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The Storyteller
So, to be honest I have been so inundated with research articles, that my free time reading choices have been, well, light. I have been taking on real...more
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Mar 18, 2013
Ayaan is an extremely brave woman, who has gained a worldly perspective after a childhood of extreme oppression. Raised with strict Muslim values, Aya...more
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Dec 01, 2008
Day After Night
When pondering the horrors of the Holocaust, it is not often that one considers what occurred after the Germans lost the war. I may envision families...more
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Sep 14, 2009
A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants
Music connection: "Let it Rock" -Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne
"I see your dirty face, high behind your collar...And you take your time, and you do your...more
Aug 2011
Sep 16, 2011
This Side of Brightness
I scoff when I hear people say, "I wish I had time to read!" My reading time is at 5:30 in the morning, when I am doing my cardio, rocking out to my m...more
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Sarah's Key
I have read many books, both nonfiction and fiction, on the Holocaust and Sarah's Key sits at among the top of the list. Sarah's family is living in F...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 31, 2009
Ok, maybe a little more long winded on this one...

Having visited Hawaii multiple times, I have taken boat rides around the islands and do recall being...more
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Aug 11, 2011
South of Broad
The South of Broad is written by Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides. In this novel Conroy's ability to create characters with dark pasts and ri...more
Dec 29, 2009
Dec 29, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The funny thing about this book is when I went to the bookstore for a new read (my usual trip to Book Passage) I requested a recommendation for someth...more
Sep 02, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
Ken Follet has done it again with another amazing piece of historical fiction. Through his characters (and there are MANY) you are guided through the...more
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 06, 2010
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre is a surprisingly eccentric novel with interesting characters and even more interesting intellectual banter. Thanks to Michelle, I continued...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
The World According to Garp
Interestingly enough, after I compared this book to Catch 22 (about 100 pages deep) I happened to stumble across a review from the Observer, "A social...more
Jul 03, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
The Night of the Gun
David Carr writes a shockingly honest memoir about his life as a crack smoking, drug trafficking addict. His approach includes less storytelling and m...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
The Kitchen God's Wife
A wonderful story surrounding the secrets of loved ones, and how they impact relationships, regardless if they are being kept for the right reasons. A...more
Aug 11, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
My first word of advice to anyone who picks up this book is, BE PATIENT. Around page 50 I was ready to put the book down based on its sloooooow start....more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
Thanks Meredith for this suggestion!
This is a beautiful story of family overcoming tragedy, relying on their strength and their love for one another t...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square
John Dodge is a handsome business man who is constantly roving from city to city looking for failed businesses to rebuild. When he arrives in a small...more
Oct 03, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
The City of Falling Angels
A very interesting historical look at Venice, Italy through the eyes of a visitor who has spent most of his time in Venice during tourist seasons. He...more
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Aug 11, 2011
The Book Thief
In this heart wrenching novel, Liesel finds herself living with a dynamic foster family after the death of her brother and in the midst of Nazi German...more
Nov 24, 2013
Aug 08, 2012
The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles, #1)
Music Connection: "Rolling in the Deep" -Adele
"There's a fire starting in my heart...The scars of your love remind me of us they keep me thinking that...more
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Dec 22, 2010
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as an educator of students with special needs, my classroom is often the most diverse in the school. This book not onl...more
Feb 05, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
Atlas Shrugged
Great Music connection for this one, had to come back and add it:
"Hurt" -Johnny Cash (almost uncanny)
"I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel... W...more
Jun 05, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Cutting for Stone
Conjoined twins are born in Ethiopia, causing the death of their mother and the quick disappearance of their father. The twins grow up during a revolu...more
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May 23, 2010
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Mel, you will love it. Pretty much this guy is NUTS for getting so closely involved with such a dangerous gang, but has much more insight than sociolo...more
Apr 28, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
The Last Secret Of The Temple
I really struggled to get into this book... for about 300 pages (way to long I know). It all comes together really well in the end, but I don't know i...more
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Jul 31, 2010
Still Alice
Very thoughtfully written. I also enjoyed reading her interview at the completion of the book. A bright, insightful author. It is rare to find a book...more
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Apr 18, 2012
The Last Child
One of the reviewers refers to this novel as a Huck Finn meets Lord of the Flies type of tragedy, and I couldn't put it any better myself.
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Apr 21, 2010
The Hour I First Believed
Wally Lamb has an amazing knack for character development. This books spans such a huge variety of topics ranging from Columbine and pill addiction to...more
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Dec 09, 2008
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
Well, if his first book began slowly, his second certainly did not. For once I am speechless and all I can say is, HOW LONG MUST I WAIT FOR BOOK #3??
Oct 04, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1)
Don't worry everyone, I have too many books to post from my honeymoon to make these too "long winded". This was a very interesting book that intwined...more
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Jul 06, 2011
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