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The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
As I was brushing my teeth this morning after finishing this book, this line came into my head:

When I find myself of times of trouble, Pema Chodron ca...more
Nov 2008
Sep 13, 2008
Animal Dreams
In a letter to Codi, Hallie writes, "'What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to...more
May 12, 2006
Jul 23, 2007
The Wayward Bus
I should put this under poetry. I should put all Steinbeck under poetry.

One of the unfortunate victims of teaching (and especially student teaching) a...more
Oct 19, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
Purple Hibiscus
Although this book was overall pretty enjoyable and a quick read, I kept feeling like there was something missing. Some of the characters felt kind of...more
Mar 24, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
The Dog Stars
I wasn't sure at first if I was going to be able to get behind this book--the prose is stylistically very like Cormac McCarthy, and the plot reads a l...more
May 13, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
Mind of My Mind (Patternmaster, #2)
I think I became too invested in the characters of Anyanwu (Emma) and Doro in Wild Seed to fully appreciate this book. Perhaps if I had read this firs...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
OMG I've only just read the introduction and the first couple paragraphs of the first chapter but I'm already in lurv!


This was a gr...more
Dec 09, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
Eleanor & Park
When I wasn't staying up til the middle of the night or waiting til the last possible moment to get ready in the morning reading it, I managed to read...more
May 08, 2013
May 06, 2013
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56
This was pretty much a There Are No Shortcuts Part II...which I certainly welcomed, and Esquith goes into more detail about his unique and exhausting...more
Feb 2008
Jan 13, 2008
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
What a great book! It would nice if every American could read it--it's such a personal and honest look at Iran, Muslim culture, and fundamentalism, an...more
Feb 2008
Jan 30, 2008
A New Literary History of America
This is probably going to take me forever, but it's awesome so far!


Started again 9/1/14.

I'm not going to mark this as "currently reading" because...more
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Jan 24, 2010
Another Green World
While only one chapter actually delved into an exploration of each song (and even then, some were rather brief), I really enjoyed Dayal's approach to...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
The True Meaning of Smekday
Well, that was pretty cute. I listened to it primarily on audio, but made sure to check out Adam Rex's illustrations in the hard copy as I went along....more
May 15, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
The only two reasons I'm giving this book two stars is because a) as an "oral history" I really appreciated listening to it on audio in the way it was...more
Jun 17, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
Everybody Sees the Ants
Lucky Linderman doesn't have a whole lot going for him. His chef father would rather spend time at his fancy restaurant than with his family, his mom...more
Nov 21, 2011
Mar 02, 2012
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
Oh, my hodge-podge of immediate feeling! At first I thought it best to sleep on it, write something tomorrow, as sleep tends to ameliorate just about...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
The Painter
Many thanks to Goodreads' First Reads giveaway for an advanced copy of the new work of fiction by Peter Heller, who is quickly becoming one of my most...more
May 08, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights
When I was a kid, I used to "sneak" into my mom's library and spend hours looking through Faeries, enthralled with the illustrations of the pretty fae...more
May 08, 2014
Feb 26, 2013
What's Welsh for Zen: The Autobiography of John Cale
This was good for the information, but you have to work for it. What the hell was up with the editing? Or the lack of it? It reads like an exact trans...more
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 25, 2012
Ask the Passengers
**spoiler alert** There comes a point in every A. S. King book where you want to scream, "MAKE IT STOP!" Not because it's a terrible book, but because...more
Nov 04, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
Cannery Row
Steinbeck is so tender and hilarious. Reading this put me in a state of euphoria all week. CR was a little more surreal (is this the word I'm looking...more
Apr 02, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
**spoiler alert** I'm still taking a little time to process this book. It was a super quick read--I read it in a day--but it certainly packs a punch....more
May 24, 2008
May 21, 2008
Short Cuts: Selected Stories
This has been sitting on my DVD shelf for a few years now as the Criterion companion to the movie. While I really enjoy the movie, I think I ended up...more
Jan 18, 2009
Nov 23, 2008
The Grapes of Wrath
Oh, the style! Oh, the language! Oh, the Joads!!! Somehow I have gotten through life (which includes an English degree) without reading any Steinbeck,...more
May 08, 2008
May 03, 2008
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town, #2)
Horror, suspense, what have you, has generally not been my thing since I read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in grade school. The scariest thing I'...more
Nov 2009
Feb 03, 2010
The Conference of the Birds
Noted children's book artist and author, Peter Sis, has released his first book for adult audiences with a brilliant adaptation of the epic poem, The...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
This book has completely changed the way I understand and enjoy food. I have such a deeper appreciation for plant and animal life and for what appears...more
Jun 2007
Jul 20, 2007
The Book Thief
I believe I've tried to read this a couple times before and couldn't get into it, but it just so happened that my library had a copy on audio right be...more
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Princeless Book Two: Get Over Yourself
Still pretty great, but the one jarring scene to me was when Adrienne and Bedelia wake up in the morning, Adrienne with frizzy hair and Bedelia with a...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
Good enough while the story was being told, but I admit I starting skimming when it got a bit too far into the discussion of chemistry (c'mon, Lindsay...more
Aug 03, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
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