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The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie, #1)
Okay, I have always read this author's name as "Alexandra McCall Smith," I guess because his really famous series is that African ladies' detective cl ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie, #1)
It's a good thing women read more literary fiction than men do, because this book is sure to enhance the nightmares of any fathers that read it. Not t ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Aug 04, 2008
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
I have seen this book around and picked it up multiple times because the cover drew me in, only to discard it because, eh, zombies. My brother has at ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop
Most of these essays were more about "me" than "Madonna." I had expected more of a cultural studies anthology, with essays placing Madonna in a broade ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 10, 2013
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Lani lent me this one, and I lent her Jacobs' other book, The Know-it-all. Both are about Jacobs' taking a huge book most of us would never bother to ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 12, 2009
The Beauty Myth
I have a hard time reading manifesto style books. I tend to find hyperbole for non-comedic purposes irritating. I'm just not very radical, I suppose. ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope
Narrative nonfiction based on author’s work with UNICEF in the Caribbean and Central America. Aimed at children – late elementary, early middle school ...more
Mar 16, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
My little sister, who has recently begun a conversion from her long held "does not read" stance, finished this while we were out in Iowa visiting our ...more
Nov 2011
Dec 01, 2011
Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap
This book was written in response to a study about self-esteem and girls in school conducted by the American Association of University Women, and I ha ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 07, 2008
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson's story is remarkable; his book is less so. I expect he views it more in terms of an extended letter to potential donors to his Central ...more
Aug 06, 2008
May 25, 2008
God's Harvard, A Christian College on a Mission to Save American
Interesting, quick read. I liked the sections in which Rosin focused on the student body. I felt like she did a good job of picking kids to whom she w ...more
Apr 2008
May 25, 2008
Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image
I think I would have liked this collection better if more of the essays were a little more narrative and a bit less philosophical, for lack of a bette ...more
Jun 18, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Amarcord: Marcella Remembers
I didn't quite finish this book before returning it to the library, but I doubt I'll go back to finish it, so I'm marking it "read," by which I mean a ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 03, 2009
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery
Recommended by Lani, in an attempt to drum up interest in Dragon Con costuming.

Very fun. Love the art and characters. Next time we dress up, we just
Aug 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Harriet the Spy
I just re-read this book in June 2008, along with The Spellman Files. I love how well the narration tracks the mind of a child. Harriet is self-center ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2008
The Spellman Files (The Spellmans #1)
I picked this up in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble because one of the blurbs on the back compared this to a grown-up Harriet the Spy. Eh, may ...more
Jun 24, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
The Collected Poetry, 1968-1998
I don't like all of Nikki Giovanni's poetry, but there are certain pieces that are great. I got my copy signed at a reading Giovanni did at the librar ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 12, 2008
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
I liked the story better when Bechdel concentrated on actual events and relationships than when she analyzed them through literature, especially becau ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 19, 2008
Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler, #1)
Enjoyable. I liked the elaboration on the Irene Adler character, and I was relieved that this didn't turn into a Holmes/Adler romance. I did like givi ...more
not set
Apr 07, 2008
Quick read, most of the stories I didn't find really stuck with me. I'd be hard-pressed to have a conversation about it now, four months later.
Oct 2008
Oct 19, 2008
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