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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
3.84
it was amazing
I think those who choose this book may be looking for a more lurid history, like The Devil in the White City. Admittedly, I too was hoping for blood. ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Nov 24, 2010
 
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
3.78
liked it
I liked the quirky form of bibliography Pearl uses here, and some of the topics, too. I wish it were more of a list format, though - that would make i ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
 
Drood
3.48
liked it
This book finally defeated me, it was hella long. Dan Simmons gets points for the following:

1. Mimicking the Victorian voice of Wilkie Collins. Real V
...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jun 02, 2011
 
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
3.72
liked it
As she straightforwardly warns in the first chapter: These are not the politics you are looking for. If you're looking for recent US politics, go else ...more
Jun 13, 2017
Aug 21, 2011
 
Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For
3.84
liked it
***I received my copy through Goodreads Giveaways.***
Some of the jokes are very funny, but the book's narrative structure could have been better organ
...more
Apr 10, 2017
Feb 27, 2017
 
Zen in the Art of Writing
4.12
it was amazing
This man knows how to build a lush dream out of a tightly written paragraph. I love his writing, whether he's talking about being an awestruck kid in ...more
Apr 29, 2017
Jul 18, 2014
 
Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
4.03
really liked it
I was interested, and then I was impressed that Kim Addonizio addressed identity pieces in poetry - pointing out that sometimes our poetry is affected ...more
Mar 25, 2017
Apr 15, 2015
 
Show and Tell: Exploring the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration
3.91
really liked it
Loved this one, very accessible even if you're not a children's librarian like me. One of my faves, Paul O. Zelinsky, is also a super cool guy in real ...more
Jun 19, 2017
Nov 10, 2015
 
Nelson Algren's Chicago (Visions of Illinois)
4.73
it was amazing
Art Shay, personal friend of Nelson Algren, assembles a gorgeous and honest set of photos of 1960s Chicago. You learn so much from these pictures.
Jul 31, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
3.57
really liked it
A moving testimony of how deeply literature *scars* us, comforts us when we're lonely, inspires us to greater things.
Sep 2006
Oct 16, 2010
 
A Transatlantic Love Affair: Letters to Nelson Algren
4.00
really liked it
I can't give this 5 stars because it doesn't have Nelson's letters, but wow, girl was romantic.
Jul 31, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
 
The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts
3.95
liked it
None
Jan 2002
May 26, 2016
 
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America
3.80
really liked it
None
Apr 10, 2015
Sep 01, 2011
 
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
3.91
really liked it
None
May 03, 2016
Jun 30, 2012
 
The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According To Susy)
3.96
liked it
None
Nov 2013
Nov 07, 2013
 
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
4.08
it was amazing
None
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
 
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
4.28
it was amazing
None
Aug 2016
Sep 01, 2011
 
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
4.11
liked it
None
Aug 06, 2016
Dec 12, 2014
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
None
not set
Jul 23, 2011
 
DC Comics: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes
3.73
liked it
None
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015
 
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing
4.00
it was amazing
None
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015
 
The Boy on Fairfield Street
4.19
really liked it
None
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015
 
Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators
3.93
really liked it
None
Nov 10, 2015
Nov 10, 2015
 
From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Female Comics from Teens to Zines
3.66
it was amazing
None
Mar 2006
Mar 29, 2012
 
Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art
4.22
liked it
None
Jun 19, 2017
Nov 10, 2015
 
Step Aside, Pops (Hark! A Vagrant, #3)
4.13
it was amazing
None
Jul 26, 2016
Nov 13, 2015
 
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
4.49
it was amazing
None
Jul 08, 2016
Feb 03, 2016
 
The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter
4.02
liked it
None
May 26, 2003
May 26, 2016
 
My Name is Gabito / Me llamo Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition)
3.91
liked it
None
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
 
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore
4.27
really liked it
None
Jul 08, 2016
Jul 08, 2016
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