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Crossing to Safety
4.16
it was ok
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I liked it less than I expected to. At first it seemed to be a simple, fond memoir of a friendship bet ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 15, 2008
 
Giants in the Earth
3.98
it was amazing
Thought I would re-read this book about Norwegian pioneers in South Dakota, in anticipation of the arrival of our exchange student from Norway.

I love
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Jul 25, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
 
Domestic Manners of the Americans
3.64
really liked it
Frances Trollope (mother of the novelist Anthony) ventures from England to Cincinnati in 1829 and spends a few years trying to make her fortune as the ...more
Aug 19, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.96
liked it
The story was effective in transporting me from a nondescript hotel room in Ohio to the Pacific Coast trail. She sets forth like a true nube, carrying ...more
not set
Jun 25, 2012
 
1Q84
3.88
liked it
My first foray into Murakami. It started out strong -- mysterious and sinister. He created an alternate universe for some of the characters, and I was ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
 
The Trees
3.99
it was amazing
Another review suggests this is "Little House on the Prairie" as retold by Cormac McCarthy. That's pretty apt!

I was mesmerized by this story of the e
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not set
Mar 29, 2014
 
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
3.96
really liked it
Only Nate Silver could get me to read a book about probability and statistics on my day off.
I appreciate his clarity and his agile use of examples. H
...more
Nov 13, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
 
Excellent Women
3.93
really liked it
Last week someone interviewed in the NYT book pages suggested that President Obama read some Barbara Pym, i.e. something clever and relaxing I guess. ...more
not set
Apr 06, 2013
 
The Lives of Margaret Fuller
4.06
really liked it
I'm liking this introduction to one of the least known of transcendentalists. Why unknown? Because she was a woman.

Se was a wunderkind student, coache
...more
Sep 17, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
 
The Bolter: Edwardian Heartbreak and High Society Scandal in Kenya
3.67
liked it
Wow, Edwardian society was louche. It was OK to have affairs as long as all parties were married -- lovers would be eventually returned to their spous ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
 
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
3.86
it was ok
Thought I'd be more engaged than I was in this book. The writing is pretty flat. Her blow-by-blow description of her thoughts and physical sensations ...more
Oct 23, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
One Summer: America, 1927
4.06
really liked it
The book is organized into five summer months, each with a theme that was prevalent in the news. Lindbergh jump-started American aviation, the Babe wa ...more
Mar 17, 2016
Mar 17, 2016
 
H is for Hawk
3.74
it was amazing
I loved learning about a completely unfamiliar bird, the goshawk, and the culture of falconry in this beautifully written book.

"Trained hawks have a
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not set
Oct 26, 2015
 
When London Was Capital of America
3.65
really liked it
Super interesting! In the few decades before the Revolution, American colonists were well represented in London. They lived in a particular neighborho ...more
May 03, 2011
Aug 02, 2010
 
Lincoln in the Bardo
3.98
it was amazing
**spoiler alert**
In his short stories, George Saunders pushes the mental and corporeal boundaries of human beings. He does the same thing here, takin
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Mar 2017
Jan 26, 2017
 
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
3.71
it was amazing
Gabrielle Hamilton is one fierce woman. She survives a neglected childhood, wild and druggy teenage years in the New York restaurant scene, and impecu ...more
May 17, 2011
May 09, 2011
 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
3.99
liked it

Author is born to a large, close Kentucky family whose matriarch Mamaw is fierce and a little crazy. The grandparents relocate to Middletown OH, close
...more
Dec 31, 2017
Jan 01, 2017
 
The Hemingses of Monticello
3.85
liked it
OK, I'm skimming the rest.
This is an important book in that it gives us a history of Jefferson's time from the perspective of the enslaved Virginians
...more
Jun 17, 2009
Dec 21, 2008
 
Greenery Street
3.87
really liked it
A novel of manners in 20's London -- a young couple settling to home on a street of houses where their neighbors are just like them. The narrator perc ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2012
 
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
4.12
it was amazing
Excellent account of the fierce Comanche at their peak, and how quickly their culture disappeared as the overwhelming force of the United States bore ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Jan 11, 2011
 
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
3.70
it was amazing
A fantastic read -- well written and full of fascinating and thought-provoking relevations about the pyschology of driving, traffic engineering, traff ...more
Sep 12, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
 
Freedom
3.72
liked it
Sorry, Jonathan Franzen, but Oprah's book list is exactly where this novel belongs.
He sites the story very specifically as to time and place, intendin
...more
Oct 2010
Sep 06, 2010
 
Clementine in the Kitchen
3.91
really liked it
Pulled this off the shelf for Clark and decided to reread it myself.

An American family living in Senlis, France, quickly repatriates in 1939, bringin
...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
 
A London Child of the 1870s
3.97
it was amazing
I love this writer's voice. She tells her story simply but with real wit. She's the youngest and only girl in a rambunctious Victorian family that liv ...more
Nov 08, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
 
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.42
it was amazing
Demick has pieced together the nighmarish reality of North Korean through interviews with refugees. They are like 'first peoples' when they encounter ...more
not set
May 18, 2011
 
A Way from Home: A Novel
3.12
liked it
**spoiler alert** Sequel to "The Hills at Home", which follows Alden, Becky, little Becky and William to Prague and Libya.
A little disjointed, but I
...more
Mar 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Speak, Memory
4.18
it was amazing
Sets the standard for all memoirs. Nabokov's early life in Russia was fantastically privileged, elegant, and doomed. His memories are exquisite (butte ...more
Nov 18, 2010
Nov 09, 2010
 
Burial Rites
4.00
liked it
A dark tale set in dark, frozen Iceland in the middle of the 19th century, concerning the true life of Agnes, a woman convicted of murder and executed ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2013
 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
4.03
liked it
Barbara Kingsolver adds her voice to the locavore movement. The family experiment -- to eat locally for a year -- is a noble one, but would it possibl ...more
Feb 26, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Elsewhere
3.73
liked it
It turns out that Richard Russo's expert depictions of factory towns are based on his life in Gloversville, NY, where he grew up in a single Mom/ 2 gr ...more
not set
Jun 17, 2013
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