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Snow Falling on Cedars
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
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 Inferno
Ok, I'm officially giving up.
Yes, I agree with my daughter that it's cool how the punishments fit the crime - like for theives, their own actual human...more
Feb 03, 2010
Dec 06, 2009
You Can't Go Home Again
I'd forgotten about this till it came up in the quiz.
My senior year of high school, I had some sort of comp lit class, and we had to do a major paper...more
Jan 1980
Mar 25, 2009
And this, again, gifted from Dad in the 70's at which point I didn't appreciate it at all.

In the 80's, in college, were often around people who thoug...more
Mar 1980
Mar 26, 2009
A Candle in Her Room
I won a copy of this book in 5th grade, in relation to doing some number of book review. I've been haunted by it ever since!
This is one of the spooki...more
Jul 14, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
The Help
'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
Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World
Excellent book. It has the layout of a children's book, but the content is too complete and interesting to validate that pigeonhole. The portraits are...more
Apr 16, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi Script
Love this book! It held my hand as I was just first learning how to write Devanagari script, was very simple and reassuring. The only thing is, for th...more
Feb 2008
Jan 09, 2009
Of Mice and Men
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
The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s
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
I like this quiet, gentle, sweet book; the two main characters are a bit world-weary, having experienced harshnesses in life such that they don't take...more
Apr 10, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
The Hidden Window Mystery (Nancy Drew, #34)
I read a bunch of these as a girl, along with a few Hardy Boys, and even a few.. was it 'Bobbsey twins'? Not sure if I read this one or not, but came...more
Jul 1974
Feb 20, 2009
The Doll People (Doll People, #1)
We really liked this, but were sort of weirded out by it. Plus, an ongoing weird thing would happen where, toys that make music would go on mysterious...more
Sep 2001
Mar 30, 2009
Number the Stars
This was wonderful. I read it when my daughter had it assigned a few years ago, when she was around the age of the protaganist.
It's told from a child...more
Dec 2005
Feb 03, 2009
Elie Wiesel: Bearing Witness (Gateway Biography)
Looks like a pretty good introduction to the Shoah (Holocaust) and the life of Elie Wiesel for a child, of use for a report or something. It covers (i...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
The Third Child: A Novel
This was back on the side of 'didn't like' of hers (I'm about half and half). It was uncomfortable the whole time, with the main struggling pretty muc...more
Oct 2005
Feb 11, 2009
The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems with a Jewish Theme
This book *does* have 'To be of use', and even many more treasures!
This is a collection of works prior and current, collected by theme:
Mishpocheh (Fam...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
Saw this in a bookstore and couldn't resist. I've read part of it, then put it down and have yet to finish. It's like a mirror, only the essence of th...more
Dec 2007
Feb 16, 2009
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
My Dad's Mom was actually cut from cloth very similar to this, except she might not have been quite as much about world domination (she lived in Wisco...more
not set
Mar 13, 2009
Pornography: Men Possessing Women
This review isn't for this book necessarily, but her writings and her positions as of 1983-1984 when she co-taught a women's studies class I was in, h...more
Nov 1983
Feb 11, 2009
Cuckoo's Egg
While it dragged in parts, in fact I remember kind of thinking I'd stop soon, multiple times during it; it always picked up just enough at the last po...more
Oct 19, 1990
Jun 24, 2009
This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor
The murder today of George Tiller, a man who performs late-term abortions, brought this book to mind.
I read it a while back, having come across it wh...more
Oct 16, 2007
May 31, 2009
I enjoyed reading this basically, would agree with others that the end wasn't that great. I really like the detail-level he uses, and the scariness. B...more
Sep 1995
Feb 11, 2009
A Good Indian Wife
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
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
Go, Dog. Go!
My daughter and I loved this book.. coming from the paradigm of: must read book to child Every Night no matter what.. you know, as the years roll on,...more
Mar 1995
Feb 12, 2009
The Beet Queen
First read: 2/7/10
Really enjoyed! Will try and write a more complete review in the days ahead. I actually turned around and started my second time thr...more
Feb 07, 2010
Feb 08, 2010
Heart Songs and Other Stories
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
Fun book to read, if you're as in to details as much as I am (or cars, I suppose, which I'm not at all). Read this years ago when it was sitting aroun...more
Jun 1987
Mar 11, 2009
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