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Big Questions from Little People: And Simple Answers from Great Minds
Kids ages 4-12 ask "great minds" questions. Some of it was only skim-worthy, but some of it was adorable/interesting/heartbreaking.

Favorite questions:
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
So before picking up this book, I read some reviews online that said the book wasn't for "easily offended" Christians, because it's a irreverent retel ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
At 26, I already have some good years of adulting under my belt, but there were still a few things I learned about from this book (e.g. pet insurance, ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
I had pretty high hopes for this book, as it claims to combine two things that I'm really fascinated by: masculinity studies and feminist parenting.

Mar 2012
Aug 07, 2011
Sister Mischief
I'm surprised this got published, and I don't mean that in a this was utter crap way, I mean it in a this tells a story about such a goddamn specific ...more
Sep 22, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Don't worry, I'm not going through "difficult times" right now, but despite this book's title, it had a lot of good insight for not-falling-apart live ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
It's Kind of a Funny Story
A teenage boy is overwhelmed by the pressures of an elite NY high school, and checks himself into a psychiatric hospital after feeling suicidal.

What t
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks
As someone who works at a public library and hears too much of "Oh! That must be such a nice, relaxing job," this was very validating and spot on. A l ...more
Oct 03, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
Reading this book is like getting stuck in a one-sided conversation with the most boring dude at the party. In this particular case, the offender is a ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
Much Loved
Portraits of people's childhood stuffed animals with an accompanying background story. Some of them are amazingly creepy.

I'm kind of sad I don't have
Dec 23, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
Night Film
3.5 stars. I haven't actually watched Twin Peaks but I think this book was sorta like Twin Peaks? Creepy horror-lite investigation of a girl's suicide ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir
Yesterday, we got the first slush of the season in MN and rush hour traffic was really bad, so I just parked in a random neighborhood and read this bo ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Dec 03, 2013
The Summer We Got Free
17 years after a traumatic loss, a family is forced to confront what happened when a strange woman arrives at their door. Covering a range of experien ...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
Boy, Snow, Bird
Loose retelling of Snow White, but in this case it takes place in 1953 America, focused on a black/mixed race family that is passing as white. A white ...more
May 20, 2014
May 21, 2014
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
This takes a look at a fascinating group of people - snake-handling and strychnine-drinking Christians in Appalachia. Some of these people have been b ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
As an aspiring youth services librarian, I have to read this, right? Please don't tell me I just wasted hours of my life. If I were the type of person ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey, #1)
Oh my god, I know it's early, but I want to nominate this as the worst thing I'll read in 2014.

There's a small group of middle school girls at my lib
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
Eleanor & Park
I read this cover to cover today. It left me bruised and in love with the titular characters, and it's one that I think The Fault in Our Stars lovers ...more
May 30, 2013
May 30, 2013
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.5 stars. This was so, so, so much fun. It's like all the fun of the Harry Potter sorting hat + the pacing/action of the Hunger Games.

The idea of fa
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
The Moon and More
3.5 stars. Up until now, I've been sneaking along as a teen services librarian hoping no one will notice that I've never actually read Sarah Dessen (p ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
The Good Lord Bird
4.5 stars. The book Lies My Teacher Told Me talks about how we do kids a disservice when we present the heroes of American history without flaws. Glos ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
A Step from Heaven
I loved this story about a Korean family moving to the US. At first, I was skeptical about it's YA label because a) the story starts when the main cha ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
Walking the Perfect Square (Moe Prager #1)
Last year a friend and I went on a tour of Minneapolis's genre bookstores and asked for a book recommendation at each stop. As a librarian who definit ...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota
As many Native and African American intellectuals have noted, depriving communities of their history is a form of violence. It's crazy to me that unti ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
The Goldfinch
This book weighs in at 771 pages, and most of the time I would say that there's no need for a work of literary fiction to be that long. But The Goldfi ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
The Burgess Boys
I saw Elizabeth Strout give a talk in St Paul about this book and she said she felt more tenderness toward the characters in this book than she did to ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
Meditations for Emotional Healing: Finding Freedom in the Face of Difficulty
A friend recommended Tara Brach to me earlier this summer (thanks, Laura) and her guided meditations and talks have been such a godsend for me. What s ...more
Aug 19, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Humor is subjective, and I felt this was trying way too hard. The only reason I finished skimming this was so I could try to be a half-way decent book ...more
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
Grasshopper Jungle
Main character Austin Sczerba is in love with his girlfriend and his best dude friend, and is wondering if that makes him gay or bisexual or whatever. ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
The Price of Salt
This lesbian classic is said to have inspired Nabokov's Lolita, and we have a movie based on the book to look forward to next year. It was published i ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
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