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A Stolen Life
3.85
What Jaycee Dugard experienced for 18 years is, beyond question, horrendous. And it is an achievement that her book keeps the sensationalism to a mini ...more
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Aug 22, 2011
 
The Anatomy of Dreams
3.44
An excellent, dreamy (if I may), little mystery. Sylvie and Gabe meet at boarding school, and strike up a romance that is both innocent and emotionall ...more
Aug 03, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
 
Incubus
2.71
Hmm.

I wanted to like this novel a lot. The blurb sounds fascinating, and I love supernatural stories with an intellectual bent. However, this book fai
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Jul 30, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals
4.04
I've been a vegetarian for about fifteen years, and as a home cook, I never get tired of meatless meals. However, my boyfriend is a cattle-farm-raised ...more
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Aug 08, 2014
 
The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
3.50
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

I went into this book with doubts. I grew up with the Matthew Shephard case, ha
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Jul 20, 2014
 
Nest
3.99
While I'm not a middle-grade reader, I am a reader who appreciates fine writing. And Ehrlich's writing is beautiful. Lyrical, evocative, and earnest, ...more
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Nov 05, 2014
 
Schooled
3.37
Like a lightweight Nanny Diaries, Schooled is a playful picture of the Upper East Side private school world. According to the notes, the author has ex ...more
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Dec 08, 2011
 
Science ...For Her!
2.74
I really like Megan Amram. I think she's super funny, super smart, and given the chance, I would LOVE to hang out with her. She's one of my favorites ...more
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Nov 16, 2014
 
The Forgotten Girls (Louise Rick, #7)
3.86
I wish I'd liked this book more.

I expected to like it-- I love a good mystery and some crazy forensic and investigative stuff (I watch a lot of "Crimi
...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
3.66
I thoroughly enjoyed this little minx of a novel. Every other review makes comparisons to David Foster Wallace and Pynchon and a little Zadie Smith, a ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War
4.26
I received this as a Goodreads First Read.

What I expected to be a somewhat dry look at the issues of PTSD in the military was actually a compassionate
...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
 
Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex
1.50
I received this from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

I'm always eager to hear well-balanced, engaging looks at the ways in which "kids
...more
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Jul 20, 2014
 
Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife
4.30
As an urban ornithologist myself, I was thrilled to receive this book. Marzluff is clearly a talented and passionate ornithologist, but to my great pl ...more
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Sep 10, 2014
 
The End of Everything
3.38
As always, a delicious psychological thriller from Megan Abbott. As with most of her books, I blew through this in two days. Abbott manages to get a r ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
 
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
3.95
An eminently readable, engaging look at the men in power in Afghanistan. Rather than focusing on the complex strategies of the engagement, or vague po ...more
May 20, 2013
May 09, 2013
 
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor
3.79
I love a good mystery story-- even better if it's real. I bought this book based on the intriguing story of its hero/antihero, knowing very little abo ...more
Dec 08, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World
3.17
An imperfect book that doesn't reveal anything new... Yet an engaging, magazine-paced book that will appeal to anyone interested in the case. Sales de ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
 
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression
3.85
This book of essays is not merely a collection of sad stories from depressed artists, but rather an exploration of all sides of the illness-- from ins ...more
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Feb 10, 2011
 
Night Film
3.76
This is totally the kind of premise that gets me all aflutter. Mysteries! Death! Filmmaking! And it was quite readable and fast-moving. However, while ...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
 
Tenth of December
3.93
Exciting, engaging short stories. With the inventiveness of Karen Russell, but the contemporary voice of Alice Sebold. A joy all the way around. Full ...more
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Oct 01, 2013
 
This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor
4.18
I don't think I've ever read a book in the way that I read This Common Secret.
After checking it out from the library, I immediately started reading. W
...more
Jun 26, 2012
Mar 03, 2011
 
Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
4.00
Two books-- a memoir and a scientific investigation-- occasionally successful in becoming one whole. Iverson's story is compelling, if unremarkable, a ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
Salvage the Bones
3.78
I wanted to love this book.
First of all, the writing is luscious. Jesmyn Ward is a master of atmosphere and tone. Her similes were finely wrought and
...more
Jun 25, 2012
May 24, 2012
 
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
3.51
A compassionate, engaging, if slightly disjointed look at the Long Island Killer case. The focus stays on the five women-- their family, what led them ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2013
 
The Bedtime Book for Dogs
3.94
I received this as a First Reads giveaway. It's a sweet, small book for the loved dog in your life. Not quite special enough to serve as more than a o ...more
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Jan 13, 2014
 
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
3.81
Mostly self-explanatory things I already knew... but written whimsically and engagingly. It was like talking to my best friend who knows something abo ...more
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May 17, 2014
 
Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line
3.54
This was a First Reads giveaway.

I was a bit concerned upon starting SOUS CHEF that it wasn't possible to craft an entire book based on a single day in
...more
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
 
The Wicked Girls
3.50
Started with a fascinating mystery, lost some momentum towards the middle, and picked up at the end. I enjoyed the mix of the two storylines, past and ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
The Dinner
3.21
An interesting novel with a some really great reveals, but overall didn't work for me. It misses the pacing and intricacies of more substantial litera ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
 
Welcome to My Country
3.80
While occasionally overwrought, Slater's memoir of her experiences as a therapist is mostly beautiful and moving-- a poetic exploration of severe ment ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Feb 10, 2011
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