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The Great Gatsby
3.84
So much of the lore surrounding this book focuses on Gatsby that I was surprised to finally meet him a quarter of the way into the book.

More than Gats...more
Feb 29, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
2.94
Early on, the author recognizes the need to seek out Freud: "[The fetish] becomes pathological when the longing for the fetish passes beyond the point...more
Jan 2008
Jan 07, 2008
 
I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
4.27
I read this over the course of three weeks and blogged about it along with several other writers. (The Big Read II) That kind of slow, reflective read...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy
3.91
Just the fact that this book exists means it needs some attention. I didn't finish just because I don't have the time for this...I don't need the deta...more
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
 
Democracy in America
3.94
I read selections this time around, as I did years ago.

de Tocqueville toured and studied America not long after the French Revolution. He was hoping t...more
Sep 2008
Sep 18, 2008
 
No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva
4.36
This is not an introductory book for someone new to Buddhism. It is an excellent book for someone who knows some basics about Buddhism, has picked up...more
May 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.01
People often focus on the time-travel, but gloss over the significance of the beginning. Vonnegut himself really did go back to Dresden, really did wi...more
Apr 17, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
 
Down the Rat Hole: Adventures Underground on the Burma Frontier
3.10
Edith Mirante has spent her life working in temporary jobs so she could spend much of her time traveling. Only she isn't just a world traveler, she he...more
Jul 2008
Jul 09, 2008
 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.13
How lucky I am, to live where I do and not be touched personally by bloody inhuman war. How horrible that my country's selected President lied us into...more
Feb 18, 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
3.59
I vacillate on how much I like this book. On the one hand it contains a lot of the poetic metaphor that I do tend to like in a book. On the other hand...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality
3.80
I read some, skimmed some of this book. In some ways it reads like an overview of philosophy through the history of the Western Canon, as one of the p...more
Jul 21, 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
The Book Thief
4.37
It makes sense to me that Death would not want to get involved in the lives of humans. He must do his job, be dispassionate. He explains quite careful...more
Mar 31, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
 
Allergy and Asthma Relief
3.50
I often wonder if people who complain of constant colds are actually experiencing allergies and undiagnosed asthma. This book gives a thorough method...more
Feb 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
Witch Honour (Five Star Science Fiction/Fantasy)
3.82

As I read this, I kept wondering if this was the second or third in the series, because the author kept referring to back-story in a way that just fil...more
Apr 14, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
How I Live Now
3.60
When I checked this book out from the library, one of my co-workers saw the cover and exclaimed, "I love that one!" (She really did say "love" in bol...more
Mar 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
Catalyst
3.32
Nina Kiriki Hoffman is one of my favorite authors. If you like Octavia Butler or Ursula LeGuin, Hoffman will be an author for you.

This book was catego...more
Mar 2008
Mar 26, 2008
 
Taking Up Space
4.00
Pattie Thomas shares her personal journey recovering from treating fat as the enemy, and applies her understanding as a sociologist to her experience,...more
Jul 29, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
 
Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir
3.67
A co-worker saw me with this book and warned me it could be triggering around drug issues...not an issue for me. What is it about super-smart girls an...more
Mar 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire
3.45
Over 10 years ago I read She: Understanding Feminine Psychology. I chanced upon it at an opportune time...I had fallen in love, and that book became...more
Dec 12, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
 
Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos
4.11
After I expressed my fragmented feelings over visiting a small zoo on my vacation this fall, a co-worker recommended this book. Apparently I am not al...more
Feb 09, 2008
Dec 29, 2007
 
Enso: Zen Circles of Enlightenment
4.00
The Buddhist name my Zen teacher gave me is Enji, which contains the same character as Enso, the word for this circle that symbolizes Zen for many, so...more
Jun 26, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
 
The Witch's Boy
3.67
There's nothing I didn't like in this book, and everything to love. It's chock full of fairy lore and fairy tales. (I think of fairy lore as those tal...more
Jun 2008
Mar 09, 2008
 
The Garden of Eve
3.89

Eve's mother was the one that told the stories, but Eve's mother is dead. When her father buys a farm, Eve doesn't want to go. Neither does she want t...more
Feb 13, 2008
Jan 22, 2008
 
The Bastard on the Couch: 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood, and Freedom
3.25
The book was OK, but I ran out of time, and returned it to the library unfinished. It wasn't compelling enough for me to get it again. Many of the wri...more
Feb 09, 2008
Jan 22, 2008
 
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
3.66
Obama reads this himself for the audio book. He sounds very much like a minister: kind, sincere, and with that declamatory cadence I recall from my ch...more
Jul 08, 2008
May 04, 2008
 
King Rat
3.52
I recently learned this falls under the subgenre of Urban Fantasy. I was introduced when that blog linked to a review of mine...so that's the kind of...more
Apr 2008
May 04, 2008
 
Austenland (Austenland, #1)
3.48
For a few hours escape, I highly recommend Shannon Hale's Austenland. I have the complete (so far) Austen Masterpiece series airing on PBS on my Tivo,...more
Aug 26, 2012
Feb 18, 2008
 
My Montana: A History and Memoir, 1930-1950
3.25
I read this for a book group....it is a good book for that kind of group in which people can bring their own experiences of the local history. There's...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 16, 2008
 
Mimus
4.15
I was inspired to listen to this after reading this review. Truthfully, it was her review that kept me going, because I found the character Mimus to b...more
Apr 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
3.70
Once you know this is fantasy of the fairy type, you might guess from the title that it is fantasy of the sexy fairy type, and you would be right. Ais...more
Feb 2008
Feb 22, 2008
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