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97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement
3.61
For me, the most memorable parts of Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a coming-of-age novel set in the tenements of Brooklyn, involve food. When ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
 
The Fire (The Eight #2)
3.17
It’s been five years since The Da Vinci Code triggered an avalanche of imitators–thrillers featuring codes and ciphers, arcane knowledge, and ancient ...more
not set
Jul 21, 2010
 
Fly by Night (Fly By Night, #1)
3.74
Among the many changes that came with the publication success of the Harry Potter series was the freedom to publish books for children and teens with ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
3.61
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland is the delightful fictionalized story of Clara Driscoll and the years she worked with Louis Comfort Tiffany at ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies
3.54
Lindsey’s headed back to rehab. Paris is lying low. Nicole’s being good for the time being. What to do for celebrity sleaze?

Among the classics of the
...more
not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder
4.17
To prepare for my upcoming trip to Ecuador I visited a doctor to update my inoculations. I explained that I was going to South America to look for bir ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2010
 
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
4.14
The recommendation came to me from a book group I had been invited to attend, and it happened to be perfect timing. I had just finished Jess Walters’s ...more
Feb 05, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
4.01
A Cold, Snowy Russian Mystery

No, I’m not talking about the Sochi Olympics. I’m talking about Donnie Eichar’s book Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story
...more
Feb 12, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.00
Showing a pre-publication copy (thanks, Jason!) to a friend, I surprised myself a little by saying “Greatest living author.” My wife is fond of pointi ...more
not set
Jul 08, 2010
 
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation
3.85
Console Wars by Blake J. Harris is a narrative account of the rivalry between Sega and Nintendo, the two video game behemoths of the nineties. The boo ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
Nights Of Rain And Stars
3.64
Five tourists meet at a restaurant in Greece. A tragedy unfolds in the harbor below, creating a bond of sympathy between the five and the restaurant o ...more
Aug 04, 2006
Mar 25, 2010
 
Bone Fire
3.49
Mark Spragg’s Unfinished Life is in my top 20 list of all-time favorite books (and it was a great movie too starring Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, a ...more
not set
Jul 08, 2010
 
Blue Smoke and Murder (St. Kilda Consulting #4)
3.84
There’s just something about listening to a story read aloud. Especially when you find a magic combination between author and performer. And I’ve foun ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 25, 2010
 
Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town
3.77
Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town by Susan Hand Shetterly is a lovely book. Shetterly chronicles the three decades she has lived in Mai ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
 
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
4.04
How do you select the next book to read? For me it is often from reviews or blogs or when a cover catches my eye as I walk by or put a book out for di ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
The English Major
3.53
I recently made a good find in the Book End: The English Major by Jim Harrison. Although the title makes it sound like an epic love story set in colon ...more
Feb 28, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
Midwest Gardener's Handbook: Your Complete Guide: Select - Plan - Plant - Maintain - Problem-solve - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
4.67

It’s official: Spring is coming! How do I know this? I found my first seed catalogs in my mailbox this week! I had to knock the snow off the mailbox t

...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction
3.98
True Blood fans waiting for the final season to start on June 22 have lots of other vampire works they can explore. The recent spate of popular vampir ...more
May 27, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
 
The Stories They Tell: Artifacts from the National September 11 Memorial Museum
4.10
I believe most of us remember where we were on September 11, 2001, when four planes were turned into weapons and crashed into the World Trade Center’s ...more
Jun 17, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
Coffee with Jesus
4.28
The beginning of Lent is near, and those who participate in this ritual of going without are preparing to give up something that is meaningful in some ...more
May 04, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum
3.69
Recently a friend suggested we meet at Prairie Lights for a book reading. We have a monthly meet-up to knit and chat, but thought we might mix it up a ...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.20

Europe during World War II is the setting of many novels and it’s really no surprise. Such horror, fear, and devastation create an environment ripe fo

...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
 
Grasshopper Jungle
3.78
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is about the end of the world as told by 16-year-old Austin Szerba. Austin is confused: He’s in love with his girlf ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
The Orchardist
3.74
Set in Washington State during the turn of the century, Amanda Coplin’s The Orchardist gently unfolds the consequences of trying to make up for the pa ...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
 
The Fourth Watcher: A Novel of Bangkok (Poke Rafferty Mystery, #2)
3.99
Tim Hallinan’s books read so much like John Burdett‘s that it’s almost like one writer’s using a pseudonym. What they share is a Bangkok, Thailand set ...more
not set
Jul 21, 2010
 
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)
4.15
“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
 
Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road
3.61
The author of Blue Highways, Roads to Quoz, and PrairyErth, William Least Heat-Moon, has written his newest book called Here, There, Elsewhere; Storie ...more
Mar 05, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
 
Julie Andrews' Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year
3.98
Julie Andrews’ Treasury For All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year is a new compilation of children’s poems by many poets that have made a ...more
Mar 29, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
 
The Kid Stays in the Picture
3.92
"The are three sides to every story: yours mine and the truth" thats how The Kid Stays in the Picture begins and the book ends with another statement ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2010
 
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood
3.86
Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood rocked my world, and I meant to write a review for it. I didn’t, but now Vol. 2: Guts is out. I had never read a Woman Woma ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
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