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Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
(Audioversion) (Two and a half stars.) The story apparently sprang from her blog about how she moved to inner-city Oakland California and began growin...more
May 04, 2010
May 06, 2010
It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids
Best handbook for parents of preschoolers. Ever.
Jan 2012
Dec 31, 2012
Dept. of Speculation
I keep vascillating between 4 and 5 stars for this one. It was great, but maybe just a little too much.
May 06, 2014
May 08, 2014
The Mercy Papers
(2 and a half stars, I guess.) I was annoyed with Romm throughout this short memoir written primarily about the weeks-long period as her mother slowly...more
Dec 08, 2010
Dec 09, 2010
What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers
A reporter who did a magazine piece on large animal training and had it affect her life. Some good stuff, including this: “Walking the Walk” – Why not...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal
This was a bit of a head-scratcher for me. It’s the memoir of a woman who, after her husband suddenly died, learned that he’d been having multiple aff...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Come to the Edge
(Unabridged audiobook read by the author). I was surprised at how much I liked this; it was an impulse grab from the library, not something I went loo...more
Jul 23, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World
(Unabridged Audiobook version.) This may have been partly the phenomenon of the right book at the right time for me, but I liked this one a lot. I am...more
Oct 10, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Wife's Tale, The: A Novel
**spoiler alert** It took awhile for me to figure out how I could love The Girls so much, then end up so ambivalent about this one. It’s the same high...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life
Another one that started out somewhat Glass Castle-like, Hannon’s story of her poverty- and alcohol-ruined parents and her resulting tumultuous upbrin...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Loving Frank
I began with the unabridged book on CD, but because I don’t have a lot of listening time for a 12-CD book right now, and because I kept falling asleep...more
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
The Piano Teacher
As a vehicle for illuminating all the atrocities of war—most especially the human ones, in this case World War II, but really any war—this was decent...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
The Sweet In-Between
A novel by the author of The Rapture of Canaan, it was the story of a hard-luck 17-year-old girl named Kendra and all the fears and ambivalence she en...more
Mar 17, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir
(Audioversion.) Okay I’ve just become a big Braestrup fan. This is one I got from the library that I’m going to buy in print and re-read. Listening to...more
May 05, 2010
May 06, 2010
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
I had a difficult time trying to decide how I felt about this book. I absolutely loved all but the ending, and for that reason alone I must give it a...more
Apr 19, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana
(Three and a half stars). Somewhat of a sequel to Kimmel’s A Girl Named Zippy, this is the story of her mother who, with the help of her women church...more
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
The Art of Racing in the Rain
This one is somewhat tough for me to rate. The story was at times nauseatingly over-the-top, (think “Love Story”), and the premise of telling it from...more
Jul 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Perfect Reader
(Two and a half stars.) This was a well written novel with some spot-on observations about life in a small liberal-arts college town. But Flora, the p...more
Aug 05, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
That Old Cape Magic
(Unabridged audiobook version, read by Arthur Morey.) I love Russo; Empire Falls bowled me over, and that’s gotta be a tough act to follow. Russo retu...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
The Girls
A novel, the story of conjoined twin girls, written as an autobiography primarily from the point of view of Rose, the physically stronger of the two,...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
Still Alice
Despite garnering a lot of good reviews, I thought this was a mildly informative (and perhaps moreso to someone who's never spent much time with a fri...more
May 06, 2009
May 08, 2009
Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress
(Unabridged audioversion, read by the author). Lee came to national attention a few years ago when she and her husband, Bob Woodruff, a television new...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir
A memoir, well written, in turns, by four siblings who ranged in age from 6 to18 when their parents each died within the span of about a year. Their m...more
Nov 10, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
State of Wonder
It took me a while to decide how I felt about this one. I am a big Ann Patchett fan, I feel lucky to have stumbled on Patron Saint of Liars when it ca...more
Jun 30, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
The History of Us
Unabridged audiobook. I was often frustrated by all the self-absorbed characters, including not just the young adults, but Eloise and even her elderly...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
This was the gripping, chilling tale of the inner life of an 18-year-old anorexic girl as she falls deeper into her abyss. This audiobook was unlike a...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
Just Kids
A memoir and tribute to artist Robert Maplethorpe, with whom Smith was both close friend and lover until Maplethorpe later discovered and followed his...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
The story of somewhat famous Alex the Parrot who, with the training/research of Pepperberg, learned things about language/communication that were thou...more
May 03, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
The Mother-in-Law's Manual: Proven Strategies for Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Married Children
Like sitting down with an older, wiser woman-friend, Lieberman (a therapist) helped me see this newish relationship in my life in a kinder, gentler li...more
Sep 11, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone
This was outstanding WITH ONE CAVEAT. DO NOT read the book jacket because it gives away the tipping point of the story which, although heavily foresha...more
Jul 09, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
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