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The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1)
After reading the vampire trilogy by Stephenie Meyer, I thought I would continue my bloodthirsty fiction rampage with this older teenage vampire trilo...more
Dec 2007
Dec 17, 2007
A Golden Age
Oh, how I love to get my facts of the world from historical fiction! I just can't get enough of it, especially when it's about something I know nothin...more
not set
May 29, 2008
The Crock of Gold
I love these passages:
"A thought is a real thing and words are only its raiment, but a thought is as shy as a virgin; unless it is fittingly aparelled...more
May 02, 2008
Mar 27, 2008
Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them
Anderegg aims to show the harmful effects of the nerd stereotype not only on the kids who are targeted, but also to American society as a whole. When...more
not set
May 29, 2008
The Spectacular Now
Ahhh, the wonders of early-onset alcoholism (do you see what I just did there? I made up a new youth epidemic! Oh, no, wait--it's actually a thing alr...more
May 09, 2014
May 12, 2014
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
I found this book fascinating, and couldn't stop talking about it while I was reading it and for several months afterward. While I found the approach...more
Mar 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Great! I thought I'd sit this one out because it was so ridiculously popular, but it's actually a very enjoyable book. I think the main thing that mad...more
May 28, 2009
Jan 19, 2008
ttfn (Internet Girls, #2)
This is the second of a series of epistolary novels relating the IM conversations among three BFFs in Atlanta. The format was interesting because it w...more
Sep 28, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
Paranoid Park
I heard about this from Fresh Air, during an interview with the author of this now-movie. It's an epistolary novel of unsent letters, similar to confe...more
Nov 2008
Oct 11, 2008
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
Terrorist attacks and unconstitutional imprisonment and military police state, oh my! (Don't forget the hacking, the cryptography and the RFID scrambl...more
Sep 12, 2008
Aug 07, 2008
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)
Such good fun and shallow hilarity! If you're looking for a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud young adult book to take a break from all the heavy YA topics...more
May 14, 2014
May 16, 2014
I checked this book out from the library based on half-listening to an interview with the author on NPR, maybe Fresh Air. I incorrectly expected it to...more
Nov 2008
Dec 01, 2008
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
This vampire love story is of a better quality than what I've become used to, after reading Stephenie Meyer's books and L. J. Smith's Vampire Diaries...more
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
How to Be a Woman
Ahhh, feminism. How I love thee. Especially when spiced up with delightful humor and a variety of vocabulary terms for our lady parts. I may not have...more
Jul 20, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
The Siege of Krishnapur (Empire Trilogy, #2)
A delightfully sardonic look at the paternal British colonial point of view during the “Indian Mutiny” of 1857. Pokes fun at all involved--nobody is s...more
Dec 31, 2013
Jan 31, 2014
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
So many interesting concepts, but presented in a way that left me feeling lackluster and wanting more. I wanted more evidence, for example, and less o...more
Jul 12, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Carter Beats the Devil
A delightful weave of history and fiction. The death of President Harding is interwoven with the life story and career of San Francisco prestidigitato...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
In The Mole People, Jennifer Toth's stated goal is "to dismiss the myth of animal-like underground dwellers."(x) Her journalistic approach to telling...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
After the Plague: AND OTHER STORIES
A somewhat bombastic collection of character sketches and scenes of said characters making (mostly) terrible decisions of one type or another. Boyle c...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
Eleanor & Park
Ouch. What a painful story! It really sucks you into the universe of the characters and holds you hostage, but in a good way. Really.

Some of the chara...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
The Russian Debutante's Handbook
I may have enjoyed this one more if I had read it first out of Gary Shteyngart's novels. As his first novel, he's working on perfecting his standard p...more
Mar 2011
Mar 08, 2011
Magical Thinking: True Stories
Oh, Augusten. I just can't get enough of your self-absorbed, self-obsessed, selfishness. Thanks for sharing your socially unacceptable inner life with...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
Unknown Book 5617869
Reading this collection of essays from the American Mercury made me feel like I was in college again, reading literary theory. It re-awakened my pride...more
Mar 13, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
This novel is a study in grief. Nico naps in the canoe while her older sister Margaret, who has a heart condition, drowns in the lake. Margaret (a gra...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 30, 2008
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
I have to admit that I'm biased in my review because this book is set 3 miles from where I live. One of the things I really enjoyed about reading this...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man
An interesting look at the tradition and history of the con game in the United States. Detailed variations on each version, with examples of just how...more
Nov 2011
Nov 06, 2011
Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary
Part II of the teenage angst marathon furnished by the graphic novel teen section of the Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Library.

Kashyap's story fra...more
Oct 2012
Oct 04, 2012
The Fortress of Solitude
I enjoyed the sprawling narrative and Lethem's scrawling, graffiti-esque effects of language. I also appreciated the hyper meta-cognition of social in...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Ehrenreich puts forth the claim that our boundless American optimism has a dark side, a side that can be detrimental and actually...negative! She take...more
Oct 15, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
After reading this I actually understand the basic concepts behind credit default swaps, asset-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations!...more
Jan 2012
Jan 09, 2012
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