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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
4.28
I LOVED this book. The story of the Tarahumara and Caballo Blanco's 50 mile race on the Tarahumara's home turf in Copper Canyon is interspersed with s ...more
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Jul 07, 2009
 
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
3.50
I really wanted to like this a lot (I'd give it 2 1/2 stars if I could). As a big, big fan of Sesame Street from age 2 on, I had high hopes. I read th ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
Illumination Night
3.77
It's so rare that I'll pick up an adult shelf from one of our bookshelves, but I'd forgotten to bring home more YA from the library...so...

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Nov 08, 2009
 
House Rules
3.99
I can't believe how fast she writes books! I actually got to see Jodi Picoult read a bit from this one and met her (very, very briefly). I liked the b ...more
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Mar 08, 2010
 
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita
3.47
I've read her blog on and off for years. Heather Armstrong is hilarious and this book is no exception. I laughed out loud several times. She has a ver ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 30, 2009
 
Sherry and Narcotics
3.86
First of all, a disclosure: this was written by my sister-in-law. I LOVED it, though. Mary is living in England working an online editing job and part ...more
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Mar 16, 2011
 
Sing You Home
3.74
So glad my friend convinced me to wait until after I had my baby to read this one. Don't read while pregnant! Wonder if Picoult has any longtime reade ...more
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Sep 10, 2011
 
Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way We Raise Our Children
3.46
Skimmed this one. Learned that some parents out there are crazy, others are easily marketed to and a lot of us are suckers. So far I'm fine with all t ...more
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Sep 10, 2011
 
Sarah's Key
4.12
The history that informs this story is horrifying. I had no idea the French sent people, let alone mostly children!, to Auschwitz. Chapters about Sara ...more
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Apr 24, 2010
 
The Help
4.44
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny, three very different women in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s narrate The Help. Skeeter is a white woman born of ...more
Jun 10, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
 
Half Broke Horses
4.03
I haven't devoured a book this way in ages. I loved Walls's memoir The Glass Castle...this book tells the story of her fiery, independent grandmother ...more
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Feb 21, 2010
 
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
Quentin is a good student who's bored with life when he discovers that magic really exists. He's whisked away to Brakebills, a 5 year MAGIC college. W ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Aug 27, 2009
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.07
just as fun as his other books. Henry Huttleston Rogers, benefactor of my current residence, Fairhaven, Mass, is mentioned as being successful partly ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
 
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
4.01
Loved this! Listening to the audiobook was especially nice since it was read by the author. Deo Gracias' story of how he escaped the civil war in Buru ...more
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
 
Orange Is the New Black
3.68
Completely different from the TV show in my opinion. The real story is so much better in terms of the depth of her relationships with other prisoners ...more
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Sep 15, 2013
 
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
4.07
I can't believe I've never heard of Lynne Cox before seeing this book in the library! She's basically awesome and has swum in water as cold as the mid ...more
Feb 03, 2008
Oct 05, 2007
 
The Hour I First Believed
3.77
I loved his first two books and really wanted to love this one, but think it could use quite a bit more editing. too much family background! The core ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Dec 26, 2008
 
Handle with Care
3.94
Even though I can clearly see the pattern in these, I just can't help myself. I recommend it to fans of her books...I couldn't put it down, but I coul ...more
Apr 06, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
 
Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter
4.13
Pretty amazing. Schuyler has a rare disease that makes it impossible for her to form words. Her father and mother fight for her to get the services an ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 25, 2008
 
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School
3.60
Robbins' books are addictive for me. I like reading the personal stories interspersed with her analysis. This book was no exception. I especially like ...more
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Jul 08, 2011
 
Not My Daughter
3.75
The only nice thing I can say about it is that it entertained me enough to survive another day of being overdue with this baby. It's poorly written an ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
 
The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means
3.25
Lots of good, practical advice in here...some of which I had heard or knew before, but nice to be reminded anyway. Will and I read it at the same time ...more
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Oct 03, 2010
 
Love May Fail
3.64
First Matthew Quick book I didn't like. Love Sorta Like a Rock Star, which is YA and loved Boy 21, too. Oh well. This one felt contrived and the entir ...more
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Jul 04, 2015
 
Michelle: A Biography
3.56
This was pretty good, but the author didn't have that much access to Michelle so that limited the book somewhat. I can't wait to see what we'll learn ...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
Secrets of Eden
3.41
Just OK. I don't think he used the multiple perspectives device quite right and I wasn't actually all that interested in discovering the truth (althou ...more
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Mar 08, 2010
 
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
3.98
This book was awesome but also crazy. Sudhir spent over six years in the projects of Chicago with a gang and the tenants, most of whom are involved in ...more
May 22, 2008
Feb 23, 2008
 
Rich Like Them: My Door-to-Door Search for the Secrets of Wealth in America's Richest Neighborhoods
3.35
skimming this quite fast b/c the concept of going door to door and asking rich people how they got that way is interesting. so far he's concluded that ...more
Apr 14, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
 
Bel Canto
3.91
Simply loved it! Quick read for me and completely absorbing. Basically couldn't think about anything else while I was reading it. Good thing I read fa ...more
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Jul 04, 2010
 
Schooled
3.37
Great quick read about the dirty cheating that goes on at prep schools with the help of high-paid tutors. Will probably be made into a movie at some p ...more
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Aug 19, 2009
 
News of the Spirit
3.79
I know. an adult book. crazy!! I forgot how much I loved a) short stories and b) Lee Smith. This book completely sucked me in and each story was magic ...more
May 28, 2009
May 22, 2009
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