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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Okay, so I requested this book from the library not knowing anything about the story (really), I just wanted to see what the big deal was about. I fou...more
Apr 2012
Apr 26, 2012
That's Why I'm Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I am not particularly into football but appreciated Stefanie Spielman's brave fight with breast cancer a...more
Jun 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering
O.K., this book reminds me a bit of "The Shack". A thirty-something business man is invited to dinner by Jesus. The entire story takes place in a rest...more
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Sep 04, 2009
The Ladies' Lending Library

This sounded like my kind of book--set in 1963, group of women who summer at the lake (a Canadian Great Lake, I assume). They are all somewhat dissati...more
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Jul 25, 2011
The Shoemaker's Wife
**spoiler alert** If you like to read for setting, this is a great one try. Story starts in Italian Alps before it moves on to NYC. I loved the descri...more
Sep 2012
Sep 14, 2012
An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
Schroff shares her story about the unlikely friendship she started with a homeless 11 year old named Maurice in 1986. I like that she doesn't use the...more
Mar 2012
Mar 31, 2012
I usually enjoy dark teen fiction, especially when it involves drug addiction (I don't know why this is--maybe these terrifying stories are what motiv...more
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Feb 25, 2010
This was an unusual read--story of a boy born with facial deformaties who has been home-schooled until his parents decide to send him to private schoo...more
Jun 2012
Jul 24, 2012
A Moveable Feast
I am not a huge fan of Hemingway, but wanted to learn more about him after watching the lastest Woody Allen movie "Midnight in Paris" and after readin...more
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Jul 25, 2011
The Boy: A Novel
While not a great read to me, this story was compelling. Main character is a 40 yr old single mom who deeply loves her young daughter, but as a former...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel #2)
This was the first time I have read Evanovich and I was a little disappointed. Not sure what I expected, better writing? Just seemed like the plot mov...more
Nov 14, 2012
Nov 14, 2012
Lottie Paris and the Best Place
Love this book! Illustrations are fantastic. Lottie Paris is an adorable African-American girl who loves space...and the library! We're first introduc...more
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
I am a sucker for interesting use of narrative. First person narration by Jersey, a recently brain damamaged teen, made this a page turner for me. The...more
Mar 2012
Mar 31, 2012
Literacy and Longing in L.A.
I loved this book! Story is about a woman who reads to escape, especially during difficult periods in her life (I so get that!), but the best part, is...more
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Aug 30, 2009
The Interestings
So, I started out really liking it--love books with characters that grew up in the 1970s, camps interest me these days and the hippy-dippy Spirit-in-t...more
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Nov 04, 2013
Red Hat
Really cute story about a bear and his animal friends who have fun playing with a red stocking cap bear finds on the clothesline. As the animals enjoy...more
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
Quiet Dell: A Novel
Spoiler alert-ish!!!

This book started out great. I was really interested in the characters until they were all killed off less than mid-way through th...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
The Summerfolk
One of my favorite books from childhood! Story is about a rather strange little group of friends in who are permanent residents of a summer tourist to...more
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Jan 27, 2012
Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park
I hate that I liked this book so much--kind of like watching a train wreck. My 12 year-old son picked it up in one of Yellowstone's visitor centers wh...more
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Aug 30, 2009
The Paris Wife
Loved this fictional account of Hemingway's first wife and their life in Paris. Story incorporates their friendships with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrud...more
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Jul 05, 2011
Good Little Wolf
This is a funny little story about a good wolf and a bad wolf. I'd love to say that the good little wolf wins in the end, but there is a sick little t...more
Jan 2012
Jan 27, 2012
My Bear Griz
O.K., this is a really cute story about a little boy and his pretend friend grizzly bear, but the book is made to look like the boy has written little...more
Feb 2012
Feb 03, 2012
A Visit from the Goon Squad
This was a dark but interesting read. Story of a group of friends and aquaintences who are connected in various ways--music, work, drug use, etc. over...more
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Sep 07, 2011
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
I was reluctant to read this , since I find what happened to Mattew Shepard so sad and cruel, but I did appreciate the format of this book. I am often...more
Mar 2013
Mar 04, 2013
The Death of Bees
This might be my favorite read so far this year. Dark, sad, twisted tale of two teenage sisters trying to survive despite having nearly everything in...more
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Jul 09, 2013
A nice book about shapes that is a bit more advanced than the average concept book, so great for a variety of age/grade levels. Reviews shape concepts...more
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May 10, 2010
The Boy Who Loved Bananas
I am doing a children's program on bananas this year (well, banana themed) and was disappointed that the library doesn't have many copies left. I need...more
Mar 2012
Mar 31, 2012
Going Bovine
This book gets four stars for originality--it's about a somewhat troubled teen who ends up getting a fatal case of Mad Cow Disease! What I found reall...more
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Feb 20, 2010
For the Love of Music : the remarkable story of Maria Anna Mozart
Nice little biography about Mozart's older sister who taught him to play piano!She and her brother spent several years of their childhood performing i...more
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Jan 28, 2012
There But For The
This was a quick yet thought-provoking read. I tend to like most books set in England with very English characters, and this book did not disappoint i...more
Sep 2012
Aug 09, 2012
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