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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
As someone who has participated in car rallies, did the semi-obligatory post-college backpacking trip around Europe, and finally relented to using a s ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
Brazzaville Beach
A thought-provoking and well-paced read that ponders what separates humans from animals -- our capacity for compassion and for cruelty -- and question ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
The Great Fire
While I want to give it a higher rating, I found this book challenging to read. The author's voice was very difficult for me to interpret at times, wh ...more
Aug 15, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Parenting From the Inside Out
I consider myself very lucky to have been raised in a way that made me feel heard, supported, and valued -- an upbringing that I believe led me to be ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
After reading an article celebrating Barack Obama as 'a writer's president', I figured that as a writer myself (and an American citizen) I owed it to ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
It took me a little while to get into this, but once I did, I was hooked. A dense and fascinating read, filled with facts and tidbits about Lincoln's ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Oct 16, 2008
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
I'm happy enough with how the series ended. No complaints on the final romantic pairing, although I think overall it closed with more of a whimper tha ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive
When I was in high school, I remember often thinking that if everyone were a bit more empathetic, the world would be a better place. In classic teenag ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer
**spoiler alert** An intricate and twisty novel, the literary equivalent of a sketch by M.C. Escher. From the start I was impressed by the unusual, wr ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
Faceless Killers (Wallander #1)
I'm not sure precisely what it was that made this mystery sub-par, compared to other mysteries, including the other Mankell I read. It might've been a ...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case
I remember learning about the Kitty Genovese case during one of my college psychology courses and being troubled by it, deeply troubled. What stuck in ...more
Mar 12, 2009
Feb 10, 2010
Geek Love
It feels a bit wrong to say how much I disliked this book, considering it's a National Book Award winner, but I can't help myself (and I think for the ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World
I appreciate the message of Lisa Bloom's book, which encourages women to eschew the habit of spending time on mind-numbing superficial "news" and acti ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
The Spymaster's Lady (Spymasters, #1)
This book was recommended by the website Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, which I find delightful. The SBs gave it a pretty good review (compared to some ...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
Googled: The End of the World as We Know It
I think Googled could've eliminated some repetition and been significantly shorter, but it's hard to say whether I'd feel the same if I weren't so fam ...more
May 31, 2010
May 28, 2010
The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America
Interesting book, from the perspective of both a psych major and a girl who hates reality TV but sometimes reads People magazine. Pinsky and Young loo ...more
Jan 2011
Dec 29, 2010
The New How: Creating Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy
As someone on the ground level at a large corporation, it's my job to try to execute the strategy -- the goals and promises -- set forth by our execut ...more
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Jan 05, 2010
I Do. I Did. Now What?!: Life After the Wedding Dress
Light-hearted and personal, Lee's post-marriage chronicle was a fun and breezy read. It didn't teach me anything new; after 7 years together, I've cov ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
The Wolf and the Dove
I received this book as a birthday gift from my mom. When I read its gloriously campy back cover blurb (from the 1974 original cover, which unfortunat ...more
May 29, 2009
May 26, 2009
Heart of the Matter: A Novel
Another predictably satisfying and complex emotional novel from Giffin. She has a knack for taking a cliched romantic situation and making it personal ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
I loved Nancy Drew when I was a kid. The 1980's versions that filled bookstore shelves were okay, but I really fell for the old-fashioned versions lib ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3)
I'm pretty much guaranteed to like a romance novel where characters circumvent the cliche of keeping secrets from each other and communicate like inte ...more
May 28, 2013
May 30, 2013
Little Bee
**spoiler alert** Little Bee started out so strong, with the voice of this young African woman drawing you in, full of honesty and mystery. You feel y ...more
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
A solid introduction to team dynamics and a moderately scary read for a new people manager -- so many things that can go wrong! Well-paced and engagin ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
Reading Lolita in Tehran
I think I bought this book when it first came out in paperback around 5 years ago. I'd just read Lolita and thought this might be an interesting compl ...more
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
A Reliable Wife
Even though I read this in only the space of an afternoon, the characters and the writing both grew stale on me rather quickly. I think the writing st ...more
Feb 16, 2011
Dec 06, 2010
Of Human Bondage
**spoiler alert** First of all, Mildred can go shit in the ocean.

I like reading novels about human frailty and foibles every so often, as long as they
Jul 16, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The Art of Fielding
**spoiler alert** I think I went into this expecting something lighter, though Harbach's tone even from the first page makes it clear that this book w ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
A fun and breezy read that reminded me both tonally and thematically of Ready Player One. Although I found Bookstore somewhat less exuberantly satisfy ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
Five-star information, two-star presentation. Weissbluth's book is full of surprising and useful details about children's sleep habits and needs, but ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
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