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Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Languages
really liked it
This book was an interesting mix of personal (travel) stories, linguistic review, history, and sociological analysis. The insight into how power, race ...more
May 09, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories
really liked it
A nice collection of five short stories, all of which carry a theme (like so very much of McKinley's work) of young women coming into their power. Eac ...more
May 2011
Apr 28, 2011
An Assembly Such as This  (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1)
really liked it
I've long wanted to know more of the Pride & Prejudice story and thought I'd give this a try. It may not be where Jane Austen would have gone, but ...more
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Knitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter
liked it
Ephemera is a good word to describe this book. Full of random and sometimes interesting tidbits in a very very small font.
Dec 30, 2016
Dec 29, 2016
Burial Rites
really liked it
Well-written, the book does a masterful job of bringing early 19th century Iceland to life. We see the details of home and community structure, of far ...more
Apr 08, 2015
Sep 17, 2014
Food in the USA: A Reader
We were just assigned a few essays in this book in my food class, so I haven't read most of it, but am not sure I'll finish the others.
not set
Mar 28, 2010
Yetsa's Sweater
it was amazing
Sweet book for children that explains the process and tradition of making Cowichan sweaters. I bought a copy to share with my niece.
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
Mercy Thompson: Homecoming
liked it
Super-short read. I picked this one up from the library to get a little Mercy Thompson fix. I like the short story (about her move to the Tri-Cities) ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
really liked it
This graphic novel weaves together the tale of a book banning fight in small-town America and the fantasy series that they are trying to ban. I love a ...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
A Knitter's Home Companion: A Heartwarming Collection of Stories, Patterns, and Recipes
liked it
A short, quick, pleasant read. Essays around the theme of knitting and the role it has played in the author's life. Enjoyable.
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
really liked it
I liked this lesbian fantasy/mystery quite a bit. The setting was unusual and creative, the connection between the main character and her love interes ...more
Jun 21, 2017
Apr 15, 2015
really liked it
I listened to this book via the CraftLit podcast. The story was very well read by the various readers/actors and I really enjoyed the intros and discu ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Nov 05, 2011
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
really liked it
Okay, this is fun. A pretty imaginative setting for a Cinderella retelling - somewhat distopian future earth. Rather than a glass slipper, it's a cybo ...more
Jan 13, 2016
Jan 08, 2016
A Matter of Magic (Mairelon, #1-2)
really liked it
I picked this book up at Powell's Books this past spring, a bit on impulse, because I was looking for a good fantasy story. The setting is an alternat ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume One: Where on Earth (The Unreal and the Real, #1)
liked it
I've read may, but not all of these before. I'm more a fan of her speculative fiction work, so liked volume two better. May's Lion was new to me and m ...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
Two to Conquer  (Darkover #7)
it was ok
There is a lot of rape in this book, plus a really unlikable, misogynistic main character (who unbelievably still has women falling for him), which ma ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories, #3)
really liked it
I continue to appreciate the the inspiration from/admiration for Jane Austen that comes through these books, and yet they are very different. The magi ...more
Jun 12, 2015
Dec 19, 2014
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #7)
really liked it
I liked this one a lot - more action, more complexity than the last few novels have been.
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
it was amazing
I found this book to be a fascinating critique of prehistory, gender, culture & societal norms, agriculture & its impact on humans, and, of co ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
really liked it
Love this series & thought this was another good installment. Hard to put down.
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
Karen Memory
it was amazing
Great. I don't read much steam punk, but if it's like this, I should!
Jan 06, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse, #8)
really liked it
Another entertaining Sookie Stackhouse tale. Lots of adventure (certainly more than Sookie wants), romance, drama, danger, mayhem. A fun read.
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
really liked it
I didn't think the paranormal romance genre was for me, but I was wrong. I love the Mercedes Thompson series! I love her trickster-coyote side, her lo ...more
May 30, 2011
May 28, 2011
The Raven Queen
liked it
I know that the legend of Maeve is incomplete, but I expected more of the proud warrior, boastful tale-teller, and fierce lover of many men that I am ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
really liked it
Wonderfully drawn (the styles really added to the emotion of the story), this graphic novel follows the story of Ellen Forney receiving a manic-depres ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 01, 2012
In the Night Garden (The Orphan's Tales, #1)
it was amazing
I know it looks like I took forever to read this book, & it's true that I did savor it along the way. But the story is that my wife started readin ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10)
liked it
Another entertaining installment of the series.
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson (Mercy Thompson #0.1, #0.6, #0.8, #1.5, #4.5, #5.5, #7.4)
really liked it
Really enjoyed this collection of short stories from the Mercyverse.
Jan 04, 2015
Dec 28, 2014
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
really liked it
This made me laugh out loud, several times, as well as cry - all the above in public - the first time I read it. It doesn't have quite the same impact ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Sep 30, 2010
City of Pearl (Wess'har Wars, #1)
it was amazing
I like speculative fiction that explores cultures and holds up examples of other ways of being. I also like speculative fiction that gives the reader ...more
Jun 23, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
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