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Little Lord Fauntleroy
This is most certainly a Burnett book, with its theme of pure, innocent goodness overcoming greed and maliciousness (not to mention the theme of beaut ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
This book is not without its flaws, the largest perhaps being that it explores child rearing exclusively within the educated, middle and upper class w ...more
May 07, 2013
May 07, 2013
Then Again
I would have gladly given this book 3.5 stars, but I couldn't quite bring myself to give it four. It was a pleasant read, but I can't say that it offe ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself
So, I can't say that I hated this book, but, as another reviewer notes, it was really obvious, and it frequently read like a second-rate romantic come ...more
Jun 30, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
I just changed my rating on this book--I keep going back and forth. Overall I enjoyed reading it, but there were definitely some slower parts, especia ...more
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Aug 16, 2007
Venus in Furs
Mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the writing falls short of great. Much of the language is repetitive, both in content and in vocabula ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Totally loved this book! I have only read a handful of Stephen King's fiction books, and I wasn't sure exactly what to expect here, but I couldn't sto ...more
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Apr 30, 2009
Hotel du Lac
I'm not entirely sure how to review this one. I debated about whether to give this book two or three stars. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't especi ...more
May 26, 2010
May 21, 2010
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Not having previously read Jon Ronson and being unfamiliar with his style, I think I expected this book to be something closer to a treatise on psycho ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
The House on Mango Street
This story is told in a series of vignettes, which I believe is the way many of us remember our lives. At least I do. I love that Cisneros manages to ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Mar 28, 2008
The Rule of Four
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed the riddles and mysteries, and the book moves at a quick pace, but it has a number of drawbacks. First of all, I was compl ...more
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Mar 04, 2009
Let's start by getting the negatives out of the way. There were two things that kept me from rating this book five stars: 1.) The age difference betwe ...more
Mar 09, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
Peter and Wendy
Very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I think that the writing and storytelling are wonderful. You really do feel like a child, tucked ...more
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Jul 22, 2010
Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe
So, I can't say that Greg Epstein is the best writer I've ever read, but this book gives voice to many of the ideas that have been floating around in ...more
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Dec 24, 2009
Tender Is the Night
I have been a long-time fan of Gatsby and looked forward to my second foray into Fitzgerald. I was not disappointed. This book makes some powerful sta ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
This was my first taste of Edna Ferber, and it was a completely enjoyable one. The title appropriately sets the tone for this collection of funny stor ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 04, 2009
Invisible Cities
**spoiler alert** Part satire, part philosophy, part poetry, I love the way this book provokes my mind to wander. Sitting in a garden, Kublai Khan and ...more
Nov 24, 2011
Nov 27, 2007
This book combines humor and heartbreak in a beautiful way. The entire time I was reading, I couldn't help but picture Charlie Chaplin in the role of ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1)
**spoiler alert** Overall I enjoyed this book, and it was certainly a quick read! I am really fascinated by the psychology of serial killers, so I was ...more
May 26, 2010
May 21, 2010
The Three Faces Of Eve
An overall enjoyable and interesting read, although I did find that it lagged at times, especially in some of the later chapters in which the author f ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
Imagine: How Creativity Works
I would have gladly given this book 3.5 stars, but I couldn't quite give it four. I suppose I should start by saying that I am fully aware of the cont ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Jun 05, 2012
Where Angels Fear to Tread
This book was pretty good, once you get past the outmoded stereotypes about Italians and the fact that all the girls seem to fall in love instantly wi ...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
How can you objectively review a book that is so closely tied to your childhood? I don't know how many times I have read it, but each time is like vis ...more
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Aug 16, 2007
The Turn of the Screw
Wish I could have given this 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story, and I think James does a good job of evoking an eerie mood, but the commas...the commas!
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Sep 23, 2010
Rosemary's Baby
A basically entertaining book, but I was definitely hoping for something a little scarier. I had never seen the movie, but I was familiar with the plo ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
This book didn't change my mind about how I would like my remains disposed of after I die, but it was certainly an interesting look at all the possibi ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Jul 19, 2010
Where the Red Fern Grows
I have a friend who is a former high school English teacher who told me once that a parent complained because the book she had assigned was not "uplif ...more
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Aug 16, 2007
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
I am not generally a big sci-fi person, but I do love satire, which is what drew me to this book. I can't say that I found it to be especially compell ...more
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Jul 06, 2010
Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business
This may not be a great work of literature, but it is most certainly a fun glimpse into the life of Dolly Parton, whose voice comes through so clearly ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
Wilco: Learning How to Die
This book was a great ride through the history of Tweedy. Kot's style is clear and direct, and thoroughly engaging. In his illumination of Tweedyology ...more
Nov 14, 2007
Oct 25, 2007
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