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The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac
3.04
This is a resetting of the traditional coming-of-age novel to a more authentic time (post-college) and more authentic place (back in the family nest). ...more
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Apr 02, 2012
 
Home
3.68
One of my strongest reading memories is of discovering Toni Morrison the summer before my senior year of high school. I spent that summer in Wildwood ...more
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May 12, 2012
 
Possession
3.87
It's impossible to read Possession without admiring the technical feat. The story is an impeccably structured mise en abyme, pulling the reader throug ...more
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Jun 11, 2012
 
Eating Animals
4.15
Foer educates the reader about the horrors of factory farming. Whereas other authors, like Michael Pollan, present similar information and come to the ...more
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Mar 16, 2011
 
The Grief of Others
3.33
The first pages of this novel are an exquisite description of a mother's 56 hours with her newborn infant before it dies of a brain defect. The rest o ...more
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Dec 27, 2011
 
We the Animals
3.60
Justin Torres does a remarkable job of capturing the insanity of life in a a violent household and its impact on three young brothers. In many ways We ...more
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Aug 13, 2011
 
The Sisters Brothers
3.83
A crackling neo-Western about two hired assassins in Gold Rush era California. Eli Sisters, the charming and introspective narrator, is an unforgettab ...more
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Apr 03, 2012
 
So Much for That
3.66
This book is the antidote to all the sentimental cancer schlock that has informed the current collective perception of the disease.

Lionel Shriver tac
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May 15, 2012
 
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes
3.96
Food Matters presents a straightforward argument that eating fewer animals and less processed foods is both healthy and environmentally conscious then ...more
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Mar 16, 2011
 
The Family Fang
3.61
I loved this book! It is the story of a family of avant-garde performance artists who create "events" in public, aiming to inject some absurdity into ...more
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Oct 25, 2011
 
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
4.07
Anderson positions a young slave girl's struggle for freedom against the backdrop of the American War for Independence, dramatically exposing the hypo ...more
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Mar 09, 2011
 
The Vanishers
3.12
I'll concede that The Vanishers isn't for everyone, but it was definitely for me. A psychic uses her powers to uncover the dark secrets of a lost film ...more
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Jul 10, 2012
 
Zero History (Blue Ant, #3)
3.91
William Gibson alternately looks at contemporary society with an incisize edge and alien wonder, rendering the 21st century tweenage as a scary, but l ...more
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Jan 28, 2011
 
What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal
3.68
Heller has created perhaps the least reliable of all unreliable narrators in Barbara, a lonely and deranged spinster obsessively chronicling her colle ...more
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May 28, 2011
 
The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living
4.02
Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything is referenced daily in my household. The Food Matters Cookbook is nearly as dependable. In this newest cookbook, ...more
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Mar 09, 2011
 
There But For The
3.31
A friend of a friend attends a dinner party and locks himself into the hosts' guest bedroom for several months. Ali Smith explores this Kafkaesque pre ...more
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Jan 08, 2012
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.38
The Hunger Games is excellent in audiobook format. Carolyn McCormick is a terrific narrator; you'll probably recognize her as the psychiatrist on Law ...more
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Sep 13, 2010
 
On the Road
3.66
Oh man, I'm itchy for a road trip!

SUMMER READING REVIEW: "A fast-paced story of young men drive back and forth in the U.S. searching for 'peak experie
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Aug 18, 2011
 
Shutter Island
4.04
This audiobook made a long drive to Pittsburgh fly by. The writing is so fine that the story's predictability seems irrelevant. My only complaint is t ...more
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Jul 06, 2010
 
Assassination Vacation
3.99
I like my nonfiction quirky, meandering, and with a strong narrative voice. Sarah Vowell brings it all with this highly interesting, highly readable b ...more
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May 08, 2012
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.63
A beautifully rendered novel about time and relationships. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character at a different point ...more
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Aug 02, 2010
 
Crash
3.59
Why should moms have all the fun? (This a Fifty Shades of Grey reference which probably won't make any sense to you if you are reading this review aft ...more
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May 17, 2012
 
Like Water for Chocolate
3.92
A book snack. A quick read, perhaps lacking the sustenance of the books to which its paying homage, but pleasurable nonetheless.

This would be a great
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Mar 10, 2011
 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories
3.73
This is a collection of stories about the complexities of contemporary Jewish identity. Even though I'm not Jewish and lacked personal context for som ...more
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May 21, 2012
 
Your Child at Play: Birth to One Year: Discovering the Senses and Learning About the World
3.46
Offers parents suggestions for engaging their child's developing senses and emerging cognition through play.

The book's organization lends itself perf
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Jun 18, 2010
 
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
4.04
I love this cookbook. The recipes are varied, with an emphasis on cooking vegetables and grains to their delicious potential rather than concocting un ...more
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Apr 05, 2011
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.02
It's David Sedaris. You will laugh out loud. You will be compelled to read sections aloud to anyone within earshot.

It's more of the same from David Se
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Sep 14, 2010
 
White Noise
3.86
A dark satire of 1980s consumerism, depicting society as at once both oblivious and hyper-aware of its plot towards death. Sounds hilarious, huh? Well ...more
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Jan 28, 2011
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.38
SUMMER READING CLUB: "I read this because my daughter recommended it and it is great! It is about our society in the distant future and how we become ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
 
An Education
3.32
A quick, light memoir. The second chapter, which was adapted by Nick Hornby into the movie "An Education, is the most interesting.

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Mar 26, 2010
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