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July 08, 2010


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bermudaonion (Kathy)

Mixed review or not, I really want to read this book!


I've read two previous Goodman novels, Intuition and Kaaterskill Falls, and while I liked them, I found them sort of....workmanlike. Fairly interesting characters and plots, but not particularly inspiring prose or engaging ideas. Probably a writer to read if you are interested in the subject matter, but not necessarily one to be sure to read every title.

Julie P.

I am dying to read it and it counts for the 2010 EW Summer Books Challenge. If EW liked it....


Skip - thanks for weighing in.

Julie - gotta love EW!!!


Comparing any author to Austen is, I think, doing them a great disservice--hard to live up to that. It definitely doesn't sound like it fits what I thought about it either, but maybe worth some point.


I loved The Cookbook Collector, and I had only previously read half of Goodman's the Intuition. The Cookbook Collector is such a fully-developed story, the characters are unique and interesting and there is so much going on. I think Goodman does a great job capturing the zeitgeist and the book left me thinking very deeply about a great number of big questions. I also really enjoyed her writing style.

Gayle Weiswasser

Glad to hear that you liked the book so much, Marnie. I would love to check it out.

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