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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
I have this awesome picture in my head in which Jared Diamond did not write this book. He instead wrote a detailed, engaging account of the history of ...more
May 14, 2008
May 07, 2008
The Westing Game
Summary: Seemingly unrelated families and individuals receive invitations to rent in a new apartment complex. Two months later, a millionaire is found ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 20, 2007
Growing Up Digital: Rise of the Net Generation (Oracle Press Series)
Read this for an annotated bibliography I'm doing on integrating new technologies into youth services librarianship. His basic message kind of comes a ...more
Jul 05, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
Damascus Nights
Salim the coachman is renowned for his storytelling. One day, however, he is cursed to lose his voice, and can only regain it if he is given seven gif ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
Before I read this, I thought Jean Stafford just wrote stories about society parties where vapid people say horrendous things and a select few see thr ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany
The only reason to pick up this book would be for the illustrations (which are good, it's a nicely put together volume). The best pieces here are repr ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood is about a young man starting college in Tokyo in the late '60s. He falls in love with Naoko, the former girlfriend of his best friend, ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)
I sort of feel guilty rating this book so low because it fulfilled my expectations - it was a quick, trashy young adult read that gave me an idea of w ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 18, 2007
The 19th Wife
This book tells two stories - one is the story of Ann Eliza Young, who was one of Brigham Young's wives but who left him and went on the lecture circu ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
Buried Fire
This was a real "wasted potential" book. The basic idea was really kind of cool - a dragon has been lying dormant beneath an English village for centu ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 04, 2007
The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative
I was interested in Elimination Communication (EC) before Ian was born, but the information I read made it seem like an all-or-nothing proposition - y ...more
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
Miéville takes his love affair with language to new levels in this one, centering his entire novel around it. Embassytown exists due to the graciousne ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
Ida Mae is a black girl in the World War II-era American South whose only dream is to fly. When she hears about the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WAS ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
Land of Fire: Selected Poems
A collection of poems that spans the lifetime of Charents, who was one of Armenia's greatest poets. Charents' life is interesting - he fought in the T ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
At Night We Walk in Circles
Nelson is a struggling actor living in the large South American city that he grew up in. When he is cast in a revival of a controversial political pla ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Heroes of the Valley
Halli has grown up hearing stories about the founder of his House, Svein, who led the other Houses in the valley against the dark creatures, the Trogs ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
Still Life
Not quite as strong as The Virgin in the Garden, but not-quite-as-strong Byatt still outranks most authors at full strength, in my book. Stephanie's s ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
This all starts very well - regular people begin to have dreams and encounters that clue them in to the fact that they are actually Eternals (one of M ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
Blade of Fortriu (The Bridei Chronicles, #2)
I don't know if it's me or Juliet Marillier who had changed. Either way, I was really disappointed in this book, the sequel to The Dark Mirror, which ...more
May 21, 2008
Jun 04, 2007
The Return of the Water Spirit
Is there a name for that whole genre of books about ineffectual men? If not, there should be. This book would be classed in that genre - it focuses on ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Skeleton Man
Based on a traditional Abenaki story, reframed in a contemporary context. Molly's parents have disappeared, and she has been sent to live with a creep ...more
Mar 16, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
Smoke and Mirrors
This is a really hit-or-miss collection; many of the pieces are dull or clumsy, and there are a couple that I couldn't really see what he was trying t ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
True History of the Kelly Gang
Fictional memoir of Ned Kelly, the Australian bushranger.

I almost put this down soon after starting it - the writing style is pretty rough going. It's
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
Unburnable: A Novel
Tells the story of Lillian, who feels compelled to visit her home island of Dominica, after spending her entire adult life in the States, to try to pr ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1)
Read this aloud to my son, who was obviously enchanted with this book from the title. I mean, a mouse riding a motorcycle? Kid bait. His main takeaway ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
The True Meaning of Smekday
The story of Gratuity Tucci, who is thirteen years old when the aliens invade earth, and she has to make a cross-country road trip with a rogue alien ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)
Full of interesting information about the impact air-conditioning has had on development and life in the United States since its widespread implementa ...more
Jun 04, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
Gentlemen of the Road
Michael Chabon does historical adventure or, as he terms it, "Jews with swords." I read the first half of this book a couple of years ago, and quit be ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Holes (Holes, #1)
Stanley is sent to a teenage labor camp in the middle of the Texas desert for a crime he didn't commit. He learns how to dig holes, makes friends, and ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Kit grew up in Barbados on her grandfather's plantation, but after his death she travels to the Puritan colony of Connecticut to live with her only li ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
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