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The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
This book was full of generalizations and sloppy assumptions. Bauerlain better hope this generation is dumb so that they actually buy what he's saying ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
Hope's Boy
Bridge details his life starting at age 5 when he returns to live with a mother he never really knew. After 2 years he is placed into foster care afte ...more
May 31, 2008
May 01, 2008
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
The last book I read was all about people obsessed with a fictional painting. This book is all about people obsessed with actual cheese. I really want ...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Middle Age: A Romance
This is the second book I've read by Joyce Carol Oates and I think despite the fact that she is Alison's favorite author it will be the last. I find a ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
Notes to Boys (And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public)
As a librarian many of the books I read come in the form of advanced readers copies. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Notes to Boys. I admit I was ...more
Nov 28, 2013
Dec 01, 2013
Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir
In this memoir, Michelle Theall examines her relationship with God, the Catholic Church, and her mother in light of her homosexuality. As a 43 year ol ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
If Only You People Could Follow Directions: A Memoir
This book is a disjointed memoir of Jessica Hendry Nelson chronicling the battles with mental illness, drug addiction, and alcohol addiction running i ...more
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties
I felt like this book had sort of an identity crisis. It mostly seemed to be a memoir of the author's experience with chronic illnesses that she had s ...more
Sep 03, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
This book takes place during WWII in Belgium. An American pilot goes down in his plane while trying to bomb Germany. He is rescued by a group of resis ...more
Aug 28, 2008
Sep 04, 2008
 The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens
The author of this book followed a number of students and teachers through a year at International High School in Brooklyn. International is a unique ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
The School on Heart's Content Road
As if reading Apples and Oranges wasn't bad enough I get to follow it up with this horrible book. It is a novel set in some small town called Egypt, M ...more
Jan 22, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
West of Sunset
I have loved all of the other books by Stewart O'Nan that I have read, so I was extremely excited to get a galley copy of West of Sunset. Sadly, I rea ...more
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
Mr. Timothy
This book was for one of my book clubs. We were looking for something vaguely Christmas related, and the title Timothy in this book is the character T ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
Facing the Music: My Story
In this memoir Jennifer Knapp shares about her very difficult childhood and how music kept her going through it. The music couldn't however save her f ...more
Jun 11, 2014
May 25, 2014
Anna is a forty-four year old rock star, who had a big hit at one point but whose career then fizzled out. She is now trying to make a comeback. This ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
While My Sister Sleeps
I really didn't like this book. I didn't like any of the characters. The story revolves around a family who owns some famous nursery in New England wh ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life
I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from NetGalley. I was drawn to reading it because Nakazawa I too suffer from autoimmune disorders th ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
The Luminaries
I read this book for one of my book clubs, but it had already been on my to-read list because I always enjoy reading the Man Booker Prize winners. I g ...more
Oct 21, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
And the Dark Sacred Night
I really enjoyed Glass' previous novels, so I was excited to read this. Unfortunately I did not like it nearly as much. After losing his job and going ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
My Losing Season: A Memoir
Another book I pulled from my bookshelves while riding out our snowpocalypse. I picked up this advanced reader's copy back when I was working at Barne ...more
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
Going into this review I have to say that I am just not one for graphic novels. I don't disparage anyone who enjoys this genre and definitely believe ...more
Oct 04, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
A Year and Six Seconds: A Memoir of Stumbling from Heartbreak to Happiness
I read Gillies first memoir, Happens Every Day, and really enjoyed it so I decided to read this book as well. There's almost no need to read this book ...more
Jun 08, 2011
May 27, 2011
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
McMillan is a journalist who took a year of her life to work at jobs where she got to experience food in it's process from the farm to the table. She ...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
The Girl with Three Legs: A Memoir
This book is the true story of one Somali woman's fight against female circumcision. She recounts her own painful experiences of being circumcised and ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
The South
Colm Toibin is actually coming to speak at the library where I work in a few weeks so I am trying to make it through some of his works before the even ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 23, 2010
How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
Brawley examines the failings of the current American medical system from both sides, meaning he looks at how we fail to properly treat those who are ...more
May 2012
Apr 26, 2012
Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District
For the most part this book is exactly what the title says it is. Harvard graduate and sociologist Peter Moskos wanted to study a police department an ...more
Aug 15, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
Lucky Us
After the death of her father's wife, Eva's mother his mistress, drops her off with him and takes off. Iris her older sister takes Eva under her wing, ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Crooked River: A Novel
Fifteen year old Sam and her younger sister Ollie have had a tough life. Their father, known as Bear essentially dropped out of their lives years befo ...more
May 07, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything
Full disclosure I did not finish reading this book, so who knows it could have totally changed in the second half, but I doubt it. It is rare that I c ...more
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
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