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Let's put it this way: if I were married to Garrison Keillor, I'd be a wee trifle concerned by his sudden fascination with adultery. This one (like th ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
Not Quite Dead
Entertaining largely for the reason I had initially picked it up: Edgar Allen Poe cross-examines Charles Dickens on what he really meant by passages i ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home
Does your mom send kooky things via email?
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
The Fire (The Eight #2)
This was a book that was just not necessary. Everyone, I think, who read and loved "The Eight" will undoubtably pick it up, if only to see what Nevill ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers
Great idea, not entirely followed through. Nice explication of the Glorious Revolution; it's that "inspire America's Founding Fathers" that it doesn't ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
First, my bias: when I heard it was by a Smith alum, about four friends from Smith, it went right on my "to read" list. However, I couldn't put it dow ...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
The Book Thief
I tend to avoid the "children in the Holocaust" genre (that's not what I read fiction for), but I really loved this one. Probably the same part of me ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Jan 07, 2009
A very different direction for Pratchett. You aren't going to be rolling on the floor, laughing like you might with Discworld, but this shows the grea ...more
Dec 26, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
(I spent a lot of time waiting for my kids to find books in the children's section, and a good book is a good book!)
You always knew you were super-sma
Dec 28, 2008
Jan 07, 2009
Holy Fools: Following Jesus with Reckless Abandon
Great idea! I would add the Sojourners and the Catholic Workers to this list. Also great to see some cross pollination going on: evangelicals getting ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Losing Mum and Pup
I had wondered what the only child of William F. Buckley would say about him. Absolutely fascinating, and not only about WFB! It's funny and interesti ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday (Isabel Dalhousie, #5)
I don't know how McCall Smith continues to get books out, in the several series he has, at the great rate he does. And they're always great! Another f ...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
What is it about epistolary novels? Is it reading other people's mail? Is it getting a letter at all?
This was a great read. Take "Charing Cross Road"
Dec 06, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
It's hard, by definition, to get excited about acedia. Acedia, "the noonday demon," sloth, call it what you will. It's a malaise to which we all are t ...more
Dec 06, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
It needed to be read, but it wasn't fun. I read it for the same reason that I read Kristof's column: I need to know this.
(I recommend reading it with
Jan 2009
Jan 28, 2010
The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America
So nice to read a Christian who not only reads the Gospels, but lives them, and traces how what Jesus actually said can, should, must be applied to po ...more
Nov 19, 2008
Nov 22, 2008
The Grand Tour (Cecelia and Kate, #2)
How do you write an epistolary novel when the characters are together? You give one of them a diary, and make the other one wroite a post-action depos ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Nice to Come Home To
Parts of this were fun and interesting, and parts were formulaic (doesn any chick lit heroine NOT have a gay best friend these days?) It was a bit of ...more
Jan 03, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
**spoiler alert** Building a cathedral over the course of a generation in England during the time of the war of succession between King Stephen and Em ...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 27, 2008
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)
I actually read these backwards, having picked up Book 2 first. I loved the mix of fantasy and Regency novel, all in an epistolary package. Great fun!
Jan 02, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family
This was absolutely an eye-opener. I'd previously read enough history to know that the conservative image of the homemaker wife/wage earner husband wa ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
Not bad. She's obviously done her research, and she and some interesting takes on parts of the story. If you like Biblical fiction, give it a try.
Jul 11, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
did you know that there was a suggestion before WWII that a Jewish nation be founded in Alaska?
Here's what happened, in Michael Chabon's mind, if that
Dec 08, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate
Excellent: well worth reading. So much so that I talked about it too much, got my husband reading it, and made it overdue from the library!
Jun 2009
Jul 13, 2009
There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble
This was laugh-out-loud funny (thanks, Aileen!). It also has the distinction of being one of the once in a very great while books that gets picked up ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats
This wasn't as good as it should or could have been. Where, for example, is all of George W. Bush's presdency?
not set
Feb 10, 2009
Playing for Pizza
Who knew that John Grisham could write like this? Football (the tackle kind)in Italy with a down-on-his-luck American. Great fun.
Jul 07, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
Fabulous read! (and I have yet to read a lousy review, come to think of it!) If you want to read it, I will lend it to you!
Jun 13, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America
I want a follow-up! What happened after this was published!
Great look at Patrick Henry University.
Jan 12, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
Alexandria (Marcus Didius Falco, #19)
another fan of Marcus Didius Falco, and, as this one features the Library of Alexandria, what's not to like?
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
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