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Snow Falling on Cedars
3.74
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 Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s
4.18
My daughter will be assigned readings from this in her history class this year. Sounds fascinating! Oddly (or not so), the teacher mentioned the kids...more
Nov 22, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
 
Of Mice and Men
3.79
A fascinating thing about this which I hadn't been aware of from my previous exposure to it is that is was one of Steinbecks's format/genre experiment...more
Mar 08, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
 
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
3.82
My Mom mentioned this book in relation to some local non-profits she is very involved with, so have been planning to read it.
I understand where the c...more
not set
Mar 05, 2009
 
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
4.42
This book made a big impression on me when I was assigned it, during my Women's Studies period. The central idea - that people in the majority culture...more
Jan 10, 1985
Jan 31, 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
 
A Good Indian Wife
3.56
Really fun to read, the situation as described being so unbelievable (control freak-guy tricked into marriage in his village in India, totally against...more
Dec 02, 2009
Dec 01, 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
 
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
3.71
Sounds unfun (Victorian, English), yet somewhat good (female protaganist, good writing, critical of Victorian social structures). So, we'll see..

And i...more
not set
Mar 17, 2009
 
China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World
3.38
I bought and skimmed/read this book during the Olympic boycott conversation, and one thing I found interesting is that the term 'Human Rights' is not...more
Mar 2008
Jan 11, 2009
 
Heart Songs and Other Stories
3.87
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
 
Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game
3.75
Kim was one of those really really hard books I tried to read as a teenager, and unlike 'Zen and the Art of MM', I never succeeded. It was simply too...more
not set
Sep 13, 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
 
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism
4.01
from Wikipedia:

Andrew J. Bacevich, Sr. (born 1947 in Normal, Illinois) is a professor of international relations at Boston University, former director...more
not set
Mar 16, 2009
 
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day  and How They Feel About What They Do
4.23
I'd heard about this forever, feels like something I'd really like to read now. Partly if I get the job involving unions; in any case because the coun...more
not set
Mar 19, 2009
 
The Granta Book of India
3.92
Blood - Urvashi Butalia (1997): India & Pak, a family torn by the Partition; very moving.

My Father's Raj - Mark Tully (1997); on the English psych...more
Mar 26, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
 
Q & A
3.97
My edition is different - it has the cover based on shots from the film, and is titled 'slumdog millionaire', but it's not the shooting script, it sho...more
not set
Jan 10, 2009
 
The Great Divide: Britain, India, Pakistan
3.86
Hodson was born in Edmonton, London.[1:] He was later a member of the Economic Advisory Council and Editor of The Round Table from 1934-1939. He was D...more
not set
Feb 25, 2009
 
Swann's Way (Remembrance of Things Past, #1)
4.13
This.. this ... --- This is the guy that Frank was all hung up on in 'Little Miss Sunshine'!! I'd been vaguely (or less than that) (hardly at all, rea...more
not set
Mar 19, 2009
 
How to Cook a Wolf
4.22
Wow, looks cool. I was just talking to my Mom about how we've lost the wisdom of the generation before her, who lived through the other depression. Li...more
not set
Apr 15, 2009
 
Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace
3.97
Having seen multiple films lately about the WTO Seattle event, and remembering the 00 election - so affected by Nader - and then of course living thro...more
not set
Sep 13, 2009
 
The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
3.75
His masterpiece, The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian (ISBN 0-201-15576-1), published in 1951, put him on the short list of great Indian English wri...more
not set
Jan 17, 2009
 
Nellie Stone Johnson : The Life of an Activist
4.00
A Minnesotan of the highest calibre, here long before my parents moved in during the late 50's-early 60's.
From Publishers Weekly
Nellie Stone Johnson i...more
not set
Jan 17, 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
 
Accordion Crimes
3.54
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
 
The Gathering
2.97
Must read right away!! And the rest of hers! And the other Irish Book Awards winners!! Now!

My definition of Irish (in place of anything to do with Cat...more
Jul 14, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
 
Michelle: A Biography
3.44
Looks like from Amazon reviews that this book is relatively terrible.. couldn't tell from looking at it in the bookstore. Drat! Well, I'll look at thr...more
Jul 08, 2009
Jul 03, 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
 
Angels in America:  A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
4.30
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
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