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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
**spoiler alert** This is really a 1.5 stars. Ok, there was a good mystery during the middle third of the book. THere were alot of characters. There w...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language
I had such high hopes for this book - a memoir of learning another culture via language immersion combined with information about second language acqu...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
This is the true story of Deogratias, a young med student from Burundi, who's life was interrupted as the civil war and mass genocide broke out in the...more
Oct 2009
Nov 02, 2009
**spoiler alert** I must say that I never really understood the scope of the Katrina nightmare before I read this book. Well-written and a page-turner...more
May 15, 2010
May 06, 2010
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Bunnies and chickens and bees - oh my! This was a delightful memoir with a twist on all the "eating local" books of late. Novella Carpenter and her bo...more
Jan 2010
Dec 30, 2009
Day After Night
The story of four young Jewish women who have escaped the Holocaust and arrived in Palestine after the war. They are held, with all newly arriving ref...more
Nov 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
The true story of a Michigan hairdresser that went to Afghanistan on a mission trip and ended up staying there to open a beauty school. Amidst all the...more
Jan 2008
Oct 10, 2009
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe
This book chronicles the amazing true story of Kamila Sidiqi and her sisters as they survive under the Taliban in Afghanistan. After her parents and o...more
Aug 2011
Apr 10, 2011
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
I really enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's book - a political, spiritual, religious, historical, sociological look at Western marriage through the eyes of s...more
Feb 2010
Dec 26, 2009
Beatrice and Virgil
This book is fascinating. Did I "like" it? I am not even sure. I did find it thought-provoking and I really didn't not know where it was taking me unt...more
Sep 12, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
This book is so irreverent, yet strangely, it really made me love Jesus (Joshua) more. This is a laugh-out-loud retelling of the Biblical stories and...more
Sep 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Kitchen is actually two short novellas linked by their themes of love, loss, redemption and resiliency (with some nice touches of magic and food). I l...more
Sep 27, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants
This is a beautiful, well-written story of a young American college student who is ethnically Thai. He decides to become a monk as part of an independ...more
Jan 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
I love a vampire story. Really do. I love quirky characters too. This book has all that and a lovely small town in Louisiana. But that doesn't disquis...more
May 2010
May 06, 2010
Wishful Drinking
I'd really give it 2.5 stars! This book was a breeze to read - only 150 pages, but doublespaced and packed with celebrity photos of Carrie's life. I l...more
Nov 2009
Nov 26, 2009
Shutter Island
I was kept up the night I finished this book trying to decide what had happened to U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels. I love that I am not sure! A fun read...more
Dec 2009
Dec 26, 2009
The Book Thief
WOW! I just finished this and can't start anything else for awhile. A master work. Beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifiting: oh the humanity!
Oct 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
**spoiler alert** I liked the book and I couldn't put it down. After Hunger Games, I was expecting this book to go down the path of uprisings. Katniss...more
Mar 17, 2010
Feb 19, 2010
Watership Down
I read this book at least 6 or 7 times starting at age 12 - I loved it. More later.
Jan 1980
Oct 10, 2009
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Fascinating - my husband and I reference what we learned from this book all the time!
Jan 2008
Oct 10, 2009
Cutting for Stone
Such a lovely character study and a fascinating study of the mind-share of twins. Set in India, Ethiopia, and the US, this book has a sweeping epic sc...more
Jun 23, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
One of the best books of all time and definitely one of the best of sci-fi!
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Oct 07, 2009
City of Thieves
Maybe this is a 5 - it was sure great!
Aug 2009
Oct 07, 2009
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Apr 2007
Oct 10, 2009
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
I only read this because I had to know how it ended. Now I know, but I am not satisfied. God help me if any daughter of mine reads this series and lea...more
Jan 2009
Oct 07, 2009
When She Flew
I enjoyed this book and am interested to find out more about the true story that is it's basis. It was easy to care about the characters and I enjoyed...more
Jan 2010
Dec 26, 2009
Halfway House
Such a fascinating glimpse into manic depression. Angie is a sympathetic character and I could feel her mood swings and the way she lost control of he...more
Jul 26, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
This is a great story and a great cause - it's truly about the power of one person to make a difference.

The book is not well-written and the 3rd perso...more
Jun 2007
Oct 07, 2009
6 Sick Hipsters
What the hell was that???
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
Beautiful Ruins
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
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