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Sundays at Tiffany's
Sundays at Tiffany's is the first book I have read by James Patterson and AND THE LAST! What promised to be a delightful and charming book--admittedly ...more
Aug 09, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman is simply a master storyteller. From the first page, "Ocean at the End of the Lane" swallows you whole, so you are surrounded only by the ...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders
After reading ''A Moralist Possessed by Humor': A Conversation With Robertson Davies" in the February 5, 1995 edition of the New York Times Book Revie ...more
Feb 1995
Apr 12, 2008
Her Fearful Symmetry
**spoiler alert** I have not read Audrey Niffenegger's first book, The Time Traveller's Wife. Some reviewers and readers rave about the novel, but, to ...more
Nov 03, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
Weirdly enough, this is the first Seth Godin book I've read although he's a marketing guru and I, well you know, work in marketing.

I put this succinct
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
Brideshead Revisited
I made an effort to find the exact edition that I read with the cast from the PBS TV series on the cover because it was pivotal in my seeking out the ...more
Apr 1987
Apr 29, 2008
Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious
Interesting investigation into intuition and gut feelings by one of Malcolm Gladwell's resources for Blink. If you were interested in understanding mo ...more
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
A well-written and engaging memoir from an iconic comedian. What blew my mind was how his success was the result of incredibly hard work: he spent yea ...more
Apr 20, 2008
Apr 12, 2008
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
I have to hand it to Dave Ramsey--he found his cash cow and is milking it for all it is worth. And why shouldn't he? He's not selling some scheme or w ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 12, 2010
Peter Pan
Perhaps Disney's version of Peter Pan is the first I learned of the "boy who never grew up," but it may have also been the blue monotone illustrated v ...more
Sep 12, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
Ann Patchett offers a glimpse into her writer's life with "The Getaway Car." Part-memoir, part friendly "since you asked" advice, the essay addresses ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Stop Stealing Dreams
"Stop Stealing Dreams" is classic Seth Godin: strong point of view and thought provoking. Godin asks as many questions as he answers, providing the re ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell, #3)
A Letter of Mary, the third Mary Russell mystery from author Laurie R. King establishes the adult relationship between Russell and Holmes more substan ...more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life: Opening Your Heart to Confidence, Intimacy, and Joy
Piver's How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life just didn't hold my attention—I made it about halfway through to page 108.

Calling it Buddhism 101 or Me
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
Enchanted Glass
This is a children's book, so perhaps my rating is unfair seeing as I am no longer a child. Author Neil Gaiman, whose work I love, endorsed this book ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell, on the whole, amazes me. He's incredibly articulate, knows how to build suspense and has a keen mind for finding insight in seemingl ...more
Jul 02, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
A touching memoir of an adult friendship and how grief shapes life. Caroline Knapp was a brilliant writer (Drinking: A Love Story, Appetites: Why Wome ...more
Oct 07, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
The Photograph
I've heard a lot about Penelope Lively over the years. One of the first people that I recall who was enthusiastic about her was the writer Mark Kramer ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
**spoiler alert** Mary Russell has grown up, finished college and is hard at work as an academic, when she gets embroiled in an interesting case with ...more
Aug 10, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
The best thing to me about Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" is that it has created awareness and dialogue. Not a month has gone by since its publication th ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions
Author Neil Gaiman fascinates me. Stephen King supposedly wrote of him, "He is a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him." I couldn't ag ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 09, 2009
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
The title of Simon Sinek's "Start with WHY" is really the best summary of the book.

A quick, yet insightful read, "WHY" is Sinek's answer for those lo
Dec 02, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator
There are no tips or tricks in this quick read, but author Brian McDonald does offer some interesting food for thought on what makes a powerful story. ...more
Jan 08, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
Beyond Motherhood: Choosing Life Without Children
Interesting book with lots of "artists" or creative types for the examples. For me this is helpful, but could see how their interests and experiences ...more
Mar 04, 2007
Apr 11, 2008
Big Fish
I won't lie—I wanted to read this book because of the movie, which I loved. "Big Fish" is a sweet, funny and poignant portrait of a man as seen throug ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
This is Where I Leave You
Interesting, occasionally funny, story that had quite a few unbelievable moments. Basically it's about a 30-something shock-jock radio producer who th ...more
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 28, 2014
Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
Content could have been delivered in slimmer volume, but worth a skim. Best and most useful part of book is the explanation of four domains of leaders ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Practical Magic
What a delight! I knew of Alice Hoffman's existence from my days working in a bookstore in the early 1990s, but I had never read her work until now. R ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
Stop Peeing On Your Shoes: Avoiding The 7 Mistakes That Screw Up Your Job Search
Primarily written for those in career transitions dues to layoffs, Julie Bauke's slim volume delivers valuable information to any working professional ...more
May 12, 2011
May 14, 2011
Usually, I love magic realism, but this book borders a little more on comic contemporary fantasy. The characters are stiff and unrelenting in their bo ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
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