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Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!
I began reading this for a bookgroup and stopped half-way through. It's complete crap. I've been vegetarian for years and know a lot about where my fo ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #7)
**spoiler alert** I found this most recent installment very disappointing. We see very little of St. Alban's or how Clare is readusting to life as a p ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius
I read this in consideration of using the Montessori method to homeschool my daughter in a few years.

I appreciated the balanced tone of the book, bot
Mar 05, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
I was reading this book for a group (of young families) at my (Episcopal) church. About a third of the way through the book I just couldn't take it an ...more
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
My Sister's Voice
A good premise with an astonishingly bad follow through. I'm usually able to suspend disbelief for a good story, but this tortured tale was just ridic ...more
not set
Oct 10, 2012
Jude the Obscure
While I only gave it two stars its a book I will be thinking about for awhile. It is certainly Hardy's most bleak book (I hope so anyway!) and not his ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 14, 2009
Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors
A fascinating history of both womens'role and how women have been treated by the psychiatric and psychoanalytical professions as they have evolved. Wh ...more
Nov 14, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)
This is the second book by Karen White that I have read, and I expect it will be the last as my complaints of the first are the same for this novel.

Apr 28, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
We read this at the advice of our family doctor. I did find some useful tips in it as far as recognizing sleep signs and avoiding your baby getting ov ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night's Rest for the Whole Family
In general, I found this a very helpful book in terms of identifying what our goals for our daughter are around sleep, rather than focusing on creatin ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
I committed to exclusively breast feed by daughter long before she was born. However, this book did not help that decision. Instead it made me feel li ...more
Oct 2011
Jan 25, 2012
We Need to Talk About Kevin
While this book was hard to put down, I can't say that I really liked it.

The basic premise is a mother (Eva) tries to determine, in the guise of writ
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes
This was the first, and last, book by Diane Chamberlain I will read. The writing itself is mediocre, but I had hoped the plot would carry it. Rather t ...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
I read this for a bookgroup gathering between my church, St. Stephen's and our covenant church, St. Luke's & St. Simon Cyrene. As we are both chur ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood
I read this for a bookgroup discussion with a lesbian moms group. I am a biological mom, and my wife and I plan to have a second child which she will ...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
A Fountain Filled With Blood (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #2)
This is the second in a series, but I actually am reading it after the third (Out of the Deep I Cry). I am glad that I did so, because while I very mu ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
I read this book looking for some insight into my birth mother's situation. Though I was born several years after Roe V. Wade the social environment s ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
God's Tapestry: Understanding And Celebrating Differences
This was a fantastic book looking at both the psychological, social, and spiritual underpinnings of racism, homophobia, and sexism. Knodrath provides ...more
Sep 14, 2008
Aug 15, 2008
Lost & Found: The Adoption Experience
I read this book after finding more recent "adoption experience" guides to be less applicable. I didn't find out I was adopted until my 30's and it is ...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self
Very useful discussion of how adoptees go through the stages of development. However, it does assume that people are told as children and are able to ...more
May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child
A very interesting read and illuminating on the topic of early loss. It's basic premise is that an infant remembers on an emotional and visceral level ...more
Jun 23, 2013
May 31, 2013
I Shall Not Want (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #6)
While the emotional realities of life after Linda's death are very well done; I didn't like the mystery. It didn't keep my attention. I didn't find ei ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
Several things bothered me about this book. It uses discipline and spanking as synonyms. in the section about depression it implies that with the righ ...more
not set
Jan 09, 2015
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
This is one of the best works of fiction I've read in a long time. There are several mysteries being solved and discovered against the backdrop of mod ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 01, 2012
Animal Dreams
I loved this book. Kingslover manages to write redemption stories that are both gentle and poignant. Probably my favorite theme in stories is the ever ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 16, 2007
Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians
I found this a useful read for framing the dichotomy of needing to converse with people who are 'one the other side' but also to know when your conver ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
I very much enjoyed the first two books in this series, but was horribly disappointed in this one. Not only does it take forever to get anywhere but a ...more
Jul 11, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
To Darkness and to Death (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #4)
Many of the reviews point out that Russ and Clare are not as omnipresent in this book as the others. However, I don't think that's a bad thing. The la ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #5)
In a nutshell: there are no happy endings, and self awareness only gets you anywhere if you do something with it.

Russ and Clare's relationship comes
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
The Birthing House
I didn't think this was especially well written, but I finished it in a day so it can't have been that bad. Good standard horror really. It's basicall ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
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