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The Cookbook Collector

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyed the time I spent with these characters

I purchased this book after finding it on an NPR book list. As the NPR and other reviews had hinted, this book is far more rich in character and theme than in plot. I found Emily and Jess, the two sisters who are the unifying characters of the novel, to be quite real ...
I purchased this book after finding it on an NPR book list. As the NPR and other reviews had hinted, this book is far more rich in character and theme than in plot. I found Emily and Jess, the two sisters who are the unifying characters of the novel, to be quite real and felt comfortable with them immediately. (I did think the environmental activist situation to be a little contrived, but it did not keep me from liking the characters.) The sisters' relationship and the relationships that touch each of them are the focus of the novel. In each relationship--sisters, partners, friends, lovers--the characters struggle to find the kind of happiness that will last. I enjoyed Goodman's treatment of this universal idea. I ended the novel no surer of a recipe for happiness than when I began my reading, but I had new ideas to think about. I, personally, often like that open-ended thought-provoking ending much better than a neatly packaged solution.

posted by whiteginger on August 30, 2010

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12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

disappointing

The Cookbook Collector seems to have been written very rapidly. The author didn't take the time to develop the characters fully, therefore, I could not relate to any of them. I just didn't care about them..........nor did I find the plot to be very compelling.
Don't wa...
The Cookbook Collector seems to have been written very rapidly. The author didn't take the time to develop the characters fully, therefore, I could not relate to any of them. I just didn't care about them..........nor did I find the plot to be very compelling.
Don't waste time on this one.

posted by would-rather-be-reading on July 29, 2010

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    Not worth the time

    I finally had to give up on this book. The characters were not well developed and frankly, some of them were quite annoying. The story line was very slow and just never seemed to go anywhere.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2010

    uninteresting

    I found this story difficult to get into mainly because I couldn't get interested in the main characters. At times also the writing seemed trite. Not fast paced enough either. Basically not my cup of tea.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    Don't Add to Your Collection

    This book received so many favorable reviews, I did not want to wait for it to be issued in soft cover form. I should have saved my money. I found the characters to be two-dimensional, at best, and somewhat annoying. I don't like to detail plot parts in a review because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but there is a story line that was a little far-fetched and coincidental. The writing style is ok. But the book was a huge disappointment

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    What is the point of this book?

    I started out thinking this would be an intertaining novel about two very differnt sisters, but the book spends to much time following too many people that weave in and out of the sisters lives. By page 40 or so I wondered why I had downloaded it to my Nook, and where the book was really going,and what was the point of the book? I am glad that I read it from overdrive and can send it back whenever I get done skimming it, maybe it has a purpose, I will find it if it does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Boring. Too many characters and none that I really cared about.

    Boring. Too many characters and none that I really cared about. I was glad when the book was over. I don't know why I finished reading it.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    This book stunk. Too bad it was my choice for book club this pas

    This book stunk. Too bad it was my choice for book club this past month, they'll never choose one of my suggestions again! I'm pretty sure everyone in our group disliked it.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Disappointing is a good word.........

    If anyone asked me what I thought of this book, I would say "OK". I didn't really know any of the characters or care about them at all, even at the end. I guess I could say I just didn't GET it.

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