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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Weekends at Bellevue - Julie Holland A big part of the problem for this memoir (not primarily about the people who transit through Bellevue's Psych ER, but about the writer's personal development) is her use of the present tense. Consider this statement:"I think of my job as a psychiatrist as being, in many ways, a seduction.... I use my feminine wiles to have my way with the patients..." (109).Is it meant to be read in the moment of the narrative, first person limited, or is it a more universal, still-true, first person omniscient declaration? If the former, it's a developmental statement; if the latter, a self-statement. Either way, I don't see much evidence of the author's movement beyond this truth, and, like much of what she reports about her approach to psychiatry, concerns me.