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You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise
4.23
it was ok
The value of this book for me lies not in Joel Salatin's prose, which is painful to read, but in a simple question he asks. From my open book post abo ...more
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Oct 14, 2008
 
Discipline Without Distress: 135 Tools for Raising Caring, Responsible Children Without Time-Out, Spanking, Punishment, or Bribery
3.99
liked it
Not a cover-to-cover read, but a troubleshooting guide. A decent resource, especially for parents looking for ideas to transition from authoritarian p ...more
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Jan 12, 2009
 
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
4.16
really liked it
I listened to the audiobook after having watched a few of Brene Brown's videos, including her TED talk. The reader has an unfortunate way with sibilan ...more
Jul 07, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
 
Creating a Life Worth Living
4.01
why: recommended by Molly Hall:

"This is a great book if you need help focusing your ideas and talents. Most people have more than one talent or passio
...more
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Mar 29, 2010
 
The Highest Tide
3.84
it was amazing
So wonderfully well-written. The voice of Miles, the 13-year-old marine-life-expert narrator was spot on. The details in what he says and thinks are e ...more
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Oct 10, 2009
 
Thirteen Reasons Why
4.04
really liked it
Clay, the narrator of Th1rteen R3asons Why listens to tapes left by Hannah, a classmate, to those who hurt her during life as a means of explaining he ...more
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Oct 23, 2009
 
What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing
4.04
really liked it
I read this when my daughter was a newborn. I have a strong drive toward feeling productive, and at a time when just leaving the house sometimes took ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide
4.02
Inspired by this book, I'm keeping my life list here -- http://www.mylifelist.org/members/Pub...
Nov 09, 2013
Jul 15, 2011
 
Your Four-Year-Old: Wild and Wonderful
3.64
it was ok
I have some serious reservations about Your Four-Year-Old: Wild and Wonderful. Though
there is relevant developmental information in it, you have to so
...more
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Jul 26, 2009
 
Housekeeping
3.82
I'm sure I would have loved this novel had it been written by anyone else, but because I read Robinson's Gilead first, this was a disappointment. That ...more
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May 09, 2009
 
Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design
3.85
it was ok
After sorting out several items from my closet that just seem like they aren't "me" I was attracted to this book in the hope that it could help me say ...more
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Dec 11, 2009
 
True Colors
3.89
really liked it
Look at that cover. Blech, right? If you're not a reader of romances, anyway. But this was apparently the best the airport bookstore had available, an ...more
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Mar 29, 2010
 
The Whole World Over
3.49
I fall for so many books because my community bookstore puts them in front of my face. This was one I picked up not realizing I'd read something by th ...more
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May 09, 2009
 
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
4.11
it was amazing
I read this shortly after my daughter was born and it was such a powerful experience. Unconditional Parenting caused me to rethink my most basic expec ...more
May 2005
Oct 14, 2008
 
ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool
3.89
did not like it
This book has been published by two houses (Waterbrook and Broadway), and though the versions are remarkably different, they look identical. I didn't ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
Stitches
4.03
really liked it
Dark, terrible, fascinating, and wonderful. This was another indiespensable selection. I opened it on arrival and drank in the whole thing inside of a ...more
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Oct 23, 2009
 
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
3.50
liked it
I listened to Gilbert read her book and felt at times irritated and at times inspired. She's a talented storyteller, and most of her story is interest ...more
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Jul 26, 2009
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.23
liked it
This is why I don't read fiction much any more. It's just too damn engaging. I read this in one day -- can I just tell you how little attention Meg go ...more
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Oct 04, 2009
 
Great Occasions: Readings for the Celebration of Birth, Coming-Of-Age, Marriage, and Death
3.62
it was ok
I read the death section and scanned the others. It was recommended in Remembering Well, and I got so much of value from that book that I expected to ...more
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Apr 02, 2010
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.10
liked it
see my Outliers open book post

Following is my contribution to a recent email discussion of Outliers.

I've heard two effective criticisms of Outliers:
1)
...more
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Oct 28, 2008
 
A Widow for One Year
3.74
Here's what you need to know about John Irving's work: Vienna, wrestling, New England, bears. Don't believe me? Check his wikipedia entry under recurr ...more
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May 09, 2009
 
Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
4.24
it was amazing
This is one of the parenting books that I’ve most appreciated. It discusses the need children have to form attachments with caring adults and the posi ...more
Jan 2007
Oct 14, 2008
 
Playing Smart: The Family Guide to Enriching, Offbeat Learning Activities for Ages 4-14
3.89
I started reading this, and have paused for the moment (it's more of a resource than a straight-through sort of read) I love it for all the wonderful ...more
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Oct 18, 2009
 
Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound (City Bird Guides)
4.09
liked it
I like having this around for quick reference to discover more about the birds flying around my neighborhood. I've also used it to learn what kind of ...more
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Feb 13, 2009
 
Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear
4.29
really liked it
This is a great parenting book. An accessible collection of kernels of insight and truth present in other remarkably valuable works -- like Hold Onto ...more
Dec 2008
Nov 12, 2008
 
The House on Fortune Street
3.53
it was amazing
This is a remarkable novel. I loved the entirely engrossing perspective shifts through 4 characters' lives. I was drawn into the minor mysteries and t ...more
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Dec 01, 2009
 
The Gathering
3.03
liked it
The Goodreads description calls Anne Enright a "dazzling" writer, but the book doesn't dazzle (that's not a bad thing, generally speaking). It does pu ...more
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Feb 13, 2009
 
The Help
4.45
it was amazing
This was a convincing and compelling read. The characters were fully formed, the writing evoked voices that sounded true and right, and the story tran ...more
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Mar 29, 2010
 
The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice
3.80
really liked it
As part of our winter solstice celebration, each member of the family present read one of these solstice stories by candlelight. It was a lovely way t ...more
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Mar 29, 2010
 
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
4.17
liked it
This is an accessible general parenting book that addresses new parent anxieties and is respectful of babies’ needs. It’s a good resource book to have ...more
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Dec 11, 2008
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