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Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs #2)
3.94
I gave this second book in the Maisie Dobbs series a chance, after a lukewarm reaction to the first book. I ended up not really liking the second one ...more
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May 10, 2011
 
Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...
4.04
I really enjoyed this book. From the title, you can probably guess that this book appealed to my slightly fatalistic fascination with end-of-the-world ...more
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Jan 25, 2011
 
Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You
3.29
I have to say I didn't really like this book very much. I enjoyed the premise, which is that our physical trappings can give insights into our inner l ...more
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Feb 15, 2011
 
In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed
3.67
I enjoyed the main point of this book, which, as the title makes clear, is about the need for humans to slow down and enjoy life.

The problem I had wit
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Aug 24, 2013
 
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
4.13
What child doesn't dream of running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

This was one of my favorite books as a child. The adventure of two kids run
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Sep 22, 2008
 
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
3.88
I enjoyed this book, but with a few qualifications.

To start, the book should perhaps be titled, "Some of the Weird Things People Believe," since the
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Feb 07, 2012
 
Food and Cooking in Victorian England: A History
4.24
This book (by Andrea Broomfield, 2007), while not on the summer reading list (which I’m still slogging through, thank you very much), was a fortuitous ...more
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Nov 17, 2010
 
John Le Carré : Three Complete Novels -- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy / The Honourable Schoolboy / Smiley's People
4.39
It took me way longer than I expected to read all three of these classic spy novels by Le Carré. I read T,T,S,S last year, but ended up reading it aga ...more
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Sep 07, 2011
 
Wishful Drinking
3.48
I really, really wanted to enjoy this book. I wanted to laugh until tears were coming down my face. I wanted to, but I didn't. I chuckled a few times, ...more
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Oct 03, 2012
 
Food Heroes: Sixteen Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition
3.98
This book is a series of short portraits of people in the modern world who work to maintain older traditions of food production, cooking, or preservat ...more
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Nov 17, 2010
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.39
I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected, though I don't know why I didn't expect to like it. I mean, I do love dystopian novels set in the future, a ...more
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Jun 17, 2013
 
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
4.06
This is a good introduction to the concept of sustainable community design. It's not in-depth or detailed, so wouldn't be a good choice for trained de ...more
May 07, 2010
May 02, 2010
 
Walden
3.78
I recently reread this after many years and it's been interesting to note my reaction.

While I was definitely inspired by the lofty ideals and sweepin
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Sep 08, 2011
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.01
I anxiously awaited this book from Sedaris, who is one of my favorite authors. Well, I anxiously awaited the paperback version of this book. It doesn' ...more
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Jan 27, 2010
 
My Life in France
4.14
This autobiography of Julia Child is engaging and pleasant to read. It is, as the title suggests, not an account of her whole life, but of the time sh ...more
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Mar 16, 2010
 
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency  (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1)
3.71
Another winner in the summer reading series, this book entranced me with its incredibly evocative descriptions of southern Africa.

The main character,
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Apr 26, 2010
 
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
3.78
After the slightly less funny collection When You Are Engulfed in Flames, (not that it's bad to be slightly less funny!), this one is back to the gene ...more
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Mar 18, 2014
 
The Rape of Nanking
4.05
This book is about the astonishingly violent Japanese occupation of the Chinese city of Nanking during World War II. I have to say that I didn’t exact ...more
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Apr 28, 2010
 
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599
4.05
This book started off strong, but dragged a bit in the middle. The author is clearly very good at this subject: the world of William Shakespeare in th ...more
Jun 12, 2013
May 24, 2013
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.11
This novel is about the freshman year in high school of a fourteen-year-old Spokane Indian named Arnold Spirit, Junior. He's lived on the Spokane Indi ...more
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Apr 27, 2010
 
Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War
3.61
A revisionist Civil War history, this book is very well-researched and its basic argument is well-presented. It was actually a surprisingly quick read ...more
May 17, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
 
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
4.01
I definitely found this book to be thought-provoking. Even if you disagree with the book's central point, you can't deny that it's thought-provoking, ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.82
This book, as the narrator/protagonist says, is a murder mystery. I'd add that this is a touching and charming story of a family, as observed and desc ...more
May 04, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.76
This was a really readable history of the handful of years leading up to Hitler's seizure of power in pre-WWII Germany.

It's from the perspective of t
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Mar 07, 2014
 
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
4.12
Wow, I had heard good things about this book, but I didn't expect to be so moved by this alternately fascinating and frustrating story. The author doe ...more
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May 11, 2013
 
Heidi (Heidi, #1)
3.94
Well. When I was about ten years old, I loved this book. I'm sure I read it ten or twelve times. The allure of reading about fresh mountain breezes wh ...more
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Jul 15, 2010
 
The Lacuna
3.73
In a similar vein to The Poisonwood Bible, this book weaves a fictional story into historical events. The main character grows up in Mexico in close a ...more
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Feb 26, 2010
 
Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
4.01
Who would have thought that a book about a baseball corruption scandal published in 1963 would be such a page-turner? Certainly not me, but I was plea ...more
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Apr 28, 2010
 
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
3.99
This was one of my favorite books when I was young. I'm sure I read it five or six hundred times. The main character, Sam, runs away from New York Cit ...more
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Mar 17, 2011
 
Housekeeping
3.83
I finished reading Housekeeping (by Marilynne Robinson, 1980) several days ago. I haven’t posted a reaction until now, though, because this book, thou ...more
May 25, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
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