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The Vicar of Wakefield
You can't get very far into Victorian literature without tripping over references to The Vicar of Wakefield. Either the novel's heroine is reading the ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Adam Bede
100% engaging. This is one of those books that you feel more human for having read.

What the plot may lack in scope, the writing makes up for tenfold w
May 2008
Feb 19, 2008

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This was my 3rd reading of Charlotte Bronte's final novel. Between my 1st and 2nd reading, I also read her early novella "The Pr
Jun 29, 2013
Dec 15, 2008
Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends
This was a much anticipated read for me- the title pretty much sums up the intersection of my passions and curiosity. However, that may be why I didn' ...more
Feb 26, 2008
Oct 23, 2007
Wives and Daughters
I knew I was undertaking a possibly futile adventure when I began reading Elizabeth Gaskell's unfinished novel. Writing it in serialized form from 186 ...more
Sep 07, 2008
May 10, 2008
The People of Sparks (Book of Ember, #2)
I thought this book would never end. Though I've been loving my journey through juvenile and young adult fantasy fiction- this series by Jeanne DuPrau ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
I was drawn to Jonah Lehrer's book when I saw a light blue paperback with a madeleine cookie on the cover along with the word "neuroscientist". Tasty ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
This historiography of Marie Antoinette is deeply researched and rich with important paradigm-shifting propositions so overdue for the story of one o ...more
May 2008
Aug 21, 2007
The Alchemist
This book means a lot in that it was a gift, and that it has been formative for a a lot of people I care about, but when it comes down to it, I just d ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 30, 2007
Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
I pickd this up sort of serenditpitously: I just felt I was supposed to read it. I think I was looking to be surprised by insight or inspiration. And ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 03, 2007
The Wordy Shipmates
I'm a huge Sarah Vowell fan. Whether on the radio or in her books, she melds memoir, pop culture and ruminations on under-told stories of American his ...more
May 07, 2009
Nov 11, 2008
Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis
As a work of literary criticism, Michael Ward has succeeded in CS Lewis' footsteps, exploring intellectual and theological insights, and managing cont ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Aug 26, 2008
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
I had high hopes for this new biography of the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Consort Albert. While I learned a fair bit and enjoyed w ...more
Oct 07, 2010
Mar 06, 2010
The Film Club: A Memoir
I may need to apologize to author David Gilmour for approaching this book as a hopeful manual on How To Educate Your Children By Watching Movies. Gilm ...more
Nov 2008
Aug 19, 2008
Here's my belated review of George Eliot's (Mary Anne Evans') epicly un-epic portrait of small town Victorian England. Epic, because its 800 pages (in ...more
Jul 07, 2008
May 07, 2008
The Scarlet Letter
We all read it in eleventh grade. The language was dense, but we ached for Hester, hated Chillingworth and rooted for Dimmesdale. It all felt so drama ...more
Sep 14, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Trapped in the Mirror: Adult Children of Narcissists in Their Struggle for Self
I'm giving up on this one half way through. What I hoped would be an exploration of adult manifestations of surviving (or trying to survive) a narciss ...more
Oct 2009
Jul 29, 2009
The Virgin of Bennington
Kathleen Norris' beautifully titled book is really more of a loving eulogy for Betty Kray, the forward-thinking arts adminstrator behind the American ...more
Oct 2007
Aug 27, 2007
A Star Is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywood's Biggest Movies
not all that amazing- but an entertaining look into the minds of two important Hollywood casting directors. A good resource for actors, and a fun read ...more
Jan 05, 2008
Jan 05, 2008
The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment
The diagnosis and analysis portions of this book were phenomenal. The categories are outstandingly explored. However, the treatment approach emphasize ...more
Mar 06, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
delightful and warm. The long wind up to Martin's rock-star comedian status of the late 70's is an enjoyable trip, but the final pages' reflections on ...more
Mar 2008
Jan 28, 2008
On Chesil Beach
A delicately painful portrait of two people at a time when euphemisms stood in where real words were needed. heartbreaking and intimate and profoundly ...more
Dec 27, 2007
Oct 04, 2007
The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold
I couldn't find the prose amidst the adjectives. This was just too hard to wade through, no matter how much I longed to read of glacier hikes and the ...more
Mar 2008
Jan 17, 2008
The Brief History of the Dead
Glorious. I loved every page. It has restored my faith in contemporary fiction. Compelling, delicate, intuitive, poetic and unabashedly entertaining. ...more
Apr 19, 2008
Mar 27, 2008
The Road
Dec 03, 2009
May 17, 2009
Apr 17, 2011
Mar 22, 2009
Sense and Sensibility
May 27, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Postcards from the Edge
Oct 31, 2010
May 09, 2009
Pride and Prejudice
Feb 23, 2011
Mar 22, 2009
American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work
Jan 2008
Oct 14, 2007
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