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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death
4.14
Here is what I think: you should go out right now and pick up a copy of this book.

Go on, I'll wait.

The library, the bookstore, download it from Barnes
...more
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 13, 2013
 
Visitation Street
3.44
At the beginning of this book, I was kind of like, is this a book about nothing? There's this neighborhood, see, a part of NYC, you know, and there's ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
 
The Me I Want to Be
4.08
Forgive the cheeseball-title, and this is a wonderful book. I read this book over a couple of weeks, just a chapter or two a night, and it gave me som ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
 
Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook-5th Edition
3.97
Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook doesn't have a fancy name, but it doesn't really need it. For years, Clark's books have provided sound nutrit ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
 
Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life
3.84
I really wanted to like this book. I was looking forward to reading a story by an Iranian American woman, who, after surviving a life-threatening illn ...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
 
The Things That Matter
3.82
Oh Nate Berkus you confound me. I would love to sit next to you on a long flight across the country and pick your brain. If you came to my house, you ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
 
Nest
4.01
This book was painful. Not like a sharp pain, or a gory, violent pain -- it's a brooding, twisting, pit-in-your-stomach, frightening kind of pain. In ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
 
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
4.20
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere is the first fictional book centered on the events of Hurricane Katrina and geared toward middle grades that I ha ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
 
Fallout
3.68
Every once in a while, there will be a day when I literally do not leave the house -- not for the mail, not for a walk, not for anything at all. By th ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
 
Better Nate Than Ever
4.00
This book. Where do I start?

First, with the good. Federle is a good writer, and the story moves at a good pace. I don't remember ever reading a book a
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Jun 10, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
 
The Missing Pieces of Me
3.72
When a story starts out with the young narrator, 10-year old Weezie, stating that her mother says she is a bad girl, it seems like the rest of the boo ...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
 
Stick Dog
3.86
If you couldn't guess from the cover or the title, Stick Dog is a story about a dog drawn in the same style as a stick person. Its description on Amaz ...more
May 25, 2014
May 25, 2014
 
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
3.94
Loved it. Amazing. Incredible. Entertaining. Fun. (And so on...)

My daughter brought this book home, and as she kept talking about it, I could not quit
...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
 
I Do Not Come to You by Chance
3.72
Once I finished this book, I kind of wondered what other readers thought. I read through some of the other reviews here, some of which were super funn ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
 
An Otis Christmas
4.10
I like to have a few Christmas books in our library -- okay, a LOT -- and every year we add some more. This is one we added this year.

I read it to my
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Dec 06, 2013
Dec 06, 2013
 
The Boy on the Porch
3.85
**spoiler alert** I have been meaning to read this book for a long time, and so finally, I borrowed it from the library. It was not what I was expecti ...more
Jun 06, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
 
Dangerous Deception
3.54
In 1972, the American Broadcasting Company coined the phrase “after school special” when it started showing made-for-TV movies featuring kids and teen ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 31, 2014
 
The Dust-Covered Days of Dorie Archer
3.45
A swing... and a miss.

Let's start with the swing. It was admirable. This is the first book I have read for middle-grade readers about the Dirty Thirti
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May 2014
Apr 30, 2014
 
The Truth of Me
3.80
Meh. Granted, as a 38-year old woman, I know I am not part of the target audience for this book, but based on the author's previous works (like Sarah, ...more
May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
Jake and Lily
3.97
Disclaimer: This is not a book intended for a middle-aged mom, but rather for an 8- to 12-year old kid. Because I fall into the former category, while ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
 
Zebra Forest
3.78
What strange subject matter for a middle-grades book! 11-year old Annie and her younger brother, Rew, have been cared for by their unconventional gran ...more
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
Words with Wings
4.09
Confession: I don't care for poetry. Sorry! I mean, I like children's books written in verse, but that's not really "poetry". As a kid, I enjoyed Shel ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
 
The Great Hamster Massacre
3.42
This book had a lot of promise: my 7 year old daughter was intrigued, of course, by the silly cover, but also by the title. First of all, kids love ha ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
 
Sleep, Creep, Leap: The First Three Years of a Nebraska Garden
4.08
Another "meh" -- sorry, fellow Nebraskan! I, too, am an experimental gardener, and I live about 50 minutes northeast of Mr. Vogt. Like Vogt, I hate le ...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
 
22 Accessible Road Trips: Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers
3.33
Although I am not wheelchair-bound or handicapped in any way, I requested this book through an "early reviewer" program because the prospect of a slow ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
 
Little Bee
3.66
I decided to read this book because nearly everywhere I looked, it was rated and recommended highly. However, it is terribly frustrating when the revi ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
 
Loose Diamonds
3.32
Loose Diamonds is a short little book of observations on life by the sister of better-known Nora Ephron. While Ephron's life has been something beyond ...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
 
Mom's the Word: The Wit, Wisdom, and Wonder of Motherhood
3.71
I had hoped that "Mom's the Word" would be filled with little stories and sweet thoughts about moms and motherhood, and that it would offer inspiratio ...more
May 02, 2013
May 02, 2013
 
Between Shades of Gray
4.34
I read this book in three days, so it is a quick read -- and it kept my attention! It feels like I have read a lot of historical fiction set during WW ...more
Apr 07, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
 
Zeitoun
4.09
One family's true story of Hurricane Katrina, and the injustices suffered by folks who were trying to help their neighbors and themselves. This was a ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
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