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The Memory Keeper's Daughter
3.62
**spoiler alert** Note: This review is chock full of spoilers! Read at your own risk.

Ugh. This book was a disappointment. I was drawn in by the premis
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not set
Mar 23, 2007
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
I do like a good vintage-travelling-circus story - "Geek Love", HBO's "Carnivale" (which I was really sad to see cancelled), etc... In fact, this book ...more
May 2007
May 25, 2007
 
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty, #1)
3.28
I was all for reading a little naughty fairy-tale erotica from an author I liked - but wow. The whole sub/dom theme (the title really should be "The S ...more
Jan 1994
Mar 30, 2007
 
Emergence
4.18
I read this book when I was thirteen, about two years older than Candy, the plucky girl-genius protagonist. Palmer rocked the concept of an empowered ...more
Jun 1984
Mar 21, 2007
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.16
I'll never look at corn the same way again.

This book provokes a lot of thought about the origins of our food and the biological, political, social and
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May 2007
May 09, 2007
 
Name All the Animals: A Memoir
3.66
Alison Smith examines the fallout in the lives of her and her parents following the sudden death of her adored older brother Roy when she was 15. A sw ...more
Feb 2007
Mar 22, 2007
 
Woman: An Intimate Geography
4.15
This book taught me so much about what it means to be a woman from a physiological perspective. Angier writes in a witty, conversational style - not c ...more
Jan 2001
Mar 31, 2007
 
High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never
4.01
This is the first of Kingsolver's books that I read, and it's still my favorite, albeit that it's a collection of non-fiction essays. Maybe part of th ...more
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Mar 27, 2007
 
Washington Square
3.64
I enjoy the writing style of Henry James, but the story itself... Ugh.

I kept thinking surely there are going to be some major plot twists, some sort
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May 2007
Jun 26, 2007
 
Things My Girlfriend And I Have Argued About
3.71
OK, so it doesn't have the most stellar plot in the world. It really doesn't need to - the plot simply serves as a device for Mil Millington to vent, ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2007
 
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan, #3)
3.95
I became fascinated with submarines after reading this book in high school.
not set
Apr 02, 2007
 
Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy, #1)
3.93
This series of books is the scifi/fantasy equivalent of Cheetos - cheesy and puffy and probably not very good for you - but I liked it.

Planetary colon
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Mar 29, 2007
 
Sleep Toward Heaven
3.82
If you're looking for a mood-lifting book, look away from this one.

The premise was pretty interesting, but damn, the stories of these three Texan wom
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Mar 2007
Mar 23, 2007
 
Middlesex
3.95
Not, as one might guess, a story set in a borough of greater London. Greek family struggles to maintain their traditions and secrets while embracing A ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2007
 
Assassination Vacation
3.99
Sarah Vowell rocks - she's so funny, and yet she's totally earnest about her obsession with the history of assassinated presidents. There's something ...more
Sep 2006
Mar 28, 2007
 
The Egyptologist
3.27
This book was fun to read. I thought it was clever and surprisingly effective that the author used only letters from various characters and excerpts f ...more
Mar 2006
Mar 29, 2007
 
The Magician's Assistant
3.62
I really like the way Ann Patchett writes, and her use of words and imagery was to some extent enough to declare to my former book-club members, about ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 31, 2007
 
Bridget Jones's Diary
3.72
Yeah, I'll admit it - I liked Bridget Jones and her diary. She's a girl beset by her own insecurities, indulgences and painfully inappropriate impulse ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2007
 
In the Company of the Courtesan
3.74
Italian courtesan and her wily dwarf associate flee sacked Rome to forge a new life, and business, in Venice during the Renaissance. A rich, baudy tip ...more
Feb 2007
Mar 21, 2007
 
Time Enough for Love
3.95
This book gets pretty wacky, and Heinlein sort of threw out all the stops when he created the lead character, immortal libertine and ultimate ladies' ...more
Jan 1987
Mar 26, 2007
 
Sarum: The Novel of England
4.06
Lordy, this is a marathon of a book. Great stuff, especially the portions pertaining to the origins of Stonehenge and the building of the Salisbury Ca ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2007
 
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
3.87
Amy Krouse Rosenthal has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of those random quirks of behavior and thought that comprise so much of our inner l ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 21, 2007
 
Refugee (Bio of a Space Tyrant, #1)
3.70
This book was pretty fascinating when I read it as a young teen. It was a really good space opera, but with some shocking scenes of violence and sex - ...more
Jan 1986
Mar 30, 2007
 
The Known World
3.81
I had no idea that free blacks sometimes owned slaves, too. I mean, damn. Beautifully told, and the author does a good job of rendering both free and ...more
Feb 2007
Mar 21, 2007
 
Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt The Door
3.33
Lynee Truss mixes humor and genuine exasperation as she fusses over the decline of polite manners in modern times. This book has made me more aware of ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2007
 
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
4.22
It's been said before, but Scalzi's writing definitely does bring to mind Heinlein in all the right ways. I thought the premise was unique and interes ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 09, 2007
 
Neverwhere
4.16
Hapless Richard Mayhew helps a hurt girl on the street and finds himself drawn into a hidden world of magic, danger and wonders underneath the streets ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2007
 
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?
4.09
Nobody wielded sarcastic wit better than Dorothy Parker, and very few people could lay claim to being so adept at screwing up their lives and yet so a ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 26, 2007
 
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
3.84
As one of those old-timey zealots who believes in proper sentences and punctuation even in email, and for whom chatspeak is the text equivalent of nai ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2007
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.83
I often wonder how I'll react when someone very close to me dies. Joan Didion's story of her sometimes crazy thoughts and actions in the year after he ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2007
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