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Outliers: The Story of Success
This book was assigned as summer reading to the students at my school, so I had to read it as well. For about the first fifty pages, I was in agreemen ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
When I first read the blurb and reviews for Blankets, I wasn't convinced that it was something in which I'd be interested. However, I saw it at the co ...more
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Oct 10, 2009
The Plague of Doves
According to reviews that I've read on Erdrich's novel, this is supposed to be her most ambitious work yet. I agree. I've read two other books by Erdr ...more
Aug 21, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad
Okay, so. . . I found the first third of the book whiny and tedious. How much can one read about a guy who is annoyed by his father when really he is ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
Batman Black and White, Vol. 2
Overall, the concept of the book is interesting: a series of vignettes in which each story explores a different avenue of the Batman saga. Some of the ...more
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May 14, 2009
The Scar (Bas-Lag, #2)
I finished this one a few days ago, and I decided to let the experience settle before writing my review. The setting and plot development in the novel ...more
May 23, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
American Born Chinese
I liked this graphic novel more and more as I continued to read. At first, I was unsure of how the stories were going to all come together and assumed ...more
Oct 03, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
BONE #9: Crown of Horns
A fantastic end to an incredible series. Volume 9 is action-packed, and all the tangents that Smith set up in the earlier volumes are resolved here. O ...more
Jan 09, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
I'm not quite sure what all the hype is about. I admit that I enjoyed the historical information about the Dominican Republic and was able to draw man ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)
I like the concept of the death note, and overall the story is intriguing. But there are a few blunders in logic along the way that I found distractin ...more
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Apr 26, 2009
The Sandman, Vol. 8: Worlds' End (The Sandman, #8)
I thought the frame of the inn at the end of worlds was a clever take-off on the Canterbury Tales, and I really liked how the story wrapped up at the ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 20, 2009
The Bright Forever
A page turner from nearly the beginning. The novel has been compared to Sebold's The Lovely Bones, but the two books revolve around very different the ...more
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Apr 11, 2011
50 Essays: A Portable Anthology
I picked this one up to use in class because I loved the collection of forty short stories that is also part of this series. Fifty Essays is a great c ...more
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Dec 09, 2009
A Mercy
Another great read by Morrison. Similar to her later novels, not much actually happens in the book in terms of plot. However, the reader gets to see t ...more
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Jan 04, 2009
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I'm planning to teach this book to a class of tenth grade students this fall, and I think it will go over well. The overall themes of self-discovery, ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Power and Responsibility
After reading this initial volume, I'm looking forward to the remainder of the series. The storyline is quick-paced, and Bendis doesn't linger on smal ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
The City and the Pillar
I was hooked by the story early on, and I was curious to see how Jim's story would play out and whether or not he would eventually meet Bob again. Tha ...more
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May 05, 2013
The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination
I recently re-read this book so that I could use a few chapters in one of my literature courses. I read the first edition while studying in university ...more
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Dec 06, 2009
Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth
Exquisitely drawn, Morrison's Arkham Asylum offers a disquieting look at Batman as he attempts to regain control over the inmates who have been freed ...more
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Oct 10, 2009
All My Sons
The play offers a hard look at personal responsibility and how we negotiate this responsibility in our public and private lives. The end is quite ambi ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
The Sandman: Endless Nights (The Sandman, #12)
A great read. My favorite chapter is number 4: The Fifteen Portraits of Despair. The vignettes here are universal and touching. To back up the stories ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
The Book Thief
This is an extraordinary book. And it's not simply for young readers--in fact I would argue that younger readers who aren't strong readers would have ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Dec 05, 2008
Several of my students read this for their book clubs and they gave it good reviews, so I read it this evening. The storyline has many twists which ke ...more
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Nov 13, 2009
The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones (The Sandman #9)
One of the better volumes in the Sandman collection, The Kindly Ones ties together many of the subplots that have been developing over the course of t ...more
Oct 19, 2009
Oct 16, 2009
Ghost Circles (Bone, #7)
It took me a little while to settle into the concepts of the ghost circles as I wasn't sure what their purpose was supposed to be. But Smith fills in ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
I didn't love it as much as others in book club. I really liked the earlier half of the novel about the kids' growing love for surfing and their idoli ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
One of my book club buddies chose this for our reading just before the movie came out. We combed the bookshops looking for copies, but of course, all ...more
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Mar 10, 2009
Falling Man
I appreciated the structure of the novel more than the story itself. The moments of repetition that DeLillo uses mimic the sense of dread and confusio ...more
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
Bone, Vol. 5: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border (Bone, #5)
The saga continues and a new character has been added to the list. Hard to tell whose side he's on, so I'll have to keep reading to see how Roque Ja f ...more
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Nov 08, 2009
"Master Harold"...and the boys
Excellent play. The characters suggest the capacity that we all have for hope and that we make a choice in changing our lives and the lives of others ...more
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Mar 03, 2010
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