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It's no secret I adore Cynthia Powell Lennon, and I have for years.

If you come across this book without knowing her, you might expect this to be a tr
Mar 2008
Mar 09, 2008
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
This was a page-turner, thanks only to Jane Austen's wonderful storylines.

I would not read this book again, because there was virtually no originality
Mar 2008
Mar 09, 2008
As much as I enjoy reading 16th century ideas (or rather, ideals), this book is pretty unforgiving.

It's safe to say that I enjoy the idea of this boo
Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your History Textbook Got Wrong
I love history. I love reading about it, I love memorizing it, I love questioning it, I love finding new interpretations of major events. So you would ...more
Nov 07, 2007
Nov 02, 2007
The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story
I still can't believe nobody told me this book existed. Slashing baseball players is a way of life in my household, so it was impossible not to like t ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)
This reminds me a bit of Timothy Zahn's Conquerors trilogy (although this came first), which I very much enjoyed.

A very engaging tale of a conquering
Jul 16, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
Shadow Moon (Chronicles of the Shadow War, No 1)
I remember loving the movie Willow, so I gave this book another read. I liked the demon voice. I liked Willow's eagle and brownie companions. Other th ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
One Year Gone (Supernatural, #7)
I've learned by now that TV tie-in books, especially while the show is still on air, don't take any chances or enrich the characters' stories. Despite ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 20, 2014
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Reading this book was almost as good as a Sunday spent with Tim Russert and Meet The Press.

Rhetoric aside, I don't think anyone can argue that here i
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217
This is a fascinating historical account of "the greatest knight", a man whose skills elevated him to status beyond his birth. William Marshal served ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
The Invention of Wings
The Grimke sisters were abolitionists and womens rights advocates who made waves as they left a prominent Southern plantation family to eventually lec ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith, and Dreams of a Mexican President
This is a (mostly) interesting and informative book by and about the first Mexican President to break through the one-party corruption that had strong ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
Innocent Traitor
Pros: strong female characters, solid basis in history, intriguing discourse on the Protestant vs Catholic ways of thought and rule

Cons: I found the p
Mar 2008
Mar 09, 2008
Mr. Lincoln's Wars: A Novel in Thirteen Stories
The 13 stories are arranged out of order chronologically, but there does seem to be an emotional pattern to their assembly. I was a little confused by ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 07, 2008
Playboy Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
This book, along with the Plastic Ono Band album, were to me what pscyhedelia and the "bigger than Jesus" comment must have been to a Beatlemaniac in ...more
Jan 1996
Sep 20, 2008
Target (Star Wars: Rebel Force #1)
I'm a sucker for any book set within the original trilogy timespan (Splinter of the Mind's Eye is still a favourite, regardless of its' seeming irrele ...more
Mar 02, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America
I was incredibly skeptical about the Baltimore Sun review quoted on the cover ("The best book ever written about the Beatles"), but not any more.

Jun 04, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
Curious Naturalists
I read chapters out of this book for a course in animal behavior. It was oddly intriguing to learn about black-headed gulls.

For instance, the descript
Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
Lost Illusions
I need to expand my knowledge of Balzac and read something other than this work, because I always get caught up in Lucien's tale, despite the fact tha ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 20, 2010
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
I'm not a fan of mysteries or video games, but reading this book was like watching a science fiction version of both those things and it worked. It's ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Nanjing 1937: A Love Story
I bought this book for the cover, more than anything. (Not the one pictured on Goodreads, but a very artistic colored-pencil looking yellow and red im ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 13, 2008
The Heretic Queen
Tip of the hat to Michelle Moran, who can write a love story about a brother and sister without alienating the reader. A hard task to accomplish, even ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
Come Back To Afghanistan: My Journey From California To Kabul
Hyder is an Afghan-American whose father sells his California retail store to return to Afghanistan to work in politics and help build a new governmen ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Fahrenheit 451
I can't believe I haven't read this before >.>

I feel kind of ridiculous giving a synopsis of such a classic but, in a nutshell: it's a dystopian
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness Britain: Eyewitness Accounts of Great Historical Moments from 55 B.C. to A.D. 2000
I tend to keep to the 12th-17th centuries of Britain's history, so this was a fun way to broaden my horizons.

This book is jam packed with history, fr
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
It's so great to actually learn something new about the Beatles - after 16 years of devotion, it's hard to find a new anecdote or insight, but Geoff E ...more
May 2012
Jun 02, 2012
I Met the Walrus: How One Day with John Lennon Changed My Life Forever
Interviewer: What's it like being a Beatle?

George Harrison: What's it like not being a Beatle?

Judging by the limited reviews of this book, it's a stor
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 24, 2009
The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds
Like most reviewers, I thought that Langley inserted too much of herself and the melodrama she uses for TV in this book, but it was worth plodding thr ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 30, 2014
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
This is the scientist Irene Pepperburg's account of the African Grey parrot she worked with, learning incredible new things about the capacity for lea ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
Wonderful Tonight
**spoiler alert** I thought I'd only be interested in the Beatle Years, but I found the opening chapters about her childhood interesting as well. The ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
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