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Entertaining is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess
Can I brag? I have an autographed first edition of this baby!! It was one of those extra-tongue-in-cheek wedding presents--a bubbly, utterly sincere W...more
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Apr 29, 2009
Captains Of Consciousness Advertising And The Social Roots Of The Consumer Culture
If I had to pick one book and call it "my college education" this would be the one.
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Apr 29, 2009
Oh. My. Baking. Ghods. *This* is the book I've been waiting for since I first whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies from a recipe at age 20 and...more
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Nov 01, 2009
The Snowball Effect
Lainey Pike is more adult than most YA protagonists I've met. On the cusp of eighteen, she works instead of going to school. She takes care of her beh...more
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May 30, 2010
Nice and Mean
This is a fresh, authentic tale of middle school diversity; not just group diversity, but also the diversity within one person--because each one of us...more
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Jun 14, 2010
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
Disclaimer: I read this book in college, a million years ago so I can't be sure it would hold us for me. However, I loved how smart it was. Unlike mos...more
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Aug 21, 2007
Twenty Boy Summer
Captures the loneliness of guarding secrets, the beauty and intensity of being an introverted, conscientious young person on the very first vacation o...more
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Sep 18, 2009
She's So Money
Not my usual type of story, but the snappy, snarky, TV-worthy dialogue elevated it to five stars for me. Man, you can really tell this author writes c...more
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Sep 10, 2009
As Long As She Needs Me
A charming romantic comedy starring a guy I would really like. Despite being tall, attractive, smart, and nice, Oscar isn't an alpha--instead he's the...more
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Apr 17, 2010
Never Let Me Go
I loved this book for its haunting, devastating ideas about childhood and growing up. What a brilliant metaphor he comes up with... so brilliant it al...more
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Apr 27, 2009
Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1)
Flawless, addictive voice in this feather-light chick-lit series about a ditzy (but heroic) vampire queen. Producing sophisticated, tongue in cheek fl...more
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Apr 27, 2009
Promise Not to Tell
A beautifully written, er, well, haunting first novel... with some genuinely icky and creepy aspects to it. Luckily, it's part thriller and ghost stor...more
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Apr 29, 2009
Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
So far I am loving this book! I really couldn't ask for anything better, more up my alley, than a comedy about the American immigrant experience.

I ca...more
May 12, 2010
Apr 14, 2010
Be My Yoko Ono
Fellow book lovers, I present to you my first novel, written long before I wrote Whisper and Glimmer. It's different from those two books. It's a geek...more
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Aug 10, 2012
Trust Me on This
Kindled this as plane-fare. Very light and fun! I'd rate it as my #3 favorite Crusie book, behind Bet Me and Fast Women.
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May 21, 2011
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)
Satisfying ending to a YA paranormal series that has been, for me, like candy.*

*If I liked candy.
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
The Borrower
I just heard the author's short story on This American Life, and I cannot wait to read her book!
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Aug 31, 2011
The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker
Louis Sachar never disappoints.

(That was my attempt to write as succinctly as you do, Louis.)
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Jun 01, 2010
Rodeo In Joliet
Saw this (and met the author) at a book fair today and it looks *amazing.*
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Mar 28, 2010
The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind
How could I not want to read a book with a title this awesome?
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Nov 01, 2009
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
Can't wait till this one comes out.
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Jul 07, 2011
Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer
A must-have for writers.
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Nov 08, 2009
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Jun 26, 2011
The Stone Diaries
I rate this book so highly not because I loved the story (what story?) or the people in it so much but because I really. Truly. Believed. They were re...more
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Aug 23, 2007
Sparks Off You
If THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER had a more literary, female cousin, it would be SPARKS OFF YOU. SPARKS whisks me back to my own high school years w...more
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Sep 05, 2012
The Help
I've only read 2% (yes, Kindle) but I'm already charmed.
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
The Abstinence Teacher
This book had some structural flaws, I think, but I *really* enjoyed the experience of reading it. As always, Perrotta makes every character sympathet...more
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Nov 23, 2008
The Taking of Mariasburg
Most loathed this book. I can see why too: cutesy invented lingo/style of speech, stereotypical right wing nut villains, an annoyingly perfect m.c. I...more
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Aug 23, 2007
Me Talk Pretty One Day
I found this book on an airplane. Someone had left it behind, and looking at the maniac scrawl on the cover I sort of thought I could see why. Nonethe...more
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Aug 20, 2007
As You Wish
A delightful read! Genuinely romantic and original. It also, obviously, has fun playing with Shakespearean comedic motifs. I thought I was sure how it...more
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Sep 10, 2009
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