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Into the Beautiful North
it was amazing
This is not a typical "border" story of Mexicans crossing over to the putative "promised land" though it is in fact about crossing over (twice!) with ...more
Sep 10, 2016
Aug 22, 2016
Between the World and Me
it was amazing
Both a love letter to his 15-year-old son and a reminder of the struggle for a place on the earth even as black/brown-skinned boys are killed in Ameri ...more
Aug 12, 2016
May 18, 2016
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
it was amazing
Amazing compilation of research to support climate change and the contributing forces of denial. While, the sheer density of the evidence is overwhelm ...more
Jan 21, 2016
Sep 08, 2015
Last Night at the Lobster
really liked it
From the grandmas who leave a one penny tip to the gtood guy manager Manny, this book provides and authentic slice of small town life and the the trav ...more
Mar 13, 2016
Feb 14, 2016
99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It
really liked it
won't keep you from snoozing but useful for helping you understand the context of our current economic situation and some ideas for how we might trans ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1)
really liked it
A bit slow at the start, well actually throughout, but I enjoyed the characters and look forward to the next in the series.
Apr 26, 2017
Mar 10, 2017
Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life
it was amazing
Smart writing, provocative ideas about how Darwin and Lincoln each contributed to democracy, the first via his vision, the second by his speaking.
Mar 04, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
Incarcerated Mothers
really liked it
The essays examine connections between mothering in prison nurseries inside to visitation policies and mothering from the outside after release; they ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
All Over Creation
really liked it
A simple plot line: prodigal "black sheep" daughter returns home to small town Idaho because her parents are both forgetting and dying but the story t ...more
Jul 24, 2016
Jul 05, 2016
The Art Forger
it was amazing
Really enjoyed this fast-paced almost thriller about an art heist from a museum in Boston I now want to visit and the business of "reproduction." The ...more
Mar 10, 2017
Mar 08, 2017
The Martian
it was amazing
The audio version of the book kept me riveted during a very long solo car trip and that is saying a lot already! I'm now curious to get the book becau ...more
Jul 30, 2015
Jul 29, 2015
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
liked it
Actually listened to this book on my travel. Loved the Irish narrator. Story was a mixture of mueswemystery and family angst centered in a poor housin ...more
Aug 05, 2016
Aug 06, 2016
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities
it was amazing
This book was a great antidote to the generalized anxiety about what may seem like the worst of times in the U.S. In this thin volume, Solnit eloquent ...more
May 21, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
Big Little Lies
really liked it
While I didn't care much about some of the privileged characters of the Australian town, the individual struggles to transcend trauma and current abus ...more
Jun 23, 2016
Jun 22, 2016
The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life
liked it
I needed to return this to the library so basically sat down and read the parts I wanted. I've been vegan for some time for my health and for the eart ...more
Jan 10, 2016
Jan 10, 2016
The Story Sisters
really liked it
part magic, part love story across time and between a small town in the U.S. and Paris, this novel, though uneven in part, was a twisting and dark and ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
Bad Feminist
really liked it
Saucy, articulate essays that remind us that to be a "bad feminist" is better than to be no feminist at all. Also clear discussion of why and how both ...more
Jun 20, 2015
Jun 20, 2015
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
it was amazing
page-turning suspense as was true in the first book in the series. Wish I could know someone like Lisbeth in my real world who could teach me so much ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
it was amazing
This book was a page-turner told through the eyes of Jacob de Zoet who goes to make his fortune and gains so much more. Combining a critique of coloni ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Water for Elephants
it was amazing
I loved this book! It was gritty, realistic, a good mix of the worst and the best of human behavior! The portrayal of the old man (telling the story) ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Everything I Never Told You
it was amazing
I was totally engrossed in this novel. What happened to Lydia seems to be the question driving the plot once the reader gets past the first statement ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Oct 09, 2014
The Highwayman (Walt Longmire, #11.5)
really liked it
If you've watched Longmire on Netflix, the most enjoyable flavor of this book is the conversation between Sheriff Walt and Henry, the Arapahoe owner o ...more
Oct 08, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
Ordinary Grace
it was amazing
What I thought at first about this novel about a small town minister's family changed dramatically over the course of the story unfolding soft like a ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Mar 18, 2015
Reykjavik Nights (Inspector Erlendur #0)
Fast paced mystery with good twists and turns to a satisfying end. I like the caring cop Erlendur, who becomes much sharper in later adventures.
Dec 31, 2016
Dec 27, 2016
The Farm
liked it
The start of this book was hypnotic and compelling, but then the morass of small town secrets rolling into a less then surprising conclusion left me c ...more
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
Chasing the American Dyke Dream: Home Stretch
really liked it
There are many versions of home described in these stories. Made me reconsider the "no place like home" mantra.
not set
Jun 03, 2009
The Girl on the Train
liked it
it was a compelling enough story that I stuck with it to get to the predictable and grisly ending. Everyone in the book lies except the hapless housem ...more
Jul 22, 2015
Jul 11, 2015
The Gap of Time
it was amazing
In THE GAP OF TIME we move from London in the aftermath of the 2008 financial meltdown to an American town called “New Bohemia.” It’s a story of painf ...more
Jun 21, 2016
May 31, 2016
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
really liked it
A tragic decision shapes life and change for the major characters. Very well written and gripping story.
Mar 05, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism
it was amazing
Excellent and well written book on multiple understanding of feminism across time and location.
Apr 2013
Jun 08, 2013
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