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How High the Moon
**spoiler alert** Cute, fun read. Little, misfit girl is taken under wing of revered, high school debutante who isn't so perfect after all. Little gir ...more
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Jul 15, 2010
A Life of Bright Ideas
**spoiler alert** I suppose some readers found this follow up to Kring's Book of Bright Ideas satisfying, but I think it tied things up a little too n ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
Angelology (Angelology, #1)
**spoiler alert** Didn't get a chance to finish. Like Da Vinci Code but wordier.

Two angelologists competing to be the best. One is from a prominent fa
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Jul 15, 2010
The Night Circus
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I'm so glad a coworker recommended this to me. That is one of the many benefits of working in a library, working with people who lik ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Mar 22, 2015
**spoiler alert** I recommended this book to my mom because of the location, but it was just OK. Frances is introduced to Dennis by her friend, Marse, ...more
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Jul 06, 2011
Darth Vader and Son
Hilarious! I highly recommend this book to any Star Wars fans w/ kids, especially 4 year olds. Young Luke Skywalker and my own little one seem to be t ...more
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Oct 30, 2012
Memoir of the Sunday Brunch
**spoiler alert** Personally I preferred the first half of the book about Julia's childhood as opposed to her adulthood and her father dying, but the ...more
May 21, 2013
May 16, 2013
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film
I don't think I'm going to finish this one. I thought it would be about film, but it's more about Patton Oswalt who I'm not a huge fan of. Not too bad ...more
May 16, 2015
May 11, 2015
When Parents Text: So Much Said...So Little Understood
Laugh out loud funny! For some reason the first half is much funnier than the second. Maybe the novelty wore off, but I haven't laughed this hard read ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
The Dive From Clausen's Pier
I really enjoyed this book while Carrie, the protagonist, was in Madison, but not so much when she was in New York. While her love interest in New Yor ...more
Dec 14, 2011
Oct 23, 2010
**spoiler alert** Not good at all.

Anesthesiologist suspected of killing a patient. Her best friend is actually the one who killed the patient, and he
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Jul 15, 2010
Surface Tension (Seychelle Sullivan, #1)
**spoiler alert** I liked the protagonist and the story, but it got too graphic at the end. Is it possible to read a suspense book these days without ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
The Bright Side Of Disaster
Super cute and funny.

Woman gets pregnant w/ her fiance's baby, but he leaves her just before she gives birth. Her handsome neighbor helps her in the m
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Disappointing. I finally got around to reading this after all the hype, and I think it is poorly written and basically just a teenage love story.
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Jun 19, 2012
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Man reminisces about his friendship with a Japanese girl who's family is sent to an internment camp during WWII and their love of local jazz.
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Jul 15, 2010
We Live in Water
There's nothing better than a quality collection of short stories, and this is one of the best I've read since Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kitteredge"
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Apr 04, 2013
The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
As a librarian, I can appreciate some of the hilarious stories about public library co-workers and patrons, but this is not a book only for librarians ...more
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May 07, 2013
I Suck at Girls
Not as funny at Sh*t My Dad Says but still pretty damn funny. I laughed out loud at a couple parts, and it was a super fast read.
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Nov 14, 2012
I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
Workaholic mom tries to have it all but finds that isn't possible. She almost has an affair and loses her husband along the way but gives up her big m ...more
May 11, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
Visiting Tom:  A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace
This was pretty disappointing. I LOVE Michael Perry, but this is definitely his weakest book. I don't know if it's his weepy, middle-agedness or what, ...more
Nov 14, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
The Bird Sisters
**spoiler alert** Love this book! It's the story of two elderly sisters set in rural WI told with chapters from their past. Milly and Twiss's lives ar ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
Interesting facts about buffalo intertwined with the author's own buffalo hunt in Alaska.
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Jul 15, 2010
Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!
This book had its moments. I particularly enjoyed the chapters dealing with trying to get into the school which would be best for her own kids. I am a ...more
May 09, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
Let Him Go
I always want to like Larry Watson's books. His settings & characters sound interesting, but I wind up being bored.
Dec 2014
Nov 25, 2014
Ordinary Grace
This book is damn near perfect. The character development and voices were very well rounded. I know it sounds cliche, but I really felt like I was the ...more
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Mar 06, 2013
We Were Liars
I didn't appreciate the amnesia gimmick. It felt too much like a dream sequence to me.
Feb 24, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
A Gate at the Stairs
Didn't finish, boring.

UW-Madison author.
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Jul 15, 2010
The Air Between Us
Similar to The Help.
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Jul 15, 2010
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Funny, NJ stories.
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Jul 15, 2010
Meh, this book didn't impress me. The subject matter is great, but the writing style didn't work for me @ all. Eggers took a great story & made it ...more
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Nov 06, 2010