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Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods Earth Plaster * Straw Bale * Cordwood * Cob * Living Roofs
4.09
I skimmed this book, rather than read it cover to cover, as I have no immediate plans to buy or build a house. Rather, this book gave me some insight ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 01, 2010
 
Spoon River Anthology
4.00
I am not usually a great lover of poetry but I enjoyed reading this. What really interested me were the little puzzle pieces of interconnected lives ( ...more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
 
Weird Texas: Your travel guide to Texas's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
3.84
Enthralling - makes me want to hop in the car and explore the state for the next few months. Well, maybe not the Big Thicket in the dark...
Dec 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
Lucky Jim
3.80
I haven't even made it past the introduction but I am quite sure I will love this book. Take for example, this description of the protagonist's hangov ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
3.30
I love listening to and reading David Sedaris. He's one of the few authors who can actually cause me to guffaw while reading. I was really looking for ...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
 
A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
3.90
Interesting, but I was a little put off by his constant assumption that Americans are so history illiterate. I remember learning a bit of this in high ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
Migraine
3.73
I wish that I had read this book 7-8 years ago when I first started experiencing migraines. I wish that the numerous doctors and specialists I had see ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
 
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
4.11
For years I've attempted bread, only to be bitterly disappointed at the leaden loaves I've produced. This is the first bread recipe which has actually ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
3.91
The first several chapters of this book are thrilling and informative, drawing the reader into the Broad Street cholera outbreak and the work by Dr. S ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
 
The Story of Spanish
3.78
The information in this book is quite interesting but the editing is abysmal. The word "literally" is unnecessarily and inexplicably used throughout t ...more
not set
Sep 02, 2013
 
The US Intelligence Community
3.58
I had to read this for a college course. Basically this is a cut and paste of different sources, with absolutely no flow from paragraph to paragraph o ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
 
Help Wanted: Stories
3.08
I read this looking for short stories to share with my ESL teenagers, especially my boys. I liked most of these stories but noticed a thread running t ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
 
Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist
3.75
Any book of recipes which features cilantro in vast quantities is a winner to me. So far I've only made the aguadito - quite tasty - but I plan to tac ...more
May 30, 2009
May 30, 2009
 
A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century
3.39
I had to read this book for a college class. While the information kept my interest up, the author seemed to have the same problem with this book as w ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
 
The Sound and the Fury
3.85
I'm not even sure if I should list this "as read" because I stopped reading it after the first 45 incomprehensible pages. Why this is considered to be ...more
Jan 2007
Jan 28, 2009
 
East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A.
4.33
A different and intriguing perspective on gangs told in essays, diary, and photography. While I think the authors were a bit too quick to paint societ ...more
Jun 11, 2009
May 20, 2009
 
And Sometimes Why
2.87
Interesting book but there were at least two minor characters who really didn't contribute much to the story; namely, Misty Moon and the videographer/ ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2009
 
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
3.80
Thrilling, informative, and a little bit of a warning to someone like me who enjoys the "sensory" experience of handling different plants when I'm out ...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
 
Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets (Weird Travel Guides)
3.97
I bought this book to add to my in-class ESL library. I was looking for something which would appeal to the boys and I've certainly found it in this b ...more
Aug 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
Waiting
3.47
**spoiler alert** Another excellent novel by Ha Jin. Lin waits nearly 20 years to divorce his wife so that he can marry his co-worker Manna. Once he's ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2009
 
The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
4.11
Ended up skimming through "The Law Matures" and "The Supreme Measure" but all in all, really glad I finally read this book. I forgot that this was par ...more
Oct 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
3.83
My husband got this as part of an AP training class for preview. I read it for the short stories, which I loved, especially since there were several s ...more
Feb 19, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
 
The Silmarillion
3.80
I had a bit of a time slogging through the names, places and events in the first few chapters. Then I started using the Encyclopedia of Arda app as a ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Dec 30, 2012
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.01
I usually don't find humorous books altogether funny - I'll chuckle a little bit, but it really takes a lot for me to laugh. "When You Are Engulfed in ...more
Nov 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
Travels With Myself and Another
3.82
Loved every minute of this book. Reminded me of some of the scrapes I've gotten into over the years in my travels (which are by no means as extensive ...more
Jul 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
In the Pond
3.74
Poor Bin - forever stifled by the two cadre goons at his workplace. His methods of seeking revenge always seem to backfire on him, but little by littl ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
 
Burmese Days
3.81
Read this for my research on Orwell in my British Empire class. Sparked a huge interest in learning more about Orwell and reading as many of his books ...more
Oct 2005
Jan 21, 2009
 
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
3.60
This was an enjoyable read, but I think it would have been better if the events were in early to late sequence and if the author spent more time explo ...more
May 27, 2009
May 24, 2009
 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature
3.49
Interesting overview of some of my favorite authors and many more I'm not familiar with. Seems like all of the post 1950's writers were clinically dep ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 21, 2009
 
The Crazed
3.46
I was disappointed with this book. I have swooned over the previous four books of Ha Jin's that I have read, but this one just didn't do much for me. ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 21, 2009
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