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I am often caught between giving 3 or 4 stars to a book, and wish half stars were an option. In my universe (pun intended) 5 stars is reserved for boo ...more
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Sep 14, 2012
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism
Wow. This is quite a book. The author has a remarkable tale to tell and she tells is beautifully. It is a story of growing up with undiagnosed autism ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 23, 2010
The Help
I loved this book. The author grew up in Mississippi and bases the novel on her experiences as a child growing up in the segregated South. She focuses ...more
Jun 28, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
River Thieves
I LOVED Michael Crummy's second novel, The Wreckage. I had River Thieves for months before starting it, for fear of being disappointed. I wasn't ready ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Apr 19, 2011
The Flying Troutmans
This is the second book I've read by Miriam Toews, the first being A Complicated Kindness. She is a joy to read. Unlike anyone else that I've found. F ...more
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Feb 07, 2009
Psychedelic Prayers: And Other Meditations
I read this in 1973 and it had a profound influence on my life.
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Jan 05, 2014
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World
A moving memoir written by a woman, born in the mid -1950's to a prosperous, Jewish family in Cairo. Forced to leave Egypt in the early 1960's, they m ...more
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Nov 18, 2010
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
A well written account of how Jimi Hendrix evolved into the master guitarist known all over the world. He grew up in Seattle in a brokene home, desper ...more
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Jul 03, 2010
Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss--And the Myths and Realities of Dieting
I picked this book up at the $1 store, read it, and liked it so much I went back and bought three more copies to give away. It's a very well-written b ...more
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Sep 08, 2009
Little Bee
I listened to this on audio. I think I would have liked it as well in book form, but the reader did a wonderful job of speaking in Little Bee's Nigeri ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
When Nietzsche Wept
This book was recommended to my by someone who had a career as a psychotherapist, and it's a fictional account of an encounter between Friedriche Niet ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
This book was hard to put down. By introducing us to people who lived in the area affected by the Dust Bowl we get involved in their stories and want ...more
Jun 20, 2009
Jun 14, 2009
I read this book after discovering Sara Hall's second novel -- The Electric Michaelangelo -- and loving it. In this, her first book, you can see Hall' ...more
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May 06, 2009
The Goldfinch
I'm giving it 5 stars on the basis of Boris alone. What a great character. I did not like the way the book ended. The last chapters became entirely ph ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
The Forest Lover
I hoped to learn more sbout the life of Emily Carr, one of Canada's early Impressionist painters, and I did but I found the book more superficial than ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
The Shadow Catcher
I am going through this book much too quickly. In reading it, I have the strange sense that the author and I are friends in some parallel universe. Li ...more
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May 06, 2009
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
This is the only memoire I've read by someone who lived through Castro's take over of Cuba. The author was 9 or 10-years old when the Revolution took ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
The Piano Tuner
This book frustrated me. It is beautifully written and tells the tale of an Englishman who, when thrust into the complete foreignness that is Asia, fi ...more
Jun 27, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Missing Mom
I listened to the audio version of this book which I'm sure influenced how I reacted to it. The reader was good but the book never grabbed me. I find ...more
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Oct 14, 2010
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded
Listening to this book was a great way to learn history -- not generally one of my favorite subjects. I didn't know anything about Krakatoa except tha ...more
Sep 03, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic
What a great book! It is a memoire that can be enjoyed on a few levels, and I enjoyed it on all of them. The author, Martha Beck, writes about the bir ...more
Nov 25, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
The Winter Vault
I must admit I didn't always get what was going on in this book, but when it had me it had me deep. The story is easy to summarize but the book is har ...more
Aug 2012
Dec 07, 2009
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Too bad they made this wonderful book into a horror flick. The book is about a Harvard trained ethnobotanist who goes to Haiti to learn about some of ...more
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Apr 12, 2009
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
I found this book a very interesting example of two cultures reacting completely differently to the same situation, in this case a young girl with sev ...more
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Dec 08, 2008
Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea and the Disaster That Saved Them
This book is more a memoir of Jean Silverwood's experience of going to sea with her family than it is a true seafarer's adventure story. Having read m ...more
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May 12, 2011
Life in Rewind
I guess it was curiousity that attracted me to this book. I've seen stuff about OCD on television, showing people with rituals about touching things, ...more
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May 22, 2009
Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story
By a quirk of timing, I happen to be listening to Traveling with Pomegranates in my studio at the same time that I'm listening to Anne Lamott's Some A ...more
Nov 05, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
I don't often give 5 star ratings. Everything has to be right. I'd give this one 6 stars if I could. In listening to this book I felt I got to know Ke ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
Walking in Circles Before Lying Down
This book was a quick, fun read but I was disappointed by it. I had heard an excerpt read on the radio and it was hilarious. It's about a young woman ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 30, 2008
French Lessons: A Memoir
This book wasn't what I expected. From the description I thought it would explore how a person's thinking process and inner life changes as they becom ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
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