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Inkspell (Inkworld, #2)
3.88
**spoiler alert** After enjoying "Inkheart," the first book in this trilogy, "Inkspell" was a huge disappointment. First, I thought Meggie's character ...more
Dec 31, 2007
Dec 28, 2007
 
Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
4.11
This book was hands-down the best Peace Corps memoir I have yet to read. Holloway's story wasn't a glorified quarterly report, listing all the project ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 29, 2007
 
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
3.87
Excellent observation and storytelling skills; the first half as much more interesting than the second. Highly reminiscent of "The Orchid Thief," yet ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
Continental Drift
3.86
**spoiler alert** Where to begin? The writing was excellent. Banks is very talented with words. The story was disturbing, though. I think he meant for ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 14, 2008
 
A Thread of Grace
3.99
**spoiler alert** One of the most bleak and also one of the most hopeful stories I've encountered in a while. Bleak because everyone dies. Everyone. W ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
Wild Heart: A Life: Natalie Clifford Barney and the Decadence of Literary Paris
4.14
I don't usually go for biographies, but I can't put this one down. NCB's story is fascinating. She was a feminist and a thinker far ahead of her time, ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 26, 2007
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
I just wrote a long review of this book but the computer ate it!! Mainly I described how nurturing it was for me to read about someone else (although ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
 
Children of God (The Sparrow, #2)
4.04
I was disappointed. I loved The Sparrow--I think for its ambiguity--and this book answered all the questions The Sparrow left hanging. The characters ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 22, 2008
 
The Art of Cycling: A Guide to Bicycling in 21st-Century America
3.83
The topic is informative and enjoyable, and the writing is extremely engaging. Essential reading for anyone who spends time on American roads, as a dr ...more
Oct 16, 2007
Oct 08, 2007
 
A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
3.90
Wonderful, wonderful book. I bought it for a gift for my sister's graduation (she is studied to become a high school history teacher, so I felt it was ...more
May 2008
May 09, 2008
 
New American Short Stories
3.22
Not sure this is the exact version I read (no cover image). Kathryn gave me a copy for my birthday and I finally got to reading it. Loved it! Wonderfu ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
4.32
Super! Difficult to put down. I enjoyed the character of Watson and his descriptions more than I enjoyed Holmes's ingenuity. I enjoyed how Watson desc ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 19, 2007
 
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
3.67
It's OK but drags a bit. Her style is very similar to John McPhee's (another New Yorker writer), which I found disconcerting. I thought, though, that ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 15, 2007
 
A Woman in Amber: Healing the Trauma of War and Exile
4.11
In writing, the author purges herself of the traumatic stories she has carried with her since childhood. She also describes the experience of living w ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 21, 2007
 
Travels with My Donkey: One Man and His Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago
3.78
Quite a few passages made me laugh out loud, which made it a good read. Otherwise it was a straightforward travel narrative: first I did this, then I ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 24, 2007
 
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
4.08
This is an old favorite I enjoyed reading while I was home sick from work. A fast read but also very engaging. Topics of loss and survival. A rather m ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 25, 2008
 
Bad Dirt
3.93
I liked it. Her writing is sparse in content but stylistically rich. I have been enjoying the short story format; interesting how it can do different ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 03, 2008
 
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
4.27
Simple and direct. Story doesn't need embellishment or flourish. The end was the most difficult. Comforting, too, to read about others suffering at th ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 16, 2008
 
Very Good, Jeeves! (Jeeves, #4)
4.35
It's extremely funny and an enjoyable read. Not terribly profound (so it's a good choice to follow "The Royal Ghosts") but the writing is witty and cl ...more
Dec 28, 2007
Dec 17, 2007
 
The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories
3.53
Just couldn't get through this one! The stories didn't engage me. Seemed more like self-conscious, political tracts regarding sexuality. I wanted to r ...more
May 2008
May 09, 2008
 
Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood
4.01
It had it's moments. Some of the vignettes made me laugh out loud. Others didn't hold my attention. Sometimes she was a little too glib for my taste. ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 21, 2007
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.97
I couldn't put this book down. The writing was so-so; it was the subject and the amazing amount of research Larsen did that captivated me. Crazy, cree ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Has Crippled Undergraduate Education
3.52
Great (though cynical) ideas gave insight into my job at IU and my undergrad experiences at Iowa... Really poorly written, though, especially for an E ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 22, 2008
 
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
4.26
A fast read. I read it quickly (2 evenings) and couldn't put it down. Enjoyable, slightly creepy stories. Powerful writing. Excellent book.
Apr 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
The Club Dumas
3.80
Just couldn't get in to this book. Don't know if it was the translation or something else, but I didn't find it compelling.
Nov 2007
Nov 05, 2007
 
Dreamers of the Day
3.56
Wow! Mary Russell is becoming my favorite author. She has a brilliant way of weaving character into plot.
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
 
French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France
3.74
A fun read! Extremely funny. More British than the donkey book.
Nov 2007
Nov 05, 2007
 
How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves
4.14
It was due back at the library before I had a chance to finish it!
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Jan 14, 2008
 
Instructions For Visitors
3.00
This was an engaging travel memoir/ personal memoir.
Sep 2007
Sep 21, 2007
 
Booknotes: America's Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas
3.81
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Apr 28, 2008
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