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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
4.25
A collection of essays that changed the way I look at writing--tone and syntax particularly. A tough, beautiful book.
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Jul 17, 2008
 
Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts
4.09
What a marvel of a book. Eloquent, impassioned--the kind of book where you keep exclaiming Yes! Yes! as you read it. James's arguments for humanism an ...more
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Jan 25, 2009
 
My Life in France
4.14
The story is better than the book, but what a revolution this woman was! Check out "Julie and Julia" by Julie Powell. A fascinating "companion" piece.
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Feb 22, 2009
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.90
This is the first book in Pullman's brilliant "His Dark Materials"
trilogy. Wildly popular since its release in Britain, the acclaimed
saga is finally c
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Jun 25, 2008
 
The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart, #1)
3.75
The Sally Lockhart Trilogy by Philip Pullman is back in print. These mysteries, written before "The Golden Compass", and set in Victorian England, are ...more
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Jun 25, 2008
 
The Willoughbys
3.76
This sly, delightful read by Newberry Award-winning author Lois Lowry is a parody of old-fashioned stories. Think of The Secret Garden and the Lemony ...more
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Jun 26, 2008
 
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
3.61
A delightful, unapologetic book.
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Feb 22, 2009
 
Run
3.49

I will admit to being an Ann Patchett fanatic. She is one of those marvels of a writer whose narratives are hard and tender and feel like love. In Run
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Jun 25, 2008
 
The Graveyard Book
4.09
Bloody brilliant this book.
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Apr 28, 2009
 
Then We Came to the End
3.44

This clever, funny novel about one dot-com company's smash-up is a delight to read. The New York Times listed it as one of the top five fiction books
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Jun 25, 2008
 
The Emperor's Children
2.90
I am completely ruptured by this book. Yes, ruptured. Claire Messud's quietly ironic, powerfully human story of three thirty-year-old New Yorkers is s ...more
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Jun 26, 2008
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.19
A thrilling, funny, clever series that is well written, and densely plotted. The updating of the myths, the complex characterizations, and the unrelen ...more
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Nov 17, 2008
 
Bel Canto
3.90
An allegory of art, language and love set in an unlikely, happenstance utopia: a foreign country, a renown Soprano, a clever linguist and the story's ...more
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Jun 25, 2008
 
The Queen's Gambit
4.08
I found this book in an airport bookstore by chance. Read it in an afternoon. A story at once surprising, and inevitable. A heroine so human and vulne ...more
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Aug 16, 2008
 
The Great Fires
4.44
In college, I carried this book in my backpack with me everywhere. Read it so often that the type wore off certain pages. An eloquent author on loss a ...more
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Aug 16, 2008
 
Heartsick (Gretchen Lowell, #1)
3.92
I enjoyed this book--in as much as you can enjoy a graphic, psychologically-troubling thriller. The characters were interesting, well drawn, and compe ...more
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Oct 08, 2008
 
The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2)
4.27
I read this on the plane, and that's the only thing that kept me from cheering at the end of the book. The tension is well-managed, and the characters ...more
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Oct 24, 2008
 
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
4.16
I got a little weepy during the boar hunt. This is a great adventure story. Orphans, outcasts, nearly-impervious villains, brooding role models, and a ...more
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Oct 24, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.58
I loved the Harry Potter series -- the humanism and the magical world and Harry's struggle to be a hero. The last book, in particular, showcases Rowli ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 25, 2008
 
Never Let Me Go
3.79
A subtle, searing book that unfolds so gradually you are nearly undone by the time you realize the breadth and scope of this novel. Lovely, a work I m ...more
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Aug 16, 2008
 
Cannery Row
3.99
My favorite Steinbeck. A tender book: the characters are lovingly portrayed in their hard lives.
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Oct 24, 2008
 
Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
4.29
A clever, original story of a girl who is cursed and how she discovers her own strength.
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Jul 08, 2008
 
Greetings From Jamaica, Wish You Were Queer
3.87
Hilarious and heartfelt. I enjoyed these characters and their strained vacationing.
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Oct 24, 2008
 
Eucalyptus
3.52
A classical story about storytelling. A profound and beautifully written book.
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Jun 25, 2008
 
Citizen Vince
3.85
A compelling, funny, surprising book about citizenship. Check it out.
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Jun 25, 2008
 
Floating in My Mother's Palm
3.78
My favorite of her books. Gorgeous, striving prose.
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Aug 16, 2008
 
Hotel of the Saints
3.64
Hegi excels at the short story.
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Aug 16, 2008
 
Stones from the River
4.05
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Aug 16, 2008
 
The Singing Sands (Inspector Alan Grant, #6)
4.00
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Sep 14, 2008
 
Miss Pym Disposes
3.98
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Sep 14, 2008
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