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The Inferno
3.98
it was ok
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
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Feb 03, 2010
Dec 06, 2009
 
You Can't Go Home Again
4.05
really liked it
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
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Jan 1980
Mar 25, 2009
 
Amphigorey (Amphigorey, #1)
4.08
it was ok
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
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Mar 1980
Mar 26, 2009
 
Snow Falling on Cedars
3.80
it was amazing
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
 
A Candle in Her Room
4.39
it was amazing
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
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Jul 14, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
 
Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single
3.12
it was amazing
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
 
Pornography: Men Possessing Women
3.70
it was ok
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
 
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
3.94
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
 
The Doll People (Doll People, #1)
4.01
really liked it
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
 
Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi Script
4.12
it was amazing
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
 
The Longings of Women
3.79
it was amazing
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
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Jun 30, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
 
Blessings
3.56
it was amazing
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 Help
4.45
it was amazing
'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
3.99
really liked it
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
 
Up the Down Staircase
3.93
liked it
Read this years ago, due to its being around the house as I was growing up. Thought it was hysterically funny, and made up absurdism; since to my youn ...more
Feb 1974
Apr 20, 2009
 
How to Write
4.07
it was amazing
'The Picasso of Words'

I just love this book, with all its masterful whimsy, it's hilarity piled toplingly high. It counteracts all that is wrong with
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Aug 1988
Jan 10, 2009
 
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
3.79
really liked it
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
 
A Breath of Fresh Air
3.82
it was amazing
I didn't like this one quite as much as 'Serving Crazy with Curry', that one really gripped me. But this one was good, I guess the tone was just a bit ...more
Nov 2008
Jan 09, 2009
 
Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers
3.85
really liked it
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
 
The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s
4.15
it was amazing
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
3.84
it was amazing
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
 
Women, Heroes and a Frog
3.64
really liked it
This is a book of great photographs paired to quotes. Printed in 1970, it is clearly constructed from the mindset of 'men do, women are seen & fel ...more
Jun 1971
Jan 17, 2009
 
Woman on the Edge of Time
3.95
it was amazing
After fresh re-read, August 2010:
I am very glad to have finally re-read this! It was fascinating for itself, and then also for comparing it now to my
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Aug 14, 2010
Jan 09, 2009
 
The Hidden Window Mystery (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #34)
3.98
it was ok
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
 
Go, Dog. Go!
4.08
it was amazing
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
 
A Matter Of Time
3.71
really liked it
Really liked this.. Even though it was very dense reading, with each paragraph almost having multiple references to other characters or other events t ...more
Apr 2008
Jan 10, 2009
 
My Darling, My Hamburger
3.63
liked it
Read this way back when.. didn't remember is at dealing with sex and an abortion even; when I think back, I remember that they're bored and unhappy a ...more
Apr 1978
Mar 14, 2009
 
Number the Stars
4.11
really liked it
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
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Dec 2005
Feb 03, 2009
 
Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary
4.46
it was amazing
The excitement was palpable when the synagogue (Conservative Judaism) I belonged to at the time received the brand new copies of this. I adore my own ...more
Sep 2001
Jan 17, 2009
 
The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems with a Jewish Theme
4.28
it was amazing
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
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Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
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