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Didion's prose is precise and exquisite, but I struggled with her interpretation of her experience. She argues against continued U.S. involvement in E ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 02, 2012
The Spectator Bird
Another beautifully crafted novel by Stegner about marriage, self-discovery, and...eugenics? Stegner artfully intertwines two plot lines, one that fol ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 09, 2011
First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century
This was a really fascinating read for me, and I would recommend it to anyone who plans on visiting or living in Mexico City. Lida has lived in the D. ...more
Apr 2009
Jun 04, 2009
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
An explosion in wartime Halifax, a fire in a country club during the disco era, a plane crash into the Potomac, and, of course, the collapse of the Tw ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 20, 2014
Emergence: Labeled Autistic
Grandin's first autobiography outlines her story of growing up in an era when autism was poorly understood to become a successful, functioning adult w ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 08, 2012
The Beautiful Room is Empty

This novel, although I suppose it is usually categorized under gay fiction, is an excellent coming of age novel that picks at the conservative Midwest
Aug 25, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
The History of White People
Pinter's history of race perceptions in Western Europe and the United States was an illuminating read, providing insights into current and past unders ...more
May 2011
Mar 17, 2010
The Devil's Highway: A True Story
I was drawn to this book because of my interest in Mexican immigrants, particularly illegal immigrants, having worked with a number of them back in Te ...more
Feb 2009
Dec 04, 2008
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Rachel B. gave me this book and told me it was very French. It was, particularly the ending. I found it difficult to read without rolling my eyes. Sav ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
The Dovekeepers
If half stars were available, I'd give this a 3.5. The beginning didn't suck me in, and I was definitely able to put it down for days at a time, but t ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 20, 2014
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
McMillan examines America's food production system from the field to the table, not in the locavore farm-to-table sense but in the mass-production, Mo ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 05, 2014
Then We Came to the End
Ferris's use of the collective first person narrative has gotten a lot of attention and is probably the coolest thing about the book. He's also very a ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
Super Sad True Love Story
Lenny and Eunice inhabit a world where social media and smart technology have run amok. People are all but illiterate, taught to "scan" instead of rea ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 09, 2014
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
By intertwining the investigation of a community hospital's failure to work effectively with a young Hmong's girl's family to treat her severe epileps ...more
Jan 16, 2008
Jan 17, 2009
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
This was the first book I read after discovering I was pregnant. I appreciated the stories shared by the women laboring at The Farm. They were empower ...more
Apr 2014
Nov 15, 2014
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
Instead of writing a review, I'm answering a few of the questions and topics for discussion provided by the publisher.

1. With her high level of knowle
Jun 2010
Jun 19, 2010
The Body Artist
I first encountered The Body Artist as a dance performance in San Francisco. In a small, black box theater, two dancers repeated the same moves over a ...more
May 2011
May 23, 2011
American Born Chinese
I was introduced to this book at a conference for teaching reading to ESL learners and was immediately intrigued, although it took me a while to locat ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 27, 2010
Red on Red
As a police procedural, what makes this book slightly more interesting than, say, watching an episode of CSI, is the time Conlon can spend exploring t ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 17, 2013
The Ideas of the Woman Suffrage Movement: 1890-1920
Over winter break I wanted to answer the question of how did women convince men to give them the vote, especially without having to resort to violence ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 10, 2011
Anarchism and Other Essays
To be honest, I didn't read every essay, but the ones I did read were thought-provoking and articulate. I picked it up because of an essay she wrote a ...more
Jan 2011
Mar 08, 2011
The White Tiger
I enjoyed this biting take on modern India. Adiga cleverly tells the story from the perspective of a low-caste servant cum entrepreneur in a confessio ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
This is another collection of essays where I didn't end up reading each and every one but only those that really drew me in. Malcolm Gladwell, Garrett ...more
Feb 2011
Mar 08, 2011
The Hamilton Case
De Kretser wrote a biting critique on the effects of colonial rule on her native Sri Lanka in this novel. She begins with an excerpt from the memoirs ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Woman: An Intimate Geography
Although this text was published ten years ago, I found it to be very informative--although I don't regularly read in the field of biology, and I susp ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Confusing the Seasons
To be completely forthcoming, this is my husband's first published novel--and as surgeons aren't permitted to operate on family members, perhaps spous ...more
Mar 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Crossing to Safety
A beautifully written novel that made me nostalgic for times when universities existed solely to further knowledge and culture, even though I grew up ...more
Sep 2010
Oct 31, 2010
The Great Gatsby
One member of book club suggested this title because she had never read it, and it's fun to occasionally revisit something from the old high school En ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 05, 2012
A few years ago I was sucked into Donoghue's novel Slammerkin, a fictional account set in the 18th century of a teenaged girl who's thrown out on the ...more
Aug 2012
Sep 10, 2012
The Ha-Ha
I originally bought this book for Dan at a yard sale last summer but ended up reading it myself this summer. It's a sentimental tale of a mute Vietnam ...more
May 2011
Jun 10, 2011
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