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The Only Road North: 9,000 Miles of Dirt and Dreams
I had issues with this book from the start. It's difficult to write this review because I don't want to be overly critical. The author obviously had a ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt
In A Time to Plant, Kyle Kramer tells of his journey as a rural homesteader in southern Indiana. The pages are filled with honesty and wisdom as Krame ...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
I just heard the author of this book on the radio today and figured it was about time I got around to writing a review. I finished the book a few week ...more
May 05, 2011
May 10, 2011
Eating Animals
This book challenged me to think a little more about the food I choose to eat. Foer gives a good description of factory farming and presents a number ...more
Dec 22, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic
I am taking a training class for my job about Alzheimer's and I decided to read this book because I wanted more information about the disease. This bo ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
The Book Thief
This book is among my favorite young adult books. There were so many lovable characters in this book, and so many beautiful moments. I finished this b ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
Lost Memory of Skin
I don't ever remember finishing a book, putting it down, and saying aloud, "Well, that was a stupid book." Until now. The book had potential. It is ab ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Les Misérables
First of all, I wish that I had read the abridged version of this book. (Sorry, Rachel) But I think I may have given it five stars if I had read the a ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Dec 13, 2007
The Miniature Wife and Other Stories
This book is a weird little collection of short stories. There are zombies, werewolves, and unicorns, and because of this I am surprised I liked it, b ...more
Apr 07, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
Will Allen is a very inspiring person. I was only vaguely familiar with his organization, Growing Power, before I read this book. It is really amazing ...more
Aug 15, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
I found Ken Jennings to be a very likeable contestant on Jeopardy and he continues to be very likable in this book. His enthusiasm for geography and t ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Rules of Civility
This book is the story of Katey, a young woman trying to make her way in the upper class society of New York City in the 1930s. I was impressed by the ...more
Oct 06, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
Season of Ash
I read this book because it was on an NPR list of best foreign fiction of 2009. The author is Mexican and founded a literary group that is attempting ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
In this book, Bill Bryson gives a history of the household, room by room. It sounded like an interesting premise, and I have enjoyed other things I ha ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
The Interrogative Mood
This book is written entirely in questions. Yes, it does sound a little gimmicky, but I absolutely loved it. I can't really explain why I loved it so ...more
May 30, 2010
May 23, 2010
My Own Country: A Doctor's Story
In this book, Abraham Verghese writes about treating AIDS patients as a doctor in rural Tennessee in the 1980s. Verghese was born and raised in Ethiop ...more
Apr 27, 2010
Apr 22, 2010
The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know about Food Is Wrong
this book reminds me of his other book, the culture of fear, as well as freakonomics and other books that question conventional wisdom, and don't real ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 12, 2007
The Shadow of the Wind
This book is really different from a lot of the books I read. It is a mystery, first of all. When I think mystery, I generally think cheap, poorly wri ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
I really enjoyed parts of this book. I like historical fiction, and I especially liked learning about the Russian Revolution and the labor movement in ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
I didn't like the characters in this book, I thought the premise was really weird. I don't like really like science fiction, and while this book wasn' ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
All the Light We Cannot See
This book was really good, incredibly well written, but alas, I finished it too long ago to write a review that will do it justice.

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Jul 27, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
I learned a lot about Kazakhstan from this book. The writing was mostly engaging, though I got a little bored at times, especially during some of the ...more
Mar 04, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of the sinking of the whaleship Essex, the inspiration for Moby Dick. The book is way more interesting than I ...more
May 24, 2015
May 31, 2015
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #19)
I complain a lot about James Patterson, mostly because of the number of his books that sit in the basements and backrooms of the library. I assumed th ...more
Jul 22, 2015
Jul 25, 2015
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
I thought this book was going to be a real winner. The reviews on the inside cover included praise from Dave Eggers and David Sedaris among others. Th ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
George's Secret Key to the Universe
George's Secret Key to the Universe is a kids book that explains astrophysics to kids and gets them excited about science. George lives with his eco-f ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
The Hummingbird's Daughter
I really enjoyed this book. It is It is a fictionalized account of the real life of Teresita Urrea, who lived in Mexico in the late 1800s. She had hea ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
In this graphic novel, Joe Sacco recounts the time he spent in Palestine in the early 1990s. He traveled to the area because he felt that journalists ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
The Hour I First Believed
At first I really enjoyed this book. The beginning of the book focused mostly on the Columbine school shootings and the effects of this on the narrara ...more
Jan 16, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
Super Sad True Love Story
This book is a futuristic dystopia that had me absolutely terrified for what our world may come to. It takes place in the not so distant future where ...more
Apr 04, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
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