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Snow Falling on Cedars
3.75
Really enjoyed this, was just perfect for me at the moment! I tend to like writing with lots of detail, more often than not, and this had that in a wa ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Sep 04, 2009
 
Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single
3.11
This book was like becoming able to scratch that one spot on your back that was always out of reach - very satisfying despite the relatively inappropr ...more
May 09, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
The Help
4.44
'The Help' is one of those gently brutal books that makes it possible to sit still for the telling of a terrible reality. It is about women in the Sou ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
 
Vida
3.76
Read this long long ago, the tension and seriousness in it was more than even I liked. .. Curious now again though.

And though, thinking back, I think
...more
Jul 1986
Jan 17, 2009
 
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
4.40
I have just been having my daughter and I watch the tv mini-series based on this book; both because of Obama's historic inauguration coming up, and be ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2009
 
The Confessions of Nat Turner
3.94
I'd come across references to this in the past, and never knew what was being talked about, and didn't learn myself. So finally now, thanks to the CCL ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2009
 
The Longings of Women
3.79
Just came upon this and it drew me in for a re-read.. with a vague reminiscence..

Then, 20 pages in, it's clear: This is the one! This is the book with
...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
 
The Kindly Ones
3.99
Looks like a pretty awful experience (reading this book). Plus, the whole idea that his sister not allowing their incestuous relationship to continue ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2009
 
Heart Songs and Other Stories
3.88
Proulx is again riveting and brutal. This collection of stories includes some of the human species most terrible realities, including incest and insan ...more
May 14, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
 
The Septembers of Shiraz
3.76
Wow, highly recommend this.

Great works resemble diamonds (one of the main characters is a jeweler) - when opened, they sparkle with intact brilliance
...more
Jun 26, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
3.73
This book appealed to me from my parent's bookshelves from a young age - younger than 10 for sure. I tried multiple times to read it, but didn't actua ...more
Jul 1980
Jan 10, 2009
 
Sacred Games
3.92
Seems like potentially the perfect antidote to my current conundrum of hard-to-read Great Literature ala my daughter's class, and tedious Mom-sourced ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Jan 17, 2009
 
Angels in America:  A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
4.29
Ok, I didn't *read* this, but plays are meant to be seen, not read. And I saw it - well, not the play, but the uber-excellent film made my Mike Nichol ...more
May 29, 2009
May 31, 2009
 
Bee Season
3.51
Seems like a flavor-fit for transit rides next week..
I like the crazy-family parts, the incipient intelligence coming to fore, the inner-Jewish-temple
...more
Jun 05, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
 
Accordion Crimes
3.55
Who I would recommend this to:
--- Anyone joining the US, or thinking about it (for historical context);
--- Anyone for whom 'America' is on a pedesta
...more
Jun 21, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
 
Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers
3.89
This collection of short stories is massive and fascinating; succeeding in its goal (in my opinion) of presenting life at the edge of multiple culture ...more
Apr 18, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.23
An excellent story, love that quiet intensity. Atticus taking on this chore of defending a black man on charges of raping a white women, in the South, ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
Housekeeping
3.83
Still feel like I did on reading about Gilead: I want to read more/all of Proulx first of all, then we'll see.

I just enjoy and am challenged by Proul
...more
not set
Apr 30, 2009
 
Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel
3.11
Signed copy or no, this doesn't work for me at all. I died again, and I just hadn't signed on for a book written in 2nd person where I either die or k ...more
May 17, 2009
May 10, 2009
 
The Jungle
3.69
Read in high school and was really affected by it. Has been the epitome of 'social consciousness novel' in my mind, and that which I aspire to (dreami ...more
not set
Apr 17, 2009
 
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
3.78
Oh, he wrote this, too.. I'd forgotten that. I can't remember if I read this, but I certainly saw the film or became totally aware of it around that l ...more
not set
Mar 14, 2009
 
Brokeback Mountain
3.92
Aha! Just from the first few pages, it's not 100% as bleak at the end as the movie. Excellent..

After Brokeback, I'm going to hopefully read the rest a
...more
Apr 28, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
Cracking India
3.81
Almost was thinking to read this now, because I just watched Aamir Khan in 'Earth' again today, an excellent telling of these events. But.. the tone d ...more
not set
Sep 27, 2009
 
Gone to Soldiers
4.25
Must read this again! After 'To Kill a Mockingbird', and being hemmed in to the one character's point-of-view, I've been very much missing a multi-pov ...more
Nov 1985
Jan 09, 2009
 
German for Travelers: A Novel in 95 Lessons
3.38
Minneapolis writer! Looks fascinating, might have to send a copy to our relatives in Germany after reading also!
'Boutique' printing - only 5000 copies
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not set
May 03, 2009
 
The House on Mango Street
3.50
Read this in college I think, as part of a women-of-color literature class perhaps. And also another book from the Hispanic community, that I hope to ...more
May 1985
Mar 14, 2009
 
Beyond the Cayenne Wall: Collection of Short Stories
3.31
Shaila has a new book releasing, and is doing a book give-away for that.
In the meantime, this looks really interesting! Not at MPL though, drat. Or t
...more
not set
Apr 23, 2009
 
A Piece of Cake
4.12
She was on Oprah etc.. I think I've heard of her. One of those I might try and read sometime, as I'm sure her name will be shorthand for overcoming-ob ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2009
 
The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future - and What It Will Take to Win It Back
3.68
Can't wait to read this, sounds like it will have actual data and info to understand explicitly and consciously what I have felt to be true at a gut l ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2009
 
Bitter Sweet
4.03
Door County - big place in my life! The book sounds somewhat appealing, not the adultery/divorce part, which is kind of a big piece, but still..
not set
Jun 23, 2009
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