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The Shell Seekers
This story is told half through flashback and half in the “present”. (It’s a little dated - when the author describes the clothing, it’s all very 80's ...more
Dec 03, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
Around My French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours
I finally understand why half the foodie world is going nuts over Dorie Greenspan in general, and this cookbook in particular. Named Cookbook of the Y ...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
So I remember when this engrossing memoir was all the rage back in the late 90's, around the time Ireland was experiencing an economic resurgence and ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras
This is chef Jeff Henderson's autobiography, tracing his roots in a poor Southern Californian family to his outrageous success as a big-time crack dea ...more
May 13, 2010
May 04, 2010
West with the Night
Beryl Markham was raised by her father in what was then known as British East Africa. As a child, she learned Swahili and went hunting with the Masai ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
The Thorn Birds
An Australian “Gone with the Wind”? Not...quite. “The Thorn Birds” apparently was a popular TV mini-series in the 80's which I am too young to remembe ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
Olive Kitteridge
Happy individuals, happy families, happy couples. What do these 3 things have in common? They do not make for an interesting short story! I learned th ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Apr 12, 2010
Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry
If you think that canning is for grandmas, this book might change your mind. With sleek photographs, a section of cute tear-off jar labels, and recipe ...more
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
The Elephant Whisperer
It was a little hard for me to get into this book. I was distracted by the two authors.

The main author, Lawrence Anthony, is a rugged bushman of Sout
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!
This is a short book that can be read in a sitting, but I don't recommend it. I actually got it for free and read it out of curiosity. What we have he ...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
These Is My Words (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)
This book was highly recommended by a friend, and I was surprised to see that a ton of my Goodreads friends loved it too. I finally got around to read ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Jun 14, 2010
The Fault in Our Stars
Oh how I loathe being the odd man out.

Things I admired about this book:

- It is incredibly well-written, sharp-witted, and clever. The author does a g
Jun 22, 2014
May 03, 2014
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Hm... Maybe I need to stop seeing movies before I read the book. Here's another movie that I felt was better done than the book. The movie made some * ...more
May 26, 2010
May 19, 2010
The Paris Wife
I can't help but feel that what McClain does in "The Paris Wife" is remarkable and unique. She puts herself in the shoes of a historical figure about ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Mar 22, 2011
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
I am a person who is very sensitive to violence and very bothered by injustice. There were times while reading this book that I wasn't sure if I could ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
I have been a fan of Ruth Reichl for years, and would kill to write like her. This is her first attempt at fiction, although one finds oneself wonderi ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life
This guide to teaching children to love books is divided into two sections: the philosophy of how to teach your children to love good books, and book ...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Here, Michael Pollen examines cooking from a variety of perspectives, and bases his analysis on the 4 elements: fire, water, air, and earth. (Think Ca ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Rules of Civility
I went into this book expecting it to be some sort of "Great Gatsby" of the 1930's. After all, being set in New York amongst the rich and privileged, ...more
Dec 2012
Aug 06, 2012
The Golden Notebook
A single mother and writer living in London in the 1950's, middle-aged Anna Wulf keeps four notebooks:

- Black: Her memories of living as an expatriate
Dec 15, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Sarah's Key
I’d heard lots about this book, and finally found a used copy at Goodwill. I’d heard it was “sad but good”. The story revolves around 2 characters: Ju ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
The Lovely Bones
**spoiler alert** I read this one because a) it’s Peter Jackson’s next film project; b) I found it at Goodwill some time ago and it’s been sitting on ...more
Oct 11, 2009
May 27, 2009
The Rent Collector
I agree with the good reviews and the bad reviews of this book, which focus on a Cambodian family who lives in a giant dump and make a living sorting ...more
Oct 03, 2014
Apr 22, 2013
The Kitchen House
Oh, this book. Ooooooh this book. There was a point towards the beginning when I questioned whether I would be able to keep reading. The book, the eve ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I kept the patio, lost the lawn, and fed my family for a year
This is the story of a regular mom who decides to start growing her own food on her quarter-acre of land for environmental and health reasons, as well ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
I wanted to get more into fermentation after reading "Cooked" by Michael Pollen. He did interviews with Sandor Katz and so I got this book to learn mo ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
The author writes for National Geographic, and it shows. The book read like an extended version of a magazine article - nothing too deep, and with sum ...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
Why do all of our Young Adult books teach great moral principles, and our adult lit encourage us to abandon them? This is why I love YA lit sometimes, ...more
Aug 22, 2013
Jul 06, 2013
The School of Essential Ingredients
Here's what I say about this book: Read it, read it, read it.

I haven't enjoyed a novel so much since I discovered "Like Water for Chocolate". Based on
Jun 12, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
The Wednesday Wars
This is a great read for middle schoolers. It has everything they could want: a fallible yet likeable young protagonist with a funny name (Holling Hoo ...more
Aug 15, 2013
May 26, 2011
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