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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
3.97
My three-star rating has nothing to do with the quality of the ideas in this book; I think they're all top-notch. My lukewarm response has to do inste ...more
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Aug 21, 2008
 
The Firm
3.92
I recently realized 1) I've never read any of John Grisham's novels and 2) that's a shame. So I picked this up at the library a couple trips ago, when ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
 
Bambi: A Life in the Woods
4.08
After being told by my mother that this book was "nothing like the Disney version," I came prepared to read something like Watership Down for Children ...more
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Aug 17, 2009
 
Waverley
3.43
Often regarded as the English language's first historical novel; and that's the only reason to read it. If you're the sort of person who loves firsts ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
 
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
4.22
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a cross between a children’s picture book and a young adult chapter book. In evolutionary biology terms, it is a trans ...more
Sep 13, 2008
Sep 13, 2008
 
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
3.93
Oh boy. Lest anyone misunderstand the following review, let me first say that I enjoyed reading this book. Not only did I finish it, but I put it down ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 19, 2008
 
David Copperfield
3.93
My overwhelming impression of this book is that it is Dickens at his most Dickensian. I don't mean that it is the best thing he ever wrote, the most l ...more
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Feb 12, 2009
 
The World Without Us
3.79
According to Bill McKibben, “This is one of the grandest thought experiments of our time, a tremendous feat of imaginative reporting,” and I agree wit ...more
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Sep 15, 2008
 
A Christmas Carol
3.98
One of the best Christmas stories of all time. Crazy to think that Dickens had to self-publish it because no publisher would take it--a fact I didn't ...more
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Jan 02, 2009
 
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
3.84
When I heard Diane Rehm call this book “profane as it can possibly be. Every sentence, every other word…”, my ears perked up a little and I thought, “ ...more
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Mar 02, 2014
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
I read this book out of curiosity. Several people (okay, girls) of my acquaintance read it, loved it, and recommended it. And when the movie came out, ...more
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Mar 28, 2009
 
Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain #4)
4.12
I re-read all of the Chronicles of Prydain recently and surprised myself by liking this book the most. I know that wasn't the case in my first reading ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
 
How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now
4.25
I'm giving this one four stars based on the sheer volume of scholarship it contains. However, if I could grade separately the first two chapters and t ...more
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May 13, 2009
 
Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream
3.59
My feelings toward this book fluctuated during the reading of it. I picked it up because it seemed to deal with topics I care about (environmental deg ...more
May 21, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
4.05
This might be the literary equivalent of a B movie. Both profitable and popular, it gave rise to a long-running series as well as (some say) the genre ...more
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Nov 10, 2009
 
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002
4.14
What I enjoyed most about the poems in this book was the Native American-ness of them. While reading these poems, I had a sense of hearing a multiplic ...more
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Sep 29, 2009
 
The Kestrel (Westmark #2)
3.96
This book is out of print and very hard to find. (Currently $43.80 for a new copy on Amazon.) Which is a shame, because it's very good. Why the second ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
 
A Jonathan Edwards Reader
3.80
A Conversation Between Me and My Cousin Mike, at the Cottage, Several Weekends Ago:

Mike: The Jonathan Edwards Reader?

Me: Oh yeah. That’s mine. I’m rea
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Sep 03, 2010
 
The Beggar Queen (Westmark #3)
3.95
I find myself amazed no one has snatched up the movie rights to the Westmark books (Westmark, The Kestrel, and The Beggar Queen). Hollywood seems to b ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
 
Light in August
3.91
I can just see this being taught in high schools and colleges. This is the kind of book English teachers love to inflict on students: rich in esoteric ...more
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Sep 29, 2009
 
The Wizard of Oz
3.96
Oh, this book is so bad. So, so bad. I can’t believe Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer made a movie out of this. How did that work? I would love to know what went o ...more
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Nov 10, 2009
 
Grandfather Twilight
4.35
There really isn't anything as arresting as a picture book you had read to you in childhood and which you haven't read since. I came across this book ...more
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Aug 17, 2009
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
Based on its immense popularity and its YA-ness (I guess really, on the fact that it's YA and also fairly recent...in some ways, I must admit, I'm a b ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
 
The Education of Little Tree
4.06
If I could give this book 4 1/2 stars, I would. Set in the mountains of Appalachia during the Great Depression, it relates the experiences of Little T ...more
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Aug 17, 2009
 
A Tale Of Two Cities (Nonesuch Dickens)
3.76
This is my favorite of all the Dickens novels I have read to date (which puts it ahead of Bleak House, David Copperfield, and Oliver Twist). If I were ...more
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Nov 22, 2009
 
The Arkadians
3.88
I've been on a Lloyd Alexander kick recently. I re-read Westmark for the heck of it, and then while I was tracking down and waiting for its sequel, Th ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
 
Truth and Bright Water
3.89
This is a crazy bildungsroman as only Thomas King could craft one. The tale takes place in two towns, one named Truth, the other Bright Water, separat ...more
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Aug 02, 2012
 
Westmark (Westmark #1)
3.91
Like most readers, I first encountered and read this book many years ago. So long ago, in fact, that I could not finish it in a day. I remember taking ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
 
The American Dream and Zoo Story
3.97
Glancing at all the previous goodreads reviews for this book, I see that most people prefer The Zoo Story to The American Dream. And that, my friends, ...more
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May 15, 2010
 
Stealing Buddha's Dinner
3.40
My expectations for this book—not sky-high to begin with—turned out to be rather inflated, nonetheless. Somewhere around chapter 6, I began to suspect ...more
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Sep 03, 2010
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