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Stones from the River
4.05
Trudi Montag, a manipulative, resentful, nosy dwarf uses the secrets she gathers to extract her revenge on the townspeople who consider themselves sup ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
4.21
This book made me reexamine what I believed about human behavior, in particular our ability to change. The author refers to neuroscience and brain stu ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
3.98
Although this book was presented to me as "not a self-help book," it really is. The most important point that this book made for me was the value of a ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Bad Science
4.07
The aim of this book is that the reader shall be future-proofed against new variants of bullshit (p.88). With sardonic wit, Goldacre takes aim at the ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 08, 2011
 
The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus
3.82
Cheap Sensationalism

The first hundred pages address the history of the alchemists and their attempts to make phosphorus, in a breathless recounting of
...more
Oct 03, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
 
Cannery Row
3.99
Peopled with a mix of local eccentrics and low life, the book's attempts to explore the gritty underbelly of life in Monterey, California, falls far s ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon
3.54
The book's subtitle is A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon. It is actually a pretext for stringing together an endless diatribe ab ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
The Awakening
3.60
Edna Pontellier, thirty-something, is a Kentucky-born woman who has been living a comfortable and unquestioning existence, married to a New Orleans Cr ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Year of Wonders
3.99
Year of Wonders is a story based on the town of Eyam, Derbyshire, that reportedly voluntarily quarantined itself from the outside world during the pla ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Pomegranate Soup
3.57
Set in Ireland in 1986, the three Aminpour sisters escaped the Islamic Revolution in Iran seven years earlier, fleeing first to a refugee camp in Paki ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.31
A sappy, sentimental, superficial story. The writing is interesting enough to keep you reading but the story has a facile quality to it. All of the re ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
The English Patient
3.87
A reader's guide by this reader.

Preparing to facilitate the discussion of this book for book club was a methodical and lengthy process. As I came acro
...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
The Help
4.44
Everyone seems to love this book that tells the stories of black maids working for white families in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s. I have t ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 21, 2011
 
Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #1)
4.13
I read Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver is 24 hours. It is a children's book but intricately constructed in terms of the world that Paver has created fo ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 21, 2011
 
Frankenstein
3.71
Hold onto your disbelief folks, we're not even going to attempt plausibility here!

Published in 1818, this book is the original science fiction novel.
...more
Mar 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
4.20
When we decided to read a children's literature novel in book club, I nominated Anne of Green Gables with enthusiasm. Nonetheless, it was with some tr ...more
Feb 2010
Mar 07, 2010
 
The Piano Teacher
3.30
A strangely compelling book, considering that I didn't really care much for the main characters. Lots of rich descriptive detail about ex-pat and uppe ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 06, 2011
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.85
I very much enjoyed this book, even though it was a bit hard to get into. We are introduced to the notion of the fukú, a family curse brought about tw ...more
May 2010
May 26, 2010
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.03
I hate book reviews that start with something like, "I found this such an interesting book. It taught me so much about…." But that is the way I feel a ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
I Am the Messenger
4.11
Ed Kennedy is a 19-year-old taxi driver with no prospects, no self-confidence, no direction and no ambitions, living somewhere on the outskirts of Syd ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 07, 2009
 
People of the Book
3.98
People of the Book uses the storytelling device of tracing pieces of forensic evidence (an insect's wing, the book's missing clasps, a wine stain, sal ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 30, 2010
 
In a Sunburned Country
4.03
Off to a really slow start (but it gets better)

The first 40% of the book is made up of lame non-adventures (he hikes through endless suburbia, is chas
...more
Nov 2010
Oct 26, 2010
 
Unknown Book 6346131
3.50
Hutchinson, 59, recounts his experience of being kidnapped and held hostage by the FARC guerrillas in Colombia for over 10 months. He provides observa ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Dracula
3.95
Written in 1897, Dracula makes for a surprisingly very good read. It is a prototypical buddy story: four men --Jonathan Harker, Arthur Holmwood, John ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Engleby
3.68
Michael Engleby is a seductive character, highly intelligent, acerbic, an underdog who has struggled to get ahead in life. But he is not quite loveabl ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
Crime and Punishment
4.15
At page 486 of the 721 pages in my edition, I have formally decided to throw in the towel. This is where the dialogue becomes completely interspersed ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Suite Française
3.78
I love the way that the author carefully drew the portraits of each of her characters to describe the social currents and the responses to the German ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Lullabies for Little Criminals
3.92
The title alone makes you want to read it. The book tells the story of Baby, a 12-year-old born to underage parents. Her mother having died while she ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
 
The Madonnas of Leningrad
3.73
Memory allows us to survive under duress. Memory also plays tricks on us, incorporating magical elements into our lives. Memories exist of things that ...more
Oct 07, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
 
The Book of Salt
3.48
Binh, the Vietnamese cook working for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, tells the story of his life and family in Vietnam, and his experience as a s ...more
Apr 14, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
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