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Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture
I will never shop again.

I am thrifty. I hate to spend money. Though I have tried not to become dependent on big box stores, I do go to Target and Whol
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Aug 02, 2009
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
I think Danielle Steele might have written parts of this; she must have at least been responsible for the overwrought plot and the ridiculous, unneces ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Jan 21, 2008
Wizard's Hall
After learning that this book preceded Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and that its author, Jane Yolen, feels that Rowling stole all of her i ...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
LIke many who have reviewed this book, I felt obnoxious the whole time I was reading it. It took me longer to read it, too, because I wouldn't read it ...more
Mar 04, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
A People's History of the United States
This is a history book intended to tell the stories that don't get told. It isn't centered around typical heroes or presidents or nationalistic jingoi ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Jan 24, 2008
The Accidental Hero (Jack Blank Adventure, #1)
I bought this for my kid while we were on a road trip; we stopped in Oxford, MS and while my husband tromped in the footsteps of Faulkner, my kid and ...more
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Aug 26, 2011
The Book Thief
I really don't know what post modern means. If something is described as post-modern, I figure the person describing it didn't really understand it an ...more
Feb 04, 2008
Oct 13, 2007
Whales on Stilts: M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales (Pals in Peril, #1)
I picked this up for my kid at the library, flipped through it real quick to scan for possible emotional potholes and decided that it was so ironic an ...more
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Aug 26, 2011
The History of White People
When my kid was three, he came home from preschool and rattled on prosaically about a new friend who had just started school. Then he got poetic; his ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Mar 28, 2010
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (Molly Moon, #1)
As another Goodreads reviewer wrote, "I despise reading about bullies. And if I do have to read about them, there better be a good payoff in the end." ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1)
This book uses its prose as carefully as an out-of-work showgirl uses her last good pair of stockings, though sometimes it seems that armies of sluggi ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Eat, Pray, Love
I did not want to like this book.

I even waited until I had an e-reader so that I could surreptitiously peruse its pages without anyone seeing the sill
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Aug 15, 2012
The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
A rant. Pure and simple. But a rant with which I, mostly, agree.

Kunstler demonizes our history of development in America in a very readable, if sarcas
Feb 15, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey and His Dream of Mother Africa
Growing up in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey is a familiar figure to me, as he is featured on the half-dollar bill and the fifty cent piece. But since you lea ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
Vicksburg, 1863
My family and I took a road trip that included many of the battlefields of Grant's move south in 1862 and 1863, culminating in the siege of Vicksburg; ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
Because I don't buy books these days, I am still "currently-reading"this thing, as the library recalled it before I could finish it. However, I have i ...more
Jun 27, 2008
Jan 28, 2008
Berlin 1961
I'll open this review with an admission of my ignorance. I had no idea Berlin was located so deep in East Germany. In my head, my whole life, Berlin s ...more
Aug 30, 2013
Jun 21, 2011
The Red Tent
I struggled with this book; maybe it was the biblical characters forced into expansion against their will. Maybe it was that the story dealt with one ...more
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Aug 14, 2007
A Wreath for Rivera (Roderick Alleyn, #15)
Another lovely Marsh cozy. Though this mystery was very far-fetched and didn't have a satisfying closure, I am in love with the way this woman writes. ...more
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Oct 16, 2009
The Book of Dahlia
A very readable rant from the perspective of a messed-up JAP in her late twenties with terminal cancer.

Summed up beautifully in an aside aimed at the
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Apr 13, 2008
Death and the Dancing Footman (Roderick Alleyn, #11)
Ah, Ngaio Marsh. What is it about you that I don't really care about whodunit?

I figured this one out. Easily. The mystery was thin and rather transpar
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
The Journal of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier: Virginia, 1863 (My Name is America)
This account of an "unlucky" underage boy who lied his way into the Union army in order to get "boots and a hot supper" is a gripping story, told thro ...more
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Apr 25, 2010
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Dystopian future stories intrigue the heck out of me. Even dystopian present stories intrigue me; stories about how the world would be if we gave in t ...more
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Jun 30, 2014
The One and Only Ivan
My kid's 5th grade English teacher sent him home with this. He read it in about 30 minutes. It took me slightly longer. ;)

Somewhat in the vein of "Lov
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Mar 08, 2015
Eleanor & Park
I will use three emails my husband wrote to Rainbow while he was reading the book as my review:


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Mar 17, 2013
The Tale of Despereaux
Gave this a quick read to see if my kid was ready for it. He's not. I wasn't either.

There's that part of fairy tale, where the bad has to be so bad th
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Apr 15, 2009
King of the Middle March (Arthur Trilogy, #3)
Author Cornelia Funke writes in a blurb on the back cover of this book, "The Arthur of this trilogy moves softly into one's heart." And that's just wh ...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 12, 2010
A Little Folly
I spent the first several chapters of this book thinking "What's the point of reading this when I could be reading Jane Austen?"

Then something clicked
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Jun 16, 2013
Kenny and the Dragon
I loved this book. From the first sentences, I knew it would be the kind of prose that makes me all giddy;

"Many years ago ... Hold on, I know what yo
Jun 12, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
Forge (Seeds of America, #2)
Laurie Halse Anderson came to our local children's bookstore and I went to hear her speak. She was an unassuming personage, more like a gal you'd run ...more
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Mar 06, 2011
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