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An Abundance of Katherines
I loved Green's Looking for Alaska but was disappointed in this second novel. The basic formula centering on the friendship of two non-so-popular guys...more
Jul 19, 2010
Sep 09, 2009
The Usual Rules
Once I got used to the lack of quotation marks, I liked this book. The first part, which focused on thirteen year-old Wendy's grief over the loss of h...more
Apr 12, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
My Uncle Napoleon: A Novel
The forward of the edition I read called My Uncle Napoleon a classic Iranian romance/farce/satire. Given its 500-page length, I was worried about atte...more
Jul 17, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Erskine deftly blends humor into a novel about a middle-school shooting that took the lives of a teacher and two students, including Devon, the protag...more
Jul 03, 2010
Apr 03, 2010
The Wednesday Wars
All of the people who gave this book five stars can't be wrong, can they? Well, I've been in the minority before, so I guess I'll put myself there aga...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
Elephant Run
To protect him from the bombing in London, fourteen year-old Nick is sent to live on his father's plantation in Burma a few days before the Japanese i...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
The Year Money Grew on Trees
Although marketed for middle school, this is really more of a sweet story for adults with a sentimental attachment to the work ethic of kids of the ea...more
Jun 11, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
Loving Frank
Living in Chicago, I have visited Wright's Home & Studio in Oak Park and Taliesin in Spring Green many times, so I already knew the stories of the...more
Feb 21, 2009
Sep 06, 2008
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Wow. . . What an incredible gift my son gave me this Christmas when he gave me this book. Foer perfectly captures humans' desire to create meaning in...more
Dec 27, 2008
Sep 06, 2008
Things Fall Apart
I first read this book last summer. It had been on my "to read" list for years since it's a (maybe THE) seminal book of African literature. I apprecia...more
Jun 2008
Sep 05, 2008
Olive Kitteridge
An interesting "novel in stories" format with about half of the stories focused directly on protagonist Olive Kitteridge, a rather intimidating and do...more
Nov 27, 2009
Jul 04, 2009
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
2.5 stars -- Fowler's Z is well-written and I learned several new things about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, so I'm not sure why my reaction to this...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
Crossing the Wire
Fifteen year-old Victor must cross the border illegally, i.e. "cross the wire," from Mexico into the U.S. in order to raise money to send home to his...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
The Outsiders
I loved this book as an eighth grader and love it even more today! Yes, it's heavy-handed at times (e.g., the use of Robert Frost's poem Nothing Gold...more
Jan 1980
Sep 05, 2008
Founding Brothers
Ellis focuses on six pivotal events that he feels epitomize seven U.S. founding fathers. The first three events -- the Hamilton-Burr duel, Jefferson's...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
Home of the Brave
I loved this book! I know because I've been sobbing all afternoon. :) Home of the Brave tells the story of Kek, a Sudanese boy who is joining his aunt...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
William McKinley (The American Presidents, #25)
This volume in the "American Presidents" series of presidential biographies is a comprehensive, insightful account of President William McKinley that...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Journey to an 800 Number
I'm happy to read anything written by Konigsburg because her kid characters are smart and sassy, and her plot twists are original. The premise of this...more
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))
I'm not a huge fan of kids' non-fiction, but I really liked this book. Even though I thought that I already knew quite a bit about the Civil Rights Mo...more
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
The Lifeboat
I liked this book while I was reading it but felt somewhat neutral by the end. The unreliable narrator protagonist, Grace Winter, is stranded on a lif...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam
This book grew on me. For the first hundred pages, I felt like I wanted to throttle Wilson for her youthful naivete. As a teacher and journalist, shou...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth
This book is the second on the list of books I'm reading this summer to learn more about the U.S. presidents between Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt....more
Jun 29, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
A highly entertaining yet informative look at the Supreme Court during the Rehnquist years. Toobin is a liberal, so the fact that I agree with most of...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
Shusterman is one of my favorite YA authors, but this book was somewhat better in concept than execution. Tennyson and Bronte are twins whose parents...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
The Naked Mole-Rat Letters
I really liked this book! Frankie is a seventh-grader whose life takes a turn for the worse when her she discovers that her widowed dad is falling in...more
Mar 19, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
This Side Of Paradise
The popular and critical success of This Side of Paradise propelled Fitzgerald's career, leading just five years later to his master work The Great Ga...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
**spoiler alert** It has been a long time since I've read a book that I hated as much as this one. The characters are two dimensional, and the plot is...more
Apr 03, 2010
Apr 03, 2010
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
I learned an amazing amount from Millard's gripping account of the rise and fall of President James Garfield, who was shot by a mentally unhinged offi...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Haveli is the sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, another book set in modern day Pakistan that explores the subjugation of women in a repressive...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
Dark Places
Sandwiched chronologically between Flynn's other dark thrillers, Sharp Objects and Gone Girl, Dark Places is my favorite of the three. In Dark Places,...more
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
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