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Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town
This book was a roller coaster for me. At first, I was just angry that people were treated with such absurdity under the auspice of the law, but that...more
Jan 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams
This started out a promising book - a behind the scenes look at elite gymnastics. What it turned into was some of that and then the author saying repe...more
Dec 2011
Dec 23, 2011
Interesting historical/family drama seen through the lens of three generations of Chinese men - two brothers, one growing up as a revered son, the oth...more
Oct 2008
Nov 14, 2008
The Passage of Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #4)
This book was worth the ten year wait. It was the story of a man broken by the loss of power that came with the Vice Presidency who was reborn with th...more
Jun 2012
Jun 04, 2012
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife
I'm somewhat confused by this book. I wanted to be interested in this woman's story, but it turned into a cycle of babies (13 in all), fighting with h...more
Jul 2013
Jul 28, 2013
American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation
Daley was a fascinating, bigoted, devoted, charismatic, powerful, awful man - much of that in equal parts. He had a hold on Chicago that was unparalle...more
Jan 2012
Dec 27, 2011
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
This was a well-written, fascinating book about a president and a period of time that goes underreported. James Garfield is seen as an extraordinary m...more
Jul 2013
Jul 26, 2013
Washington: A Life
So this took a while to get through but it was worth the time. I didn't think I wanted to know this much about Washington, but the author was able to...more
Oct 2012
Sep 27, 2012
Fight Club
Excellent! Usually I don't like reading books after seeing the movie, but in this case, I found them strangely complementary. Highly engaging that I f...more
Dec 2002
Apr 16, 2008
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I was entirely engaged with this book. It seemed to drag a bit. And I found myself annoyed by Katniss and the triangle. She spent The entire series wa...more
Jan 2012
Jan 18, 2012
The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
This will be the third Burroughs book I've read and I must say his writing is quick, readable and direct. I'm a sucker for good books on Texas persona...more
May 2012
May 29, 2012
American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare
This is both a good study of the welfare-to-work program from a journalistic perspective, but also a window into just how hard it is to be a member of...more
Apr 2009
Apr 23, 2009
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
I don't remember watching Sesame Street as a kid but I certainly remember and still have a number of books from that series highlighting letters and n...more
Oct 2011
Oct 29, 2011
In Spite of Everything: A Memoir
I went back and forth about this book. This is one woman's story about reconciling her childhood to her own marriage and raising her children as a sel...more
Nov 2011
Nov 27, 2011
Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap
Every time I read a book like this, I walk away thinking how terrifying it is to be a girl in these circumstances and wonder how I missed most of this...more
Mar 2014
Mar 28, 2014
American Tragedy
This was an exhaustive look at the defense team and case of OJ Simpson. While I don't want to opine about the verdict or his innocence or guilt, I wil...more
Nov 2012
Nov 23, 2012
The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election
This was just a really good book about a fascinating election. The journalists went into another level of depth from Game Change and struck a balance...more
Dec 2011
Nov 28, 2011
The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet--A Memoir
This one got me thinking - about the difficulties navigating a real issue like childhood obesity while trying to hold your child's self esteem and per...more
Nov 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
This was a hard one. I came in feeling really good about the pace of the writing, the engagement the author created for Jefferson's early life. But as...more
Jan 2013
Dec 27, 2012
Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines
This was a great book - it was one of the best views on addiction that I've read. It was raw, unforgiving, dramatic, heart-wrenching, a roller coaster...more
Nov 2010
Nov 27, 2010
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
Honestly I'm not sure what I thought about this book. I was compelled to keep reading even though the narrator was hard to connect to or root for. The...more
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May 10, 2014
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1)
I watched the movie first and liked it and that was my mistake. I found the book told me too much. The prosecutor is his ex-wife. In the movie, you fi...more
Apr 2012
Apr 09, 2012
My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King
This type of read makes me thankful for the life I have, scared for the generations who are growing up in this environment and confused as how things...more
Dec 2013
Dec 30, 2013
Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)
I've read a lot of Dennis Lehane books, and I enjoyed them immensely. But there was something missing in this one for me. I don't know if it was too d...more
May 2014
May 13, 2014
American Connections: The Founding Fathers. Networked.
This is a book I should totally love - "six degrees" of separation between the signers of the Declaration of Independence and present day. It was real...more
Sep 2009
Sep 27, 2009
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them)
This was an analysis of Jesus from a historical-critical perspective - the content was good, interesting. I think he made a good point of saying that...more
Jan 2010
Jan 25, 2010
Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
Bobby Fischer is a fascinating character in a tragic sort of way - but I think the author soured me a bit. He was a friend and in awe of the subject w...more
Sep 2011
Sep 23, 2011
Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
While I thought there were some topics that were a bit melodramatic, this was a easily readable, slightly nerve-wracking experience. Guyland (the peri...more
Feb 2009
Jan 29, 2009
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This was a hard story to read and yet remarkably uplifting to think that men could survive experiences so harrowing, so painful, so dehumanizing and r...more
Nov 2013
Nov 29, 2013
Winter's Bone
People were raving about this book but i just found myself going through the motions reading it. The heroine was hard scrabble and the type of person...more
Dec 2011
Dec 05, 2011
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