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Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
This book is about Oelwein, IA - my hometown. It's also about the meth epidemic in small towns throughout the U.S. Meth is most prevalent in rural are ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
Living Dead Girl
I had to update this review after reading comments by other people about the book. I hated, hated, hated the ending of this book. I would have given i ...more
Sep 28, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
Wool a) was originally self-published as a series of ebooks and b) is yet another dystopia story. It's also really good. It's strong setting and solid ...more
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May 05, 2013
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Devastating, fascinating, thorough and even-handed account of what happened at Memorial Medical Center immediately before, during and after Hurricane ...more
Nov 24, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA
MRSA = bad. Washing with Soap = good.
May 30, 2010
May 15, 2010
And the Mountains Echoed
Multiple story lines swirl around the central plot of a brother and sister who are separated as young children. Each character's POV reveals a piece o ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
Once you pick up this book it is very hard to put down! The author presents the death row inmates' fascinating stories in their own words. She also ta ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
This Song Will Save Your Life
To say Elise is unpopular would be an understatement. She's practically invisible. After an attempt to make herself over and make friends goes horribl ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters
Who knew that Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marie Curie and Madame C.J. Walker were all born in the same year (1867) and all had daughters who helped them gai ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
I can't believe it took me so long to read this! I started reading it when it first came out and stopped after a few chapters ... I didn't get that in ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
After a brief preface on the difficulty of separating fact from fiction (in which she dispells legends like Earhart's claim to have been unimpressed b ...more
May 2011
May 03, 2011
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
From the age of 2 onward, Liz Prince preferred to wear boys' clothing and play with boys' toys. Growing up became increasingly difficult as she contin ...more
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
Love, Aubrey
One half of a girl's family dies in a car crash, and now her mom, unable to deal with her own grief abandons her. Luckily, Aubrey has the perfect gran ...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
I wasn't particularly looking forward to reading this book, and so was completely surprised when I thoroughly enjoyed it. I knew nothing about red kno ...more
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
This is one of those so-amazing-that-you-can-hardly-believe-it-really-happened true stories that is shocking and horrifying and hard to put down. Zeit ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
Winter's End
I checked this book out because it's a dystopia story and the description I read sounded really interesting. It started out well, with orphans at an o ...more
Jan 16, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
The White Giraffe (Animal Healer, #1)
After a fire kills her parents, 11-year-old Martine leaves England to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. On her first day th ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 25, 2009
Paper Valentine
It's summer, and the town of Ludlow is plagued by a heat wave and murder. Hannah tries to go about her normal life, despite being haunted by the ghost ...more
May 28, 2014
May 25, 2014
The Brides of Rollrock Island
This book could also be named "The Witch of Rollrock Island," after the outcast girl who discovers she has the power to lure seals from the ocean and ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
My Lobotomy: A Memoir
This is another book, like "The Glass Castle" and "A Child Called It," that could be included in the "parents worse than yours" genre.

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Feb 16, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
This scifi adventure is set in a not-too-distant future that has been ravaged by global warming. Rising seas and increasingly violent hurricanes have ...more
Apr 08, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)
I don't like romance novels, and this was no exception. High school romance cliches abound: beautiful popular girl who pretends to be perfect to hide ...more
Sep 04, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary
In 1965, segregation persisted in Alabama, and African Americans were often arrested while attempting to register to vote. This is the story of the gr ...more
Nov 20, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
The Keep
It's hard to describe and categorize this book, but I really enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. There are some definite gothic elements in it, ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
Passion and Poison: Tales of Shape-Shifters, Ghosts, and Spirited Women
I took a storytelling class taught by Janice Del Negro at Dominican University and loved it, so when I saw a review for this book I, of course, wanted ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Get Real: What Kind of World are YOU Buying?
I agree with Rockliff's message, and think that this is a great idea for a YA book. Also, the design is fun: punchy graphics, compelling photos, and a ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Part history, part science, part spy thriller ... Three parallel story lines follow the American & British effort to build a nuclear bomb; the Ame ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection
Like any collection with multiple authors and artists, the writing and art styles vary from tale to tale. The art ranges from cartoony characters agai ...more
Oct 13, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
In 1998 Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student, was tied to a fence in rural Wyoming, brutally beaten and left to die. He was discovered 1 ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
The Horrors of Andersonville: Life and Death Inside a Civil War Prison
Andersonville prison is one element of the Civil War history that slipped through the cracks of my formal education. I hadn't heard of it until a high ...more
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
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