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Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time
Like many well-educated people of my place and time, I learned practically nothing in school about the history of Islam, or even much about the Middle ...more
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
He was blond. He was beautiful. He was incredibly muscular. He could hit a baseball so far and so hard that jaws dropped open, and people who were the ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Where do I begin? This book is painful, but powerful. It tells the story of the settling of the American west from the Indians' perspective, in simple ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters
My husband read this book for a reading group at church. When he brought it home, I asked him, "So? What good is God?" He wasn't able to give me an an ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
Arabian Jazz
I picked this book up more or less by accident, and was thrilled to find that it takes place in Syracuse, my home town. The characters work at Johnson ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
A Little Book of Language
This book has one problem with it-- the writing style, which is called breezy or chatty by the people who like it, condescending or patronizing by the ...more
May 07, 2011
May 07, 2011
The 10th Kingdom
Cute. Fluffy. Silly. That's what I thought when I started to read this book. I picked it up at the used book sale without knowing anything about it. T ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 01, 2012
The Irish Americans: A History
One of my friends (an Asian-American) said to one of my other friends (a Polish-American), "What is it about the Irish?" Everyone in this country has ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
When I read "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time," I recommended the book to a friend, saying, "It lets you know what it is like in the ...more
Jun 09, 2011
May 30, 2011
One More
My husband brought this home from the library because he was attracted by the cute smiling mailbox on the cover. Finding out that it was a local autho ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig was a shy man, simple in his tastes, and with an almost childlike naivete about him. Tongue-tied around reporters, he was never their darli ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 19, 2014
The Case for God
You see that stack of books on the cover? That's what you're in for. Karen Armstrong has read just about everything every written on the history of re ...more
Sep 20, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
The Horns of Ruin
Once upon a time, in a world that wasn't ours, because it also included a race of small gnome-like creatures called the Feyr, and reptilian creatures ...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
Two things about this book. One, Mary Shelley's original telling of the Frankenstein story is better. So if your main interest is learning how a 19th ...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Lazarus is Dead
Lazarus is Dead is one weird little book. You can tell this when you open it, and it starts at chapter 7. The chapters count down to zero, which is wh ...more
Jun 14, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
Garden of Thorns (Harlequin Romance, #2361)
I picked this book up at work and figured, "What the heck?" I liked that it was about gardening. Kirsty's little sister has gotten in with a bad crowd ...more
Jul 20, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
Butterfly, mole, pigeon, sparrow, wasp, ant, horse, possum, moth, fish, birds, and more birds... Small creatures populate the poems of Elizabeth Twidd ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Dec 05, 2011
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
I loved this book so much that I did something I rarely do. When I got to the end, I flipped it over and started right in again. I thought I might be ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4)
Defense attorney Michael Haller has run low on criminal clients, so he starts to specialize in foreclosure cases. Business is great. Homeowners are be ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
When I was in high school, I was an exchange student in Belgium. Most of being an exchange student is just going about the business of daily life, but ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Oct 07, 2011
The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts, #6)
I had read a few other of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt novels, but they were historical novels, which used the Elm Creek Manor as a jumping o ...more
Nov 13, 2013
Nov 13, 2013
I had to suspend about a couple tons of disbelief to swallow the premise that an MD who was handed a stray baby would not call social services. I unde ...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
We Are All Welcome Here
Paige Dunn contracted polio while she was pregnant. Her husband left her, and the baby was born while Paige was in an iron lung. She defied everyone, ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar is the story of a young woman's suicidal depression, and treatment, and apparent recovery, made more poignant by our knowledge that the a ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
Gone Girl
This did not sound like a book I wanted to read. The story of a marriage gone bad, and a spouse gone missing, sounded like it would be painful heaped ...more
Sep 05, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Well, that was a quick read. I finished the book in one day (helped by being home from work sick). We meet Jane Rosenal when she is 14, observing her ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 12, 2014
Tuck Everlasting
My daughter read this for school, and I read it with her. It is a sweet, pretty, little book. Ten year old Winnie Foster is a member of the wealthiest ...more
Jun 06, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
Once Upon a Time in the North (His Dark Materials, #0.5)
This is a companion piece to the His Dark Materials trilogy, an "extra" story that didn't fit in to the big books. Lee Scoresby, who is a character in ...more
Jun 06, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan
Christina Lamb is a British journalist. In the 1980s she reported on the Afghans' war with Russia. She thrived on danger, disguising herself to get as ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
My daughter had to read this for school (7th grade). It is mostly the story of Salva, who becomes a refugee of war in South Sudan. Salva endures great ...more
Oct 23, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
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