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Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)
When I heard of the new genre “New Adult” I thought it was a great idea. Readers who enjoy YA in high school would like novels with protagonists their ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
The Haight-Ashbury: A History
I love this book. Perry gives detailed, factual information and insightful commentary. My high school students giggle at the mention of the word "hipp ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Life After Life
This stunning novel, brimming with eloquent yet quiet epiphanies, explores the meaning of a life lived and the anticipation of death, ambitious themes ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
Would I Lie to You (Gossip Girl, #10)
Uses the f-word in every part of speech. No, just five of them. I don't think you can use it as a preposition or conjunction. Cardboard characters tha ...more
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Feb 08, 2009
The Turn of the Screw
This novella is either a Victorian ghost story or a tale of psychological terror in which the apparitions appear only in the narrator’s mind. The narr ...more
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Sep 17, 2014
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

This fictional account of Zelda Fitzgerald reminds me of Wicked in which the one who’s blamed for causing all the trouble gets to tell her side of the
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May 11, 2014
Life of Pi
On page 156 and still suffering through. I do not enjoy reading about hyenas eating zebras while they are still alive, nor hyenas eating orangutans, n ...more
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Dec 01, 2012
Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
I knew this was a satirical soap opera-type serial before I read it, but I expected the characters to have some depth and development. I find it hard ...more
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Sep 17, 2014
The Best of Everything
I chose to read this novel because my Book-a-Day calendar suggested it and I’m researching the fifties for the novel I’m writing. This book reads like ...more
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Mar 26, 2013
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
“It was too late to pretend he hadn’t seen her.” This stunning novel opens with Nate running into Juliet, with whom he has had a shared history involv ...more
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Oct 10, 2014
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
At the beginning of the novel, fall 1996, we meet our protagonist Rosemary, a twenty-two-year-old undergrad at UC Davis, who is arrested for participa ...more
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Oct 29, 2014
The Life of Charlotte Brontë
I wanted to read a novel by "Mrs." Gaskell and couldn't decide which one, so of the twenty volumes by that author that I loaded on my Kindle, I chose ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation
When I noticed the author was Tom Smart, I thought he was Elizabeth’s father, and assumed that this book would be a maudlin as-told-to account of a la ...more
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Mar 11, 2012
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
I'm teaching this book, for a second time now, appreciating it more this year. The idea of the inhabitants of planet Gethen morphing into either male ...more
May 22, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
I am an avid Theroux fan so it was so no surprise that I was thrilled by this book. In it, Theroux takes pretty much the same treck he did in his 1978 ...more
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May 17, 2012
Listen to the Warm
Oh my God, I couldn't find a single poem, barely a turn of phrase that speaks to me in this book, and yet it was third on the bestseller list of 1968, ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
This one was better than the second because it advanced to the actual revolution. Much of it was unnecessary rehashing of the previous action, I guess ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
This novel has everything we've come to expect from Dan Brown: great scenery--this time Washington, D. C.--intriguing facts--this time about the Mason ...more
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Jan 07, 2010
Earth Abides
I'm going to honor this classic with four stars, but I had a hard time getting into it, and I certainly have a lot to debate with Stewart. I do not be ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, #1)
I loved the Tarzan movies as a kid, although I had no idea why white guys with rifles were herding African natives through the jungle, not knowing a t ...more
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Dec 24, 2013
Hippie Chick
It was disappointing to me that this novel has nothing to do with hippies, but I read it anyway. It should have been titled "Manatee Girl," "Riding th ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
Going Bovine
There's no doubt Libba Bray is a savvy, witty, descriptive writer, and I especially enjoyed her lampooning standardized testing, but the only book I'v ...more
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Jul 23, 2010
Fifteen  (First Love, #1)
Published in 1956, this must be one of the first young adult novels ever written. There’s not much to it: generic girl teen Jane wants more than anyth ...more
Mar 29, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
Lady Chatterley's Lover
I enjoyed rereading this classic. I can see now why feminists take Lawrence to task, but I feel sympathetic toward the author. Yes, he got women's sex ...more
Jan 07, 2010
Dec 20, 2009
No Talking
A group of fifth grade boys and girls challenge each other to a two-day no talking match. The kids don’t talk, the teachers and parents catch on, and ...more
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Apr 15, 2014
Main Street
I loved this novel, set during WWI, about a newly-wed young woman who moves to a midwestern hick town to be with her country-doctor husband. She lives ...more
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Dec 01, 2012
On Chesil Beach
As a huge McEwan fan, I have to say this is not my favorite. This telling of a wedding night of two virgins is simply too stagnant, the whole novel es ...more
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Jan 07, 2010
Protagonist Katy is considered "Beige" because she is so prim and proper compared to her punk rocker father who goes by the name Rat and lives like on ...more
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Apr 19, 2009
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith
The author claims this was a labor of love to write, and I absolutely believe it. It was a joy to read. It is beautifully designed so that the Victori ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
The First Four Years  (Little House, #9)
This manuscript was found in Wilder’s papers after her death, and it’s clearly a sketchy rough draft. It makes me realize how much work went into the ...more
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Mar 26, 2013
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