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The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
4.30
Last year I read Reading Lolita in Tehran and didn't much care for it. Persepolis covers very similar ground and yet...it delivered the gut punch I ha ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jun 28, 2009
 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life
4.02
Considering that this book inspired me to order a batch of rennet so I can make my own mozzarella, to *finally* reassemble my aerogarden with lettuce ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Sep 03, 2011
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.84
This is an interesting, if somewhat rambling "feature-article-turned-book" about the early 20th century explorer Percy Fawcett, who in 1925 disappeare ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.76
Garden of Beasts--a reference to the wooded Tiergarten in Berlin, a hunting ground for Teutonic kings of yore--draws from the diaries of American amba ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
The Forgotten Soldier
4.32
The Forgotten Soldier was first published in 1965, and concerns events that happened over 20 years previously, when the author was a teenager living i ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Sep 16, 2013
 
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
4.30
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I'm not usually one for the "celebrity scandal/confession" type of book, but I do love those pee ...more
Sep 23, 2013
May 27, 2013
 
Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
4.17
*note* I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Reading this book is an Everest climb in itself. It is long. It is dense. It is
...more
Mar 13, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
 
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
3.57
It's interesting how the writing changes as he grows, and his own consciousness changes. I especially like the parts about him as a young schoolboy, s ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Aug 19, 2013
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.65
I've been trying to read this book since early December, and I finally realized it was time to quit. I'm on pg 244, right smack in the middle of an in ...more
Feb 18, 2010
Jun 28, 2009
 
The Fool's Progress
4.20
To be honest, I was concerned while reading the opening scenes and almost put the book down: Henry Lightcap treats his current wife miserably. when sh ...more
Jul 14, 2007
Jun 27, 2009
 
Me Talk Pretty One Day
3.94
...reading his stories is like watching your crazy neighbors scrapping next door through a hole in the wall, and it's hard not to look away. You just ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
 
Prisoners of War at Camp Trinadad, Colorado 1943 - 1946
3.00
I read this one for a project I'm working on, and would recommend it mostly to history buffs, especially those familiar with the Trinidad area. The ab ...more
Jul 08, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
 
Storm of Steel
3.99
This is sort of the antidote to Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, and while both books center on the horrors of trench warfare during WWI as ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
 
Fever Pitch
3.68
Coming off the 2014 World Cup -- notably the first time I've ever taken an interest in it and followed some of the (surprisingly exciting) games in ba ...more
Aug 05, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
 
The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
3.27
I'm fascinated by WWII history, and I adored Roald Dahl books growing up, so why is this book so dry? Despite the title, this isn't really a book abou ...more
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Dec 07, 2012
 
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
3.48
Author Diane Ackerman is a naturalist and poet--not a historian or journalist--so this book is very different from what one might expect of a war narr ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jan 15, 2012
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.43
**spoiler alert** The story of Louie Zamperini, a 4 minute Olympic miler, B-24 bombardier, castaway and POW is amazing. If anything, it's a little too ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
4.06
This is a book I wish all my students would read. I may see if I can get my hands on a few copies as prizes for our end-of-term grammar competition.

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Sep 26, 2013
Sep 19, 2013
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran
3.54
This book left me with a similar taste in my mouth to the one left by The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Both books left an impression of a self-satisfied ...more
Sep 29, 2013
Jun 28, 2009
 
Red Flower of China: An Autobiography
3.22
I read this a long time ago as a sophomore in high school, when I was roughly the same age as the girl in the book. Because of this, I identified with ...more
Feb 1999
May 05, 2011
 
Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II
3.85
A WWII story taken from notes written by an infantry man (later an officer) and his experiences from Sept 1944 through the Battle of the Bulge to Summ ...more
Jan 06, 2000
Jun 28, 2009
 
The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
4.14
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Jul 07, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
 
The Peter Lorre Companion: A Bildungsroman
4.00
None
Oct 26, 2005
Apr 20, 2011
 
The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre
3.95
None
Dec 24, 2005
Apr 20, 2011
 
French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure
3.44
None
Nov 2006
Apr 20, 2011
 
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
3.81
None
Jan 1995
Apr 22, 2011
 
Boy: Tales of Childhood
4.06
None
Jan 1993
Apr 22, 2011
 
All Things Bright and Beautiful
4.29
None
Jan 1994
Apr 22, 2011
 
All Creatures Great and Small
4.28
None
Jan 1995
Apr 22, 2011
 
James Herriot's Dog Stories
4.35
None
Jan 1995
Apr 22, 2011
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