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The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
3.42
I think my reading of this book was greatly enhanced by the chapter on it in The Novel: A Biography. Otherwise, the first half would have been too muc ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Nov 29, 2014
 
Speak, Memory (An Autobiography Revisited)
4.19
4.5 stars. I think this memoir could really use some footnotes. If this edition did I would have probably given it five stars.

So it's official. I wou
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Jan 21, 2014
Jun 14, 2011
 
Pale Fire
4.19
So this is completely delicious. I don't want to say too much about it, because I think it's one of those books that's best approached with absolutely ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Oct 29, 2011
 
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
3.78
Didn't end up hating Hemingway as much as I thought. Yeah, he's totally a shit, but the novel does a really good job slyly mocking his hyper-masculini ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Dec 28, 2012
 
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet, #1)
3.96
So I'm choosing to believe that all the things that set my teeth on edge about the book are just the asshole qualities of our narrator, and not Durrel ...more
Jan 02, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
 
Les Misérables
4.10
Bring it, Hugo.

Oh it was brought. OMFG so good. Impossible to review though.

Aug 23, 2012
Jun 14, 2011
 
Wide Sargasso Sea
3.53
So this book is gorgeous and completely terrifying. Dread just hangs over the whole thing, even if you haven't read Jane Eyre (though you should). I l ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jun 14, 2011
 
Black Snow
3.79
3.5 stars.

So parts of this book are completely gorgeous and it's totally hilarious, but I'm not sure how mainstream this book might be. For people lik
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Jan 23, 2014
Dec 01, 2013
 
The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service
4.14
Wonderful book. I felt that the focus on what the medical profession should provide to women was extremely compelling. Health care should be in the ha ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex
4.04


The first half of this book is an excellent deconstruction of the 'abstinence only' program of sexual education and how farcical and damaging it is. T
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Aug 06, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
 
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
3.81
This book would work amazingly well for a challenge involving greed.

There's the greed involved in the sudden power of having lots of money to invest
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May 11, 2013
May 08, 2013
 
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1)
3.93
All the seeds of what make the later books great are in here: some excellent dry wit, and a crime that involves some fascinating digressions into inte ...more
Dec 06, 2013
Nov 06, 2011
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.97
Another case of the last third of a book really disappointing me. I found the subject matter fascinating - especially the build up to the fair and the ...more
Nov 29, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
 
A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journals, Book 1)
4.22
I was listening to a lecture by Susan Wise Bauer on teaching literary criticism and was struck by her argument that one should never get a child to an ...more
Nov 2011
Oct 11, 2011
 
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
4.22
There is so much information packed into this book it's hard to evaluate it all (and I have to admit, I didn't read every sidebar) but here are some g ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
 
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
3.87
I can see why Anne is less popular than her sisters. The Tenant of Wildfell hall is a great antidote to Rochester and Heathcliff, but antidotes make f ...more
Jan 23, 2015
May 14, 2012
 
Our Bodies, Ourselves
4.32
Best book on women's health that I've read. Great resource to have on hand.
Nov 30, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
The Read-Aloud Handbook
4.39
I had a hard time getting into this book, and put it down after the first chapter put me off. I can't really put my finger on why that is - perhaps it ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
 
Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #3)
4.12
Five stars for the glory that is Miss Climpson.
Dec 15, 2013
Nov 06, 2011
 
The Cider House Rules
4.08
Whew. Now that book packs a wallop or two.
Feb 07, 2012
Jun 17, 2011
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.18
Things I liked about this book:

1) The writing can be unbearably intense. I like books that make me squirm as a I read.

2) All the historical stuff abo
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Jan 28, 2014
Jun 18, 2011
 
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
4.17
One of the most wonderful books I've read in a long time. It was hugely evocative. I wanted to race to a second hand book store and carry home 'ninete ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
The Beauty Myth
3.89
I started this book thinking that as I've gotten all my feminism from some radical, front lines women that I wouldn't find many new thoughts in it. Bo ...more
Nov 04, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
 
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
3.98
I read this book for an assignment about different forms of prenatal education and childbirth educators.

I really like the book's focus on the woman a
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Oct 11, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
When I Was a Child I Read Books
3.86
I love reading essay collections because I love jumping into the heads of people who are smarter than me.

I liked these a lot, partially because she p
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Jun 17, 2013
May 17, 2012
 
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
4.21
I knew only the bare mininum about modern Chinese history, so this book probably would have been a page-turner for me no matter what. I’m not too sure ...more
Jan 07, 2014
May 02, 2012
 
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
This book felt like a pastiche of many other, better, books- including Harry Potter for grownups and a dark version of Narnia. The book never took the ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
 
Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
4.25
Oy. Fantastic book. Not quite as poetic as Having Faith but packs a wallop about the environmental impacts on children of pollution, large-scale farmi ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
 
Cutting for Stone
4.27
So...not great?

I just found reading this book to be a total slog. And it took me FOREVER. All the stuff I was the most interested in got sidelined -
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Jul 23, 2014
Jul 15, 2011
 
Being Pregnant: Conversations with Women
4.00
Great book of stories of what it's like to be pregnant, have an abortion, miscarry, give a baby up for adoption...

I don't think I've ever read a book
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Oct 11, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
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