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The Bluest Eye
Pecola. That's her name.

Her name bothered me the first time I read it. Pecola. How do you even pronounce it. It's...ugly. Slowly, but surely, I under
Aug 10, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
The Kid
Once again, Sapphire put me through pure reading hell and once again, it was totally worth it! If you can stand reading page after page of violence an ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Twenty-Three Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism
This book is a very convincing argument about how utterly bogus the notions of free market and free trade actually are. You can find a quote in every ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
I want to say something about adult conversation: I hate it. I hate the mind-games, the war words, the power struggles. I am fully aware of the fact t ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Thomas Frank, a Kansas native and former conservative, actually does manage to thoughtfully and fairly answer the title question "What's The Matter Wi ...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie
Oh, I am so glad I read this, but it was so hard. Rachel Corrie was a deeply caring young woman who was also a brilliant writer and an amazing activis ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
Men are Stupid...and They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery
I feel breathless, scared and thoroughly grossed out from reading this book.

By now you've no doubt heard about teenage girls who cut themselves? In a
Aug 25, 2009
Aug 25, 2009
Charlotte's Web
Hardly the first time I've ever read this book, but it is the first time I have read it out loud to a boy. The boy in this case is my six-year-old son ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
Hold Fast
I read this one aloud to our kids. They loved it, and so did I. The story follows the thought process of a very literate young girl who holds her fami ...more
Mar 29, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
I Slept With Joey Ramone
When I think about what rock-n-roll "means" to me, I go blank. I feel like I should think of sex, drugs, booze, cigarettes, Fashion Week, you know, Ro ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 20, 2009
Newspaper Diapers
There is very little hope and relief in this sickening collection of essays by victims of sexual abuse. If you think you can handle it, you can't. At ...more
not set
Oct 03, 2013
The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling
Warning: This is more of a personal essay than a book review.

I am simultaneously introverted and a showoff. I am also as much of a rule-follower as I
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children
I've been pretty open about this, so I apologize if you already know this, but a week or so ago, I was sitting in the audience of a dance performance ...more
Mar 22, 2015
Mar 22, 2015
The Colossus and Other Poems
I think it's a wonderful thing to slow down and read Plath's poetry. She's such a convincing, thorough writer. Her sense of humor is so unique and slo ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
The Midwife's Apprentice
There will always be a part of me that wishes I was a midwife, so I totally loved this book. The kids did, too, although I am not sure any one of them ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Peter Pan: The Original Story
In 1968, there was an Olympic gymnast named Cathy Lee Rigby who went on to portray Peter Pan on Broadway. She was later also the spokesperson for Stay ...more
not set
Aug 12, 2014
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
I thought this was going to be a fast read. I was wrong, and that is fine. I had to take at least a day to process each lesson, which is also fine. Gr ...more
Aug 15, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
For Valentine's Day, Jesse gave me an uninterrupted hour to read Copenhagen and write the review. I'm running out of time, so this will be quick, whic ...more
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes
Tired of reading fluff? Feeling down? Is your life a little scrambled? Then I begg you to crack open this book! This is chick lit at its finest!

Aug 11, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
When I Forgot
Devastating childhoods have a unique way of bringing together beautiful, intricate minds and hearts. This is a story that examines such a relationship ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
Madeleine L'Engle's respect for science, science fiction, religion, and family are beautifully represented in this novel without being heavy-handed. I ...more
May 14, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
An Amish Christmas
I read this while the Vikings/Packer game was on last night. I read books like this when I am stressed out about something stupid. (In case you are in ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
The Piano Lesson
This is one of those family dramas that engaged my mind and my spirit from word one. I can't even imagine the bliss I would experience if I actually s ...more
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher
This book is truly mind-opening and I am convinced that Feynman was one enlightened dude. As I read the book, I felt myself opening up to the concept ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
Bud, Not Buddy
This takes place during the Great Depression. Bud is a ten-year old boy whose mother died. His father is estranged. When we meet Bud (not Buddy), he i ...more
not set
May 05, 2014
Bridge to Terabithia
The story takes place in the south and is centered around a ten-year-old boy named Jess who has four sisters.

For the most part, his sisters hurt his f
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Jul 20, 2013
Chicago Poems
I read this from my Kindle, which was great, but today, Joce and I went to the library to get the real thing. I suspected the format of the poetry was ...more
Feb 19, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
Marshall Field's: The Store That Helped Build Chicago
I enjoyed this a great deal. I always wondered why I cared about Marshall Field's. This book told me why and also stirred up all sorts of nostalgia.

Mar 06, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
David Mamet has a way of getting and keeping my attention, and this play about race and trust is no exception. Once again, he, with very few words, ca ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World
This is a gutsy story of a family of four that takes a year off to travel around the world. Parents David and September carefully planned the trip ove ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
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