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The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
3.34
did not like it
This story by a narrator who may or may not be reliable is set in a prison, and more specifically, on death row. Noa Singleton, 35, is awaiting her da ...more
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Jun 20, 2013
 
A Guide for the Perplexed
3.64
really liked it
Like other novels by the talented Dara Horn, this book has layers upon layers that challenge the reader intellectually without pulling you away from t ...more
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Sep 11, 2013
 
Think Like a Freak
3.82
liked it
Levitt and Dubner’s earlier two books, Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics were smashing successes because they came up with innovative insights to mak ...more
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May 30, 2014
 
Cover of Snow
3.34
did not like it
Some of the writing in this book shows that the author may have a good story inside of her yet, but this particular book isn’t it.

Nora Hamilton, 35, w
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Jan 30, 2013
 
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
3.64
it was ok
This review will probably be longer than the short book itself, but unfortunately the author has inspired me to go off on a diatribe.

Eulberg tries to
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May 23, 2013
 
Windfallen
3.53
really liked it
Having discovered that I loved the writing of Jojo Moyes, I’ve set about to read through her backlist. Windfallen is her second novel, and was origina ...more
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Apr 15, 2014
 
Anna and the Swallow Man
3.67
it was amazing
To my thinking, this book exemplifies astonishing achievement in writing, both on the literal and symbolic levels.

There are only three characters for
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Mar 17, 2016
 
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
3.87
it was amazing
It is ironic that Andrew Jackson, a murderer, kidnapper, slave owner, slave trader, land speculator acting on inside information, and last but not lea ...more
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Jul 26, 2015
 
American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic
3.96
really liked it
In this little gem of a book, Joseph J. Ellis argues that one venerable interpretation of the founding of the United States, namely that it was a clas ...more
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Jul 02, 2014
 
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People
4.21
it was amazing
This book is written in the imagined voice of Sitting Bull, born in 1831, who was a member of one of seven Lakota tribes, known by non-Natives as the ...more
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Jan 07, 2017
 
The Outsider
3.92
really liked it
This legal thriller was intellectually stimulating, well-paced, and sufficiently suspenseful to keep me riveted.

There are a number of underlying theme
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May 16, 2017
 
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
4.18
really liked it
As Clark points out in his Introduction, historians started debating the cause of the First World War even before it began! For it did seem inevitable ...more
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Apr 19, 2013
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
it was amazing
Many books about the Nazi experience are set in concentration camps, and it takes a lot of mental fortitude to keep reading such accounts. This powerf ...more
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Nov 24, 2014
 
Sweet Talk (Buchanan-Renard, #10)
3.92
it was ok
I thought this sounded good: a female attorney working with a male FBI agent to uncover a Ponzi scheme, written by “a New York Times best selling auth ...more
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Aug 18, 2012
 
Goodnight, Nebraska
3.63
really liked it
Can Tom McNeal write anything that doesn’t take your breath away? I’m beginning to think not.

McNeal is reminiscent of both Faulkner and Steinbeck in t
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Oct 04, 2011
 
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
3.91
really liked it
This book shows the hidden ways in which the use of "Big Data" is much more far-reaching and harmful than expected. Big data refers to the massive amo ...more
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Sep 04, 2016
 
The Sun Is Also a Star
4.17
it was amazing
This is an exceptional book - funny, clever, heart-breaking, heart-soaring, and full of musings about profound questions that should inspire its young ...more
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Dec 26, 2016
 
A Song for Summer
3.80
really liked it
If you have read any of my previous reviews of books by Eva Ibbotson, you already more or less know the plot: The protagonist is a young, beautiful gi ...more
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Jul 31, 2012
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.27
it was amazing
This is a book about some teenagers with cancer, but it is not at all a sob story. Since it is one of the best books I’ve ever read, it is difficult f ...more
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Mar 14, 2012
 
Historium (Welcome to the Museum)
4.03
really liked it
On the front of this gorgeous oversized book, a sticker reads “Welcome to the Museum: Admit All,” and indeed, as you turn the pages, you will feel as ...more
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Jan 09, 2016
 
The Mathematician's Shiva
3.74
liked it
This story is narrated by Alexander (“Sasha”) Karnokovitch, whose famous mathematics-prodigy mother died when Sasha was 51. It is now ten years later, ...more
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Sep 21, 2014
 
Only the Hunted Run (Sully Carter #3)
4.11
really liked it
This story, set in 2002, takes place in Washington, D.C., where Sullivan “Sully” Carter, a former foreign war correspondent for "The Paper" (presumabl ...more
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Jan 23, 2017
 
The Someday Jar
4.04
really liked it
I really enjoyed this even though it is very similar in tone to books by Sophie Kinsella. In fact, the plot of this story is remarkably close to that ...more
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Aug 14, 2015
 
Fool Me Once
3.90
really liked it
As this thriller begins, Maya Stern Burkett, a former Army captain, is attending the funeral of her husband Joe, shot by muggers at night in Central P ...more
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Apr 13, 2016
 
The Siege Winter
3.87
really liked it
What fans of good historical fiction mysteries weren’t devastated to hear about the death of the writer Ariana Franklin (pen name of Diana Norman) in ...more
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Feb 16, 2015
 
Police (Harry Hole, #10)
4.22
really liked it
Note: Absolutely no spoilers in this review!

This is the tenth novel in the Detective Harry Hole series. I can’t tell you much about the story at all,
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Oct 30, 2013
 
The Library at Mount Char
4.07
liked it
This may be one of the most creative books I have ever read, but also one of the strangest and definitely one of the most horrific. It is way, way out ...more
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Jul 10, 2015
 
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)
4.59
really liked it
Note: There may be spoilers for previous books in this series.

This is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series.

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Queen o
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Jan 09, 2017
 
Lola
3.64
really liked it
In the L.A. suburb of Huntington Park, Lola Vasquez, 26, is the de facto leader of the Crenshaw Six, a small-time gang helping to distribute drugs and ...more
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Apr 28, 2017
 
Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos
3.68
really liked it
There have been a number of books lately on the history of science, but most of them are very detailed - perhaps too much so for the average lay reade ...more
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May 29, 2016
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