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The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
I decided to read this after reading " Wherever you go, There you are" by John Kabat-Zinn who is one of the coauthors of this book. I wanted a more in ...more
Dec 2008
Feb 02, 2009
This book was a pleasure to read aloud to my eight year old daughter. We both eagerly anticipated our reading sessions so that we could follow Runt's ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Hotel Bemelmans
I am really glad that I read this for book club. I probably would not have picked it up otherwise. I gave it four stars for Bemelmans' descriptive pas ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 19, 2009
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Tight. The themes, characters and setting of the story are intricately woven with carefully selected words and phrasing. Every nuanced word helped me ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 11, 2009
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
Quite a page-turner. I give it three stars because it kept me entertained. It's not the best written book out there but what Brown lacks in style he m ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 23, 2009
The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
To me, this book is a dated advertisement for the Moore Formula curriculum and support business than a book of helpful information for the homeschooli ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 01, 2009
My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)
Some people like trashy romance novels, I am now into trashy zombie mysteries. Who'd have thought?! The only paranormal novels I have read are the Ste ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 29, 2012
The Madonnas of Leningrad
The point of view of this book is interesting and flows pretty well considering the main character is jumping between past and present due to Alzheime ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake, #5)
I rate the mystery story three stars but the portrayal of Tudor England as 5 stars so I met in the middle. Sansom's plot pacing and characterization a ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Enter the Earth
If you are a supporter of the local food movement or sustainable agriculture and opposed to industrially raised food than you will probably like this ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 27, 2010
The Shack
I really enjoyed many of Young's refreshing approaches to theology. I found a lot to appreciate in his depiction of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit des ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 05, 2009
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
This is the first graphic novel that I have read. I'm glad I started with this one because it is excellent. The author so perfectly combined the text ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 21, 2011
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
I thought this was a weird mishmash of Harry Potter and the Narnia books but the self absorption of the characters and the all encompassing ennui of t ...more
May 2014
May 20, 2014
The Swan Thieves
I read this for a community book club that usually discusses a book to pieces for almost two hours. We finished talking about this book in about 45 mi ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 29, 2011
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)
Since I enjoyed the first novel of this series so much I snapped up the kindle version of this book the day it released. Although I liked the first bo ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 16, 2012
On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of a Chinese American Family
I read this to get some background on Lisa See after reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and learning the See is descended from a Chinese American ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 30, 2010
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
I settled on three stars because I really loved the first half of this book but I feel that Zafon let the intensity lag as he wrapped up the details o ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 15, 2010
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I really liked this book because it opened my heart and mind a little bit. It is a serious, thought provoking read driven by it's characters and theme ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 11, 2011
The Mystery Of Mary Surratt: The Plot To Kill President Lincoln
I picked up this book in the children's section of my library because I recently viewed a museum exhibit about those who conspired to kill Abraham Lin ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 07, 2009
Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile's Hunger for Home
The first third of this book is absolutely mesmerizing with descriptions of the author's life growing up in Cuba and the way he describes the food of ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 11, 2011
Prophet of Bones
There was a lot to like about this book. The science is interesting but not too overwhelming and it supports the story nicely instead of becoming the ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 16, 2013
Straight Man
This is an excellent, excellent, excellent character driven novel. It is also hilarious. Hank Devereaux is one of the funniest, most entertaining, sli ...more
Oct 23, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
Caleb's Crossing
I really, really, really enjoyed the narrator's voice in this book. Bethia may not be a typical Puritan female but I think what we know of Anne Bradst ...more
May 2012
Apr 26, 2012
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
The main character and the "white brides" felt a little uneven and sometimes a bit too type cast. This might be because the author is a man and had so ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 27, 2010
A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1)
I could go as high as 3.5 stars on this but I had issues with it that held me back. What I did like about the book is that it is well written, well pa ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 21, 2011
Revolutionary Road
This is an exceptionally well crafted novel. I did not enjoy the story but I that's not why I read it. I didn't much like the characters either. My gu ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Oct 25, 2009
People of the Book
I really enjoyed the characters and the fictional plot line that Brooks created for the Sarajevo Haggadah. I came away with a much better appreciation ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 11, 2012
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
This can be a very intense read. It is set in a predominately Dominican neighborhood in New Jersey and it is about a Dominican boy who doesn't fit the ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 19, 2011
Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health-Care Law and What It Means for Us All
I really liked this book and I will tell you why. It answered a ton of questions for me about how this "landmark" legislation is intended to work and ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 15, 2010
Empire Falls
I've recently become a fan of Richard Russo and his expert ability to draw multifaceted characters. If his characters were not so great his stories pr ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 13, 2010
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