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Flight Behavior
I adored this book. I drank it in slowly, trying to make the story last, and as a result I ended up becoming very involved in Dellarobia's life, lovin ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Dept. of Speculation
I found myself gasping at the sheer beauty and conciseness of Offill's sentences. This book can be devoured in two hours, or you can languish in it ov ...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
Rainbow Rowell's writing is so natural and accessible it can take me a good fifty pages before I see what a masterful storyteller she is. Her ear for ...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jul 07, 2013
Far Far Away
Like nothing I've ever read before. This story is beautiful, haunting, horrifying, suspenseful, and clever. It's much darker than many so-called "kids ...more
Jun 2013
May 23, 2013
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
Scotton's book is a completely engrossing coming-of-age novel that reads like a classic from page one. It's literary fiction with an astoundingly wide ...more
Jul 19, 2014
May 20, 2014
Station Eleven
This book is tremendous from start to finish. I read it in a couple of gulps, save for the last 30 pages, which I took in in tiny little bits because ...more
May 22, 2014
May 01, 2014
The Fourteenth Goldfish
THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH is a thoughtful, well-written middle grade book that touches on friendship, coming of age/aging, family, and science. Jenni wi ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Dear Daughter
I LOVED this book! It's really clever, funny literary fiction in a page-turning mystery package. The lead character Janie is hilarious with her witty ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Eleanor & Park
A perfect depiction of first love, complete with relatable insecurities, sweeping moments of bliss, and heartbreak. I underlined so many great lines! ...more
Nov 19, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss
When you're in mourning (about the death of a loved one, about the end of a relationship, about the end of a way of life, about accepting a dire illne ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Nov 28, 2013
Bird Box
Double-ewe. Tee. Aitch. This book was thrilling and creepy and had me on edge. I recommend going into it blind (you'll laugh at that bad joke later)-- ...more
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Even just halfway through this hilarious, poignant, and wonderful book I wanted to go ahead and give it 5 stars. I cannot wait to recommend this to ne ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky
It's a little ridiculous when people pit the sciences against literature and the arts, as if never the twain shall meet. But we readers know that beau ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
The Kissing List
I nearly stopped this one halfway through, thinking I'd already gotten everything from it I could. But the last third or quarter of the book is really ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
A smart, eye-opening piece of literary fiction that will be shelved with YA but can fit pretty snugly on the fiction shelf for older readers as well. ...more
Jun 06, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
Don't Kiss Me: Stories
It's really hard for me to give this book a rating on a 5-star scale. The originality and use of language is through the roof--assaulting at times, po ...more
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Mar 23, 2013
The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets
Though Alcott's turns of phrase and depictions of family relationships were at times beautiful, this book was a relief to finish. The language was too ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists
A very funny collection I will recommend to nearly all my friends with young kids. As a longtime nanny/babysitter, I identified with nearly every page ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
The In-Between
I did not have any interest in finishing this. The book reads like a far-from-final draft--I actually skipped back several times to see if I had misse ...more
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Jun 23, 2013
Julian "Twerp" Twerski is one of the most likeable, realistically portrayed kid characters I've met in awhile. Kids and adults will be able to relate ...more
Mar 23, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

We spend a third of our lives sleeping, yet we are only just beginning to understand the role sleep plays in our brain development, health, and every
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories
Just for the record: it's nerve-wracking to be the first to review on here!

That said, I really liked this ironically titled collection. The stories we
May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014
Dear Committee Members
3.5 stars. Funny, thoughtful, and spot-on when it comes to the ins and outs of a life entrenched in academia. This was a very quick read that your pro ...more
May 10, 2014
May 06, 2014
Den drunknade
This left me unsatisfied. It read like an early draft instead of a soon-to-be-published novel/novella. The characters and mood could have been develop ...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
The Book of Strange New Things
I wish this beautiful book with its gilded edges had had more of an effect on me. Maybe it's because I read it over a few weeks instead of in a few si ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
Radio Iris
I can't wait for more people to read this so we can talk about it. I loved it but am not quite sure what I think about it. Fascinating and very strong ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
A Friend of the Family
Got a third of the way through and couldn't go on. Just not interested enough.
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Dec 31, 2011
The Transcriptionist: A Novel
A strange and lovely work of literary fiction that really reminded me (in the best of ways) of RADIO IRIS by Anne-Marie Kinney.
May 09, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
Pictures of You
4.5 stars.
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
What Dies in Summer
Unrelentingly dark. Some lovely moments of storytelling, but the plot and characters seemed stale/recycled. Better to read this in paper form than ebo ...more
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Feb 24, 2012
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