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The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting
I very much enjoyed this cheeky little book. Told in a tongue-and-cheek style, infused with some real advice, it's a humorous reminder that we all nee ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 16, 2007
The Fault in Our Stars
Goodreads requires written reviews, not drawn. So in words, then: If I were to draw a venn diagram of my review of this book, it would show a large ci ...more
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)
Laughed on every page (really), and was reminded at each turn that the goal of editing is clarity, not to hold so tightly to the rules (but you must f ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
For beginners and experienced meditators--Pema Chodron's writing is always enlightening. Her style of meditation is not to transcend, but to lean into ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking
Even if you never cook a single recipe from this book, it' worth owning. If not for the info on natural grains and flours and sweeteners, then for the ...more
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Mar 26, 2008
Orange Is the New Black
I've read hundreds, thousands? of books, and I've never read anything like this. You couldn't dream up fiction like this if you tried, and yet through ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
The Hundred Dresses
Published in 1944, this might be one of the first mean-girl bullying books. The writing feels a little old-fashioned and heavy-handed, but the message ...more
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Nov 24, 2014
Reservation Blues
I've read this book several times. I forgot (always forget) how profoundly sad it is. But there is always hope inside the stark reality of Sherman Ale ...more
May 2015
Mar 02, 2015
Outliers: The Story of Success
Pretty much everything Gladwell writes is fascinating, but this one particularly so. First half was riveting; 2nd half I had to trudge through a littl ...more
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Oct 15, 2013
Tugg and Teeny
The artwork is pretty beautiful, but the writing is ho-hum. The stories are ho-hum. There are perhaps too many characters in the stories for this leve ...more
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Nov 18, 2011
Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Jedi Academy, #2)
These books are hilarious. My 9 year old son and I can't get enough of them. I particularly like this one because our main character, Roan, has a toug ...more
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Nov 24, 2014
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
What a funny old fashioned book rediscovered (in a cereal box no less). AJ loves this book, weirdly, as I did too as a kid. He'll sit and look through ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
So funny and sweet, and appreciated that the writing stayed tightly focused on the story. We are not church-goers so it was interesting reading this b ...more
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Dec 29, 2014
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Yeah I read got sumthin to say about it? No actually I enjoyed this read. It's very compelling. I have an affinity for vampire stuff to begin ...more
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Mar 19, 2009
GORGEOUS design. Biography at its most basic, and yet most brilliant. The whole spirit of Jane Goodall's life and work is condensed into brief, and ye ...more
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Mar 04, 2012
Jedi Academy
I read this with my 8 year old son. We laughed a lot throughout--depictions of Yoda probably the funniest. Unlike Brown's other two related (hilarious ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
Science Verse
This is pretty brilliant, but perhaps that goes with out saying with Scieszka. Poems with science themes based on famous poems or songs or childhood r ...more
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Jul 22, 2014
The Almost Moon
Explores the fine line between love and hate, sanity and insanity. At times I felt I had to slog through so much writing to get to the story, which I ...more
Mar 17, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
I highly recommend this book. We all know about the Holocaust and the camps, etc., but most of us don't know about the thousands of Jews (and Russians ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 21, 2007
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
It's an interesting read. I do like magic realism, so you have to be ready to buy into that from the get-go. And the straightforward writing style mak ...more
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Jul 21, 2010
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Aside from the most forgettable title ever, this book is anything but forgettable. The book takes place both in Haiti and in NYC and efficiently spans ...more
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Mar 20, 2014
Because of Mr. Terupt
This is pretty excellent writing for middle-grade readers, and most surprisingly a first book for this author. But he writes as someone who clearly kn ...more
Dec 08, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
My Only Home
One of my favorite new finds. I keep reading the same poems over and over again because they have new depth for me each time I come back to them. One ...more
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Apr 30, 2010
Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder (Junie B. Jones, #20)
I think we've read most of the Junie B books and we love them all. This one, though, I recommend reading first, before you read with your kid. There's ...more
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Feb 28, 2012
Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems
I wanted to love this collection more. There are individual poems I would definitely give 5 stars and are as lovely as a poem can be, but as a collect ...more
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Jul 22, 2014
Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
Not my typical read--picked it up in an airport bookstore and was hooked so bought it and read it on the plane. I read the whole book and I still can' ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 27, 2009
I Love You, Mouse
Oh Tomi, what's not to love? A very old book reissued a few years ago, and timeless indeed. It took me a few reads to discover that in each spread the ...more
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Sep 25, 2010
This should be required reading for every first-responder and government worker, every member of congress, every FEMA worker especially, and every Gua ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
Waiting for Godot
I know it's super English-major-cliche to be so enamored with this play, but it really is as brilliant as they say. The longer I'm alive, the more my ...more
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Aug 29, 2014
Bad Kitty for President
Love all the Bad Kitty books. Hilarious and spot on. President in particular is a great tool for teaching/learning about the process for running for p ...more
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Nov 15, 2012
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