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173
The Chosen One
3.86
I am deeply offended by this book, and frankly a little horrified by how well-received it is. The author claims to have done a lot of research, but al ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Aug 19, 2010
 
220
The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
3.85
There are some pretty major flaws in the experiments he lists as "proof" of his points.


-Deciding whether a person has a "good" or "bad" sense of humor
...more
Jun 09, 2012
Dec 24, 2010
 
197
Captives of Time
3.61
So excited to be reading this one again! After more than doubling my age since the last read...

Thanks so much to Gaeta1 from "What's the Name of that
...more
Nov 13, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
 
132
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
4.04
Because of the title, I kept waiting for the mother to die. I still can't understand why she didn't die with a title like this one. So not-a-spoiler: ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Apr 03, 2009
 
124
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.07
Throughout, I was haunted by a niggling question:

Why does no one in this book eat only ONE sandwich?

In the long catalog of herring and kefir, multipl
...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
113
If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
3.00
I don't really know how to rate this book. The subject matter is beyond awful, but kudos to the ghostwriter who worked it into an engaging narrative w ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
 
19
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.96
A highly acerbic view of Mormonism, and religion in general, but well-researched and thought-provoking. And a little scary.

I've read it twice now.
not set
Feb 08, 2009
 
119
Don't Know Much about History: Everything You Need to Know about American History But Never Learned
3.83
A very nice overview that does a good job of showing American history as it relates to world history, not in isolated, boring blocks that I was taught ...more
Dec 19, 2010
Nov 21, 2009
 
25
Atonement
3.84
I was really quite disappointed in this one. The movie was completely spellbinding, and I've loved some of McEwan's other work, so I had high expectat ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Feb 08, 2009
 
125
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness
3.94
The high rating is particularly notable, because Amen started out by really rubbing me the wrong way. Listing all his various prestigious this-and-tha ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
 
18
The 19th Wife
3.62
Very interesting premise, with two mysteries woven together across a century. But the contemporary one seemed a bit thin, and a bit heavy-handed with ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2009
 
13
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.23
I would probably give this a four, except I don't think it really deserves all the love it gets. It shows a culture I am familiar with, and the writin ...more
not set
Feb 07, 2009
 
62
Still Me: With a New Afterword for this Edition
4.06
I listened to the abridged version read by Reeve himself. Learned a lot about what it feels like to suddenly be quadriplegic, and suffer such a loss. ...more
not set
Feb 20, 2009
 
41
Good Night, Mr. Tom
4.25
I read this because of the Masterpiece Theater version of this book, which is also excellent. Superb work.
not set
Feb 16, 2009
 
30
The Little Prince
4.23
I read this as a child and, looking back, I doubt I really got it.

ETA: Listened to an audio version of this, and I realize why it's so hard to find an
...more
Jun 02, 2010
Feb 13, 2009
 
70
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.11
Wonderful story about Native American life. I literally laughed and cried.

Read the book in one day.
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
 
12
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.73
While I found the plot compelling and the book hard to put down, I simply cannot bring myself to say I liked it. Anyone who knows anything about medie ...more
not set
Feb 07, 2009
 
139
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
4.19
So heavily slanted in favor of Native Americans as to be somewhat propagandistic. Also, there are many, many people introduced (all with unfamiliar-so ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Dec 11, 2010
 
161
Different Seasons
4.31
Loved Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil.

The Body dragged for me-- flashbacks, and random stories muddied the flow, and Breathing Method seemed like a
...more
Sep 06, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
 
105
Daughter of the Saints: Growing Up in Polygamy
3.67
This book was originally published under the title "Predators, Prey and Other Kinfolk." The change in title seems odd to me.

It is a sometimes sentimen
...more
not set
Mar 23, 2009
 
114
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
3.96
I found this rather difficult to get through. I reads more like poetry than like a cohesive story. It is interesting to me that something that was not ...more
Aug 13, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
 
2
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
4.18
A very good book, but I have to wonder if listening to intuition would be hampered if one were NOT born and raised in America.
Also, I was a little uni
...more
Jul 20, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
 
149
A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
4.17
I feel smarter.

Four stars for style, but 5 for the sheer breadth and scope of this project. Textbook-quality research, presented in a way that is actu
...more
Nov 14, 2012
Jul 31, 2011
 
227
Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships
3.92
I wish there had been some real-life examples, instead of a long, drawn-out parable...

I can think of many real-life situations where this kind of mana
...more
Feb 2013
Mar 23, 2012
 
68
People of the Book
3.97
Very clever story-telling device: using a single historical artifact to trace the life stories of those who preserved it, and of the Jewish people as ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Feb 22, 2009
 
122
The Help
4.44
Excellent.

Unique subject matter. Well-researched time period. Clear narrative voices. Beautiful writing. Inspiring.
Mar 30, 2011
Apr 16, 2010
 
11
No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith
4.04
The definitive work on Joseph Smith's history. Informative, but I found the style difficult to get into.
not set
Feb 07, 2009
 
146
You're Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead
3.77
One of those impulse-borrows from the local library...
Oct 24, 2010
Jul 26, 2010
 
49
One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church
4.14
A bit vitriolic, but the quotes here are excellent.
Oct 2008
Feb 19, 2009
 
67
Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
3.79
Re-read Sept. 2010.
not set
Feb 22, 2009
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