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To Be Read Challenge Book Reviews

This page contains an archive of book reviews submitted by participants of the To Be Read Challenge.


By Chimamande Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is an ambitious novel tackling race in the U.S., the experience of African immigrants in London, and the contemporary culture of materialism in Lagos. I appreciated the scope and honesty of this book. I admired the author’s ability to be forceful while gently softening her polemics, mainly expounded through the main character, Ifemelu’s, blog […]

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

It’s very unusual that I manage to finish a novel in three days in the middle of a busy workweek. But like an addictive sitcom rented from Netflix, this novel is hard to put down. Also, truth be told, the addictiveness of this novel led to some dereliction of duty. This book is a completely […]

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Lucy Gayheart

By Willa Cather

One of Cather’s later novel — a short one. If you are a Cather fan I would describe this as a mix between “Song of the Lark” and “A Lost Lady.” Lucy is a girl full of spirit who goes to Chicago to study piano, and falls head over heels in love with a world-traveling […]

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The Widower’s Tale

By Julia Glass

Forced to become more interactive with his youngest daughter and his neighbors when he agrees to allow his long-deceased wife’s art studio be used as a childcare/school; seventy-year- old Percy Darling experiences an emotional renewal . He falls in love with a free-spirited 50ish artist who has adopted a toddler enrolled at the school. When […]

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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

By Jenny Wingfield

Highly enjoyable book! Written so the reader will like the majority of the characters, especially Willadee, the wife of Samuel Lake and Swan, his daughter. And really dislike the abusive like wife/animal/child beater –Ras Ballenger and egotistical, Bernice. Final page — theme of book? “And that’s the way things have gone from that day until […]

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Lowcountry Summer

By Dorohea Benton Frank

I listened to this as audiobook. It is the sequel to “Plantation.” The reader was perfect in her southern accent—sometimes narrators can sound so fake when they try to speak with a southern accent, and it can be very distracting. It was an engaging story—plenty of laughter, tears and emotion. It would be what’s called […]

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By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sets out to prove she can write a blunt novel about race. Ms. Adichie, like her main character Ifemelu, a Nigerian blogger on race in the U.S., seemingly can get away with it because theirs is a foreign perspective. They can write truth without seeming too angry or activist–or to the extent […]

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