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Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII
Meticulously researched, accessibly written and long overdue. I think almost everyone knows who Katherine Parr was, but a lot of what everyone knows a ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
Rockabye: From Wild to Child
Interesting, blog-like dispatch from the front lines of accidental young motherhood. As the former mother of a tiny wunderkind, I can safely say that ...more
Dec 03, 2008
Dec 03, 2008
The Repurposed Library
I had this love/hate relationship throughout the whole book. To wit: "Oh, isn't that cute? Wait, that's... oh, fercryinoutloud that's LITTLE WOMEN all ...more
Nov 18, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
Lucifer at the Starlite: Poems
I picked this up at the perfect time. Addonizio kicked my feet out from under me so many times in this book. My eyes did not fill with tears, rather s ...more
Jun 27, 2015
Jun 27, 2015
Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
I should have a shelf called "I knew better". This audiobook would go right in the center, if I had.

Alda's passionate, articulate, engaging but someho
May 08, 2009
May 08, 2009
A String in the Harp
I loved this book and found myself bitterly regretting not having read it when I was 12. It is the perfect book for the 12-year-old me, but it was als ...more
Oct 02, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
Whip Smart: A Memoir
The writing is decent, but the author's contempt and disgust with her chosen profession ruined the book entirely for me. I picked it up thinking I wou ...more
Aug 08, 2010
May 05, 2010
Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother
I have enjoyed Greenlaw's previous memoirs. This one fell flat for me for a number of reasons. In her quest to protect the privacy of her young charge ...more
Aug 03, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
Hopper and Wilson
This is more about my shortcomings as a reader then about the shortcomings of the book. The plot concerns two stuffed animals and a balloon who start ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
A Little History of the World
I can't recommend this much beyond the halfway point. Gombrich does a creditable job right up to the birth of Christ, but in my opinion the wheels fal ...more
Mar 08, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
Cat's Eye
I remembered loving this book, and I remembered bits and pieces about it. I last read it when it was new, and I was a younger woman. This book, in the ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Sep 10, 2007
Winger (Winger, #1)
All the while I was reading this book, I thought I knew what was going on. I thought I knew approximately where we were going, Smith and I. I loved th ...more
Feb 08, 2014
Aug 29, 2013
Different Dances
Entirely brilliant. Subversive, hilarious, filthy, delicious, twisted, disgusting, inspiring, and delightful. How the execrable The Giving Tree could ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
The Silmarillion (Boxed Set)
I read this when it first came out and I was a know-it-all teenager. Blah blah blah elves, I thought. Interminable begats. What a snooze. Ahem.

In retr
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
The Things They Carried
Oof. I, um, I want to say something coherent about The Things They Carried. Wouldn't that be pretty?

So, no. Nothing coherent. But oh, what fine writin
Feb 23, 2014
Dec 10, 2013
The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell
I read a book about Turin (The Emperor of Scent) that I really enjoyed, so I was excited to find this on my library shelf. Turin puts me in mind of Fe ...more
Jul 2007
Sep 10, 2007
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
I love all of King's other work. So much. And I wanted to love this. In its favor, it's one of the more strongly feminist works I've read in a while. ...more
Jul 10, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
The Wild Girls
10/2013 I started with the audiobook, but it was one disc short, so I got the book and started over. I remain a big fan. It's solidly plotted, and cov ...more
Oct 29, 2013
Nov 30, 2009
The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else
Beha struck me as a memoirist who missed opportunity after opportunity in this memoir. He alluded to several interesting periods of his life, but he c ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
The Speed of Dark
Wow, this book was compelling, suspenseful, funny, sad and as a bonus, it was well-written.

The inside of an autistic man's head is where the majority
May 13, 2009
May 12, 2009
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
9/2011 This one is losing its charm more and more with each re-read. This time through, my 4th, will be the last, I think. The seams show now that I h ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 10, 2007
If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home
What there was of it was terribly interesting, there just wasn't enough of it. There were also precious few citations and no footnotes. Each chapter w ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Across Five Aprils
The narrator is superb, the Southern Illinois accent true to the way the people I know from there speak. The story is compelling.

My DH walked in righ
Jun 25, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Listening to this audiobook whilst drifting off to sleep has been the genesis of many fantastic dream sequences. it's a story I'd have said I knew wel ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer
I thought this would be interesting to listen to. It certainly was, but as the book progressed, it got more and more gossipy and scandal-laden. By the ...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1)
I'm sorry, Susann, but this will be my only Shoes book.

I found it sweet but unsatisfying. I just couldn't care about anyone but Petrova, and even she
Apr 18, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
A Moment Comes
Wow, I went into this without the slightest bit of knowledge about the partitioning of India and Pakistan. I learned so much, but I was also drawn in ...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 30, 2013
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
There's nothing particularly new here- it's the same old "breathing in, I know that I am breathing in, breathing out, I know that I am breathing out." ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
There's a lot of information here, much of it new to me. I knew, f'rinstance, that most people in the US have abysmal diets. I wasn't clear on some of ...more
May 17, 2012
May 15, 2012
Rowell's got a sure hand with snappy, realistic dialogue- and that's on display here for sure. There's a melancholic undertone to this book, though, t ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 30, 2013