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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Zombies should not be mistaken as the central theme in Max Brooks World War Z. Zombies, after all, are a simple rhetorical device for fear. Thus, it i...more
Oct 23, 2013
Oct 19, 2013
Everything Changes: The Insider's Guide to Cancer in Your 20's and 30's
I haven’t done much reading since beginning cancer treatments, but it didn’t take much motivation to breeze through “Everything Changes,” a series of...more
Mar 06, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph (Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
It is rare to pick up a book for academic research and find it a pleasure to read, but this was certainly the case with Hirschman's delightful prose....more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
A Corpse in the Koryo (Inspector O, #1)
While the prose is very elegant and quite superior to most of those books in the genre, the plot was overly complicated and surprisingly uninteresting...more
Jul 06, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
Write Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day
Despite the annoying title and some dated advice (including whether or not to write on a computer), this book offers some useful guidance on the psych...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
The entire time I was reading this book, I kept wondering what all the hype was about. It is a decently layered mystery with interesting characters, b...more
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Aug 09, 2010
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
If a writers most fundamental purpose is to entertain her readers then Harris fails spectacularly in her mundane last Sookie Stackhouse novel. With on...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)
Definitely not what I hoped from the first of my summer reading list. The book is mess without a plot or a single interesting story line. Sookie was e...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
The Historian
A gripping, creepy thriller that is a true page turner despite being so deeply rooted in historical detail. Additionally it's a travel adventure story...more
Sep 09, 2010
Sep 17, 2010
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels, #3)
Sick and this was the perfect book to distract me. Sarah MacLean is the true master of regency romance. However, I do think she (and apparently many o...more
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Feb 26, 2014
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
I did not enjoy this as much as I had the first in the series. The writing which had seemed to be full of Southern charm seemed hokey at times, and I...more
May 29, 2009
May 30, 2009
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
While I didn't have the entire thing figured out, I was a little disappointed by my own lack of surprise when the murderer was revealed. That said, I...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Collins pulls no punches describing the horrors of war and the political manipulations behind it, and I admire her immensely for it. Yet, I found it a...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 17, 2010
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
Read the first four about a dozen years ago, when no one was certain if Stephen King would ever finish them. Rereading during those hours when Beka ha...more
Jan 09, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
The Book of Lost Things
Stands among the best book of its tradition - Narnia, Harry Potter, The Graveyard book. A poignant tale of dealing with grief and coming of age set in...more
May 18, 2009
May 18, 2009
Economical Writing
Improve your prose through the Game of Writing. Not sure if it is quite as fun as the Game of Thrones, but there is definitely less death involved. On...more
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
A beautiful writer who isn't afraid to ask the difficult questions. Finding a kindred spirit (thank you Megan Daniel) has brought renewed hope to my o...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
Theories of International Politics and Zombies
An interesting approach for introducing mainstream international relations theories
Oct 04, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
I have never been interested in fictional accounts of the childhood of Jesus, but this book is so funny and touching that I still haven't gotten out o...more
Mar 2008
Apr 08, 2008
Cloud Atlas
About 40% into this book, I would have given it 5 starts. I loved the unusual structure - the different voices of each story - the cliff hanger ending...more
Dec 31, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Just when I thought Sedaris couldn't be funnier, he gives up smoking in Japan. For the first time, I actually related to his life as he describes the...more
Jun 15, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
The Graveyard Book
The first book I've read in a long time that I was able to completely lose myself in it's delightful world. Reminded me a lot of my other favorite Gai...more
May 17, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
I LOVED this book and was a little sad when it ended. While it follows the typical fantasy quest, it continuously hovers just on the edge between prob...more
Apr 24, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
I expected to gain new insight into the lives of Afghani women, but the books is focused instead on the narrator, a hairdresser who helps open a beaut...more
Aug 04, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
The Code of the Woosters
Funny and entertaining. I don't think I've ever read anything else that takes so much delight in the follies of human nature and the use of the Englis...more
Jul 07, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy
An inspiring story of how one young women coped with breast cancer. A definitely must read for any young woman diagnosed with breast cancer. Being one...more
Feb 26, 2009
Nov 16, 2008
The Craft of Research (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
I forgot how basic this was. I would recommend it for entering college students.
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Jun 22, 2013
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
I enjoyed the first half of the book but felt like I had already heard most of the stories that followed. Also, I would probably chose the audio book...more
Jun 24, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
My first graphic novel. I thought it was a great read that also provides some insight into an Iranian girl's experience.
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May 19, 2008
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
A little boring at times, but overall an interesting portrayal of the surreal life of a foreigner working in North Korea.
May 17, 2008
May 19, 2008
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