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Quiet, Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian
Let me preface this by saying that in no way do I consider myself to be a perfect librarian. On a bad day, you might hear me complain about a difficul ...more
Mar 12, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
Requiem for a Dream
Remember that slow horrible realization you had when you were a kid, when you became conscious of the fact that your parents wouldn't always be there ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
Subway Girl
I received this galley at the Harper librarian preview and read most of it on the subway. (How meta.) At one point, I almost missed my stop because I ...more
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Nov 15, 2010
Scar Tissue
Compared to Nikki Sixx, Anthony Kiedis is freaking Shakespeare. Written in a simple yet honest voice, this book is not only completely entertaining in ...more
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Mar 31, 2009
Gone Girl
I didn't want to buy into the hype about this one, but it hooked me, it did. It's like a f*cked-up roller coaster ride for your brain. Close your eyes ...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love
Illuminating, educational, hilarious. Reading Shaffer's tongue-in-cheek-but-meticulously-researched analysis of the romantic train wrecks of various h ...more
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Dec 26, 2010
Fascinating, eye-opening, and completely devastating. This book provides a haunting, intricate, and often graphic account of the events of the Columbi ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
Let the Great World Spin
This is the kind of book into which you just want to melt and become a part of. I don't even really want to discuss the plot developments, setting, or ...more
May 25, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
Really messed up story, but I couldn't put it down (or maybe that's WHY I couldn't put it down).
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Dec 01, 2014
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
A whirlwind fantasy/adventure story with a bit of magic, spirituality, and romance. A lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the strong, realistic voice of ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
This book is wonderful and I think everyone should read it. That's all I have to say about that.
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Mar 08, 2012
It is a curious thing to read an account of a person’s life from the perspective of his ex-wife (especially when he is no longer alive to refute said ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 12, 2010
Say You Love Satan
I wasn't really sure how to rate this book. My motivation for reading it was that I grew up in Northport ("where evil dwells"). Although I was only fo ...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)
Extra star because I like Will Patton's voice.
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Nov 05, 2014
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
I may be in the minority, but I liked this installment more than the first one. The first book gives good exposition about both Satrapi's childhood an ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
If Goodreads allowed half stars, I might give this a 2 1/2. Although Toibin's succint writing style is refreshing and easy-to-digest, I found myself f ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Debut author Veronica Roth offers up a fast-paced adventure through a class-divided dystopian wasteland. This book is a lot of fun: the premise is gri ...more
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Nov 04, 2010
The Night of the Gun
I had the sense, upon finishing this book, that I had just been manipulated by a smooth-talking master deceiver. I can't pinpoint exactly what made me ...more
May 18, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
Against Medical Advice
A very interesting and insipring true account of Cory Friedman's childhood/teenage struggle with Tourette's syndrome, OCD, and anxiety disorder. Altho ...more
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
I Don't Care About Your Band: Lessons Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated
Reading this book was like putting salve on a burn. You know it's not going to fix the underlying problem, but it feels damn good and will hopefully p ...more
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Mar 24, 2010
Tender Is the Night
Strumming my pain with his fingers. Singing my life with his words. Killing me softly with his song. That's what F. Scott Fitzgerald did with this boo ...more
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Aug 13, 2010
Salvage the Bones
I always feel a bit strange when I don't adore a book that has been generally met with high praise, but I guess it can't be helped. I just didn't feel ...more
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May 31, 2012
Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters
Although I have no real interest in climbing mountains, I am fascinated by disasters that occur on them. I'm not sure what this says about me, but any ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I was vacillating between 3 and 4 stars...since there's no "half star" option, I had to go with 3. I so adored the first two books that I wanted to lo ...more
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Aug 22, 2010
Lots of potential with very little delivery. I certainly don't need every book I read to be action-packed, but there was really no action or plot deve ...more
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Jun 11, 2012
I'm giving this an extra star because I think the premise is important.

- explores an important/scary topic in a realistic way
- the writing is c
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Nov 15, 2012
The Night Bookmobile
This book was a dark surprise. Being painfully insecure for a lot of my youth, I found refuge in books and often identified more with their characters ...more
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Jan 04, 2011
The Road
Poetic, brutal, haunting. I am a fan of post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction, (call me an optimist), so this was right up my alley. If you ignore the hy ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
This was actually my first experience with Sedaris. I enjoyed it - many of the moments were laugh-out-loud funny, and others were very touching and th ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Period 8
I almost didn't read this because A) it was really tough to get into during the first couple of chapters B) I had major problems with the forced-teena ...more
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
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