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds - Carmine Gallo
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tze
The Thing About Life is that One Day You're Dead - David Shields
The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht
Tourist Season - Enid Shomer
Ulysses - James Joyce (plus this) The View from Pompey's Head - Hamilton Basso
What Jackie Taught Us - Tina Santi Flaherty
The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
Winterton Blue - Trezza Azzopardi
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
World's Fair - E.L. Doctorow
Writers Dreaming - Naomi Epel