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Snow Falling on Cedars
3.73
Overall, I was disappointed by this book. It could have been amazing, but Guterson doesn't seem to be able to create a compelling story or fully flesh...more
Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
 
The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I (The Secret Circle, #1-2)
3.97
After reading Twilight and being incredibly disappointed, I decided to revisit L.J. Smith's Secret Circle series, which I read in high school, to see...more
not set
Mar 01, 2009
 
Unlucky Lucky Days
3.96
There were a handful of stories here that I enjoyed, but it wasn't coming together for me. Its oddness wasn't particularly endearing, engaging, challe...more
Feb 2009
Jan 23, 2009
 
ISLAND
3.50
I wanted to like this so much more. The poems are beautiful and quiet, but they never surprised me.
Oct 2010
Oct 09, 2010
 
Poemland
4.30
It is like picking up a white telephone and ordering champagne...

And a drop of blood licked off an apple...

I don't see why I must be terrifically sorr...more
Dec 2010
Nov 26, 2010
 
The Historian
3.73
I considered giving up on this book many times, but I usually try to see a book through, especially after getting 50, 100, 200 or even 400 pages in. K...more
Jun 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
On Looking: Essays
4.22
Lush and intense, gorgeously written -- questions form, the relationship between seeing and looking, between writer and observer/object of observation...more
Feb 2009
Jan 23, 2009
 
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame
3.09
Overall, not terribly impressive. As you'd expect, lots of stories about how no one (or very few people) showed up for a reading or a book signing - t...more
Jun 2007
Sep 17, 2007
 
Fun Encyclopedia
4.25
Absolutely hilarious, wildly inappropriate, politically incorrect in every way possible. Did people in the 60s really force these activities upon each...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
 
Crash's Law
3.82
Some gorgeous moments, but not as strong as her other work...
Jul 2009
Jun 17, 2009
 
American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads
3.83
Back when I wasn't vegan, this book set off fantasies of following in her footsteps, either pie-by-pie or via my own personal route of mom-n-pop dough...more
Jun 2005
Sep 18, 2007
 
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
3.72
For what it's worth, Eclipse is far better than the first two books in this series. Meyer's strength is backstory, crafting legends and myths around c...more
Mar 2009
Dec 30, 2008
 
Objects for a Fog Death
4.17
Felt most engaged by the first, fourth, and fifth sections. Loved the "metal" poems. Curious linebreaks created tension, and sentences stretched over...more
Mar 2012
Oct 11, 2010
 
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
4.03
At times felt like a cross between Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Lisa Scottoline's Courting Trouble. More "satisfying" than In the Woods, becau...more
Feb 2012
Jan 10, 2012
 
The Lost Legends of New Jersey
3.73
Slowing making my way through this one, which isn't indicative of how much I like it. Reiken's characters are quirky and real (though their dialogue b...more
Nov 30, 2007
Nov 19, 2007
 
Invisible Cities
4.21
Maybe it's just because it was the only book that I truly enjoyed during IFP (Hopkinites will know what I mean) - and it's been a while since those da...more
Nov 2000
Sep 18, 2007
 
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
4.08
Though many might disagree, I think this book blew the first one away. The characters were stronger - Lyra was way less annoying, and Will complements...more
Nov 2007
Nov 19, 2007
 
The Powerbook
3.61
I love Jeanette Winterson's work, and I enjoyed this book as well -- but it lacked the deep roots in story, the cohesion, and the passion/intensity I...more
Jun 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
4.00
Echoes of Kelly Link. Definitely enjoyed this--sad, eerie, funny, abject. While it sometimes felt like the same note being struck over and over, I was...more
Nov 2011
Dec 13, 2010
 
Crime and Punishment
4.14
One of the usual suspects from high school English and a textbook case of heavy-duty Russian psychological struggle, but an amazingly absorbing read w...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
 
Neck Deep and Other Predicaments: Essays
3.81
Really enjoyed this book, though "The Big and Sometimes Colored Foam" fell flat for me. Nice explorations of form; many recurring images and ideas fro...more
May 22, 2011
Jul 08, 2009
 
A Student of Weather
3.66
Reminded me of Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall On Your Knees and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping (though the writing, while good, wasn't quite as lush as...more
Oct 2010
Jun 05, 2010
 
Facts for Visitors
4.26
Not biased because he was my advisor, I swear - Reddy's poems just have an eloquence and precision of language that is rare in many younger poets toda...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.06
I taught selections from this book in my Reading the Cemetery class, but only now am I finally getting around to reading the whole thing.
Oct 2010
Sep 18, 2007
 
Vacationland
3.72
Really a 4.5 -- a few misses, but many of these poems are gorgeously wrought, emotionally raw, and sonically masterful.
Jul 04, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
 
Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam
3.88
Oh-so-relevant to the current disastrous state of the world and the US military in particular...
not set
Sep 18, 2007
 
Madame Bovary
3.61
I love this book and am looking forward to LD's translation.
not set
Sep 15, 2010
 
Syzygy, Beauty: An Essay
4.26
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not set
Mar 07, 2012
 
A People's History of Science: Miners, Midwives, and Low Mechanicks
3.60
None
not set
Aug 02, 2012
 
New Selected Poems
4.38
None
not set
Nov 29, 2009
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