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A Child Called "It"
I know it's not nice to burn, stab, poison, starve or otherwise torture your kid, but damn! If THAT can't motivate a boy to do the dishes in less than...more
Jun 13, 2008
Dec 31, 2007
You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story
I'm not sure if I can finish this book. I picked it up because it's got a clever title and I was wondering what advice a funny married couple might di...more
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Jul 28, 2010
Dry: A Memoir
Apparently, I am drawn to books written by gay men. I've never read any of Burroughs' work before, but own a copy of "Running with Scissors" that look...more
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Jun 23, 2009
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
I was hoping this would be more like "Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior," with lots of interesting facts...more
Jan 2007
Nov 05, 2007
Why Men Marry Bitches: A Woman's Guide to Winning Her Man's Heart
In this self-help book, "bitch" refers to a classy lady who doesn't take shit from men. It was kind of amusing, an easy read and made sense in some pa...more
Jan 2005
Jan 25, 2008
Flowers for Algernon
"It's lonely at the top" seems like a trite cliche, but this book pretty much proves it.

Charlie, a retarded adult, becomes an experimental subject in...more
Dec 10, 2011
Jan 16, 2009
The Annotated Peter Pan
Peter Pan is kind of a dick in the original. When he teaches Wendy, John and Michael to fly, he doesn't teach them to land. When they doze off in the...more
Feb 2012
Dec 16, 2011
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife
While reading this book, I discovered my husband may still technically belong to the Mormon church his mom signed him up for as a kid. Well, probably...more
Nov 2007
Nov 05, 2007
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
If you like Chuck Palahniuk's style, you should definitely give Liz Jensen a try. In this book, there are two narrators, each with a really distinctiv...more
Feb 2009
Jan 21, 2008
I knew I'd love this book, although I must say I'm equal parts proud and disappointed that I guessed one of the plot twists. Suffice to say I have rea...more
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Apr 10, 2008
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
For all the author says about the greatness of the American blue-collar worker (she even brags about her husband being one), she seems to think the wo...more
Jan 2004
Nov 06, 2007
Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
This is more like a series of articles by different experts than a front-to-cover book. I was hoping that in reading this, I would be able to do a lot...more
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Nov 08, 2007
Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the GAP, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America
I'm jealous of the journalistic niche Evan Wright has carved out for himself. Over a 10-year span at different publications including Hustler and Roll...more
Jun 29, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
Gone Girl
**spoiler alert** Although the end disappointed me a lot, I loved this book. The author has a great way of presenting relationships with all their lit...more
Nov 2012
Dec 04, 2012
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Good stuff! A nerdy, fat Dominican man's loveless life is chronicled here by the voices of people who knew him, with a section about his mother's youn...more
Dec 2008
Dec 09, 2008
George Bush, Dark Prince of Love
A quick little novel with a funny, insane protagonist of the sort I am only too familiar with as a member of the Eastern Media Elite! The main charact...more
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Nov 13, 2008
With a Tangled Skein (Incarnations of Immortality, #3)
I read a few others from this series as a teenager. The series deals with the personages of death, time, fate, nature, evil, etc. "With a Tangled Skei...more
May 19, 2009
May 25, 2009
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
A.J. Jacobs has one of the best jobs in the world. An editor at Esquire magazine, the man writes and edits essays on pop culture and social experiment...more
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Nov 25, 2009
Preparing for Your Move Abroad: Relocating, Settling In and Managing Culture Shock
I'm only in the early stages of this book, reading the Kindle version. So far I am really grateful this book exists because it has made me think about...more
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May 02, 2013
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
I thought I had an understanding of what it meant to be autistic after reading Temple Grandin's "Animals in Translation," but I guess either she doesn...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference
"The Power of Small," written by two advertising executives, used a lot of business anecdotes to convey the idea that little details can make or break...more
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Aug 03, 2009
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Listened to part of this one on audiobook and can only remember the part about the boy on the high dive on his birthday and some description of a hori...more
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Jan 12, 2010
PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God
Imagine your mailbox being filled with bizarre postcards everyday--secrets from strangers all over the world. That's life for Frank Warren over the la...more
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Dec 28, 2009
Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement
Parts autobiography, parts true crime thriller, "Cult Insanity" is the story of Ervil LeBaron's rise to power in two fundamentalist Mormon nut-job cul...more
Oct 13, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
There's a goat on the cover for a good reason. The subject, fake doctor J.R. Brinkley, made a fortune by performing, among other things, goat testicle...more
Apr 02, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
The Fault in Our Stars
Do you like books that make you cry? If so, you'll love this one. Of course when you read a book about kids with cancer, it's a good guess that someth...more
Jun 2014
Jul 21, 2014
The White Bone
A fantasy about elephant families where some of them can read minds and some can talk to other animals. It sounds too sci-fi until you start reading i...more
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Nov 05, 2007
This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers
**spoiler alert** I had to return it to the library without reading every single story, but I think I'll check it out again and finish them soon.

My fa...more
Apr 07, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
The Help
Call me a Pollyanna, but I really think we might someday get the whole civil rights thing worked out in this country. Americans are still working on r...more
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
I Love You, Beth Cooper
From the movie commercials, I really thought this would be funny. Maybe the movie IS funny, but the book on tape really isn't. It requires too much su...more
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Sep 23, 2009
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