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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
This is one of those uber-rare books that everyone in the world should be required to read. If I can cry while reading it on a train full of strangers ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 08, 2007
This is a hard book to tackle due to its subject matter (incest, abuse, disease, poverty and more), but I was prepared for that and I found it to be s ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
This is one of the best books I've read in a long while. Flawless, really. If you're going to read it, make sure you're ready for difficult subject ma ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution
What a gorgeous, mouthwatering book! I love cooking and I am a huge adherent of the organic/sustainable Slow Food Movement, so I am already the conver ...more
Jul 09, 2008
Jul 04, 2007
Shyness: What It Is, What To Do About It
I am a big fan of Dr. Philip Zimbardo since having read The Lucifer Effect , and this book, while not as grand or up-to-date in scope, is a good remin ...more
Aug 2007
Jun 25, 2007
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
My only wish is that it was twice as long... It strikes me as one of the rarest of rare books: one that should be required reading. It could have gone ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
The Almost Moon
While I don't expect the work of an author to remain consistant, I do always hope for the writing quality to get better than the last effort, which is ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
Homeopathic Medicine At Home
I think every person should have a copy of this, but especially pregnant women and parents, because of how reassuring and detailed, not to mention hel ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Little Stalker
What a narcissistic mess. I haven't read a book with this horrible a heroine or pathetic a love story in years and years. And if you're going to write ...more
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Aug 17, 2010
Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls
What a brilliant book! It's one of those I wished would never come to an end. I loved Matt Ruff's crazy Bad Monkeys with all its strangeness and plo ...more
Jun 11, 2008
Nov 15, 2007
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Oh, I love this book and we'll be cannin' as soon as we have a bigger garden... Just like my Granny and Mama used to...
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Jan 10, 2009
The only complaint I have about this book is that there should be more of it! Why is it so short? Brevity is a beautiful thing, but this book could ha ...more
May 15, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The reason why I gave this book a low rating (despite it being a birthday present from my mama, which I am still grateful for despite not liking said ...more
not set
May 18, 2009
the small hours
I found this book very difficult to get into, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. It's unusual, a bit sad but also wonderfully empathetic, and entirely u ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Dec 28, 2013
Wishful Drinking
I loves me some Carrie Fisher...but seeing as how I've read her other work this one is a little repetitive and too short at the same time! Still worth ...more
Dec 19, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
Cooking for Baby
This is such a fabulous and essential book to have when you're about to have a baby! My husband and I love and respect food, and we want to pass that ...more
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Oct 29, 2008
Throw Like a Girl
What a gorgeous collection of short stories. I've been writing more than reading lately, and this really helped to inspire because of the author's thr ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 13, 2007
Empire Falls
How could such a sloppy, cliché-filled mess of a book win the Pulitzer? How?
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
Time of My Life
I am so disappointed in this book. The writing is dull, neurotic and obvious, and the ending is a complete cop-out. While I picked it up because the p ...more
Sep 29, 2009
Aug 10, 2009
Oprah A Biography
This bio is so horribly written! Kitty Kelley takes an interesting subject (even as a person who doesn't watch her show and isn't a big fan, I still f ...more
May 10, 2010
May 03, 2010
I love and respect Howard Zinn and Emma Goldman is a new hero of mine. As a play, it is not my favorite piece of dramatic work, but the ideas of it ar ...more
Aug 2007
Jun 27, 2007
The Princess Bride
I'm so glad I read this finally because I've always loved the movie and this is so very much better because you get such a literary-device-treat that ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 07, 2007
Lyra's Oxford (His Dark Materials, #3.5)
This was a bit disappointing, since it's too short to even make a real short story. I feel like there's some joke I'm not in on, like the rest of the ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 09, 2008
How to Become a Monster
I find Jean Barbe such a unique and interesting writer, and yet the reason that I never give his books a full 5 stars is because they, like this one, ...more
Dec 13, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
Thank you to my great aunt for recommending this book. I loved it, being the foodie that I am, and also because of the sense of voyage and discovery y ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior--Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
What a shame that a book with ostensibly good information is written in such a judgmental, condescending tone. I think the way in which parental advic ...more
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Mar 26, 2009
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
We'll see how it works when our baby is born, but I am eternally grateful to have read it before he makes his big debut and love the practical advice ...more
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Nov 25, 2008
The Second Husband
One of the worst books I've read in a long, long time. I only finished it to be fair to the author. But I shouldn't have wasted my time...
Sep 10, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
And Then One Day No. 6 (Autobiographical Documentary)
I'm the Sarah mentioned on page 33!
Jul 2007
Aug 20, 2007
Confessions of a Beauty Addict
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Jan 28, 2009
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