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The Hudson: A History
3.46
Very interesting book but as it tells the history of the Hudson through illustrative episodes, much is left out and anyone familiar with the river wil ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Design of Everyday Things
4.15
This is a great book.

Ever push on a door that said "pull"? It isn't you. It's the design. If a door needs a sign to tell you how to use it, it is a po
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not set
Feb 23, 2009
 
The Toss of a Lemon
3.76
A well written and fascinating look at the life of an Indian woman from the 1890s to Independence.

A life I couldn't imagine living heartrendingly chr
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Sep 2009
Feb 22, 2011
 
The Dante Club
3.37
Very enjoyable read but there are a few of those off details that drive me nuts.

As a mystery it falls down a bit at the end, structurally but a good f
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not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Road
3.94
I am very conflicted by this book. It was a wonderful read but the author never addresses how people could even be alive in a world without plants.
He
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Jan 2008
Feb 22, 2009
 
London
4.04
This is NOT a novel. It is a sequence of sketches that is ultimately unsatisfying.

The author could have done a bit more to bring all the elements he d
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not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Sophie's Choice
4.18
There were a few points in the book where the author's mechanisms showed through. That and the "tomorrow is another day"-esque ending cooled me on the ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Back to Basics
4.36
I love this book. It was given as a gift by a Manhattanite friend when we moved "up country"

More of a project or reference book, it covers everything
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Jan 1987
Feb 23, 2009
 
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
4.34
Even though this is a series of short explorations on mindfulness and anger, I found this perfect bedtime reading at a time when I thought I was facin ...more
Sep 1992
Apr 10, 2009
 
NNNNN: A Novel
2.98
Thoroughly enjoyable. A bit on the silly side as one would expect from the author.

This book would be the perfect airplane read in that it is engaging
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Jun 15, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
 
Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe
3.77
For the most part this book was a pleasant reminder of all the Mediaeval history and literature courses I took as an undergrad. Not much new, no great ...more
May 13, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
3.92
Very disappointed in this book. What a great premise but the execution really fell flat for me. So many existential issues were bumped up against but ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Atonement
3.85
Great story but the incident that set off the action could have been better handled. Have a hard time believing that the O so smart medical school can ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Horse Whisperer
3.72
This book drove me nuts. Wonderfully written but in the end the basic premise is that if you are emotionally constipated adultery is okay
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
4.12
One of the best collections of essays I've read. It changed and deepened my understanding of the experience of reading fiction.
Jan 2000
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.27
I got fifty pages in and just couldn't stand the stultifying prose, obvious plot mechanics and complete lack of atmosphere.
not set
Mar 05, 2011
 
Till We Have Faces
4.17
the myth of Cupid and Psyche reworked into a wonderful Christian allegory on the redemptive power of love.

not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.04
disappointing finale.

The book reads as if the publishers told Pullman he had to cut it down by three hundred pages
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.00
I think you need to know a lot more about South American history than I do to really appreciate thia book.
Jan 2007
Feb 22, 2009
 
Jitterbug Perfume
4.22
Amazingly, I am new to Robbins but I am finding his books incredibly fun and thought provoking at the same time.
Feb 2011
Feb 22, 2011
 
Gentlemen of the Road
3.40
Nicely written. It is a lot of fun but seems to break down a bit at the end.
Enjoyed it but not a keeper
not set
Feb 24, 2009
 
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
3.83
READ THIS BOOK

An amazing account of the author's stoke that will have you saying, "Oh, so that's why that happens" over and over again.

A careful blend
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Jun 28, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
 
People of the Book
3.98
Fascinating fictional history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish prayer book that survived over five hundred years of being in the wrong place at the ...more
Apr 2010
Jan 09, 2010
 
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
3.71
Tremendous fun.
Jan 2011
Feb 22, 2011
 
The Queen's Man (Justin de Quincy, #1)
3.86
Without a doubt one of the worst books I have ever read.

The writing is adequate.

BUT

If you know even the slightest bit about Medieval History stay far
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not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Far Pavilions
4.19
I read this when I was rather young but I recall really loving it at the time. It may have been my first truly epic romance novel but I can still conj ...more
Jan 1977
Feb 22, 2009
 
Prodigal Summer
3.96
As much as I love Barbara Kingsolver and agree with much of her world view, the preachiness of Prodigal Summer really distracted from an otherwise exc ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
In The Blink Of An Eye (Lily Dale #5)
3.97
Though not a fan of mystery or suspense novels, Corsi Staub tells a great story and once I started it, I was dragged, almost unwilling, through to the ...more
Jan 2003
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
3.91
If I were ever to write a novel, this is the book I would want to write.
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Kite Runner
4.22
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not set
Feb 22, 2009
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