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The Sea Around Us
really liked it
This classic is great! Very informative, but the scientific language is engaging and readable. I learned a lot from this book. Though it was written i ...more
Aug 09, 2011
May 27, 2011
An Invisible Sign of My Own
it was amazing
This book was simply awesome! The character of Mona Gray had many traits that I see in myself. It will make you feel more comfortable with your idiosy ...more
Jul 14, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
The Guy Not Taken: Stories
really liked it
This is the first Jennifer Weiner book I've read. I don't usually read this genre, but I liked the idea of testing out her short stories. I really enj ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 16, 2011
From the Dust Returned
really liked it
After reading the short-story, "Homecoming," I was so happy to hear that Ray Bradbury had focused an entire novel on my favorite vampire-like family. ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 16, 2009
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
really liked it
Really honest read. I loved learning about her struggle with depression and how she got out of the house as a high school kid with the help of her tea ...more
Apr 2012
May 21, 2012
Here on Earth
really liked it
So this is by far the most seductive, and tragic Alice Hoffman book I have read. Spanning a life-time for one man, Hollis, has but one love, March, wh ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
liked it
Pretty good Flavia de Luce mystery. As always she is the naughty yet highly intelligent crime solver and chemist who isn't afraid to get her hands dir ...more
May 2011
Jun 11, 2011
it was amazing
This was a great story of an entire family and their entire life. Annie Proulx doesn't care to linger on the horrible moment when Loyal Blood kills hi ...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
Willful Creatures
really liked it
This was a refreshing read of short stories. They are very honest and imaginative, and I especially liked the story about the boy with keys for finger ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 16, 2009
A Visit from the Goon Squad
really liked it
I really enjoyed this read because of the constant perspective shifts with each chapter. It tells the story of a music exec, Bennie Salazar, and his a ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
The Collected Stories
really liked it
Amy Hempel, as also described by the forwarding writer, aches as she words each sentence. Each sentence does ache of something- heartbreak, sickness, ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 17, 2008
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005
liked it
So far, there have been three stories in this that have really stuck out to me. I didn't read or finish all of them. Some were not my thing so I didn' ...more
Jun 2009
May 07, 2009
Off Keck Road
really liked it
After reading the first page, I wondered if I would really like this book. I saw Mona Simpson speak and she was such a good story teller in person, th ...more
Aug 15, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
Charms for the Easy Life
it was amazing
I loved this story! It takes place in the 1940's. Three generations of women living under one house, keeping themselves busy with reading and helping ...more
May 16, 2009
May 05, 2009
The Ice Storm
it was amazing
Rick Moody has a way with language that I've never seen before. I love his metaphors and his kind of brash, realistic way of describing things in this ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food
This book will really make you think before you put anything in your mouth again. It spoke to me directly, because like Mr. Berry, we grew up surround ...more
Mar 2010
Feb 01, 2010
Little Beauties
really liked it
Little Beauties explores another of my favorite traits, OCD. Our main character, Diana McBride, has a major washing problem that causes her husband to ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
Outliers: The Story of Success
really liked it
This book explores a very interesting subject. How do people become successful? Through a series of chapters and stories I learned that there are some ...more
Aug 12, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
The House of the Spirits
really liked it
So far, this novel has reminded me a lot of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, without the war, and more serious commentary. It's like a well-written, im ...more
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Jan 08, 2010
My Ántonia
it was amazing
This is most definitely a book that you should try to read as much as you can in one sitting. It was very enjoyable once you get into it. It was reall ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Dec 07, 2009
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
really liked it
This was a great essay book. Each chapter was refreshing and fun. He is very good at writing about his family in a tactful funny way. He makes sure no ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 24, 2008
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
really liked it
Although, not as full of energy as An Invisible Sign of My Own, it kept me reading until the end. I love her use of surrealism here as she explores Ro ...more
Aug 17, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
The Ice Queen
liked it
This was a good story that focused so much on death...and then on life. Our main character has a huge character arc, going from being completely pessi ...more
Nov 11, 2008
Sep 08, 2008
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
it was amazing
Although I rarely am drawn or even read crime novels, this one caught my eye. An eleven year old girl finds a dead body in the garden and tries to sol ...more
Jul 2009
May 11, 2009
You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation
really liked it
This brought back fond memories of some of my favorite movies. I also learned a few things about the reclusive, hard-to-work-with John Hughes. Silly m ...more
Jun 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Bad Dirt
it was amazing
This is a great compilation in the true Proulx tone. Or course we are back out West, this time with Amanda Gibb, the bartender, a bickering married co ...more
May 21, 2009
Aug 22, 2008
liked it
This was a really interesting trip. Told in a future that include robocops, robodogs, dogmen, the pure humans, shadowgirls, and creatures and offsprin ...more
Jun 2012
Apr 30, 2012
The Bell Jar
really liked it
I read a few reviews before reading this, that looked down on Sylvia and the material for just being another white, rich girl who hates her life. But ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 12, 2011
This Must Be the Place
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Really liked this book. She writes how I aspire to write- honest and funny. Phrases like how she describes taking care of her sick d ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
liked it
**spoiler alert** The concept of this book was amazing. I loved the idea that this poor girl's grandmother explodes and then a young girl vanishes all ...more
Oct 2010
Aug 19, 2010
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