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The Film Club: A Memoir
There is a limit to what you can force your child to do, especially once they've reached the age of 16 and are taller than you. David Gilmour recogniz ...more
May 27, 2008
May 27, 2008
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Mere words cannot express my love for this book. I loved it to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. It was like a beautiful, beautiful ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him
I was sucked in by the title (who wouldn't be?) and I wasn't disappointed. This is definitely a light read, but it's still more substantial than your ...more
Jun 10, 2007
May 15, 2008
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Easily the best book I've read in the past 5 years. Well-structured and completely unique, this is a fascinating father/daughter portrait and a murder ...more
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Jun 23, 2008
The Opposite of Invisible
A charming little book from new author Liz Gallagher, The Opposite of Invisible follows a Seattle high school student as she struggles to find her ide ...more
Mar 15, 2008
May 08, 2008
The Line (Witching Savannah, #1)
Solidly entertaining, except when it dragged a little at the end. I liked the world he built here, and the supporting characters were pretty fascinati ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
An unusual mystery told by an unusual narrator, you'll find yourself sucked in by the end of the first chapter.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher finds hims
May 14, 2006
May 08, 2008
Yes Man
Danny Wallace is strangely brilliant and brilliantly funny. I picked this up in a London bookstore and became the horrible tourist everyone hates - la ...more
Jun 04, 2007
May 08, 2008
Cool, Calm & Contentious
A series of essays, most of which were interesting. A few too many dog-life metaphors for me (and I love dogs!). The stories about her mom, the later ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
An eye-opening book that will make you alternately sad, angry, incredulous and hopeful about the American public school system. Kozol graphically deta ...more
Jun 19, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving (Bookshelf)
This is a good holiday read. Funny, with great illustrations. The sharp and shiny axe might be a bit too much for some little ones, but the turkeys tr ...more
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Nov 23, 2008
The Raw Shark Texts
I loved this book, though I'm having a difficult time getting anyone I know to read it. I think it has something to do with my description including t ...more
Feb 12, 2008
May 08, 2008
The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye
Save a place for me on this bandwagon, because I'm in.
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
In Cold Blood
Just as dark as I remember. I had to finish it on lunch breaks, because reading it before bed was giving me some very disturbing dreams. As embarrasse ...more
Sep 28, 2008
Sep 19, 2008
The Somnambulist (Domino Men #1)
Turns out that I'm not a steampunk fan. It sounded interesting, and I finished the book, but I wasn't overly impressed. I did enjoy the deliciously ev ...more
Jan 15, 2008
May 08, 2008
Iggy Peck, Architect
The rhymes are wonderfully unusual, the illustrations are magnificent, and you've got to love the obsessive passion of this second-grader. Nice vocabu ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
It took me several months to read this book, because I couldn't handle more than 1-2 chapters at a time. I got the gist, I enjoyed the humor, but the ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
Actual Size
This is a wonderful, non-fiction picture book. Everything in it is (as you would expect) actual size. The kids will be amazed by the giant squid's eye ...more
May 14, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
If you don't think you can read a book about economics, you're wrong. Levitt makes every topic interesting and easy to understand. You'll be fascinate ...more
Jun 05, 2006
Jun 23, 2008
James and the Giant Peach
I have such specific memories of this book. Our sixth grade teacher read it to us, and I remember thinking I could actually feel the fuzz of the peach ...more
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Jun 28, 2008
Everyday Food: Great Food Fast
Don't be put off by the connection to Martha Stewart. These are quick, easy recipes you can make with things you probably already have on hand. I use ...more
Jan 06, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
Part of me wants to hate Chuck Klosterman the way I normally hate self-centered and overly self-aware individuals, but damn if he didn't drag me into ...more
Jul 07, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
I liked it. Pretty typical David Sedaris, which means it's really funny, extremely cynical and slightly twisted. Perfectly enjoyable, in other words.
Jul 31, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
The second of the terrific pigeon books. Kids can easily relate to this book. Plus, all the pigeon's yawns make this a great wind-down, bedtime book!
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Jun 28, 2008
From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
This was my dream as a child -- to be trapped in a museum or an aquarium or a gigantic library overnight. I guess it still is my dream...
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Jul 10, 2008
Sorry, Tim. I tried to like this book, I really did. Parts of it were funny, but I just couldn't get into it. Bottom line: meh.
Feb 10, 2009
Dec 16, 2008
Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
No child can resist this book. Even the most reluctant readers will be sucked into this tale of survival.
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Jul 10, 2008
Where's My Mom?
Not all that original, but a great read-aloud story that keeps kids involved. Good for animal identification.
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
Join Me
Hilarious. I love Danny Wallace so much I can't put it into words.
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Jul 10, 2008
A Farewell to Arms
I read this in high school, and again this past year. Still love it.
Jun 13, 2007
Jul 10, 2008
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